The Friends of the Brainerd Public Library and Prairie Bay welcome you to Season 5 of Books Burgers and Brews. Books Burgers and Brews is a book club that is open to the public held of 3rd Monday's from 6 - 8 pm currently on our Facebook Page and/or ZOOM. We supply the books, discussion, and some fun extras, and when we can be at the restaurant, Prairie Bay prepares a fun menu to match the book. See details on our next discussion below!
Our vision for this event is to attract men and women alike and provide a fun venue to gather with friends and enjoy a fun discussion. We like to call it... "A Book Club With A Kick". We would love to have you join us! When we meet in person we have a RSVP link to secure your spot.
UPDATE: In this time of COVID, we have moved Books Burgers and Brews online so you may watch from the comfort of your home or gather with friends to have your own book club! You will find your hosts, Sheila and Laurel on the Books Burgers and Brews Facebook page taking you through the discussion. We hope you will join us and continue to be a part of Books Burgers and Brews as we navigate through these times.
October 19th, 2020 (VIA ZOOM)
At the height of the Cold War, Irina, a young Russian-American secretary, is plucked from the CIA typing pool and given the assignment of a lifetime. Her mission: to help smuggle Doctor Zhivago into the USSR, where it is banned, and enable Boris Pasternak’s magnum opus to make its way into print around the world. Mentoring Irina is the glamorous Sally Forrester: a seasoned spy who has honed her gift for deceit, using her magnetism and charm to pry secrets out of powerful men. Under Sally’s tutelage, Irina learns how to invisibly ferry classified documents—and discovers deeply buried truths about herself. The Secrets We Kept combines a legendary literary love story—the decades-long affair between Pasternak and his mistress and muse, Olga Ivinskaya, who inspired Zhivago’s heroine, Lara—with a narrative about two women empowered to lead lives of extraordinary intrigue and risk. Told with soaring emotional intensity and captivating historical detail, this is an unforgettable debut: a celebration of the powerful belief that a work of art can change the world.
Pick up your copy of the current read at the Brainerd Public Library front desk by asking for the Books, Burgers, and Brews once the title has been selected. The books at the library are first come first serve and we have 25 copies set aside for this event. you can request one for curbside pickup appointment by calling the library at 218-829-5574 or by going to the library during one of the “Grab and Go” times. See this page for scheduled times and more info on
All previous book selections can be returned to the library’s outside book drop anytime.
Participants that use the library for the book selection are asked to return the book once they have completed reading so someone else will be able to check the title out. Other options are listing to the book on audio, or purchasing online.
Fall 2020 - Spring 2021 Season Line Up:
October 19, 2020 - “The Secrets We Kept” by Lara Prescott
November 16, 2020 - “Best Day Ever” by Kaira Rouda
December 21, 2020 - Book exchange/holiday party (Details for this year to be determined)
January 18, 2021 - “The Other Wes Moore” by Wes Moore
February 15, 2021 - “The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek” by Kim Michele Richardson
March 15, 2021 - “Whisper Network” by Chandler Baker
April 19, 2021 - “The Nickel Boys” by Colson Whitehead
May 17, 2021 - “Beneath a Scarlet Sky” by Mark Sullivan