The Remainders: A Gentlemen’s Book Club of Calhoun
The backstory to this club comes from Fred Valentine who – in 2023, when the club was in its eighth year – put it into historical focus. “When I had the idea to try to form a book club,” he said, “I knew little about book clubs, although my wife Katie belonged to groups that gathered in private homes to discuss a single book, monthly.”
There is an important difference between our club and those which choose a single book for all members to read. The club executive chooses genres for discussion, and near yearend sends members a list for the upcoming year. To illustrate from the 2024 lineup, three monthly topics are “The Future,” “Gender,” and “Heroes and Villains.” When not enough members want to report on a month’s genre, a few members close the gap with books they would like to present under the rubric “Reader’s Choice.”
Why is December omitted? Because the last week of that month is one of parties, family visits, travel and (of course) visits from Santa Claus. To accommodate those realities, in mid-December we get together for lunch at the Calgary Golf and Country Club. Our tradition has become one in which we each receive a nicely wrapped book from Santa, who attends this get-together in person.
Changing times and changing places Over our brief history, we have changed our meeting place three times. At our inaugural meeting on March 28th, 2016, we met at the Calhoun Public Library on 14th Street S.W.