How it Works

"Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading." - Rainer Maria Rilke

We have created a virtual book club exclusively for UM alumni and friends focusing on lifelong learning, leadership, harnessing creativity, communication skills and much, much more. The book club will connect through a private forum where members can discuss the current book and connect with each other.

Joining the book club is completely free, thanks to the support of the UM Alumni Association. You just have to pick up a copy of the book—at your library, local bookstore, or online—to enjoy. 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—we’re not grading you.

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Our Next Selection:


The Break:

A Novel

by Katherena Vermette

Why Join?

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go." - Dr. Seuss


There are three main reasons we hope you will be excited to participate in our online book club:


1. Embrace lifelong learning: The facilitated book club will broaden your career and provide new insights to get results in making you more effective in areas including leadership, communications skills and achieving a fulfilling life.

2. Reading is good for you: Reading can reduce stress, help you sleep better and improve your relationships.1 Did we mention it also makes you smarter? Reading increases your verbal intelligence, your emotional intelligence and your creativity.2

3. Connect with UM community: Our book club will introduce you to fellow alumni and friends across industries, generations and geographies all while gaining different perspectives through reading the book. The network you'll be building may help you with career advice, introduce you to new people and find your next opportunity.

The Books

“Nothing is better than reading and gaining more and more knowledge.” - Stephen Hawking

We will be reading a mix of books selected by UM leaders and voted on by you, our readers. Below is a list of example books to give you an idea of the type of books we’ll be reading.

Frequently Asked Questions


"Of all things, I liked books best." - Nikola Tesla

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

We’ll be reading one book every two months. The books selected will be about advancing lifelong learning and career development and take an average of eight hours to read cover to cover. For most readers, this means having between 30 to 60 minutes a week to read: on the bus, with your lunch or before bed (especially if you want to improve your sleep). There are no strict expectations on members for this virtual community; if you are particularly busy with work, family or other obligations and can't read one of the books, that's totally fine. If you can only read part of a book and contribute a little to the online discussion, then that's okay too. The goal of this program is to connect UM alumni and friends together through reading, as often as you can.

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

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

Is there any cost to participate?

Participation is free for alumni and friends! You are responsible only for finding a copy of the book.

How do I get the books?

Participants can get books for free at their local library, or purchase a book 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 group, share relevant articles and facilitate conversation about topics in the book. Members will be encouraged to post and share their own thoughts as well. This format allows for ongoing conversation and makes it easy for members to connect with each other through the forum.

How do I make a forum profile?

We are using a private forum to host the virtual book club so it is easy to connect. During our sign-up process, your free profile will be created. 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 University of Manitoba book club?

Professional Book Club (PBC) Guru is a book club management company that works with businesses, alumni associations and professional societies. UM is partnering with PBC to put this program in place for alumni and friends. You can check out their website at www.pbc.guru 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 here to log in.

What if my question isn't answered?

Feel free to send an email to info@pbc.guru and we will be happy to help.

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