ALI Book Club-Practicing English as a Second Language through Literature

Tuesday, October 19 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

More dates through November 18, 2021

Virtual Event

The ALI Book Club is a free program that aims to help international students practice their English reading and conversation skills. These informal hour-long groups will be led by native English-speaking USC students, are first come first served and capped at 5 students per session.

This fall, we will read ten different short stories, one per week of the program. Please see the list below for the reading schedule. For the best experience, please read the short story of the week before attending a book club session so that you may be able to contribute to the conversation.

Free PDF versions of all the short stories we will read this semester will be available to download at


Spring 2021 Schedule

  • Running September 7 - November 19
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 4 pm

Book Club Reading Schedule

  • Week 1: September 7-10
    • Los Angeles by Emma Cline
  • Week 2: September 13-17
    • Roman Fever by Edith Wharton 
  • Week 3: September 20-24
    • The Sea Raiders by H.G. Wells
  • Week 4: September 27-October 1
    • Just Before the War with the Eskimos by JD Salinger
  • Week 5: October 4-8
    • The Million Dollar Bond Robbery by Agatha Christie
  • Week 6: October 11-13
    • The Adventure of the Three Students by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Week 7: October 18-22
    • A Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
  • Week 8: October 25-29
    • The River by Flannery O’Connor
  • Week 9: November 1-5
    • Soldier’s Home by Ernest Hemingway
  • Week 10: November 8-12
    • A Drowning Incident by Cormac McCarthy
  • Week 11: November 15-19
    • The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield

For more information about Book Club, please visit

Event Type

Lecture / Talk / Workshop




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