Looking for a way to develop skills, expand knowledge, or just immerse yourself in a good book? The Illinois State Alumni Association has all of that covered with its free online book club. Join over 1,000 alumni members to read, discuss and interact through lifelong learning topics that include professional development, fiction, nonfiction, and continuing education options. All books provide a chance for enlightenment, growth, and, sometimes, opportunities to practice new ideas and skills. Participation is free for all alumni.

The next book, The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell, by Robert Dugoni will begin on August 5. The Alumni Association is happy to announce that along with this book, participants will have the option to attend a virtual talk-back with the author himself at 1 p.m. (EDT) on October 4 . More information will be provided through the online forum.

New members can join by July 23 and be automatically entered for a chance to win a copy of the book. Current book club members are encouraged to enter the gievaway through this website by the same date.