Books and pop-culture podcast Mostly Lit has teamed up with Waterstones on a year-long partnership to create a new series of events and online content for the bookseller.
Mostly Lit was created and is hosted by Rai, AlexReads, and Derek Owusu, and is managed and executive produced by Clarissa Pabi. In the podcast, the trio irreverently chronicle "the millennial experience" whilst exploring the intersection between literature, wellness and pop-culture.
The new partnership with Waterstones will kick off on 9th March with the first in a series of four live editions of the podcast at Waterstones Piccadilly.
The first piece of online content will meanwhile see Mostly Lit unveil a reading list of 12 books that they call "must-reads", described as "books that demand to be read, either this month, or next, or at some point in your reading life". The list features an eclectic list of books by authors from the UK and around the world, including both contemporary titles and classics, and books from mainstream publishers and independents.
Books that have made the cut are: Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (Penguin Classics); Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (Virago); Augustown by Kei Miller (W&N); The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (Faber & Faber); Brit(ish) by Afua Hirsch (Jonathan Cape); Anthills of the Savannah by Chinua Achebe (Penguin Modern Classics); Slay In Your Lane by Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené (Fourth Estate); Body Positive Power by Megan Jayne Crabbe (Vermilion); Wizard of The Crow by Ngugi wa Thiong’o (Vintage); Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse (Brownstone); Mama Can't Raise No Man by Robyn Travis (Own It!); and The Descent of Man by Grayson Perry (Penguin).
Commenting on the partnership, the Mostly Lit team said: "We're really excited to be partnering with Waterstones. We see this as a great opportunity to get more people reading and talking about books like we do on our podcast. Our listeners are always interested in checking out our recommendations and now they'll be in the perfect place to follow through!"