Kaia Gerber announced an Instagram book club + More Culture News You Missed This Week
Celebrities around the world are trying to make these challenging times a tiny bit easier.
Kaia Gerber announced an Instagram book club
Model Kaia Gerber is trying to offer people a respite from the stressful times, bringing her community of Instagram followers together for a virtual book club. “I know we are all feeling isolated right now, so I was trying to think of easy ways we can stay connected (beyond just scrolling) and decided I’m gonna start a book club,” she shared. “I read a lot on my own, but would love to be able to talk to you guys about it… so every week I’m gonna post a book to my stories and the following week I’ll jump on live (sometimes with a friend, writer, guest etc.) so we can all talk about the book that week! ♥️ I want to start with a new favorite I’m actually rereading right now: Normal People by Sally Rooney. download it, borrow it, order it if you can!” Her first IG Live took place Friday, April 3 but keep an eye out for upcoming discussions as part of her weekly series.
John Krasinski launched a good news-focused show
There’s a lot of distressing news coming at us at a constant clip, so in an effort to spread some much-needed good vibes, John Krasinski launched a good news-focused YouTube show called Some Good News. After asking his Twitter followers to share positive news stories, the actor launched the first episode of the series last Sunday, with a second episode already in the works. The show’s debut episode featured a slate of heartwarming stories from around the world and even an interview with Steve Carell in honour of The Office’s 15th anniversary. Keep an eye out for new episodes on the Some Good News Youtube channel, and if you’ve got some good news to share, drop Krasinski a line on Twitter with the hashtag #SomeGoodNews.
Spotify launched a COVID-19 relief project
Earlier this week, music streaming platform Spotify announced the launch of their COVID-19 Music Relief project, which recommends verified organizations offering financial relief to members of the music community around the world. Currently, the platform is making a donation to the following: MusiCares, PRS Foundation, Help Musicians, and Unison Benevolent Fund, and will match donations made via the Spotify COVID-19 Music Relief page dollar-for-dollar up to a total Spotify contribution of $10 million.
The global music community needs us all. Help us to uplift organizations that offer relief: https://t.co/AQDoHYEP06#SpotifyMusicRelief pic.twitter.com/i7t1n6IsFw
— Spotify (@Spotify) March 25, 2020
JK Rowling launched a new Harry Potter online hub
In an effort to provide an escape for children and families locked down at home during the pandemic, author JK Rowling has launched an online hub called Harry Potter At Home. Created in partnership with Audible, Bloomsbury, OverDrive, Pottermore Publishing and Scholastic, the platform will feature magical craft videos, articles, quizzes, a weekly email newsletter, puzzles and other activities. As part of the launch, Audible has made the Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone audiobook available for free on its newly-launched Audible Stories collection, a database of free audiobooks for children and teenagers. The book is offered in a range of languages including Spanish, French, Italian and Japanese, and an English version narrated by Stephen Fry.