Reading Clubs at Marriott Library

Join a Marriott Library reading club. We welcome all U of U community members, both those who love reading and those who are less sure about their feelings towards reading. Free beverages and camaraderie for all. Marriott Library wants to help keep your creative ideas flowing!

Curiosity Bibliotherapy
2nd Wednesday at 2 pm (except June and October)
Marriott Library, 1705F

Focused on maintaining one’s curiosity and desire to investigate, this book club follows a traditional format by meeting to discuss the same book. Discussion and readings are short. The club rotates between book genres every month. Pick the genre that most intrigues you, read the book, and attend the event.

November 14: Narrative Nonfiction
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

“Ooh, that book rocks. Good flick too,” says Adela Justice @chicalibrarian

Available on the shelf at Marriott Library and for purchase at the Campus Store.

December 12: Biography
January 9, 2019: Historical Fiction
February 13: Literary Fiction
March 13: Graphic Novel
April 10: Short Story
May 8: Mystery

Unrequired and Unstructured
4th Wednesday from 1 pm to 3 pm
Marriott Library Gould Auditorium

This book club is unconventional. Come having read any book or come to read a book of your choosing. Pick from favorites of U of U students, librarians, staff, and the Campus Store.



Past books we’ve read:

June 20: Essays
Rejected: Tales of the Failed, Dumped, and Canceled by Jon Friedman
An edited collection of essays from comedians and show writers whose stories only went so-so.

Available on the shelf at Marriott Library and the Campus Store.

July 11: Science Fiction
The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction (vol 2) edited by Gordon Van Gelder
A collection of great science fiction stories! Read whatever suits you, but two are especially funny and relevant to academia. Attack of the Giant Baby by Kit Reed tells the story of a scientist in the lab who’s test culture gets eaten by his own kid and The Aliens Who Knew, I Mean, Everything by George Effinger, a story of a government worker who has to respond to an alien invasion but can only go through proper channels.

Available as an eBook from Marriott Library or on the shelf at the Campus Store.

August 8: Western
The Scholar of Moab by Steven L. Peck
Could be a western, could be science fiction, definitely has lots of mystery that will pique your curiosity!

Available for purchase at the Campus Store or to read in Special Collections at Marriott Library. Copies from other libraries are also available at Marriott Library, courtesy of the Book Buzz program from the Utah State Library Division.

September 12: Memoir

How Reading Changed My Life by Anna Quindlen
A memoir about “[t]he Canon, censorship, and the future of publishing, not to mention that of reading itself…” –Alix Wilber

Available on the shelf at Marriott Library and for purchase at the Campus Store.

October 17: Fantasy (different date and location: Campus Store!)
Inquisitor’s Tale by Adam Gidwitz

Three children from vastly different backgrounds, and their holy greyhound, band together as unlikely friends when they unexpectedly become fugitives on the run. Each with a certain special power, the community questions whether the children are saints or devilish sinners. Themes of persecution, racism, and judgement, along with unique storytelling style and even doodles throughout the pages, come together to craft a book bound to spark curiosity.

Available on the shelf at Marriott Library and for purchase at the Campus Store.