By ALEX FAVELA
Front Row Features
HOLLYWOOD-In an exciting announcement, global pop sensation Dua Lipa has unveiled the featured book for November in her Service95 Book Club – none other than “The Vanishing Half” by New York Times bestselling author Brit Bennett. As part of the month-long celebration, exclusive content from both Dua and Bennett will be available on service95.com and various social media platforms.
“The Vanishing Half,” a New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller, is hailed by Dua as a captivating exploration of race, class, and gender through the lens of a family saga spanning three generations in 20th-century America. Dua remarks, “Twin sisters Desiree and Stella choose very different paths in life, with the implications of their decisions reverberating down the generations. I was struck by how the novel so cleverly raises questions of heritage and identity while remaining non-judgmental, empathetic, and full of heart. I raced through this book, and I’m sure you will too.”
Throughout the month, the Service95 Book Club will offer a diverse range of content, including a special author Q&A where Dua interviews Brit Bennett, delving into the book’s themes of race and identity. Bennett will also share insights into her research process, a curated playlist of songs that inspired her during the novel’s creation, and an invitation for readers to explore her writing and editing journey – including the tough decision to cut a beloved character from the book’s original draft.
Dua’s Service95 Book Club is just one facet of her broader Service95 platform, which also features the acclaimed At Your Service podcast and the flagship Service95 newsletter, praised by The Guardian as “some of the most thought-provoking short-form cultural writing you can find.” The podcast has received accolades from renowned publications such as The Sunday Times, Vogue, and Vulture. Spotify even named it one of the Best Podcasts of 2022, commending Dua’s thoughtful interviewing style and genuine interest in people, social movements, and the arts.
Dua Lipa continues to elevate the cultural conversation through her multifaceted platform, offering a unique and engaging space for literature enthusiasts and fans alike.