How It Works

Williams College has partnered with Professional Book Club (PBC) Guru to create a virtual book club for the Eph community, covering lifelong learning, personal growth, novels and other topics in which the participants are interested. The book club will connect through a private forum where all participants can discuss the current book and network with each other. Joining is completely free; you just have to get a copy of the book to enjoy. The book club will read one book every two months so that you will have plenty of time for each book.

Our May to July Selection:

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A Gentleman in Moscow:

A Novel

by Amor Towles

Why Join

1. Be Part of a Lifelong Learning Community: This lifelong learning community is a place to learn from fellow Ephs as we share our unique perspectives on each book. Book club members will also have the opportunity to vote on our future book selections and take leadership roles in the book discussions.

2. Connect with Fellow Ephs: Our book club will connect you with fellow alumni and members of the Eph community across industries, generations and geographies all while gaining different perspectives as you read the books. The network you will be building may help you with career advice, introduce you to new people and find your next opportunity.

3. 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].

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 start the book club by reading one book every two months. The texts selected will be lifelong learning, personal growth, novels and other topics and 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 – you just need a copy of the book.

How do I get the books?

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

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 the Eph community. 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 the log in button above.

What if my question isn't answered?

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