Curious Public

A monthly pints, discussion, and book club

We meet on the third Friday of the month, 3:00-5:00 PM, at Chaucer’s Pub (122 Carling Street, London, Ontario). Organized and coordinated by James Shelley and Jeremy Nathan Marks with administrative support from the Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion.

Upcoming Schedule


Friday, September 20, 2019 at 3:00 PM at Chaucer’s Pub


Friday, October 18, 2019 at 3:00 PM at Chaucer’s Pub

Join! Sign up for reading list, book selections, reminders, and updates…

About Us

Why this group?

Think of us as a ‘curiosity and ideas club.’ We are a peer-learning community who value reading, discussing big ideas, pushing our thinking, wrestling with different perspectives, and enjoying one another’s company. And beer.

What kind of topics do you discuss?

We have a special interest in historically grounding theoretical works: ‘foundational’ texts that have developed influential ‘traction’ as theories or critiques, as well as fiction that has provoked or inspired critical social analysis. Our goal is to read and discuss the widest possible breadth of genres, perspectives, and ideas. We are curious to catch glimpses of life through the lens of different cultures, genders, identities, time periods, and personal experiences.

How do I join?

Please sign up for email updates (so as not to miss any last minute changes if they occur) and send us a quick RSVP for dates you are attending (so we can make sure we have adquate table reservations). ‘Consistent regularity’ is not a requirement to attend: feel free to ‘hop on’/’hop off’ as we go along, but also challenge yourself to read and discuss titles that don’t immediately ‘grab’ you. This group is open to everyone in the community: Respect for others and an eagerness to learn are the only prerequisites

Do I have to read the book to come?

No, reading the text is not a requirement. This is a discussion group first, book club second. If you are interested in the topic or theme of an upcoming book title, please feel free to join the discussion. (As a common courtesy, however, please refrain from showing up with the expectation that those who have read the book are obliged to provide you with an overview or recap. This is a discussion group, not a classroom — do your homework!)

Who organizes this group?

Administrative support for this group is provided by the Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Western University. Communications, scheduling, and title curation are coordinated by James Shelley and Jeremy Nathan Marks.

Books on our ‘to read and discuss’ list

Books we have read and discussed thus far…