Book Club


Please join us as we learn about our Sister Cities cultural identity and history through books from their countries, while we snack on delicious treats inspired by international cuisine.

Check the section below to see the past, current and future books!

We will meet again on the following Mondays at 6:30 pm at King’s Books,

218 St. Helen’s Avenue in downtown Tacoma.



Check our Book Club News section below for more details on each meeting and book.

Photo of building circa 1919

King’s Books is a community-oriented bookstore with 4500 square feet and approximately 100,000 books. We have an array of events weekly, from book clubs to author events, community gatherings to our annual letterpress festival. We opened on April 1, 2000 and have become the largest used and new independent bookstore in the Tacoma area. King’s Books is a proud member of the Stadium Historic District Business Association, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA), and the American Booksellers Association (ABA).

King’s Books is owned by sweet pea Flaherty, who took over the bookstore from John Schoppert and Pat McDermott in 2010. sweet pea has been a bookseller since 2000, starting at McDermott Books and A Room of One’s Own Feminist Bookstore in Madison, Wisconsin. sweet pea moved to Tacoma to work at King’s Books in 2003.

King’s Books is graced by the presence of dapper shop cat Herbert, who joined the staff in 2015. You can often hear him talking around meal time. He is preceded by bookstore cats Harriet (at bookstore 2001-2008), Miko (at bookstore 2003-2014), and Atticus (at bookstore 2009-2018).

Check their website and order your books or come visit!



  • January – Gunsan, South Korea – Human Acts by Han Kang
  • February – Aalesund, Norway – Ashes in My Mouth, Sand in My Shoes by Per Petterson
  • March/April – Davao City, Philippines – Insurrecto by Gina Apostol
  • June/July – Fuzhou, China – Happy Dreams by Jia Pingwa
  • August – Boca del Rio, Mexico – Swift as Desire by Laura Esquivel
  • September – George, South Africa – Evening Primrose by Kopano Matlwa
  • October – Brovary, Ukraine – Your Ad Could Go Here by Oksana Zubuzhk


  • June – Stari Grad, Croatia – EEG by Dasa Drndic
  • July – Kitakyushu, Japan – Convenience Store Woman by Sakaya Murata
  • August – Cienfuegos, Cuba – Revolution Sunday by Wendy Guerra
  • September -Taichung, Taiwan – Green Island by Shawna Yang Ryan
  • November -Vladivostok, Russia – Oblivion by Sergei Lebedev
  • December – El Jadida, Morocco – Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits by Laila Lalami


Hunter White moved to Tacoma in the fall of 2018 to pursue his interests in international business and trade with East Asian markets. Although originally a New England native (Connecticut, Vermont and Maine), he has worked and lived in several cities overseas including Taipei, Beijing, and Kunming.

Given his interests in various nations and cultures around the globe, he figured the Tacoma Sister Cities would be the ideal place to find like-minded folks in The City of Destiny.

This hunch turned out to be correct; soon after joining, Hunter was fortunate to receive the opportunity to begin organizing the Tacoma Sister Cities Book Club along with help from several key community members.

When not reading Book Club selections or indulging in trashy true crime novels, Hunter stays busy by serving as the chairman for the Tacoma-Taichung Sister City Committee. Outside of work and community involvement, Hunter stays active by playing competitive squash, harvesting wild shellfish, and tending to his vegetable garden.


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