Protocol Prose Book ClubComposure Book

The Protocol Prose Book Club meets several times each year. This member-exclusive benefit provides opportunities to connect through shared readings and gather in a virtual setting to discuss what we have learned, reflect on the ideas presented in the book, and ask questions on the topics covered. Recently, the Book Club has expanded to include the authors in the conversation. Authors discuss the book’s central themes, provide their personal perspective, and share insights about their writing process. During the sessions featuring the author, a moderator will lead the question and answer session to facilitate the conversation among readers and the author.

The next meeting of the Protocol Prose Book Club, on 15 March 2022 at 5:00pm ESST will feature COMPOSURE: The Art of Executive Presence and authors Kate Purmal and Lee Epting.


A sampling of books featured in past Protocol Prose Book Club meetings:

  • The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker
  • The Course of History: Ten Meals that Changed the World by Struan Stevenson 
  • The Ease of Tea: Enjoy a Perfect Cup Every Day by Brenda Sterling Meyers
  • The Etiquette Edge by Beverly Langford
  • An Experts' Guide to International Protocol by Mark Verheul and Gilbert Monod de Froideville
  • Manners Will Take You Where Money and Brains Won't: Wisdom from Momma and 35 Years at NASA by Donald G. James
  • Protocol: The Power of Diplomacy and How to Make It Work for You by Capricia Penavic Marshall
  • Working with Americans: How to Build Profitable Business Relationships by Allison Stewart-Allen and Lanie Denslow


If you have a recommendation for a book for the Protocol Prose Book Club, please share your ideas with us by contacting the CEPD Committee.