The Pickwick/Grace Mystery Book Club

The Pickwick/Grace Mystery Book Club began in 1997 at the Pickwick Bookstore in Pine Bluff. It moved to Grace Episcopal Church in 2000 and has continued to meet there on the last Thursday of the month to visit, eat, and even talk about the book everyone has read. In the early days of the group mystery novels were the focus of discussion, but in recent years the group has chosen to expand to other fiction genres and even to the occasional non- fiction title. Titles are suggested by the participants. The group is open to all interested readers.

The October meeting of the Pickwick/Grace Mystery Book Club will be Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in Brown Hall at Grace Episcopal, Church, 4101 South Hazel, Pine Bluff, Ark. The topic for the meeting will be The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.

By coincidence Ms. Skloot will be speaking in Arkansas on the Monday before the book club meeting. On October 22, 2012 at 12 noon, she will be this year’s Governor Winthrop Rockefeller Distinguished Lecturer at UAMS. Tickets for the live presentation are no longer available, but Ms. Skloot’s lecture will be broadcast to the AHEC facilities around the state, including the Pine Bluff AHEC’s classroom 2 and arrangements have been made for the P/G Mystery Book Club to attend.
Please contact Virginia Perschbacher for more information about the Book Club and/or the Ms. Skloot’s UAMS lecture at 870-534-0650 or

In addition to talking about books, The P/G Mystery Book Club has, since 2007, supported the Pine Bluff Salvation Army by stuffing Christmas stockings for adults and children in the community. Book Club members along with their family and friends collect candy, individual toiletry items, small toys and games, and other items suitable to be stuffed into a stocking, then gather together, with pizza and wine, to stuff the stockings. The 2012 Stocking Stuffing will be on November 4, 2012 a Sunday starting about 12 noon, (after the Sunday morning service).

Contact Ellen Stutchman 870-534-3037 or Virginia Perschbacher 870-534-0650 with any questions.

Dates to remember:

October 22, 2012 (Monday) 12 noon, Pine Bluff AHEC – Rebecca Skloot lecture.

October 25, 2012 (Thursday) 7:00 p.m., Grace Church/Brown Hall – Pickwick/Grace Mystery Book Club meeting – all are welcome

November 4, 2012 (Sunday) about 12 noon, Grace Church/Milwee Hall – Salvation Army Stocking Stuffing – all are welcome