What makes a book group great? Great Books and great discussion, of course. Today, hundreds of book groups are affiliated with the Great Books Foundation, forming a community of thoughtful, dedicated readers. It’s easy to join one of the many Great Books discussion groups across the United States and Canada. To see whether there’s a group in your area, click here.

  • Select a date, time, and place for your initial meeting. Gather an excited and enthusiastic group of participants, ideally between 8 and 12 people.
  • Determine where you’re going to meet, perhaps at a library, community center, church, or a member’s home. Also determine how often you’re going to meet. Many groups meet monthly, as this gives participants enough time to carefully read longer selections or to read shorter selections twice.
  • Use this catalog and our website to choose the Great Books anthology you want to use and pick your first reading. Choose your first discussion leader, and decide how you’ll pick discussion leaders in the future.