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Spartan Book Club

The Spartan Book Club encourages alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends to virtually connect with each other to read and discuss books on a range of topics. Participation in the online forum is free — simply purchase the book or borrow it from your local library. A new book will be chosen approximately every two months. You can join at any time and do not have to participate in every reading session.

How It Works

There are no meetings of the Spartan Book Club — you can participate at your convenience and from anywhere you have Internet access

  • The book club is entirely online and connects through a private forum moderated by PBC Guru. 
  • All discussions and networking take place in the forum. 
  • The moderator poses questions to the group, shares relevant articles and facilitates conversation on topics in the book based on where members should be in the reading schedule. Generally, you’ll receive a weekly email from the moderator throughout the reading period. 
  • Members are encouraged to post in the forum and share as well.  
  • Participation in the online forum is free — simply purchase the book or borrow it from your local library.
  • The book club reads a new book approximately every two months. We vote among several options each period and select a book based on participant interests.  
  • You do not have to participate in every book reading and your level of participation in the discussion is entirely up to you. 

Even if you’ve already read the book, you’re encouraged to still participate by contributing to the conversation — one of the most valuable aspects of this book club is the opportunity to discuss the book with others in the Spartan community. 

Benefits of Participation

  1. Connect with fellow Spartans. The Spartan Book Club introduces you to MSU alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends from various backgrounds, geographies, generations and professions. Meet new people and gain different perspectives while reading and discussing the book.
  2. Embrace lifelong learning. The Spartan Book Club will help you learn and grow with fellow Spartans as you enjoy regular discussions and share personal insights.
  3. Reading is good for you. Reading can reduce stress, help you sleep better and improve your relationships [1]. Did we mention it also makes you smarter? Reading increases your verbal intelligence, your emotional intelligence and your creativity [2].
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2021 Books

2022 Reading Schedule

  • Jan. 6 – March 10: "ArtCurious" by Jennifer Dasal
  • March 18 – May 20
  • May 26 – July 28
  • Aug. 4 – Oct. 6
  • Oct. 13  Dec. 15

About the Current Book Selection

What if your sense of duty required you to betray the man you love? Inspired by true events—Thomas Sankara is known as “Africa’s Che Guevara”— “American Spy” knits together a gripping spy thriller, a heartbreaking family drama, and a passionate romance. This is a face of the Cold War you’ve never seen before, and it introduces a powerful new literary voice.

“American Spy” was named one of the best books of the year in 2019 by The New York Times Book Review, Time, NPR, Esquire, buzzfeed and Vulture. It was also an Edgar Award nominee and was short-listed for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize.

Lauren Wilkinson was a 2013 Center for Fiction Emerging Writers Fellow and has received support from the MacDowell Colony and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. American Spy” is her first novel.

Spartan Book Club Online Forum Tips

For members that are newer to the online forum, check out the Tips and Tricks to Help With Navigating This Forum for assistance navigating and interacting in the forum.

Are You a Spartan Author

We’d like to hear from you. We're compiling a list of Spartan authors and their book to share with the Spartan nation. To share your information, email Elizabeth Wheeler.

In fairness to all Spartan authors, please understand that we currently do not plan to feature any Spartan authors as a book club selection.

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The Spartan Social Justice Movie Club encourages alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends to virtually connect with each other and discuss movies that matter related to social justice, history and societal issues. If you’ve enjoyed participating in the book club, consider joining the movie club. A new movie will be chosen every month. Our current movie is "Roma."

1 The Expert Editor, 2016, https://experteditor.com.au/blog/brain-books-benefits-reading/
2 Harvard Business Review, 2012, https://hbr.org/2012/08/for-those-who-want-to-lead-rea/