Jay holding cider in front of ESSENTIAL MUSIC READS sign

The Current’s Rock and Roll Book Club

In May 2015, I spearheaded the launch of The Current’s Rock and Roll Book Club: an online series of reviews and giveaways that let the station’s staff share some of the books they love. Currently, the Rock and Roll Book Club is a weekly on-air feature: Wednesday mornings at 8:30, I join Jill Riley to talk about the book of the week. Tune in on the radio, online, or via The Current app.

In 2017, the Book Club went IRL for the first time with an event at the Bryant-Lake Bowl as part of the second annual Lit Crawl MN. We were part of the Lit Crawl again in 2019, and as part of the associated Wordplay festival I had the opportunity to interview the Rock Bottom Remainders — a group of authors including Stephen King, Amy Tan, Scott Turow, and Mary Karr.

In fall 2019, with support from AARP Minnesota, we launched a poll asking our audience to vote on the all-time most essential reads for music fans. We revealed the winners live on air at a happy hour event at Number 12 Cider in downtown Minneapolis on November 13.