Alumni Association Virtual Book Club

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Welcome to the Roanoke College
Alumni Association Virtual Book Club!

The voting for our next read was so close that we decided to offer two books for our
next Book Club discussions! We will host separate Zoom calls for each book,
and you are welcome to attend one or both of the conversations!
The Zoom calls are scheduled for the following times:

"Run Rose Run" by Dolly Parton and James Patterson:
Call One - Tuesday, June 20 at 12:00 PM Eastern
Call Two - Thursday, June 22 at 6:00 PM Eastern

"The Midnight Library" by Matt Haig: 
Call One - Tuesday, June 20 at 6:00 PM Eastern
Call Two - Thursday, June 22 at 12:00 PM Eastern

*All of the above times are Eastern Daylight Time
The discussion questions for the individual books will be the same.

If you would like to have the discussion questions in advance,
please reach out to Lauren Wood at

 Happy Reading!!

Image of the book "Run Rose Run" by Dolly Parton and James Patterson     An image of the book "The Midnight Library" by Matt Haig


We want to hear from you!

We want to include your favorite books in a list of recommended reads!
Please fill out the form below with your suggestions.

Click Here To Recommend A Book!


We hope that you will consider joining our free Goodreads group where
we will be sharing additional resources for the book club.

Book club communications may also come from Lauren Wood '06,
as she is the moderator for this group.  Lauren's email address is

Why join?

There are three reasons we hope you'll be excited to participate in our book club:

1) Connect with fellow Roanoke College alumni and friends: 
Want another way to connect? Our book club will introduce you to fellow Maroons
across industries, generations, and geographies.

2) Advance your career:
A book club can enhance your career in two ways. First, the books you read may make you more effective in areas critical to success like leadership, communication, and productivity.
Second, the network you'll be building may help you with career advice and introduce you to new people who may be involved in an industry you are interested in.

3) Reading is good for you:
Reading can reduce stress, help you sleep better, and improve your relationships.
Did we mention it also makes you smarter? Reading increases your verbal intelligence, emotional intelligence, and your creativity.

How do I join the virtual book club?

  1. Step One: Complete this form

  2. Step Two: Log in to and create an account. You can also download the app on your smartphone!  Request membership to this group:  
    ** Only people who have submitted the membership request form above will be allowed to join the group. 

  3. Step Three: Start reading and join the conversation! 

How frequent is the book club?

The Roanoke College Alumni Virtual Book Club will explore four books a year, one per season. Future books will be selected from nominations submitted by our alumni. You may share your suggestions by submitting a book recommendation form. The selected text will be announced before the next session begins. 

Do I need to read every book?

There is no formal time commitment for the book club – you can spend as much or as little time participating as you’d like. We will provide as much supplemental material as possible for each book, so everyone is able to participate, even if you don’t have time to read the book cover to cover.  But please be aware that if you attend the discussion of the book at the end of each quarter, there may be spoilers!

How does a virtual discussion work?

Once you’re a member of the Roanoke College Alumni Association Virtual Book Club Goodreads group, you’ll be able to participate by commenting, posing questions to fellow readers, and responding to others' comments. The book club moderator will help lead regular discussions, but all alumni and friends are welcome to chime in with their own questions and takeaways from the book. 

At the completion of each book, the Roanoke College Alumni team will host a zoom meeting for a virtual discussion for interested participants. Participants are also invited to host their own small group discussions with local friends. This is a perfect opportunity to start a “dinner club” with your alumni friends!  Hosting a party?  Share it with the Alumni team at and we will share it with our community. 

Can I recommend a book for the club to read?

What if I still have questions?

We’re here to help! You can contact our book club moderator, Lauren Wood ‘06, directly at or call (540) 375-2238.