This Week In Books

Book Sales Get Holiday Bump: This Week in Books

Out-of-office notifications are the name of the game this week in publishing. With most offices closed for the holidays, news has been slower than slow. Let’s see what we can find.

Book Sales Get Christmas Week Bump

The holiday season started slowly for books – sales between Thanksgiving and December 18th were down 6% from last year – but last-minute shoppers came through to the tune of a 21% increase in unit sales in the week leading up to Christmas. Leading the bounce were juvenile fiction (perhaps thanks in part to the “something to read” part of the want/need/wear/read gift-giving trend this year?) and adult nonfiction (all hail the dad books!). Surprising absolutely no one, four of the six bestselling kids/YA titles were by J.K. Rowling.

NYPL Reveals Most Checked-Out Books of 2016

With more than 25 million (!) items checked out each year, the New York Public Library’s circulation data make for a fascinating peek into reading habits. Paula Hawkins’s Girl on the Train leads the NYPL’s top 10, which is, notably, dominated by backlist. Only one of the most checked-out books (When Breath Becomes Air) was published in 2016. This is interesting, as it may reflect a difference between what people are buying and what they are actually reading. Bonus: the NYPL staff have included readalike recommendations for each of the most popular titles!

Milo Yiannopoulos Gets $250K Deal from Simon & Schuster

Nothing like the last week of the year for dumping news you hope no one will notice. Simon and Schuster has brokered a $250K book deal with infamous white nationalist and Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos, because when someone is so offensive that even Twitter bans them, giving them a new platform for their dumpster fire is a super great idea!

Thanks to The Girl in Green by Derek B. Miller for sponsoring This Week in Books.


From the author of Norwegian by Night, a novel about two men on a misbegotten quest to save the girl they failed to save decades before.

The Girl in Green is a Catch-22 for the twenty-first century. You’ll laugh so hard you’ll cry tears of blood.”—Madison Smartt Bell


Giveaway: Get Your Sh*t Together by Sarah Knight

Ever find yourself stuck at the office—or just glued to the couch—when you really want to get out (for once), get to the gym (at last), and get started on that fun project you’re always putting off? You need to get your sh*t together. In The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck, “anti-guru” Sarah Knight introduced readers to the joys of mental decluttering. Get Your Sh*t Together takes you one step further—helping you organize the f*cks you want and need to give and cut through the bullsh*t cycle of self-sabotage to get happy and stay that way.

We have 10 copies of Get Your Sh*t Together by Sarah Knight to give away to 10 Riot readers.

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What's Up in YA

10 YA Authors On Their Most Anticipated 2017 YA Reads

Happy New Year, YA readers!


freeks_3dglowThis Week’s “What’s Up in YA?” newsletter is sponsored by Freeks by Amanda Hocking.

Mara is used to the extraordinary.  Roaming from place to place with Gideon Davorin’s Traveling Carnival, she longs for an ordinary life where no one has the ability to levitate or predict the future. She gets her chance when the struggling sideshow sets up camp in a small town, where she meets a gorgeous guy named Gabe.  But then Mara realizes there’s a dark presence in the town that’s threatening her friends.  She has seven days to take control of a power she didn’t know she had in order to save everyone she cares about—and change the future forever.


As you sweep up the last of the party glitter and prepare yourself for the fresh year ahead, are you thinking about how your year in reading will stack up? I know I am.

But rather than ramble on about the books I’m eager to dig into this year, I wanted to do something a little different with this week’s newsletter. I reached out to a handful of YA authors in the final weeks of 2016 and asked them to share a couple of the books they’re most excited about in the new year and why they’re excited for them. It’s an excellent round-up of titles, and it made me add a ton of things to my own TBR. I’ve linked to the author’s websites who’ve shared their picks, too, so you can check out their respective books (& you should!).

And just for giggles, I’ve left in some of the additional comments the authors included when they realized that their title of choice had been picked by someone else.


Sona Charaipotra

the-library-of-fatesThe Library of Fates (July 18)

Aditi Khorana’s sophomore effort is a rich, lush quest story steeped in Indian mythology and involves one of my all-time favorite things — a library! Fugitive princess Amrita and former slave Thala must work together on their mission to find the library, and let’s just say it’s going to be a wild ride.

Beasts Made of Night (Fall 2017, no cover yet!)
When I saw the Publisher’s Weekly blurb on this fall 2017 debut by Tochi Onyebuchi, it was one of those must-read-now moments. It’s a Nigerian-inspired fantasy about a young man who’s a sin-eater in a world where you can be expunged of your sins — for a cost. With such dark themes in play, this is one is bound to be amazing.


Dhonielle Clayton

flame-in-the-mist-by-renee-ahdiehFlame In The Mist by Renee Ahdieh(May 16)

Renee Ahdieh spins magic with her words and creates lush and decadent retellings, and I’m thrilled for this Mulan inspired book set in Japan. I’m a sucker for smart, kickass heroines, and I know her main character Mariko will not disappoint.

Dear Martin by Nic Stone (October 17, no cover yet!)

Nic Stone’s debut about a black boy caught in the crosshairs of police violence and his letters to Martin Luther King Jr as he tries to process the experience are ripe for heartache. I’m looking forward to this novel because it exposes the racist underbelly of American society and forces teens to grapple with it, so that they can be the change we need in the rocky years ahead.


Tanita Davis

when-dimple-met-rishiYou Bring The Distant Near by Mitali Perkins (September 12)

Three generations of friendship, sisterhood and shared – and learned – culture make this YA novel sound like the kind of family epic equally enjoyed by teen and older readers alike.Perkins’ books for younger readers are the kind of complex, nuanced stuff that makes readers think; I’m looking forward to seeing what she has to offer YA next year.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon (May 30)

A romantic comedy of an arranged marriage… there’s just so much potential and so much of my personal catnip even in the description. This sounds like the best kind of emotionally engaging, hopeful, and ebullient love story I’d love to read after a hard 2016.


Trish Doller

the-names-they-gave-us-by-emery-lordAlways and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han (May 2)

This whole series was an unexpected pleasure for me. I read the first book in a single setting, then downloaded the second immediately and stayed up way too late reading. So when Jenny announced a third book, I was ridiculously excited.

The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord (May 16)

I feel like Emery just keeps getting better and better. I cried on a train to Washington DC as I read When We Collided, and as she shared a little about her next project, I couldn’t wait. I still can’t!


Tessa Gratton

a-crown-of-wishes-by-roshani-chokshiHere We Are: Feminism For The Real World ed by Kelly Jensen (January 24, note that I didn’t pay her to pick this!)

I’ve been excited for this collection since I heard about it, because of the unique, scrap-book style and amazing array of voices–it reminds me already of a new This Bridge Called My Back, one of my all time favorite feminist anthologies.

A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi (March 28)

I loved Roshani’s debut for its lush language and vibrant world, and the companion novel promises to be full of the same! Plus sworn enemies, prisoners of war, romance, and new mythological characters.


Heidi Heilig


wintersong-by-s-jae-jonesThe Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember (May, no cover yet) is a nordic, f/f retelling of The Little Mermaid. An adventure story of longing and treachery, this lovely, brutal fantasy pulled me under dark tides and left me breathless.

Wintersong by S. Jae Jones (February 7) is a mythical, luscious fantasy with a bipolar main character. Inspired by Labyrinth (and with shades of the Persephone myth), this darkly beautiful tale of wintry woods, hedonistic feasts, and cascading music will steal your heart away.


Shaun Hutchinson

history-is-all-you-left-me-by-adam-silveraThe Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (February 28)

Angie has been a powerful voice online and that, coupled with the the teaser I read earlier this year have made this the book I’m most anticipating in 2017. Starr feels like the kind of heroine we all need right now.    

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera (January 17)

Adam wrecked me with MORE HAPPY THAN NOT, and his follow-up seems like it’s going to break my heart all over again in all the best ways.  I can’t wait!

E.K. Johnston

dreadnought-by-april-danielsI am really, really looking forward to Windwitch by Susan Dennard (January 3). And yes, it comes out the day after this article is posted, but I am still tremendously excited. Dennard’s world-building and politics work for me on every level, and the magic system is great. I can’t wait to see what her characters get up to next.


Dreadnought by April Daniels (January 24) is a superhero book with a trans teen girl as the main character, and I am SO VERY HERE FOR THAT. Genre fiction is my favourite, and I am so, so, so pleased that writers are cracking it open and making it what it should be.


Micol Ostow

be-true-to-me-by-adele-griffinBe True To Me by Adele Griffin (June 13)

I’ve been panting for a new one from Griffin since The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone and no one does the nuances of the human psyche like she does. A complicated love story set in 1976, releasing just in time for beach season? Sold!

Lois Lane: Triple Threat by Gwenda Bond (May 1)

Because what the world needs now is kick-ass female protagonists and Bond does her subject justice. She infuses a familiar character with literary style and substance. When I’m done with this one, I’m saving it for my daughter.

Melissa Walker

once-and-for-all-by-sarah-dessenOnce and For All by Sarah Dessen (June 6)

I love tales of self-discovery sprinkled with the possibility of romance after heartbreak, and I have no doubt that Dessen’s latest novel will deliver the soaring moments and emotional punches that her books—and real life—are known for. This one is set in the world of wedding planning, so I also anticipate delicious food-and-party details, which are the icing on the cake.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo (August 29)

Iconic female superhero and mortal girl team up to fight darkness in the world? And you say Leigh Bardugo is going to tell me this story? I am IN. I’ll use this one as a guide for how to stand up to injustice in 2017.


Hopefully, you found a book or two or ten that pique your interest. Curl up with a great read and we’ll see you again next week!


Giveaway: Win a Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children Boxed Set

We have three Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children Boxed Sets to giveaway to three Book Riot readers.

One entry per email address. Entries will be accepted until December 31st at 11:50pm Eastern. Contest is open to U.S. Residents, and winners will be chosen randomly and notified by email.

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Swords and Spaceships Dec 30

Hello on these final days of 2016! The future is basically tomorrow.

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My goal with this week’s newsletter is to explode your TBRs for 2017 — sorry not sorry. You all got gift cards to bookstores, surely? (If not, please join me in bombarding my library with hold requests.) To that end, we’re starting off with the top five posts, plus one, from Book Riot’s science fiction and fantasy coverage in 2016:

100 Must-Read SF/F Books by Female Authors
100 Must-Read Strange and Unusual Novels
7 Stand-Alone Novels for Fantasy Lovers
7 Stand-Alone Novels for Science Fiction Lovers
10 Fantasy Books with Excellent Feminist Heroines
Bonus: Your Middle-Earth Race Based On Your Hogwarts House

Those are, of course, all books you can get/read now. I am happy to report that the Gods of Future Books have smiled upon us as well; here are 14 of the most anticipated sci-fi/fantasy/related books coming in 2017, selected by yours truly and my fellow Book Riot contributors. (All descriptions taken from publisher copy.) Time to limber up your pre-ordering muscles, folks.

Cover Collage for Most-Anticipated Books Coming in 2017

The Cold Eye (The Devil’s West #2) by Laura Anne Gilman, January 10 2017 (Saga Press)
Picked by: Liberty Hardy
In the anticipated sequel to Silver on the Road, Isobel is riding circuit through the Territory as the Devil’s Left Hand. But when she responds to a natural disaster, she learns the limits of her power and the growing danger of something mysterious that is threatening not just her life, but the whole Territory.

Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza, February 7 2017 (Razorbill)
Picked by: Angel Cruz
Rhee, also known as Crown Princess Rhiannon Ta’an, is the sole surviving heir to a powerful dynasty. She’ll stop at nothing to avenge her family and claim her throne.
Aly has risen above his war refugee origins to find fame as the dashing star of a DroneVision show. But when he’s falsely accused of killing Rhee, he’s forced to prove his innocence to save his reputation – and his life.
With planets on the brink of war, Rhee and Aly are thrown together to confront a ruthless evil that threatens the fate of the entire galaxy.
A saga of vengeance, warfare, and the true meaning of legacy.

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman, February 7 2017 (W.W. Norton)
Picked by: Keri Crist-Wagner and Martin Cahill
In Norse Mythology, Gaiman stays true to the myths in envisioning the major Norse pantheon: Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, son of a giant, blood brother to Odin and a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator.
Through Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerge these gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to duping others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.

Wintersong by S. Jae Jones, February 7 2017 (Thomas Dunne)
Picked by: Jenn Northington
All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.
But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.
Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

Shadowbahn by Steve Erickson, February 14 2017 (Blue Rider Press)
Picked by: Jan Rosenberg
When the Twin Towers suddenly reappear in the Badlands of South Dakota twenty years after their fall, nobody can explain their return. To the hundreds, then thousands, then tens of thousands drawn to the American Stonehenge including Parker and Zema, siblings on their way from L.A. to visit their mother in Michigan the Towers seem to sing, even as everybody hears a different song. A rumor overtakes the throng that someone can be seen in the high windows of the southern structure.
On the ninety-third floor, Jesse Presley the stillborn twin of the most famous singer who ever lived suddenly awakes, driven mad over the hours and days to come by a voice in his head that sounds like his but isn’t, and by the memory of a country where he survived in his brother’s place. Meanwhile, Parker and Zema cross a possessed landscape by a mysterious detour no one knows, charted on a map that no one has seen.

Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez, March 14 2017 (Nobrow Press)
Picked by: Ardo Omer
Every night, tiny stars appear out of the darkness in little Sandy’s bedroom. She catches them and creates wonderful creatures to play with until she falls asleep, and in the morning brings them back to life in the whimsical drawings that cover her room.
One day, Morpie, a mysterious pale girl, appears at school. And she knows all about Sandy’s drawings…Nightlights is a beautiful story about fear, insecurity, and creativity, from the enchanting imagination of Lorena Alvarez.

Borne by Jeff Vandermeer, April 25 2017 (MCD)
Picked by: Martin Cahill
In Borne, the epic new novel from Jeff VanderMeer, author of the acclaimed, bestselling Southern Reach Trilogy, a young woman named Rachel survives as a scavenger in a ruined, dangerous city of the near future. The city is littered with discarded experiments from the Company—a bio-tech firm now seemingly derelict—and punished by the unpredictable attacks of a giant bear. From one of her scavenging missions, Rachel brings home Borne, who is little more than a green lump—plant or animal?—but exudes a strange charisma. Rachel feels a growing attachment to Borne, a protectiveness that she can ill-afford. It’s exactly the kind of vulnerability that will upend her precarious existence, unnerving her partner, Wick, and upsetting the delicate balance of their unforgiving city—possibly forever. And yet, little as she understands what or who Borne may be, she cannot give him up, even as Borne grows and changes . . .

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson, May 2 2017 (WW Norton)
Picked by: Jenn Northington
While waiting for your morning coffee to brew, or while waiting for the bus, the train, or the plane to arrive, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry will reveal just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the Big Bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe.

Beren and Lúthien by JRR Tolkien, May 4, 2017 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Picked by: Kristen McQuinn
Painstakingly restored from Tolkien’s manuscripts and presented for the first time as a fully continuous and standalone story, the epic tale of Beren and Lúthien will reunite fans of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings with Elves and Men, Dwarves and Orcs and the rich landscape and creatures unique to Tolkien’s Middle-earth.
In this book Christopher Tolkien has attempted to extract the story of Beren and Lúthien from the comprehensive work in which it was embedded; but that story was itself changing as it developed new associations within the larger history. To show something of the process whereby this legend of Middle-earth evolved over the years, he has told the story in his father’s own words by giving, first, its original form, and then passages in prose and verse from later texts that illustrate the narrative as it changed. Presented together for the first time, they reveal aspects of the story, both in event and in narrative immediacy, that were afterwards lost.

Radiate (Lightless #3) by C. A. Higgins, May 23 2017 (Del Rey)
Picked by: Liberty Hardy
In the follow-up to Lightless and Supernova, C. A. Higgins again fuses science fiction, suspense, and drama to tell the story of a most unlikely heroine: Ananke, once a military spacecraft, now a sentient artificial intelligence. Ananke may have the powers of a god, but she is consumed by a very human longing: to know her creators.

The Refrigerator Monologues by Cat Valente, illustrated by Annie Wu, June 6 2017 (Saga Press)
Picked by: Martin Cahill
From the New York Times bestselling author Catherynne Valente comes a series of linked stories from the points of view of the wives and girlfriends of superheroes, female heroes, and anyone who’s ever been “refrigerated”: comic book women who are killed, raped, brainwashed, driven mad, disabled, or had their powers taken so that a male superhero’s storyline will progress.
In an entirely new and original superhero universe, Valente subversively explores these ideas and themes in the superhero genre, treating them with the same love, gravity, and humor as her fairy tales. After all, superheroes are our new fairy tales and these six women have their own stories to share.

The Raven Stratagem (The Machineries of Empire #2) by Yoon Ha Lee, June 13 2017 (Solaris)
Picked by: Martin Cahill
Shuos Jedao is unleashed. The long-dead general, preserved with exotic technologies and resurrected by the hexarchate to put down a heretical insurrection, has possessed the body of gifted young captain Kel Cheris.
Now, General Kel Khiruev’s fleet, racing to the Severed March to stop a fresh incursion by the enemy Hafn, has fallen under Jedao’s sway. Only Khiruev’s aide, Lieutenant Colonel Kel Brezan, appears able to shake off the influence of the brilliant but psychotic Jedao.
The rogue general seems intent on defending the hexarchate, but can Khiruev – or Brezan – trust him? For that matter, can they trust Kel Command, or will their own rulers wipe out the whole swarm to destroy one man?

The Stone Sky (Broken Earth #3) by NK Jemisin, August 15 2017 (Orbit)
Picked by: Jenn Northington
The Moon will soon return. Whether this heralds the destruction of humankind or something worse will depend on two women.
Essun has inherited the power of Alabaster Tenring. With it, she hopes to find her daughter Nassun and forge a world in which every orogene child can grow up safe.
For Nassun, her mother’s mastery of the Obelisk Gate comes too late. She has seen the evil of the world, and accepted what her mother will not admit: that sometimes what is corrupt cannot be cleansed, only destroyed.
The remarkable conclusion to the post-apocalyptic and highly acclaimed trilogy that began with the multi-award-nominated The Fifth Season.

The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera, October 3 2017 (Tor Books)
Picked by: Angel Cruz
The Hokkaran empire has conquered every land within their bold reach―but failed to notice a lurking darkness festering within the people. Now, their border walls begin to crumble, and villages fall to demons swarming out of the forests.
Away on the silver steppes, the remaining tribes of nomadic Qorin retreat and protect their own, having bartered a treaty with the empire, exchanging inheritance through the dynasties. It is up to two young warriors, raised together across borders since their prophesied birth, to save the world from the encroaching demons.
This is the story of an infamous Qorin warrior, Barsalayaa Shefali, a spoiled divine warrior empress, O-Shizuka, and a power that can reach through time and space to save a land from a truly insidious evil.


See you in the New Year!

The Goods

15% Off Sitewide

It may not be true in life, but today it’s true in shopping. You can always get what you want from the Book Riot Store with our 15% off sitewide sale.

While you’re at it, get a jumpstart on your year in reading with the latest Book Mail box, featuring two awesome books-about-books and an assortment of bookish goodies.



Win a $250 Barnes & Noble Shopping Spree!

Get all the books that weren’t in your stocking or get a jump on your 2017 reading wish list with our $250 Barnes & Noble gift card giveaway.

Entries will be accepted until December 31st at midnight, so be sure you are signed up before the calendar turns to 2017. The winner will be selected randomly and notified by email. One entry per email address, and don’t worry about repeating sign-ups. Our system knows not to hit you with multiple copies of the same email. Open internationally.

Go here to enter, or just click the image of the Union Square Barnes & Noble below. Good luck!


New Books

Reading Recommendations for Life, Getting Happy, and More New Books!

The last newsletter of 2016. I can hardly believe it! Did everyone get books for the holidays? Well, you can still use more! There are a couple of wonderful books out today, for those of you looking to use your gift certificate and don’t know what to get. And you can hear Rebecca and I discuss some of our highly anticipated releases of 2017 on this week’s new episode of the All the Books! We talked about awesome books such as Fever Dream, Always Happy Hour, and Salt Houses.

We’re giving away a $250 Barnes & Noble shopping spree. Go here to enter.



books for livingBooks for Living by Will Schwalbe

The author of The End of Your Life Book Club returns with an informative, charming book packed full of great reading recommendations for all different situations that life throws at you, as well as stories behind his own life as a reader and interesting observations about how rich and fulfilling it is to live a life filled with a love of books. It’s an epic nerdpurr for readers.

Backlist bump: Am I Alone Here?: Notes on Living to Read and Reading to Live by Peter Orner

get your shit togetherGet Your Sh*t Together: How to Stop Worrying About What You Should Do So You Can Finish What You Need to Do and Start Doing What You Want to Do (A No F*cks Given Guide) by Sarah Knight

Knight is back with the smart, mildly profane advice she is known for from her first book, The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck, and delivers lessons on how to stop engaging in self-sabotage and teach yourself to be happy and stay that way. And after the year we’ve had, who couldn’t stand to be a little happier?

Backlist bump: The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck: How to Stop Spending Time You Don’t Have with People You Don’t Like Doing Things You Don’t Want to Do (A No F*cks Given Guide) by Sarah Knight

civilianizedCivilianized: A Young Veteran’s Memoir by Michael Anthony

When Anthony was twenty-one years old, he returned from twelve months of military service in Iraq feeling no different than when he left. Two weeks later he was hooked on pain killers, drunk most of the day, and picking fights with large strangers. Realizing he was suicidal, he came to the decision to end his life if things didn’t improve in three months. This is his raw memoir of trying to come to terms with a wildly unstable world, how his military sevice changed him more than he originally realized, and how he found solid ground once again.

Backlist bump: Redeployment by Phil Klay

I’m so excited to turn my reading count back to zero on Sunday! I think it’s going to be another amazing year for books. And if you want to learn more about all kinds of books or what I’m reading (and see lots of pictures of my cats, Millay and Steinbeck), or tell me about books you’re reading, you can find me on Twitter at MissLiberty, on Instagram at FranzenComesAlive, or Litsy under ‘Liberty’!

Stay rad!


This Week In Books

Authors We Lost in 2016: This Week in Books

12 Authors We Lost Too Soon in 2016

2016 feels like a garbage fire for a lot of people, in large part because we lost so many amazing artists, musicians, and writers (David Bowie and Prince in one year? What were you thinking, 2016?). I doubt 2017 or many of the coming years will be much better–the baby boomer generation is getting older, and those are the artists many of us grew up with. But before we hold our noses and see what 2017 brings, let’s remember Umberto Eco, Katherine Dunn, Anna Dewdney, Natalie Babbitt, and of course, Harper Lee.


Nancy Drew Re-imagined as Femme Fatale

In what is an almost offensively bad idea, Nancy Drew is being re-imagined as a femme fatale who “aids” the Hardy Boys in their crime solving in a new comic from Dynamite Entertainment. First of all, re-imagining a teenager as a sexy noir femme fatale is gross. Objectively, that’s icky. Secondly, way to take one of the few characters girls my age grew up with who had her own series and possessed agency and make her a side-kick to a bunch of dudes. And while I am at it, can we please find new ways to re-imagine things that isn’t just “take this light-hearted thing and make it gritty“?


Pantsuit Nation Gets a Book Deal

Libby Chamberlain, founder of Pantsuit Nation, the “secret” Hillary Clinton-supporting Facebook page with millions of members, has gotten a book deal for the page. Not everyone is happy about it–people who have posted on a private group are concerned that their stories will now be published for literally the whole world to see, probably with no compensation. Until more details about how the page’s members will be paid (if at all) and their permission obtained (if at all), criticism will likely continue.

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