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UW Alumni Book Club

The UWAA, UW Libraries and University Book Store invite all interested readers to join the UW Alumni Book Club. An online forum for the curious reader, our bookshelf has a place for personal stories, timely topics and transformative fiction.

Read. Question. Discuss. Learn. Together, we read a book every two months. Choose just one or all six — whatever works for your schedule or speaks to your interest.

You’ll receive regular emails to help you get the most of your reading experience, from suggested timelines to moderated online discussions facilitated by Professional Book Club Guru.

It’s never a bad time to discover a good book. Take your reading to the next level and join the conversation and community of the UW Alumni Book Club.

Current Selection

"Circe" book cover“Circe” by Madeline Miller

The UW Alumni Book Club goes mythological as we experience this re-imagining of Greek mythology with a feminist twist. A New York Times Bestseller, “Circe” is one of the most talked about books of the last few years.

“A bold and subversive retelling of the goddess’s story that manages to be both epic and intimate in its scope, recasting the most infamous female figure from the Odyssey as a hero in her own right.” (Alexandra Alter, The New York Times)

Upcoming Events

Book Cover of Circe and author Madeline MillerMadeline Miller: Online

Wed. Jan. 27, 2021 | 7:30 p.m. PT

Members save! See the author of our current Book Club selection, Madeline Miller, discuss her bestselling novel, presented by Seattle Arts & Lectures.

The author of two New York Times best sellers, Miller brings a fresh perspective to ancient tales, re-centering these stories on characters whose voices have been excluded from the narrative for thousands of years. This event will be presented live with a Q&A moderated by Kristen Millares Young, MFA ’12, author of the novel “Subduction.”

The Quad from aboveReimagining the Humanities

Thurs. Jan. 28, 2021 | 5:30 p.m. PT

  • What can Homer’s Odyssey teach STEM students?
  • What new journeys can you take during a pandemic?
  • Are the Humanities in a time of crisis or innovation?

Join UW humanities professors and first-year students for a conversation about “the Odyssey,” mental health and the state of the humanities.

Student-Alumni Ambassador Madeleine“Circe” Book Chat

Wed., March 10, 2021 | 4 p.m. PT

The UW Alumni Book Club gathers for the culminating conversation around Madeline Miller’s “Circe.”

UW Student-Alumni Ambassador Madeleine Kopf-Patterson brings a student’s perspective to the proceedings as we discuss the novel’s themes of belonging, free will and fate.

Coming Up

Book cover "How to Be an Antiracist"

“How to Be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi

Reading period begins March 18

A #1 New York Times best-selling author, Kendi is one of America’s foremost historians and leading antiracist voices.

Book cover: "On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous"

“On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” by Ocean Vuong

Reading period begins May 27

This epistolary novel was an immediate and enduring bestseller, described by the Los Angeles Times as a “series of high notes that trembles exquisitely almost without break.”

Previous Book Club Selections and Resources

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