KCRW Launches Book Club on Facebook

The public radio station is experimenting with the book club formula, moving it out of living rooms, libraries, and church basements, and onto a social networking platform. Bookworm host Michael Silverblatt will lead the invitation-only group, which currently has about 250 members. There are no plans to include the club in Bookworm programming, but depending on how the experiment goes, we may see crossover in the future.

The first book on the roster is Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion, which Silverblatt describes as “perhaps the most dazzling and dissolute Los Angeles novel, a good way to talk about how style can become content. Since Ms. Didion has a new book coming out soon (I’ve read it, it’s amazing), it would be a good way to begin a broader discussion of her work.”

Anyone interested in joining the book club should request membership via Facebook.