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Come be a part of Olney Theatre Center’s first-ever book club! Make your mark on campus this year by joining OTC’s Artistic Department staff for deep-dive discussions into books related to the 2024 season. Book Club hosts special guests at each meeting, many of whom are the authors themselves. Tuesdays just got a little better now that you’ve got a good book in your hand. Don’t miss out on the chance to read award-winning novels and participate in engaging conversations with the community from March - June.

Interested? Just RSVP here for one or two or all of the book club discussion dates!

Where can I find the book? You can purchase copies through Friends of the Library. A substantial portion of each sale benefits Friends of the Library Montgomery County in support of Montgomery County Public Libraries.

- Check out the Book lineup below -

Books for Avaaz

Cry of the Peacock by Gina Nahai 
Discussion Date: March 19th 2024 6:00 pm
Location: Omi's Pavillion

Prisoner: My 544 Days in an Iranian Prison―Solitary Confinement, a Sham Trial, High-Stakes Diplomacy, and the Extraordinary Efforts It Took to Get Me Out by Jason Rezaian 
Discussion Date: March 26th 2024 6:00 pm
Location: Omi's Pavillion

Books for Islander: A New Musical

The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan
Discussion Date: April 16th 2024 6:00 pm
Location: Omi's Pavillion

Books for Long Way Down

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
Discussion Date: May 21st, 2024 6:00 pm
Location: Omi's Pavillion

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Discussion Date: May 28th, 2024 6:00 pm 
Location: Omi's Pavilion

  • Following the book discussion, there will be a conversation with activist groups local to Montgomery county.

Books for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

A Natural Woman: A Memoir by Carole King
Discussion Date: June 18th, 2024 6:00 pm 
Location: Omi's Pavillion

Can't Get Enough? Here are some more recommendations by Olney Theatre Center Staff


  • Everything Sad is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri
  • The Blind Owl by Sadegh Hedayat
  • To See and See Again: A Life in Iran and America by Tara Bahrampour 
  • Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America by Firoozeh Dumas
  • Exiled Memories: Stories of Iranian Diaspora by Zohreh T Sullivan
  • Jewels of Allah: The Untold Story of Women in Iran by Nina Ansary
  • The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali
  • Tremors: New Fiction by Iranian American Writers
  • Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  • Septembers of Shiraz by Dalia Sofer
    A must read list of 33 Essential Works of Fiction by Iranian Writers

Islander: A New Musical

  • The Blue Salt Road by Joanne M. Harris
  • The Morrigan: Celtic Goddess of Magick and Might by Courtney Weber
  • The Book of Celtic Myths: From the Mystic Might of the Celtic Warriors to the Magic of the Fey Folk, the Storied History and Folklore of Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, and Wales by Jennifer Emick
  • The Last Sunset in the West: Britain’s Vanishing West Coast Orcas by Natalie Sanders
  • Folk by Zoe Gilbert
  • The Visitors by Simon Sylvester
  • The People of the Sea: Celtic Tales of the Sea-Folk by David Thomson
  • The Red Deal: Indigenous Action to Save Our Earth*
    A list of Scottish Books about Environmental Conservation

Long Way Down

  • Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence by Geoffrey Canada
  • Bullets into Bells by Brian Clements, Alexandra Teague and Dean Rader
  • When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds
  • Fight Night by Miriam Toews
  • The NRA: The Unauthorized History by Frank Smyth
  • The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America by Carol Anderson
  • All God’s Children: The Bosket Family and the American Tradition of Violence by Fox Butterfield

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

  • But Will You Love Me Tomorrow?: An Oral History of the ‘60s Girl Groups by Laura Flam and Emily Sieu Liebowitz
  • I’m Glad I Did by Cynthia Weil 
  • Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon–And the Journey of a Generation by Sheila Weller
  • Don Kirshner: The Man With the Golden Ear: How He Changed the Face of Rock and Roll by Rich Podolsky


Please email education[At] for any additional questions about Book Club. 

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