In September 1993, cold, hungry and lost after a failed climb of K2, the lower but more challenging companion to Mount Everest, Greg Mortenson eventually made his way into the village of Korphe, Pakistan. In losing his way down the mountain, Mortenson found a new purpose and calling in life and changed the lives of thousands of Pakistani and Afghan children in one of the most dangerous and anti-American regions of the world.

Recounted in “Three Cups of Tea” by Mortenson and David Loiver Relin, the book tells the tale of how Mortensen sought to repay the kindness of the villagers by working tirelessly to build a school in the remote village, eventually leading to the construction of more than 78 schools in the region.

“Three Cups of Tea” is the first selection of the newly formed UTPA Book Club, set to meet Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. at Hastings Books, 4500 N. Tenth St, McAllen.

“We had such a great response to the Used Book Sale earlier this year that people started asking about forming a book club,” said Debby Grant, University of Texas-Pan American Director of Alumni Relations. “We met last month for our first meeting, and we had a great response. We expect a lot more people to join us for our next meeting.”

The UTPA Book Club is open to University of Texas-Pan American alumni, friends and the general public. The group will continue meeting the third Wednesday of the month at 7 pm at Hastings Books.

Contact the UTPA Office of Alumni Relations at (956)381-2500 or email at for more information or to be added to mail list.