How It Works

We have partnered with PBC Guru to co-facilitate a virtual book club covering a range of books on the Senior Symposium syllabus. Joining is completely free; you just have to get a copy of the book to enjoy. The Reed Remote Book Club will read one book every two months and online discussions will be prompted regularly through the forum.

Our August to October Selection:

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A Gentleman in Moscow:

A Novel

by Amor Towles

Why Join

1. Embrace lifelong learning with Reedies: There’s nothing quite like a robust discussion among Reedies. Learn beyond the classroom as you read books that encourage you to consider and broaden your perspective.
2. Create your own schedule: The online discussions allow you to contribute to the discussion virtually, at your own pace, on your own schedule.
3. Deepen your connections with the Reed community: The Reed Remote Book Club will unite you with Reedies from across generations and geographies as you share perspectives and critiques of the books. The network you'll be building may help you with career advice, introduce you to new people (or your next favorite book!), and find your next opportunity.

The Books

Below are a few examples from the Senior Symposium syllabus. 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 start the book club by reading one book every two months. The texts are selected from the Senior Symposium syllabus. They should take an average of nine hours to read cover to cover. If you have between 1 and 2 hours a week to read, you should be fine.

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

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

Is there any cost to participate?

Participation is free for all alumni, faculty and staff!

How do I get the books?

Participants can get books for free at their local library or purchase them at their local bookstore or online.

How do book club discussions work?

The book club will have a moderator from PBC Guru who manages the forum where discussions occur online. The moderator will pose questions to the book club, share relevant articles and facilitate conversation about topics in the book. Members will be encouraged to post and share as well. This format allows for ongoing conversation and makes it easy for readers to connect with each other through the forum.

How do I make a forum profile?

We're using a private forum to host the virtual book club so it's easy to connect with fellow alumni. During our sign up process, you will enter the information to auto-generate your free 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. We are teaming up with PBC to put this program in place for alumni, faculty and staff. You can check out their website at if you want to see more of what they do.

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.