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Since 2004, Books & Bars participants have made their way through more than 150 books. Much has changed over those 11 years, including event locations and the attendees. Through it all, one thing has remained constant: host Jeff Kamin.
Books & Bars was originally sponsored by the now-defunct Bound To Be Read, and was hosted monthly at Bryant-Lake Bowl. Nowadays, it takes place in three different cities each month (that's three meetings covering one book), hitting St. Paul, Minneapolis, and Excelsior at a variety of locations. "It's a different group and a different discussion at each place, even though it's the same book," Kamin notes.
The idea of the club is to get people to discuss their passions, which often vary widely from one crowd to another. "Reading is such a solitary thing. [It's] this thing you do alone for hours," he says. At events, he hopes readers will "come away with a different perspective."
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