Book Club, Lunch Club, Reading Retreats; What Matters Most Is Making New Friends

Our Mission

Our mission is to reconnect the world, in real life through books and food.

Who is Building the Book Club Movement

We’re a global community of book and food lovers who meet locally to discover new hot spots, make new friends and discuss the latest read over a meal. We connect book club organizers and hosts with amazing venues to host their experiences in. Readers of all walks join us to discover new books, new food adventures and new friends.  

BooknBrunch gets you off the couch to break bread with strangers over a love of literature. 

Read more, meet more, discuss more and discover your people here.

We Are Building A Meaningful Community Beyond Book Club

BooknBrunch is a community, an in-real-life (IRL) experience and a movement toward connecting with people through a love of books and food. We create a safe space for sharing, we facilitate intergenerational connection, networking, support and meaningful conversations. 

Why We Created an Events Focused Book Club Community 

The demise of in-person interaction is happening. We are all virtually ‘connected’ but our communities are not face to face, real life human energy. We are social creatures by nature and people yearn to connect. Whether you’re new to a city, recently had a life change, are in transition or simply curious – meeting over a meal and a book is the best way to feel alive.

How The Book Club Community Works

It’s free to join.  Events are public or private, ticketed or free. Events happen any day of the week and for any meal. It’s not just brunch!

Members both host and attend events. Hosts are paid to facilitate experiences. They choose any book and any venue for the experience, meeting or workshop they want to host. The best part: our platform is preloaded with set menus from our venues so group event planning takes minutes not hours.

P.S. – if you’re stressed about the book part – don’t be – show up anyway. You don’t need to have read the book to enjoy a BooknBrunch experience. 

Our First Page, A Founders Story

We all have those moments in our lives where things feel dark and lonely. I was in one of those stormy places and felt disconnected and alone. I needed new friends, a new lease on life and something to get excited about. I reached out to my sister for her thoughts and she suggested I get out more and do something I love. With my want and need to connect along with my love of books, I decided to start a book club. The original book club had 15 members and we met once a month in restaurants over brunch to chat about the chosen book.

Within 15 months the book club had ballooned to over 1,200 people and was gaining members by the week. I made lifelong friendships, met hundreds of incredible people and brought new customers to local restaurants. At the same time, I had to turn people away as I couldn’t save them a seat at the experience.

That is when everything clicked for me. People were yearning, just as I was, for authentic, in person, real life interactions and meetups. 

I also learned that people craved connecting with their own community. The need to go out with friends or make new friends over a good meal discussing your hopes and dreams… with a book on the side. 

A community that encourages discovery, ritual, connection and a sprinkle of surprise and delight, because we all need a bit more of that in our lives.

I decided at that moment that I needed to bring into the world those same feelings and experiences but on a larger scale.  After a little more thought BooknBrunch was born.

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– Zuzana

A Manifesto of Reading, Ritual & Delight

DISCOVERY.

Never stop exploring.

Discovery is about: learning, truth, growth, new ideas, new perspectives, the new eggs benedict on the block.

CONNECTION.

Join BooknBrunch with an open mind and heart and it will return tenfold.

Connection is about: eye contact, open heart, real conversation, smiles, laughs, and memories.

RITUAL.

The need for ritual is a basic human instinct.

Rituals are about: tradition, self-care, balance, unity, continuity, connectivity, and reverence.

SURPRISE. DELIGHT.

Everyone loves that little bit extra.

Surprise and delight is about: awe and charm, the thoughtful details and unexpected joys of meeting a new friend.

How It Works

Join our Brookie community for free and find an event near you.

Read.

Read the book and browse our Brookstore.

Meet.

Meet in real life at one of our many venue partners.

Eat.

Eat, discuss, make friends and do it again.