Online Book Club

Online Book Club

We have created an online book club exclusively for UBC alumni, focusing on lifelong learning, leadership, harnessing creativity, communication skills and much, much more. The book club will connect through a private forum where alumni can discuss the current book and connect with each other.

The Next Online Book Club Selection

The generational saga Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

In a gorgeous page-turning saga, four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family fight to control their destiny in 20th century Japan, exiled from a country they never knew.

When an unplanned pregnancy and the betrayal of her lover threatens to shame her family, Sunja marries a young minister and follows him to Osaka to start a new life for herself and her child. In Japan, Sunja and her descendants experience harsh discrimination, catastrophes, and poverty, but also encounter great triumph and joy in their new home. A National Book Award finalist and bestselling novel, Pachinko follows the story of Sunja and her family as they fight to control their destiny in 20th century Japan, exiled from a home that they never knew.

Join us as we learn all about the story of Sunja and her family.

Reading and discussion begins August 5th.

Joining the book club is completely free. You just have to pick up a copy of the book—at your library, UBC Bookstore (save 12% with your Alumni Card), or online—to enjoy.* The group will read one book every two months, so you will have plenty of time to read.

Plus, you don’t have to commit to reading every book—we’re not grading you.

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*Online purchases made at Indigo using our link help support alumni UBC programs.

Privacy Statement

alumni UBC uses PBC Guru, a third party service provider hosted outside of Canada (specifically in the USA), in order to provide the Online Book Club as a service to our members. In order to confirm your eligibility and provide you access to PBC Guru, we will collect your name, e-mail address, the year you graduated from UBC, and the program of study in which you graduated. UBC collects this information under the authority of section 26(c) of BC’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA).

Your name, e-mail address, and eligibility to participate in the Online Book Club will be shared with PBC Guru in order to provision your access to these services.

PBC Guru may ask you for additional personal information, such as personal preferences to allow you to customize your user session profile, or to subscribe you to notifications, etc. It is your choice whether or not to provide this additional information, and you are solely responsible for ensuring you have read and understood PBC Guru’s privacy policy in regards to any information you have chosen to provide them. PBC Guru may share some of the information you provide with UBC, such as general categories or topics of books you are interested in.

UBC may use your contact information to update its donor and alumni mailing lists, which are used by alumni UBC and UBC to inform donors and alumni about University news, events, and initiatives, including fundraising.

By using this service, you acknowledge that you have read and understood the above privacy statement and that you consent to the storage and access of your personal information, as described above, outside of Canada solely for those purposes. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding the information collected and used, or the privacy and security of your personal information, please contact us at alumni.ubc@ubc.ca.

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