Book Club in a Box

PLEASE NOTE: Next Box Shipment will be SEPTEMBER 1, 2020

Book Club in a Box is a great way to connect with your family and friends during social distancing! Host your book club virtually through Zoom or other conferencing software. Zoom is free for up to 40 minutes of discussion. If you have questions about setting up Zoom, email and she can help you.

PBS Utah’s "Book Club in a Box" pairs a novel with a PBS documentary that is sure to generate a lively discussion. Everything you need as a host is included: one book and one DVD (for the host), discussion questions written by a respected Utah scholar, recipes to enhance the experience, and more. PBS Utah offers resources as to where your group might check out or purchase a copy of the book, and where the DVD can be checked out or streamed.

We have four new boxes lined up for book club hosts.

King's English Bookshop is offering a 10% discount to all of our book club participants. If your book group members are interested in purchasing books as part of this program, all they have to do is mention the magic words: PBS Utah Book Club! when they visit King's English.

Questions? Email Laura Durham


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This project is made possible by a generous grant from Utah Humanities and the Bastian Foundation.

Available Boxes

Utah's Freedom Riders | Coming of Age in Mississippi

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During the era of racial segregation, in the United States (1896-1964), Blacks were subjected to a federal law that mandated the separation of Blacks from Whites, in public facilities, housing, education, public transportation, etc. Still, Blacks and other civil rights activists, fought to dismantle racism, in places of public accommodations.

It is in this socio-historical context that we learn about Anne Moody, in her award-winning autobiography, Coming of Age in Mississippi. As a poor Black female, growing up in rural Mississippi, during the era of racial segregation, Moody dedicated her life to fighting against segregation, as a college student activist. Similarly, in KUED’s documentary, Utah’s Freedom Riders, we encounter several Utahns, such as Reverend France A. Davis and the late Archie Archuletta, among others, who contributed to the struggle toward building a more just and equitable nation, during the Civil Rights Movement. In both the memoir and film, discover how ordinary citizens’ social actions helped transform U.S. politics and society, for the betterment of all.

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Hope Lives: Preventing Teen Suicide | Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich

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The diverse and intimate stories that we see from both Hope Lives: Preventing Teen Suicide and Dear Evan Hansen address the sensitive yet pressing issue of teen suicide. Some of the key factors in assessing suicidal ideation in teens include feeling isolated, depressed, and alone. The documentary highlights the impact that students can have on each other when lifting each other up and focusing on prevention. Dear Evan Hansen hones in on one individual’s experience to highlight the impact of what it is like to feel ostracized in a high school environment. We also come to recognize the impact of suicide on others, as well as its causes and prevention. Both the documentary and the book demonstrate the importance of what supportive classmates and friends can do, as well as how a supportive family can assist in preventing teen suicide and increasing the well-being of teens throughout Utah. The question becomes: What more can we be doing inside and outside of high schools to address teen suicide?

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On the Spectrum | The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

The stories we get from On the Spectrum and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time deal with young people with autism. While this can be a devastating disability for some, a key success factor for those with this diagnosis is often the people who care for them and teach them. In both the documentary and the book, these individuals have people who care for their basic needs. However, in On the Spectrum, the children have parents who understand their disabilities and advocate tirelessly for their well-being. In the novel, Christopher’s mother has deserted the family and while his father does the best he can, Christopher’s best hope is his teacher Siobhan who helps him understand emotions, both his own and others. While there is still no “cure” for autism, there are methods for helping those living with the disability to live full and creative lives. The difference between the people we meet in the documentary and the people in the book highlight some of these key factors. Is excellent care giving socio-economically related or is it a deep commitment to and love of the person with autism?

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Unspoken: America's Native American Boarding Schools | Cheyenne Again by Eve Bunting - Illustrated by Irving Toddy -- ONLY 2 LEFT!

Cheyenne Again and Unspoken both tell the stories of the off-reservation Federal Indian boarding school designed by General Richard H. Pratt based on his mantra to “Kill the Indian, Save the Man.” In an effort to assimilate the children in these boarding schools, strict and often brutal punishment was used to prohibit the children from speaking their language and practicing their spirituality and culture. Some children never made it home. Both *the book and the documentary consider the questions: What was the prevailing attitude towards Native Americans? How did Federal Indian policies promote those attitudes? And, How did these assimilation practices impact today’s Native American population?

*Cheyenne Again is a children's book that plainly and elegantly portrays the experience through a child's eyes. It is a nice complement to the heaviness of the documentary. We strongly suggest the individuals in your group watch the documentary prior to your discussion.

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What Book Groups are Saying...

“I realized that being uncomfortable about the things I accept as normal is a good step to being more aware and sensitive to reform.”

“I learned to look at things as they are and not as we expect them to be.”

“I learned that education is the key to a better life. We have made progress on equal opportunity and treatment under the law, but there is more work to be done.”

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Important Information

  • By registering for a box, you are entering an agreement with PBS Utah that you will host a book club discussion that involves the accompanying film and that you will provide meaningful feedback about your discussion.
  • Please research the book and documentary before you reserve a box (descriptions are at the bottom of this page).
  • Do not register until this box is agreed upon by your book club members and is on your book club's schedule.
  • These boxes are for Utah residents. If you are not a Utah resident, you can request PDF copies of the discussion questions via email.
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