ALI Book Club

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 spring, we will read twelve 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 can be accessed here.

Keep in touch with ALI leaders, ask questions, and stay updated on all programs via the ALI Slack Workspace and check out the ALI Book Club Slack channel (#ali-bookclub-summer2021) for a dedicated space to chat about Book Club with leaders and other students.

How to Join

To join a Zoom group session, sign in here. Be sure to sign into Zoom with your USC email via SSO. For instructions on how to sign in through SSO, please see here. If you have trouble accessing a Zoom room, please email

You will have to register each time you enter. You may register anytime but you will only be able to access the room at the time of the session.

Please note that only current students may join. You will need to use your USC email to enter the Zoom room.

Fall 2021 Schedule

Running September 7-November 19, 2021

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-5 pm PT

Zoom links will be added soon!




Tuesdays 4:00pm – 5:00pm Natalie
Thursdays 4:00pm – 5:00pm Connor

Fall 2021 Book Club Reading Schedule

Read the short stories before you join us on Zoom (available soon)!

  • 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 J.D. 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 1-15
    • 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