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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

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.

In “How to Be an Antiracist,” Kendi takes readers through a widening circle of antiracist ideas—from the most basic concepts to visionary possibilities—that will help readers see all forms of racism clearly, understand their poisonous consequences, and work to oppose them in our systems and in ourselves.


Upcoming Events

Portrait: Ibram X. KendiIbram X. Kendi: Online

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 | 6 p.m. PT
Presented by Seattle Arts & Lectures

Members save! See the author of our next Book Club selection, Ibram X. Kendi, in conversation with Dr. Edward Taylor, vice provost and dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs at the University of Washington, discuss his bestselling work. Kendi is a #1 New York Times best-selling author and the director of the Center for Antiracist Research at Boston University.


Portrait: Jenna HanchardAn Evening with Jenna Hanchard

Tues., May 11, 2021 | 5–6 p.m. PT
Presented by the UWAA GOLD Council

Join Jenna Hanchard for a conversation about antiracism work in your daily life. A former KING-TV reporter, Jenna left commercial journalism last year to launch Lola’s Ink, a heartfelt, personal podcast about Black girl liberation and “the risks and actions we take, big or small, to fee even a little bit more free.”

Read more about Jenna in this South Seattle Emerald profile.

No spoilers! Completing “How to Be an Antiracist” is not required for this conversation.


“How to Be an Antiracist” Book Chat

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 | 4-5 p.m. PT

The UW Alumni Book Club gathers online for the culminating conversation around “How to Be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi.


Looking Ahead

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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