Next Chapter Society Book Club

The Next Chapter Society Book Club offers a lively and relaxed discussion about the select book and themes addressed in the book. All are welcome to join us, including non-members and those who have not read the book. We ask that all attendees be fully vaccinated to help ensure the safety of our group. Location is subject to change. Please register to receive event updates.

This Month’s Book Club 

Our Lady of Perpetual Hunger by Lisa Donovan
Tuesday, May 24th | 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Crazy Gnome Brewery
948 Main Street, Nashville, TN 37206

Our Author Ambassador

NCS is proud to honor local author and chef Lisa Marie Donovan whose memoir Our Lady of Perpetual Hunger is the May 2022 book club selection. Donovan will join NCS book club members to discuss her debut book so please mark your calendars to join us!

Lisa Donovan is a James Beard award winning writer and chef who has redefined what it means to be a “Southern baker” as the pastry chef to some of the South’s most influential chefs. She has been formative in developing, writing and establishing a technique driven and historically rich narrative of traditional Southern pastry in restaurants across the country and in print. Lisa is a regular contributor to Food&Wine and she has been a featured speaker at René Redzepi’s globally renowned MAD Symposium on the culture and responsibilities of restaurants and centers her work on advocacy and education. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, Eater, LitHub, Saveur. Lisa is the author of OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HUNGER, her first book through Penguin Press in August 2020.  OUR LADY was the recipient of the LDEI’s MFK Fisher Prize for Excellence in 2021.

NCS Author Ambassadors are outstanding Nashville community members with notable published books. They partner with the Next Chapter Society in community outreach to support the mission of NPLF in its quest to provide funding to support the best library programming possible. Join NCS in celebrating Nashville’s writing community through this exclusive honor for our annual ambassador.

Upcoming Months

  • June 28th: The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrun | Rosemary & Beauty Queen
  • July: No Book Club
  • August 23rd: Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid | East Nashville Beerworks
  • September 27th: Children of the Land by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo | Fat Bottom Brewing
  • October 25th: Literary Award Winner (TBA) | The Bar at Vandyke Bed + Beverage
  • November 22nd: Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty | Pinewood Social


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