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AV Book club

If you enjoy reading fiction and would like to have an incentive to read more, expand your reading list, and to meet with others to share your thoughts and insights and to hear others' perspectives, consider joining the AV Book Club for your next literary adventure.

With support from our Book Club Facilitator, our AV Book Club meets every second month throughout the year to discuss, analyse, and exchange perspectives on a range of novels.

To allow participants to join the discussion from the comfort of their favourite reading chair, we are currently meeting online via Zoom.

What kind of books do we read?

To determine the reading list for the year, members vote from a shortlist of novels at the end of each year. The list is compiled from various sources and includes books:

  • by openly autistic authors (#ActuallyAutistic, #OwnVoices)
  • from the  CAE Book Groups Catalogue
  • from literary award short and long lists e.g., Stella, Miles Franklin, Hugo, Nebula
  • (auto)biographies about people who are or may be autistic
  • from members' recommendations

2023 Reading list, including available purchase options

2024 Reading list, including available purchase options

How can I find the book for the next meeting?

Our Book Club Facilitator has put together the 2024 reading list which includes the details of upcoming books and how and where to find them. Most books are available via a range of in person book stores as well as various online sources for both print and e-readers. Some books may be more difficult to source, so if you are interested in reading a particular book, we recommend finding a copy well in advance of the book club meeting date to allow you time to find it and enjoy it at your pace and in your preferred format.

How can I register for the next group meeting, and which book will be discussed?

The next group meeting and the book we will be discussing is listed in the calendar below.

If you would like to attend, please click Register on the left side and enter your details.

If there is no meeting listed, please scroll down for further information on how to join the AV mailing list.

What kind of things do we discuss?

We explore various perspectives on life, using the authors' perspective and experience and the settings of their work to provide a springboard for discussion about various cultures, eras, gendersand life experiences. Our Book Club Facilitator has shared this online Book Club Discussion Prompts list to whet your appetite for ways to think and talk about each of our novels. We often use this list as a loose scaffold for our discussions. As they’re generic questions, we also consider the author’s and our own autism and how it may have sculpted the novel.

Join the AV Mailing List

If you would like us to include you in future emails about this activity, we invite you to add your name to the AV mailing list. You can select all the topics relevant to you, and you can also update this at a later date if you need to.

Community Guide: How to join the AV mailing list

If you already receive emails from AV, you can update your Areas of Interest in your AV profile to include this activity to ensure we include you in future emails.

Community Guide: How to update your AV profile (including your Areas of Interest)

If you would like more information, please contact the AV Book Club Facilitator.

Upcoming Meetings

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