Here’s some good news for book clubs looking for new recommendations: Sarah Jessica Parker will be teaming up with the American Library Association (ALA) to create Book Club Central, a new online platform that will provide reading resources, including recommendations, expert-curated book lists, and other content for book clubs and readers.
The Divorce actress will serve as the Honorary Chair and provide Book Club Central with a selection of recommended book titles throughout the year, the first of which will be revealed at the President’s Program at the ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago on June 24.
“From an early age, books were my constant companions and my local library a place I could find a new friend on every shelf,” Parker said in a statement. “It is a great honor and privilege to partner with the American Library Association and Book Club Central. I’m thrilled to help champion original voices for dedicated readers as well as for a new generation, supporting libraries in what they do best.”
Added ALA president Julie Todaro, “I can’t think of anyone more perfect than Sarah Jessica Parker to be the American Library Association chair of Book Club Central. Ms. Parker is an advocate for libraries and literacy issues, has served on a Presidential Task Force to integrate literature and drama into schools, has experience starting a book club, is the Editorial Director of a new line of books: SJP for Hogarth, and is — most importantly — a lifelong reader who shares her love of reading with others. The ALA is lucky to be able to share Ms. Parker’s passion and expertise with book clubs and readers everywhere.”