Alumni Events

Alumni Book Club

Join Parker’s alumni-only virtual book club!
Parker’s Alumni Book Club was started by Parker alumna Maggi Steib ’84, Upper School English teacher Mike Mahany and former faculty member Bonnie Seebold in 2020. To date, we have read and discussed 15 books together and have had participants spanning more than 70 years of Parker alumni—from the class of 1950 to the class of 2021! You can check out past years’ reading lists below.

For 2023–24, we are thrilled to announce that all Alumni Book Club discussions will be co-facilitated by Upper School English teacher Mike Mahany and Educational Technology Integration Specialist (and past Book Club guest host) Sarah Beebe! As in the past, Book Club participants are encouraged to log on early to socialize with their fellow alumni before discussion of the book begins.
We will be meeting via Zoom on the following dates for the 2023–24 school year:

Thursday, April 25, 2024 at 7 p.m. CT
Prophet Song by Paul Lynch

If you have any questions, please contact Krista in the Alumni Office at 773.797.5538 or

Previous Book Selections

2023–24 School Year
The Marriage Portrait, Maggie O'Farrell
Tom Lake by Ann Patchett
Prophet Song by Paul Lynch
2022–23 School Year
The Last White Man, Mohsin Hamid
Small Things Like These, Claire Keegan
Liberation Day, George Saunders
Last Summer on State Street: A Novel, Toya Wolfe
True Biz, Sara Novic
2021–22 School Year
The Matrix, Lauren Groff
The Promise, Damon Galgut
Actress: A Novel, Anne Enright
At Night All Blood Is Black, David Diop
The Women of Troy, Pat Barker
2020–21 School Year
The Nickel Boys, Colson Whitehead
How Much of These Hills Is Gold, C Pam Zhang
Interior Chinatown, Charles Yu
Apeirogon, Colum McCann
Klara and the Sun, Kazuo Ishiguro
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