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J.K. Rowling Responds To Johnny Depp Casting

J.K. Rowling released a statement about the controversial casting of Johnny Depp in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Depp, who will play Gellert Grindelwald, is under fire for allegations of domestic abuse made by his ex-wife Amber Heard. Rowling stated that although fans “had legitimate questions and concerns” about the decision to keep Depp onboard, and that they “considered the possibility of recasting,” she’s not only comfortable, but genuinely happy to keep Depp in the role based on their understanding of the circumstances. Read the full statement here.

We’re Getting A Diverse Superheroes Movie From Marvel

Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors will be a feature-length animated film starring the next generation of Marvel heroes. The superheroes include Ms. Marvel, Squirrel Girl, and Miss America. The multi-platform animated franchise is set to launch in 2018 with six, four-minute digital shorts following Spider-Gwen as Ghost-Spider. Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors will premiere later next year. Check out the article for a look at the cast and a behind-the-scenes video.

BookCon Looks To Broaden Audience

The event’s organizer, ReedPop, is looking to attract fans of literary fiction, mystery/thriller, sci fi/fantasy, and romance. For instance, Chuck Palahniuk will be one of the headliners at the 2018 show. In addition to expanding its programming, new features including access to the “Bookstore of the Future,” a retail environment where readers can browse and purchase titles, will be offered to attendees. Another initiative is a series of writing workshops that will run in conjunction with Sarah Lawrence College.

Today in Books is sponsored by Ever the Brave by Erin Summerill.

The stakes are higher than ever in the sequel to the romantic fantasy adventure Ever the Hunted, as Britta struggles to protect her kingdom and her heart. After saving King Aodren with her newfound Channeler powers, Britta only wants to live a peaceful life in her childhood home. Unfortunately, saving the King has created a tether between them she cannot sever, no matter how much she’d like to, and now he’s insisting on making her a noble lady. If Britta cannot find a way to harness her new magical ability, her life—as well as her country—may be lost.