University of Minnesota Duluth

Alworth Institute Reading Group

Alworth Institute Reading Group

This book group will meet three to four times during an academic year (September - May). New members are welcome at any time.  For more information, call (218) 726-7493 or send an e-mail to Books purchased at UMD Stores will receive a 20% discount.

2014-2015 selections will be available at the end of August.

2013-2014 Selections

 Date  Selected Readings  Author  Location  Time
Thursday, November 14th A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

Anthony Marra

Kirby Student Center 351, UMD 7:00pm
Thursday, March 13th The Greek House: The Story of a Painter's Love Affair with the Island of Sifnos Christian Brechneff and Tim Lovejoy Kirby Student Center 361, UMD 7:00pm
Monday, March 31st Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace Vandava Shiva Library 4th Floor Rotunda, UMD 7:00pm
Thursday, May 1st The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese Michael Paterniti Kirby Student Center 355-357, UMD 7:00pm

Past Reading Group Selections


The Healing of America by T.R. Reid

My Turkish Missile Crisis by Joseph Maiolo

Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer


Istanbul: Memories and the City by Orhan Pamuk (Knopf 2005)

Mighty Be Our Powers by Leymah Gbowee (Beast Books 2011)

The Wall Jumper by Peter Schnieder (University of Chicago Press 1983)

After the Wall by Jana Hensel (Public Affairs 2004)


Pearl of China, by Anchee Min (Bloomsbury 2010)

Happy Families, by Carlos Fuentes (Random House 2009)

Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay (St. Martn's Griffin 2008)


The Geography of Bliss, by Erick Weiner (Grand Central Publishing 2008)

Winter in Madrid, by C.J. Sansom (Penguin 2009)

My Hope for Peace by Jehan Sadat (Simon & Schuster 2009)


Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight (Random House 2003) and Scribbling the Cat (Penguin 2004) by Alexandra Fuller

The Wormdigger's Daughter by John Farrell (Mercier Press 2008)

Iran Awakening by Shirin Ebadi (Random House 2007)

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