Netflix has announced Netflix Book Club, a one-of-a-kind reading circle from the home of the world’s most talked-about book adaptations.
Star of the hit series adaptation Orange Is the New Black Uzo Aduba will be the inaugural host, with the streaming service and Starbucks partnering to bring the reading group to life. Uzo will announce monthly selections that will be making their way to the streamer and host conversations about the adaptation process with cast, creators and authors over a cup of coffee at Starbucks in a new social series, “But Have You Read the Book?” The social series will kick off on November 16th and live on the streaming services YouTube channel and Facebook page.
Readers around the world know what’s next in their TBR (to-be-read) list whenever Netflix announces its next adaptation because the hype is real: books that Netflix turn into pop culture phenomena blast up to the top of bestseller lists long after they first publish, such as the Bridgerton books (18 years later) and The Queen’s Gambit (37 years later).
Netflix Book Club’s first pick of the month will kick off with Nella Larsen’s Harlem Renaissance-era novel Passing to coincide with Netflix’s November 10 release of the acclaimed movie adaptation, which premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival and was recently seen at the New York Film Festival. Directed and written by Rebecca Hall and starring Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga, Passingfollows the story of two Black women who can pass as white and choose to live on opposite sides of the color line in 1929 New York.