Penn State World Campus Virtual Book Club

Read and Engage With Your Peers

Our Virtual Book Club is a program designed to provide a shared experience among new students who read the same book and engage with each other in a dialogue about the concepts introduced. The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After by Clemantine Wamariya is the 2019-20 book selection. 

About Clemantine Wamariya

Clemantine Wamariya is a storyteller and human rights advocate. Born in Kigali, Rwanda, displaced by conflict, Clemantine migrated throughout seven African countries as a child. At age twelve, she was granted refugee status in the United States and went on to receive a BA in Comparative Literature from Yale University. She lives in San Francisco.

The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After

In The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After, Clemantine provokes us to look beyond the label of “victim” and recognize the power of the imagination to transcend even the most profound injuries and aftershocks. Devastating yet beautiful, and bracingly original, it is a powerful testament to her commitment to constructing a life on her own terms.

Club Activities

Read the Book

Request a complimentary e-book (while supplies last) by completing the form below. A code to redeem your e-book will be sent to your PSU email in approximately 7-10 days. Approximately 15 copies are also available through University Libraries. Learn how to receive this book at a distance.

Join the Discussion

Students who request an e-book will gain access to the Virtual Book Club, which will begin on June 3rd. This is a great opportunity to engage with your peers and faculty members, while discussing thought-provoking topics. The book club will be divided into six, one-week lessons in Canvas. Each lesson will cover two chapters of the book with three to four discussion questions. Discussion questions will be posted every Monday. 

Participate with Us

Check back soon for more information about service projects, live discussions and other ways to get involved with the book and fellow students. 

Contact Us With Questions

If you have specific question about the Penn State World Campus Virtual Book Club please contact student affairs at [email protected]. If you have any technical support questions, contact World Campus Technical Support.

If you plan to get your book from the library or you already own a copy, you will be added to the book club in Canvas, but will not receive an e-book code.