Today show co-host Jenna Bush Hager’s popular book club gets a new chapter.
Hager has signed a production deal with Universal Studio Group to adapt her club’s selections for film and television. Variety reports†
“We just realized there’s such an opportunity to make sure we do our best to showcase these authors and make sure their books live in other areas,” Hager said.
Hager launched her monthly book club in March 2019 with Tara Conklin’s The Last Romantics† Her selections since then – mostly novels, and mostly by female authors – include Linda Holmes’ Evvie Drake starts againAnn Patchett’s The Dutch HouseAbi Dare’s The girl with the loud voiceand, most recently, Charmaine Wilkerson’s black cake†
Universal Studio Group chairman Pearlene Igbokwe praised Hager’s enthusiasm for books as ‘contagious’.
“As an author and avid bibliophile, Jenna is uniquely used in the stories that most resonate with people and influence our culture,” Igbokwe said. Variety†
Hager will still talk about books and other topics about the Today show.
“I’ll stay on the show every day and do the same thing,” Hager said. “This is just going to be an extension of my work. After the show I’m going to work a little harder.”
She shared the news about the deal on Twitter, to write“Long time coming…so looking forward to this next chapter!”
— Jenna Bush Hager (@JennaBushHager) February 14, 2022
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and a regular contributor to NPR.