The Book Discussion Scheme is the source of books and reading notes for our book group. The scheme (BDS) is a not-for-profit organisation that started 43 years ago under the auspices of the Canterbury Workers’ Education Association. They provide monthly books to more than 1,200 groups throughout New Zealand, and it’s all run from their busy premises in Colombo Street. Group members pay $60 per year, which entitles them to ten books. Members all read the same book at the same time, then meet to discuss it, answer questions, and develop friendships. The BDS offices have appropriate murals by Wongi Wilson at their front door.
I’m aware there are some groups where people read different books, then share their ideas, and others where everyone buys the featured book each month. Do you belong to a book club?
“Our members all have undertook
to try to read the monthly book.”