With all the celebrity book clubs, it’s shocking that LeVar Burton hadn’t launched his own book club until now. It has been almost forty years since the star hosted Reading Rainbow, but he has continued to inspire people to read with his podcast LeVar Burton Reads starting in 2017.
Burton launched his book club with the new social reading app, Fable.
“I started Fable so that all of us can fill the micro-moments in our hectic lives with stories,” said founder Padmasree Warrior on Fable’s website. “Our mission is to deliver the world’s best social experience with exceptional stories in service of mental wellness.”
Readers can join book clubs on the site and interact with other app users while enjoying their time spent reading.
Burton announced the first three books his book club will be reading with the first being Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin. Burton has also chosen Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler and The Fire This Time edited by Jesmyn Ward.
He told Entertainment Weekly, “I’m going to begin with who I am and my story as a reader. Obviously, there are hundreds of books that have shaped my identity as a reader, and these three are really representative of an important aspect of that journey for me.”
LeVar Burton’s Book Club will start with Baldwin’s book, then in three months he will announce the next three books that he has chosen to read.