Published on June 10, 2020 by Sarah Cain  

Samford University Alumni Association has launched a virtual book club celebrating alumni authors. 

Each quarter, a book written by an alum will be selected and announced via email. Those interested in participating can register via email to be invited to a video conference call with the author and a closed Facebook group to further discuss with other alumni across the country. The first meeting will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, July 14, at 12:30 p.m.

Sarah Smiley '99 has been selected as the author for the summer 2020 edition of the Samford Alumni Virtual Book Club. Smiley is the author of Dinner with the Smileys, which chronicles 52 special guests that she and her three boys hosted at weekly dinners during her husband's yearlong military deployment. During the virtual book club video chat, Smiley will discuss her book and its inspiration. 

In addition to Dinner with the Smileys, Smiley has authored three other books and been featured in Parade Magazine, The New York Times, Parade Magazine, O Magazine, GoodHousekeeping, Military Spouse Magazine and Newsweek. She has also been featured on the Today Show, Katie Couric, Nightline, CNN, CBS The Early Show, Fox News and MSNBC. 

Interested alumni can register online to receive updates about the book club or submit suggested authors to be featured in the future.

Learn more about other alumni virtual engagement opportunities.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.