UP Alumni Online Book Club

Logo says University of Portland alumni online book clubJoin fellow UP alumni for a new and exclusive online book club, brought to you by the Office of Alumni Relations. The UP Alumni Online Book Club is hosted through a private forum, where Pilots can connect with one another and read a few good books along the way. The alumni discussion boards provide thought-provoking questions and ongoing conversation.

Participation in this book club is completely free for alumni! Be sure to grab your own copy of the book and join this online community. Books will be chosen every 10 weeks, so check back to see what your fellow UP alumni are currently reading. 

You can join the book club at any time – the more the merrier! Simply get a copy of the book and jump in. More information and how to join can be found on pbc.guru/up.


Currently Reading (May–June)

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

book cover of "A Gentleman in Moscow" by Amor Towles

From Amazon:

“From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility—a transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel.

In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.”

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Get in the Book Club Spirit

Invite your fellow Pilots to join you by using one of these Instagram story slides.

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Take the good vibes with you by adding this wallpaper as your phone background.

Enjoy this custom bookmark! Select “actual size” when you print, cut out the bookmark, glue it together, and voila… you’re in the club!


Frequently Asked Questions

Is there any cost to participate in the UP Alumni Online Book Club?

Participation is free for UP alumni. The UP Alumni Online Book Club is sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations.

How do I get the books?

Book club participants are responsible for getting a copy of the book. We suggest checking the book out for free at a local library, or purchasing the book online either through a local book store or Amazon. If it's difficult to obtain a paper copy due to COVID-19, consider using the Audible app or purchasing a Kindle version.

How do I join the online book club?

UP alumni can create an account on the UP Alumni Online Book Club site. After signing up, we will email you a link to the UP online forum where we invite you to introduce yourself.

I’m already an online book club member. How do I log in?

You can log in to your account on the UP Alumni Online Book Club site.

What is PBC Guru?

Professional Book Club (PBC) Guru is a book club management company that works with businesses, alumni associations and professional societies. UP is teaming up with PBC to put this program in place for UP alumni.

What if my question isn't answered?

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

Where do I find more book recommendations? 

Check out this list of University of Portland alumni authors!