Emma Roberts is starting a book club of her own, and
we’re you’re totally freaking out!
On Wednesday (March 22), the Scream Queens starlet shared the launch of her latest venture on Instagram: Belletrist, an online book club curated by the star and her bestie Karah Preiss. Also, a little fun fact behind the name: Belletrist derives from the French word, belles-lettres, which, by definition, means “literature considered as a fine art. Our girl, Emma, is fancy!
Dedicated to helping book lovers “discover, read, and celebrate a new book every month,” Belletrist’s Instafeed is off to a good start, already populated with snaps of everything from the pair’s latest reads, book recommendations, and occasional outings at their favorite go-to bookstores.
In an exclusive interview with Entertainment Weekly yesterday (March 23), Roberts explained the inspiration behind her new book club, what she’s reading now, and her irresistible respect for iconic wordsmith, Joan Didion (whose latest draft collection, South and West: From a Notebook, just so happens to be first on the club’s TBR.)
On what she’s reading now
Roberts recently finished Andrew Greer‘s time-traveling tale, The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells, and is currently wrapping her mind around Ariel Levy‘s newest memoir, The Rules Do Not Apply, hailed in the same vein as works by Didion and Cheryl Strayed. (No surprise there!)
On the book club’s inception
Belletrist didn’t just happen overnight, it was a project that was five years in the making: “I wanted to start a book club, but we weren’t really sure what we wanted it to be. It just kind of got put on the back burner,” Roberts told EW. “And then I started organically posting what I’m reading on Instagram, because that’s such a big part of my life…It’s just a labor of love from by best friend and me, and we took it to some people and we were like, ‘This is what we want to do.'”
If you’ve yet to behold Robert’s Instagram over the years, you’ve been depriving yourself of some seriously good reads. Who knew Chanel Oberlin was a bookie in disguise?
We’re so excited to announce that the first #belletristbook is…South and West by the master herself, Joan Didion! 😱 You can sign up and learn more about our first book at belletrist.com, read an exclusive interview between Joan and Emma, and more! 👉 Link in bio 🎉 #currentlyreading 📸: @victoriafication
On Didion’s involvement with Belletrist
Unless you have been stalking Roberts’ Instagram lately, you probably wouldn’t believe she’s as obsessed with Didion as she claims to be. Think again: “[Didion]’s really the reason that I love to read so much,” Roberts said. “She has really had such an effect on my life creatively, and my personal life.”
Knowing this, the actress’s fixation may or may not have swayed the decision to make Didion’s latest work of non-fic, South and West, Belletrist’s first choice of the month, which is a cache of unpublished drafts and entries by the acclaimed author herself. To add the icing on the cake (and cherry on top), Didion agreed to give an exclusive interview for the club’s official launch. HOW EFFING COOL IS THAT?!
I don’t know about everyone else, but I’ve always been a fan of Roberts. This new book club idea (and her gorgeous biblio book feed on Instagram) makes me love her all the more. Also, I’m convinced I am Chanel Oberlin’s Number #1 fan. With that, I’ll be tuning in every month to see the newest going-ons with Belletrist and I urge y’all do the same. (Or else.) 😉