Carnegie Mellon University

About Our Club

The CMWA Book Club meets once a month, on the third *Wednesday, from Noon-1:30 p.m. Discussions are informal and lively. If you'd like to attend the Book club, please people email Alice Bright.

Books can be suggested by anyone in the group and the selection is wide-ranging: fiction, nonfiction, new and old. We have a full list of books read by the CMWA Book Club since 1994. 

*Exceptions: Club will most likely meet earlier due to the end of year and University holidays.

Upcoming Reads


The Covenant of Water
by Abraham Verghese


Tom Lake
by Ann Patchett


by Hernan Diaz

Anti-Racism Resources

In support of CMWA's ongoing commitment to anti-racism, we invite our community to work together to become empowered and active allies.

Our August 2020 book selection, "How to Be an Anti-Racist" by Ibram X. Kendi, sparked dialogue about our role in a safe, inclusive society and what it means to be anti-racist. 

As part of our discussion, our members shared additional resources for further reading and deeper exploration of this topic.

Previous Meetings

Meeting Date



January 19 Oh! William Elizabeth Strout
February 16 Bewilderment Richard Powers
March 16 My Name is Red Orhan Pamuk
April There is Nothing for You Here Fiona Hill
May Gourmet Rhapsody Muriel Barbery
June Outline Rachel Cusk

Meeting Date



August 18

My Cat Yugoslavia

Pajtim Statovci

September 15

The Code Breaker

Walter Isaacson

October 20

Klara and the Sun

Kazuo Ishiguro

November 17

The Silk Roads

Peter Frankopan

December 15


Mary Shelley

2021 Spring Meeting Dates

meeting date




January 27

Zoom The Other Americans Laila Lalami

February 17

Zoom Jack Marilynne Robinson

March 17

Zoom Simon the Fiddler Paulette Jiles

April 21

Zoom Snow John Banville

May 19

Zoom The Orphan Master's Son Adam Johnson

June 16

Zoom Between Two Kingdoms Suleika Jaouad

July 21

Zoom Under the Wide and Starry Sky Nancy Horan

2020 Fall Meeting Dates

meeting date




September, 2020

Zoom Apeirogon Column McCann

October, 2020

Zoom The Education of an Idealist Samantha Power

November, 2020

Zoom Valentine Elizabeth Wetmore

December, 2020

Zoom Dominicana Angie Cruz

2020 Spring Meeting Dates

meeting date




January 15, 2020

CUC, Pake The Dutch House Ann Patchett

February 19, 2020

CUC, Pake Olive, Again Elizabeth Strout

March 18, 2020

CUC, Pake The Water Dancer Ta-Nehisi Coates

April 15, 2020

Zoom Thinking, Fast and Slow Daniel Kahneman

May 20, 2020

Zoom Americanah

 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

June 17, 2020

The Professor's House

 Willa Cather

July 15, 2020

Zoom The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

Gabrielle Zevin

2019 Fall Meeting Dates

meeting date




July 17, 2019

CUC, Danforth There There Tommy Orange

August 21, 2019

Fine and Rare Book Room, 4th Floor, Hunt Library Washington Black

Esi Edugyan

September 18, 2019

CUC, Caffee American Dialogue: The Founders and Us

Joseph Ellis

October 16, 2019

CUC, Pake The Overstory

Richard Powers

November 20, 2019

CUC, Pake Song of Solomon

 Toni Morrison

December 11, 2019

CUC, Danforth Lounge Jane Eyre

 Charlotte Brontë


2019 Spring Meeting Dates

meeting date




January 16, 2019 CUC, Caffee Transcription Kate Atkinson
February 20, 2019 CUC, Caffee The Orchid Thief Susan Orlean
March 20, 2019 CUC, Dowd The Transit of Venus Shirley Hazzard
April 17, 2019 CUC, Dowd Becoming Michelle Obama
May 15, 2019 CUC, Dowd This is How It Always Is Laurie Frankel
June 19, 2019 CUC, Dowd Educated Tara Westover