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Open Discussion Project

The Open Discussion Project's goal is to foster dialog and better understanding between people with different political viewpoints and to provide a space for civil discourse on controversial or divisive topics. The book selections are also chosen to represent issues and viewpoints across the political spectrum.  The aim of each discussion is to promote understanding rather than convince anyone of a particular point of view. We have two facilitators skilled at doing just that. New meeting day: The group meets the first Tuesday of the month at 7 pm.

Three organizations--the National Coalition Against Censorship, the National Institute for Civil Discourse, and the American Booksellers' Association--have joined together to sponsor the Open Discussion Project. The national roll-out has started with six bookstores, including QRB. The sponsoring organizations are offering their support by supplying trained facilitators, community outreach, and a forum for the participating stores to discuss best practices.

Meeting dates:

January: no meeting

February 4: The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis

March 3: Ratf**ked: Why Your Vote Doesn’t Count by David Daly

April 7: The Faces of Poverty in North Carolina: Stories from Our Invisible Citizens By Gene R. Nichol

May 5: Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People? (Paperback) By Thomas Frank

June 2: Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity (Hardcover) By Charles L. Marohn

July: stay tuned

August 4: Arguing with Zombies: Politics and the Fight for a Better Future by Paul Krugman

September 1: American Secession: The Looming Threat of a National Breakup by F.H. Buckley

October 6: Why We’re Polarized by Ezra Klein

As with all of our in-store book clubs, participants receive a 21% discount on the discussion book; just let us know at the counter when you purchase it.

Shop our upcoming and past selections below.

The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780393357455
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - December 3rd, 2019

The New York Times Bestseller, with a new afterword

"[Michael Lewis’s] most ambitious and important book." —Joe Klein, New York Times


Ratf**ked: Why Your Vote Doesn't Count Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781631493218
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Liveright - July 4th, 2017

David Daley’s “extraordinarily timely” (New York Times Book Review) account uncovers the fundamental rigging of our House of Representatives and state legislatures nationwide.


The Faces of Poverty in North Carolina: Stories from Our Invisible Citizens Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781469646527
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: University of North Carolina Press - December 10th, 2018

These are the faces of poverty in North Carolina: scores of homeless men, women, and children take refuge in makeshift camps, barely hidden in the woods near some of our most affluent neighborhoods. Hundreds wait in lines hours long to receive basic health care at underfunded free clinics.


Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People? Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250118134
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Picador - March 14th, 2017

A SCATHING LOOK AT THE STANDARD-BEARERS OF LIBERAL POLITICS—A BOOK THAT ASKS: WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH DEMOCRATS?


Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781119564812
Availability: Available from warehouse in 1-5 business days
Published: Wiley - October 1st, 2019

A new way forward for sustainable quality of life in cities of all sizes


Arguing with Zombies: Economics, Politics, and the Fight for a Better Future Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781324005018
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 28th, 2020

An accessible, compelling introduction to today’s major policy issues from the New York Times columnist, best-selling author, and Nobel prize–winning economist Paul Krugman.


American Secession: The Looming Threat of a National Breakup Cover Image
$23.99
ISBN: 9781641770804
Availability: Available from warehouse in 1-5 business days
Published: Encounter Books - January 14th, 2020

Americans have never been more divided, and we're ripe for a breakup. The bitter partisan animosities, the legislative gridlock, the growing acceptance of violence in the name of political virtue--it all invites us to think that we'd be happier were we two different countries. In all the ways that matter, save for the naked force of law, we are already two nations.


Why We're Polarized Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781476700328
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - January 28th, 2020

The New York Times Bestseller

The Wall Street Journal Bestseller

“Few books are as well-matched to the moment of their publication as Ezra Klein’s Why We’re Polarized.” —Dan Hopkins, The Washington Post

“It is likely to become the political book of the year....Powerful [and] intelligent.