Friday, March 27, 2020

Josh Gad Launches Book Club With Live Readings

Josh Gad wants to give fans of all ages a distraction during such a stressful and uncertain time due to the coronavirus pandemic, so he is picking up a good book — actually, numerous books. 

Last week, the Frozen star began sharing children’s books via social media, starting with Olivia Goes to Venice by Ian Falconer. Gad, of course, does not simply read the books — he performs them. 

The #GadBookClub time is just as valuable to him as he hopes it is to the thousands who tune in on Twitter and Instagram. Gad usually reads in the late afternoon and sends a tweet beforehand to notify his followers. 

The quick answer how Gad got the idea: anxiety, he says, highlighting last week when the number of coronavirus cases shot up across the nation, the news that Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson tested positive, President Trump’s bungled Oval Office address and the stock market plummeting. He also learned his daughters’ school was indefinitely closed. 

Then Gad had an epiphany: There was his massive virtual audience. So, encouraged by his daughters’ nanny, he put his toe in the social media water. Gad has been reading since Friday and says he will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. 

Gad is not alone. A number of stars — John Legend with an in-home concert, Amy Adams and Jennifer Garner’s #SaveWithStories and Ben Platt’s impromptu dance party — have also used their platforms to offer free entertainment to distract from the current chaotic reality. 



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