How It Works

Participation in AU’s Online Book Club is completely free. Simply pick up a copy of the book at your library, local bookstore, or online. The group will read one book every two months so you will have plenty of time to read. Plus, you don’t have to commit to reading every book.

“Books may well be the only true magic.”
– Alice Hoffman

Our January to March Selection:

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The Dictionary of Lost Words:

by Pip Williams

Participate in the Online Book Club to:

1. Connect with fellow alumni: Want another way to connect with AU alumni, learners and friends? Joining our book club will introduce you to AU community members across industries, generations, and geographies.
2. Embrace Lifelong Learning: The online book club will help provide new insights and ignite creativity making you a more effective communicator and leader.
3. Reading is Good for You: Reading improves your intelligence, reasoning ability, and can “catalyze insight, innovation, empathy, and personal effectiveness.” [1] Joining our book club gives you the opportunity to read more and enjoy all the benefits that come with it.

“It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.”
– Oscar Wilde

The Books

Below are a few examples of the kind of books the group may read. We will vote between several options each period and select a book based on reader interests.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How often will books be read, what is the time commitment and what are the expectations?

We plan to read one book every two months. Books selected will take an average of nine hours to read. If you have between 1 and 2 hours a week to read, you can easily keep up with the group.

Will there be any in-person meetings of the book club?

No, the Online Book Club will be entirely online. You can participate anywhere you have internet access on days and times that are convenient to you.

Is there any cost to participate?

No, participation is free!

How do I get the books?

You can pick up a copy of the book at your local library, bookstore, or online.

How do book club discussions work?

A moderator will manage online discussions, pose questions and share relevant articles related to the book. Members will be encouraged to post and share. This format allows for ongoing conversation and allows readers to connect.

How do I make a forum profile?

During the sign-up process, you will be prompted to enter information that will auto-generate your profile. After you complete the sign up, we'll send you a link to the forum and you can begin to post right away!

What exactly is PBC Guru and what do they have to do with the book club?

Professional Book Club (PBC) Guru is a book club management company that works with businesses, alumni associations and professional societies. You can visit their website at if you want more information.

I've already signed up. How do I log in?

If you are already a member, you can click the log in button above.

What if my question isn't answered?

Feel free to send an email to and we'll be happy to help.