January 4, 2018

David Bowie’s son (aka the director of the film adaptation of “Warcraft”) is starting an online book club in his dad’s honor


It’s true that we’ve only now reached the other side of the fomo/anxiety-inducing Reading Round Up Season, but you might want to indulge in just one more list before you finalize your To-Read-In-2018s: the David Bowie Reading List. Or, rather, the Bowie Book Club, lately begun by Bowie’s son, Duncan Jones, and apparently inspired by Bowie’s 100 all-time must-read favorite books.

As Michael Schaub reports for the Los Angles Times, the first book club pick is Peter Ackroyd’s novel Hawksmoor, an “amuse cerveau” from 1985. On February 1st Jones will open an online discussion of the book and, presumably, announce the next book club selection. The inspiration for the project came from “a building sense of duty to go on the same literary marathon in tribute,” Jones told Adam Liptak at The Verge.

Bowie, who died in January 2016, was by all accounts a prolific reader. And he was also, of course, a loyal patron of some of the best indie bookstores in his adopted hometown of Manhattan. In her own tribute last year, Melville House author Sady Doyle wrote:

You’d see him at The Strand, they said, if you paid attention. The Strand (if you’ve never been) is a used-book store, a block or two away from that dorm, and Bowie was there all the time. It was understood that you were not to approach him, or bother him, or even give any sign of knowing he was there; you just let him go about his business, because if you scared off David Bowie, you would be punished, mostly with the resulting lack of David Bowie. But he did go there. So did I, though I never saw him. He was a smart man, and he read a lot. I hated my roommates, and was in a long-distance relationship, so I also read a lot. I knew girls who saw him, and I went book-shopping more than most. But I just missed him, every time.

So, Bowie fans, which is to say, So, everyone: follow Duncan Jones and be like Bowie. And also pick up this essential little volume, if you haven’t already.



Taylor Sperry is a former Melville House editor.