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Nick Offerman Joins the GOOD OMENS Cast

It’s another Monday already, which means it’s time for more book news! Clear your calendar for the day, because I have a few great things to tell you about, and then you should spend the rest of the day reading, of course. I hope everything in your world is marvelous and you have something wonderful to read. Enjoy your upcoming week, and be excellent to each other. – xoxo, Liberty

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A lyrical story of star-crossed love perfect for readers of The Hate U Give, by National Ambassador for Children’s Literature Jacqueline Woodson

Jeremiah feels good inside his own skin. That is, when he’s in his own Brooklyn neighborhood. But now he’s going to be attending a fancy prep school in Manhattan, and black teenage boys don’t exactly fit in there. So it’s a surprise when he meets Ellie the first week of school. In one frozen moment their eyes lock, and after that they know they fit together–even though she’s Jewish and he’s black. Their worlds are so different, but to them that’s not what matters. Too bad the rest of the world has to get in their way.

Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

good omensNick Offerman joins the cast of Good Omens.

And speaking of Neil Gaiman, his Likely Stories are being made into comics.

STOP THE PRESS: There’s news of a new Marilynne Robinson novel!

Roxane Gay mentioned she has a podcast on the way…

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Dafne Keen joined the cast of the BBC adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series.

Kristen Roupenian, the author of the Cat Person story, is writing a horror movie.

Christopher Abbott to star as Yossarian in George Clooney’s Catch-22 series.

Jen Wilde has another novel on the way!

Denis Villeneuve is planning at least two Dune films.

in a dark dark woodThe Pretty Little Liars spin-off has been cast.

It is confirmed: Kristen Wiig will be in Wonder Woman II, in the role of Cheetah.

A Private War writer Arash Amel will pen Reese Witherspoon’s adaptation of Ruth Ware’s In A Dark Dark Wood.

The Mötley Crüe autobiography The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band is being made into a film.

Cover Reveals

Here’s the first glimpse of Adib Khorram’s Darius the Great Is Not Okay. (Dial Books, August 28)

Here’s the first look at Sarah McCoy’s Marilla of Green Gables! (William Morrow, October 23)

In former Book Riot contributor cover news, here’s a look at Ibi Zoboi’s Pride and Prejudice retelling. (Balzer + Bray, September 18)

And in current Book Riot contributor cover news, here’s Kelly Jensen’s (Don’t) Call Me Crazy. (Algonquin Young Readers, October 2)

And here’s the gorgeous cover to The Wicked King, Holly Black’s follow-up to The Cruel Prince. (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, January 8, 2019)

Sneak Peeks

mary poppins returnsHere’s the first peek at Mary Poppins Returns, starring Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

And in other Disney movie news, here’s the first trailer for Christopher Robin.

The trailer for the second season of The Handmaid’s Tale has arrived.

We were given our first look at Shuri in Infinity War.

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At Book Riot, I work on the New Books! email, the All the Books! podcast about new releases, and the Book Riot Insiders New Release Index. I am very fortunate to get to read a lot of upcoming titles, and I’m delighted to share a couple with you each week!

neverworld wakeNeverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl (Delacorte Press, June 5)

I am such a big fan of Pessl’s novels Special Topics in Calamity Physics and Night Film, so I immediately dropped everything and read this as soon as I got it. I didn’t even read the description and WHOOOOO was I in for a ride! Pessl’s first YA novel is a twisty, dark mystery of suspicious deaths, broken friendships, and supernatural happenings. I’ve already said too much!

tiny crimesTiny Crimes: Very Short Tales of Mystery and Murder by Lincoln Michel (Editor),‎ Nadxieli Nieto (Editor) (Black Balloon Publishing, June 5)

This book is exactly as advertised: delightful, teeny crime tales. And it’s packed full of amazing author power! There are contributions by Carmen Maria Machado, Benjamin Percy, Amelia Gray, Adam Sternbergh, Yuri Herrera, Julia Elliott, Elizabeth Hand, Brian Evenson, Charles Yu, Laura van den Berg, and more!

And this is funny.

Duchess Goldblatt is my favorite fictional Twitter character.