The next book club in Houston is named after a Houston-area gang member who had his book club shut down in 2011 after the owners called it a “little chaos” club.
The Houston Book Club opened in 2016 in a renovated former bookstore that opened in October.
Owner Eric and Kim Krieger said the new location in the former Kriegers’ store on University Avenue is a place where people from all over the world come to find out about Houston books, get together and talk about literature.
“I feel like a small part of the city and I think a lot of people in Houston feel the same way,” said Kim Krieners owner of the Hooligans Book Club.
The Hooligans book club has grown from three to seven book clubs with over 70 books and bookshelves.
The book club owners said the first book club opened in 2013 and since then, they’ve had some good events including the Book Festival in May.
Kim Krieer said he and his wife, Kim, are happy with the new book club but they’re hoping for a bigger event with the goal of having books come together in a big way.
“It’s always been a little bit chaotic.
We wanted to have a little fun and be creative,” Kim Kriemes said.
The Kriegers have set up the HOOLIGANS BOOK CLUB BOOKS page on Facebook to sell their books.
The new Hooligians bookclub is the latest book club to open in Houston.
In 2016, a group of people from Houston were invited to the book club and started reading the city’s best book and other local titles.
Kim and Eric Krieges started the HOODRUFF book club on August 1, 2017, and the Houston Book Clubs Facebook page has about 3,000 followers.
The book club will continue with book signings, reading events and book signings.
Krieger says it’s not just book clubs that have helped grow the Houston book scene.
“We have books in our library, we have books coming out, we also have other local authors, and that’s really been what we’re focusing on with this,” he said.