Hello, my book friends. The world hasn’t been exactly heckin’ swell lately, but I hope you are all taking care of yourselves and finding wonderful things to read. Small pleasures are everything these days. Enjoy your upcoming week, and be excellent to each other. – xoxo, Liberty
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Here’s this week’s trivia question: How long did Robinson Crusoe spend on the desert island as a castaway? (Answer at the bottom of the newsletter.)
Deals, Reals, and Squeals!
So many Megan Abbott projects happening.
Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children is coming to Netflix as a series.
Rebel Wilson to star in and produce an adaptation of the comic book Crowded.
A new biography on Anthony Bourdain is coming next year.
Stranger Things is getting the comics treatment.
Rioter Eric Smith announced his next book!
Amazon orders pilots of three YA novels.
And Greta Gerwig will be doing her own adaptation of Little Women.
Mackenzi Lee shared the back cover of The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy. (Katherine Tegen Books, October 2)
Tahereh Mafi shared the first look at the cover of A Very Large Expanse of Sea. (Harper Teen, October 16)
Flatiron Books debuted the cover of Enchantée by Gita Trelease. (Flatiron Books, February 5)
Vivien Chien revealed the first look at the third Noodle Shop Mystery, Murder Lo Mein. (St. Martin’s Paperbacks, March 26, 2019)
Entertainment Weekly has the first look at Hafsah Faizal’s debut We Hunt the Flame. (Macmillan, May 14, 2019)
Here it is, the first trailer for A Discovery of Witches!
Entertainment Weekly has the first look at Ta-Nehisi Coates’ new take on Captain America.
And Patty Jenkins shared the first image of Kristen Wiig in Wonder Woman 1984.
Another new trailer for George R. R. Martin’s Nightflyers.
Book Riot Recommends
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 learn about a lot of upcoming titles, and I’m delighted to share a couple with you each week!
Loved, loved, loved:
Sharky Malarkey: A Sketchshark Collection by Megan Nicole Dong (Andrews McMeel Publishing, September 18)
I have been reading twice as many graphic novels and comic collections the last two years (because self-care) and I was delighted by this book. Her illustration style is like if Adam Ellis and Sarah Andersen had a baby. And it is worth the price of admission just for comics about her cat. They made me laugh and laugh.
Excited to read:
The Bus on Thursday by Shirley Barrett (MCD x FSG Originals, September 18)
I am a big fan of Barrett’s last novel, Rush Oh! and I am soooo intrigued by the description of this one: “Bridget Jones meets The Exorcist.” I mean. (How many calories are there in pea soup anyway?) It’s sounds weird and scary and amazing. Cannot. Wait.
What I’m reading this week.
The Bear and the Paving Stone (Japanese Novellas) by Toshiyuki Horie and Geraint Howells
Passing Strange by Ellen Klages
Comemadre by Roque Larraquy (Author), Heather Cleary (Translator)
It All Falls Down: A Novel by Sheena Kamal
As some of you know, I had quite a Red Bull habit. I gave it up but I did find these delicious alternatives: V8 Energy.
And this is funny.
I have kept myself happy and calm this week by watching this video repeatedly.
Trivia answer: 28 years, 2 months and 19 days.