October’s Michigan book club pick is ‘The Women of the Copper Country’

Bridge Book Club October

What’s better than curling up with a good book when the weather turns cooler? Not much, in our estimation. Bridge Michigan’s bimonthly book club is back, and our October selection is “The Women of the Copper Country” by Mary Doria Russell. 

This historical fiction novel tells the story of Annie Clements, a courageous woman who started a rebellion by leading a strike against the largest copper mining company in the world. Set in and near Calumet, this story takes us to the Upper Peninsula in 1913 at the height of Northern Michigan’s copper mining boom.

We’re honored to be joined by Russell via Zoom to discuss the book from noon to 1 p.m. EDT on Oct. 28.

You can join the Bridge Book Club by reading “The Women of the Copper Country” between now and Oct. 28. Bridge will post optional discussion questions in our closed Facebook group throughout October, leading up to the concluding discussion on Zoom.

Here's our schedule

  • Book announced: Sept. 9
  • First discussion post on Bridge book club closed Facebook group: Oct. 9
  • Second discussion post on Bridge book club closed Facebook group: Oct. 16
  • Third discussion post on Bridge book club closed Facebook group: Oct. 23
  • Live Zoom discussion: Oct. 28 from noon to 1 p.m.

How to get the book

For Bridge Club members, we will provide an e-version of the selected book as a membership benefit. If you’re not already a member, join today for as little as $1 and support our nonprofit newsroom. Members will be sent a link via email from Membership Director Amber DeLind to redeem their free book.

For those who are not Bridge Club members, would like to borrow the book, or would prefer a physical copy, you have other options. You can order “The Women of the Copper Country” directly from the publisher, or download it from a Michigan library system to an e-reader or smartphone via Overdrive or Libby. The book may also be available for order from local bookstores, some of whom are offering curbside pickup. Call your local bookstore to inquire.

How to take part in the online discussion

To participate throughout the month in our weekly discussions, please join our closed Facebook group by clicking here. Bridge’s social media team will approve your membership in this closed group. 

Each week in October, we will post several discussion questions about a section of chapters and group members will be invited to interact with our team and with one another.

Participation in these weekly discussions is not required to participate in the Zoom discussion.

How to join the live Zoom discussion

Our hour-long Zoom discussion will take place noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 28. To be invited to participate in this discussion, please complete this form and we’ll send you the link via email. 

To learn more about how to join a Zoom meeting, please watch this short video below. Zoom is free to use, and you can use the video call function on your computer, tablet, or phone, or you can call into the meeting using the conference line function.


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