James Baldwin

Read If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin with Sagehens in the Pomona College Book Club on Goodreads.

Searching for your next great read? Looking to engage with fellow Sagehen readers? Join the Pomona College Book Club on Goodreads. The book club connects Pomona alumni, professors, students, parents and staff to the intellectual vitality of campus. Each year new fall, spring, summer, and winter book club selections for the Pomona community will come to life through online discussion, regional in-person events and video or audio interviews.

Join the Book Club

Current Selection

If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin

This summer, join the Class of 2023 as they start their Pomona journeys by reading If Beale Street Could Talk, James Baldwin's moving story of love in the face of injustice and considered “One of the best books Baldwin has ever written—perhaps the best of all,” by The Philadelphia Inquirer and now a major motion picture directed by Barry Jenkins.

Visit the Pomona College Book Club Bookshelf for past selections and more. Former book club selections include:

  • Circe by Madeline Miller
  • Less by Andrew Sean Greer
  • The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story by Douglas Preston '78
  • Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem
  • The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Host a Book Club Event in Your Region

Consider hosting a book club discussion in your region with fellow Sagehens. Fill out the Book Club Host Form or contact Emily Cardinas, assistant director of alumni learning and career programs, to learn more about hosting an in-person event. Regional book club discussions will take place through September 2019.

Pomona College Magazine Bookshelf

Would you like to know more about books authored by Pomona alumni and faculty? Pomona College Magazine has featured books written by members of the Pomona College community through its "Bookshelf" feature. Take a look at the current and past books on the shelf now.