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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 – all are welcome! Simply get a copy of the book and jump in. More information and how to join can be found on pbc.guru/up.



Current Book Club Selection (January 7 - March 4)

Mink River by Brian Doyle

book cover of "Mink River"

From Good Reads:

Like Dylan Thomas' "Under Milk Wood" and Sherwood Anderson's "Winesburg, Ohio," Brian Doyle's stunning fiction debut brings a town to life through the jumbled lives and braided stories of its people.

In a small fictional town on the Oregon coast there are love affairs and almost-love-affairs, mystery and hilarity, bears and tears, brawls and boats, a garrulous logger and a silent doctor, rain and pain, Irish immigrants and Salish stories, mud and laughter. There's a Department of Public Works that gives haircuts and counts insects, a policeman addicted to Puccini, a philosophizing crow, beer and berries. An expedition is mounted, a crime committed, and there's an unbelievably huge picnic on the football field. Babies are born. A car is cut in half with a saw. A river confesses what it's thinking...

It's the tale of a town, written in a distinct and lyrical voice, and readers will close the book more than a little sad to leave the village of Neawanaka, on the wet coast of Oregon, beneath the hills that used to boast the biggest trees in the history of the world.

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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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Add 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 books have been read previously? 

Since May 2020, we have read A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi, and An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. You can still access previous resources and discussions on this book through the Online Forum.

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!