If we were pressed to select the face of the celebrity book club trend, we'd point to Kaia Gerber. Sure, the daughter of Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber is a model by trade, but a scroll through her Instagram will reveal a deep passion for literature.
In March 2020, at the beginning of the pandemic, Gerber formed her own unofficial book club and invited her followers to join the fun. The inaugural title was Sally Rooney's Normal People, a fitting choice seeing as the BBC miniseries would debut a month later. Now, nearly four years on, Gerber has decided to take her book club to the next level, with a dedicated Instagram page, name and look.
Dubbed Library Science, the project intends on "spotlighting young voices, debut writers, translations, contemporary classics," with a promise that "you won’t be seeing the typical bestseller list here." Rather, Library Science is committed to showcasing new fiction, short stories, poetry collections, and plays that "we really feel open us all up to larger (sometimes difficult) conversations," read an Instagram post.
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To mark a new chapter of the project, Gerber hosted a conversation with Iranian-American poet Kaveh Akbar about his debut novel, Martyr!, which launched in the US in January, immediately landing on The New York Times best sellers list. The in-conversation style interview is expected to be a regular feature for Library Science audiences.
By visiting the Library Science website, you can find a shoppable recap of the previous titles chosen as part of the book club. They include Slave Play by Jeremy O. Harris, Acts of Service by Lillian Fishman, Joan Didion's Play It As It Lays, and Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
No word yet on what the next Library Science book will be, however if you're in need of some reading material, why not take a look through these February new releases?