He announced on 1 February that he will be the host of a new LGBTQ+ book club with Penguin Books.
The first read will be Jack of Hearts by L.C Rosen. Calum McSwiggan explained on Instagram that the book is “an unapologetically queer exploration of teen life with buckets of sex education and a deliciously devilish twist”.
Thrilled to be launching my very own LGBT+ book club! 🏳️🌈❤️ It’s a project I’ve been working on for months and I’m so excited to be announcing the first book next week. More to come soon 🎉 (AD) #QueerBookClub pic.twitter.com/QQXKuRuPRI
— Calum McSwiggan (@CalumMcSwiggan) February 1, 2019
Calum will be documenting the book club experience on his Instagram stories. He is encouraging his viewers to follow along and share their thoughts and reviews of each book with him.
He will be chairing an event at the Waterstones in Piccadilly, London on 12 February with L.C Rosen and Matt Cain, former editor-in-chief of Attitude Magazine. The writers will be discussing “the wider issues around LGBTQ+ representation in fiction and why queer intimacy needs to come out of the closet and into the mainstream”.
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So excited to announce the first read of our LGBT+ bookclub! (AD) 🏳️🌈 Jack of Hearts is an unapologetically queer exploration of teen life with buckets of sex education and a deliciously devilish twist – and I couldn’t be more excited to read it with you ❤️ Get yourself a copy and follow along on insta stories – I want this to be as interactive as possible so feel free to comment/message me your thoughts, questions and reviews and I’ll be sharing some of them throughout the month alongside some other fun surprises. Jack of Hearts came out today and is available on Amazon and in all good book stores – you can also come meet me and the author for an intimate event in London next week, tickets are £9 and include a copy of the book. Link with more details in my bio 🙌🏼 @PenguinPlatform #QueerBookClub 📚
General admission tickets are £5. Tickets including a copy of the novel Jack of Hearts are also available for £9. All ticket options are currently available for purchase on the Waterstones website.
Calum is also currently working on his first book, a travel memoir that will “strike deeper at the heart of the issues that affect the LGBT+ communities”.