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Venture Cafe W-S Book Club

Connecting Innovators to BOOKS to Make Things Happen!

Did you know that Venture Cafe WS started a Book Club?

We are excited that our first book for the Venture Cafe Winston-Salem Book Club will be Malcolm Gladwell’s  Talking to Strangers. In this book, Gladwell offers a powerful examination of our interactions with strangers –  and why they often go wrong. Talking to Strangers is a classically Gladwellian intellectual adventure, a challenging and controversial excursion through history, psychology, and scandals taken straight from the news. He revisits the deceptions of Bernie Madoff, the trial of Amanda Knox, the suicide of Sylvia Plath, the Jerry Sandusky pedophilia scandal at Penn State University, and the death of Sandra Bland—throwing our understanding of these and other stories into doubt. Something is very wrong, Gladwell argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don’t know. And because we don’t know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world. In his first book since his #1 bestseller, David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell has written a gripping guidebook for troubled times.


In partnership with Bookmarks, you can receive 20% off your purchase if you tell them you are in the VCWS Book Club at checkout!

Upcoming Selections:

Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell

  • Start Reading Date: September 12
  • Gladwell Livestream @ Venture Cafe: October 24
  • Venture Cafe In-House Book Discussion: November 14 at 7 pm: Venture Cafe 486 Patterson Ave

When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel Pink

  • Start Reading Date: November 15
  • Venture Cafe In-House Book Discussion: January 31 at 7 pm: Venture Cafe 486 Patterson Ave

Make sure to mention your book club when checking out at Bookmarks to save 20% off your book club purchases or use your coupon code for online purchases. Ask your book club coordinator for details or email bookstore manager Beth Seufer Buss at