Seth Meyers, host of ‘Late Night,’ is featuring more and more authors on the show, and the Wall Street Journal noticed. From literature exploring racy themes to authors that are not yet well known, Meyers is bringing forth a segment tailored to the bookworms in his audience.
The host’s mother fostered his love for books from a young age thanks to her book club involvement. He’s brought this love to the stage by inviting authors on the show for interviews.
“Writers are just naturally great storytellers,” Meyers said. “When an author comes out, more often than not you’ve never seen them. You don’t know anything about their personality. The fun for me and the fun for the audience is just realizing how many different kinds of people write books.”
Meyers initiative has opened his audience up to new books that are lesser known and have more ambiguous or racy themes, including Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life and Marlon James’ A Brief History of Seven Killings. He chose those books, both over 700 pages and far from mainstream, simply because he enjoyed reading them.
“The idea that behind his booking was simply that he fell in love with these books just kind of blew my mind. It’s just not one of those things you expect,” James said.
Not only are these features exposing audiences to new books, but they are also boosting sales and followers for new or lesser-known authors. Meyers plans to continue his Literary Salon segment, and we can’t wait to see who he interviews next.
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