What happens when someone hit them up "hey, what are you reading ?"
Anyway, it's only an hour or a chapter long.
Isn't book club an American thing though ? Never heard of one in Europe.
They probably reply, and depending on their mood, either engage in conversation or politely hint that they would like to keep reading. What normal people do in those situations.
I think some commenters misunderstand what these people are doing.
Nowhere in the article or the club's web site is any hint of expectation of silence and privacy. They won't go from table to table and ask the other patrons to please be quiet.
It wouldn't be my thing, but hey, I used to go to a regular Friday evening bar 'blitz chess' session in Pittsburgh with a bunch of Russians who would get progressively more blitzed as the night progressed. As you can imagine this was viewed as a bit peculiar by fellow revelers. Though unlike the reading club, we were not... exactly... quiet.
Not really. They're quite popular in the UK; my village has one that meets once a fortnight or so.
I'm in Scotland so it'll not be long before we're independent and back again.