This Month’s Book Club Selection

Wednesday, October 19th | 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. (NEW TIME) | Library Main Meeting Room and Zoom*

*Please email us to get the link to join the virtual meeting.  Please note that you may choose to come to the meeting in person or virtually.

The Great Passage Book CoverThe Great Passage by Shion Miura

“Inspired as a boy by the multiple meanings to be found for a single word in the dictionary, Kohei Araki is devoted to the notion that a dictionary is a boat to carry us across the sea of words. But after thirty-seven years creating them at Gembu Books, it’s time for him to retire and find his replacement. He discovers a kindred spirit in Mitsuya Majime–a young, disheveled square peg with a penchant for collecting antiquarian books and a background in linguistics–whom he swipes from his company’s sales department. Led by his new mentor and joined by an energetic, if reluctant, new recruit and an elder linguistics scholar, Majime is tasked with a career-defining accomplishment: completing The Great Passage, a comprehensive 2,900-page tome of the Japanese language. On his journey, Majime discovers friendship, romance, and an incredible dedication to his work, inspired by the bond that connects us all: words” –Provided by the publisher

*Contact us for information on how to join!

Join us for our next book club meeting on October 19th at 6:30 pm in person in the library Main Meeting Room, or via Zoom (please email us for the link to join the meeting).  Pick up a copy of the book at the 2nd floor Reference Desk.


The Corvallis-Benton County Public Library Book Club is open to everyone! We meet virtually via GoToMeeting (please email us for the link) to discuss various books each third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Books are provided by the library and will be available for pick up four weeks preceding the monthly meeting. You can pick up a copy of the book at the Corvallis Library 2nd floor Reference Desk.

Questions? Contact us at the 2nd floor Reference desk. Phone: 541-766-6793; email:

Already in a book club? You can check out sets of books from previous CBCPL book club meetings. The bags contain 8-12 copies of a book club title, and can be checked out for 2 months.


Meetings are virtual via GoToMeeting (please email us for the link) and on the third Wednesday of the month (unless otherwise noted) from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Date Title
Mar. 16 Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
Apr. 20 East West Street by Philippe Sands
May 18 Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland
June 15 The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
July 20 The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich
Aug. 17 The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim
Sept. 21 Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Oct. 19 The Great Passage by Shion Miura
Nov. 16 The Road from Coorain by Jill Conway