David Bowie and Duncan Jones
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David Bowie's Son Launches Book Club To Honor Father's Love For Reading
David Bowie's son, Duncan Jones, has launched an online book club focused on his father's favorite novels, saying in a tweet, "My dad was a beast of a reader. … I've been feeling a building sense of duty to go on the same literary marathon in tribute to dad."
The online book club will begin with Peter Ackroyd's Hawksmoor, and if this selection is any indication, the reading list will likely pull heavily from Bowie's personal list of "Top 100 Books" posted on the singer/songwriter's website back in 2013.
That list includes classics such as F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, George Orwell's 1984 and Homer's Iliad; pivotal works such as Jack Kerouoac's On The Road, Don DeLillo's White Noise and John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy Of Dunces; as well as non-fiction history- and music-related books such as Howard Zinn's The People's History Of The Unites States and Greil Marcus' Mystery Train.
Jones, a film director in his own right, confirmed the launch of the book club, tweeting, "Alright gang! Anyone who wants to join along, we are reading Peter Ackroyd's Hawksmoor, as an amuse cerveau before we get into the heavy stuff. You have until Feb 1."
Since anyone can participate from anywhere, the book club offers fans of Bowie's around the world a chance to retrace the late rock and roll icon's favorite novels together. Happy reading!