How it Works

The UVA Alumni Association and PBC Guru have partnered to create a virtual book club for UVA alumni featuring the work of UVA alumnae authors. The book club will connect through a private online forum where participants can discuss the current book and engage with each other. Joining is completely free - all you need to participate is a copy of each book to enjoy. The book club will read one book every two months to allow plenty of time to fit reading into your schedule.

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Our August to October Selection:


The League of Wives:

The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the U.S. Government to Bring Their Husbands Home

by Heath Hardage Lee

The Books

Below, you will find examples of the books we plan to read. Corner Book Club members can recommend additional titles by UVA alumnae and will have the opportunity to vote between several options for each reading period. This will allow us to read the books you are most interested in the order you want to read them!

Frequently Asked Questions

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

The Corner Book Club will read one book every two months. Each book should take an average of nine hours (1-2 hours/week) to read cover to cover.

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

No, the Corner Book Club's interactions will take place entirely online. You can participate from anywhere, at any time that is convenient for you.

Is there any cost to participate?

No, participation is free.

Who can join the Corner Book Club?

All alumnae and alumni are welcome to participate.

How do I get the books?

You can pick up books at your local library, or purchase books in whatever format you prefer.

How do book club discussions work?

The Corner Book Club will have a moderator from PBC Guru who manages the online forum and book discussions. Your moderator will pose questions to book club members, share relevant articles, and facilitate conversation about topics in the book. Book club members are encouraged to post and share as well. This format allows for ongoing conversation and makes it easy for readers to connect with each other. You might catch some of our alumnae authors on the forum throughout the year as well!

How do I make a forum profile?

The Corner Book Club uses a private forum to host the virtual book club discussion. When you sign up for the book club, you will enter information to create your forum profile and password. After you complete the sign up process, we'll send you a link to the forum so you can access it right away.

What is a discussion leader?

Discussion leaders are book club members who help initiate and advance our weekly discussions.

How do I become a discussion leader?

Participants can sign up to be discussion leaders during sign up. Additionally, each time we begin a new reading period, you will receive an email asking if you'd like to become/continue being a discussion leader for our new book club selection. If you are interested in being a discussion leader but do not have the time during a call for volunteers, you can always sign up to be a discussion leader for a future reading period.

What are the expectations of discussion leaders?

The time commitment for being a discussion leader is roughly 10-15 minutes per week. As a discussion leader, we ask that you aim to:

  • Post at least one comment a week in our discussion
  • Reply to fellow book club members' posts
  • Ask follow up questions to fellow book club members' posts
  • Connect different threads of discussion together, in order to create a more cohesive conversation

What exactly is PBC Guru and what do they have to do with the UVA Alumni Association?

Professional Book Club (PBC) Guru is a book club management company that works with businesses, alumni associations and professional societies. The UVA Alumni Association is teaming up with PBC to create the Corner Book Club program for UVA alumni. You can check out PBC's website at www.pbc.guru if you want to see more of what they do.

I've already signed up for the Corner Book Club. How do I log in?

If you've already signed up, click here to log in.

I have a question that isn't answered above. What should I do?

Feel free to send an email to info@pbc.guru and we'll be happy to help. You can also contact Jess Hamilton at the UVA Alumni Association at jesshamilton@virginia.edu.

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