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LeVar Burton launches book club with James Baldwin’s novel

ByReiss Bowler

May 11, 2021

LOS ANGELES (AP) – LeVar Burton has found another way to share his love of reading.

The actor has launched the LeVar Burton Book Club in partnership with Fable, described on the app and website as a means to discover, read and discuss books, and to help build ‘human connections’.

“As a lifelong literacy advocate, the opportunity to launch my book club on Fable’s beautiful new platform is extremely exciting and timely,” Burton said in a statement Tuesday. “This partnership will help promote the importance of storytelling while sharing my love for reading.”

Burton, who helped young viewers love books with PBS ‘”Reading Rainbow” and hosted the podcast “LeVar Burton Reads”, chose James Baldwin’s “Go Tell It on the Mountain” as his first Fable choice. The following are Octavia Butler’s “Parable of the Sower” and “The Fire This Time,” a collection of poetry and essays edited by Jesmyn Ward.

The actor who starred in “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “Roots” is on a different front this summer, appearing as a guest host on “Jeopardy!”

The quiz, which lost its longtime host Alex Trebek to cancer last November, has yet to announce a successor. Fans of Burton have made sure he would be the permanent replacement, with a petition move that has attracted more than 250,000 signers to date.