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The next Poppies Book Club meeting will take place Aug. 11 at 6 p.m. at Poppies Art and Gifts, 323 E. Matilija St., Ojai. Readers will meet on the back patio for safe social distancing.

The group will discuss “Manhattan Beach” by Jennifer Egan. The historical novel features a woman who becomes the first female diver to repair ships during the war. Mystery surrounds her missing father and a man who can shed light on his disappearance.

Interested adults should read the book in advance to discuss it. Bring a chair for outside seating. The event is free.

The group meets on the second Tuesday of the month (dark in December). Books for the remainder of the year will alternate between art-related ones and novels that members would like to read.  Future selections are: Sept. 8, “The Art of Rivalry” by Sebastian Smee; Oct. 13, “A Long Petal of the Sea” by Isabel Allende; and Nov. 10, “My Name is Red” by Orhan Pamuk.

For more information, visit poppiesartandgifts.indiemade.com.

New store hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Safety protocol for Ojai businesses is followed inside the store. Masks are required.