The Keene State State College Alumni Book Club is an online community for alumni and friends of Keene State College. Connect with Owls across the globe who enjoy reading, lifelong learning, personal growth and conversation. You can read one book or all the books; whatever works for your schedule. Joining is completely free, you just have to get a copy of the book to enjoy. The group will read one book every two months so that you’ll have plenty of time for each book
Our Current Book
October 15 - December Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
With astonishing empathy and the effortless grace of a natural storyteller, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie weaves together the lives of three characters swept up in the turbulence of the decade.
Thirteen-year-old Ugwu is employed as a houseboy for a university professor full of revolutionary zeal. Olanna is the professor’s beautiful mistress, who has abandoned her life of privilege in Lagos for a dusty university town and the charisma of her new lover. And Richard is a shy young Englishman in thrall to Olanna’s twin sister, an enigmatic figure who refuses to belong to anyone. As Nigerian troops advance and they must run for their lives, their ideals are severely tested, as are their loyalties to one another. -Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Website
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Online Book Club?
We have partnered with PBC Guru to create a virtual book club for Keene State College alumni and friends, covering lifelong learning, personal growth, novels and other books the participants are interested in. 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 group will read one book every two months so that you’ll have plenty of time for each book.
How often will books be read, what is the time commitment and what are the expectations?
We will spend about 2 months on each book. We will read lifelong learning, personal growth, novels and other books that take an average of nine hours to read cover to cover. If you have between 1 and 2 hours a week to read you can make it happen!
How do book club discussions work?
The book club will be moderated by a PBC Guru moderator who manages the forum and provides additional content related to the book. The moderator will pose questions to the group, 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.
What exactly is PBC Guru and what do they have to do with the Keene State College Alumni Book Club?
The Keene State College Alumni Office is teaming up with PBC Guru to put this program in place for Keene State Alumni and Friends. Professional Book Club (PBC) Guru is a book club management company that partners with businesses, alumni associations, libraries, and professional societies. Check out their website, http://www.pbc.guru, to learn more.