The "Today" show started a monthly book club Tuesday morning with an Oxford-and-clairvoyance debut, "The Bone Season," by 21 year-old author Samantha Shannon.
With "The Bone Season" the first in a projected seven-part dystopian series, it seems impossible to talk about the book without calling the British author and young Oxford graduate "the next J.K. Rowling."
Buzz for the Bloomsbury series has been circulating since last October when the film rights were sold to
The book industry is thrilled about the media coverage devoted to books, particularly on the "Today" show, No. 2 in the network morning programs with 4.4 million viewers. Jaclyn Levin, the senior producer responsible for "Today's" author coverage, said that the club will span fiction and nonfiction, new releases and classics. "The 'Today' show is so recognizable to so many people, and I just think it's a great opportunity to use that leverage. There are so many untold stories that want to be told," Levin told the
In an interesting twist, New York Times reporter Brian Stelter, who contributed to the paper's report, is the author of the book "Top of the Morning," the story of the "cutthroat" world of morning TV.