Book Chats

Book Chats are a relaxed and informal chat about books and reading. Led by our knowledgeable book enthusiasts, Book Chats are held at Bentleigh, Carnegie Library and Community Centre and Elsternwick Library and discuss books on a chosen topic.


October — Genres we love and hate

Carnegie Library and Community Centre, Wednesday 4 October

Elsternwick Library, Tuesday 17 October

Bentleigh Library, Wednesday 18 October



November — War in fiction: glory or tragedy?

Carnegie Library and Community Centre, Wednesday 1 November

Bentleigh Library, Wednesday 15 November

Elsternwick Library, Tuesday 21 November


Tea and coffee is provided and bookings are not required.

*  Book Chats are not held at Caulfield Library. We invite customers to attend one of our other libraries to join Book Chats discussions. Book Chats are not held in January.   


Talking at a book chat


Book Chats are held 2pm to 3pm on:

Carnegie Library first Wednesday of the month

Elsternwick Library  third Tuesday of the month

Bentleigh Library  third Wednesday of the monthbook Chat logo  


2017 Book Chats program: 

Januaryno session

February - Famous partners in literature

March - Book characters that have defied the odds

April - Do men and women write differently?

May - Melbourne by the book

June - Walking in their shoes: real people I've met in books

July - Families behaving badly

August - Greatest literary villains

September - Finding your next read: is Oprah your go-to?

October - Genres we love and hate

November - War in fiction: glory or tragedy?

December - Armchair travel


2018 Book Chats program

January – No sessions

February – Fur real stories: animals as book characters

March – What I’m reading in autumn

April – Daggers and detectives

May – Which books will be the next ‘classics’?

June – What I’m reading in winter

July – Series vs standalones?

August – Back in time: historical fiction

September – What I’m reading in spring

October – Books in translation

November – Books from your childhood

December – Great summer holiday reads