Happy Monday, readers! It is so hot in Maine, my brains are melting out my ears. I do not know many people who aren’t experiencing sweltering heat these days. I hope it breaks soon! It was a slow news week last week, because of the holiday and vacations, but I still have a few great bookish tidbits to share with you. Enjoy your upcoming week, and be excellent to each other. – xoxo, Liberty
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Here’s this week’s trivia question: What was Toni Morrison’s name at birth? (Answer at the bottom of the newsletter.)
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YouTube star Jahkara Smith will appear in the television adaptation of NOS4A2. (P.S. She is amazing, go watch all her videos right now!)
Fancy Nancy is going to be a television series.
The graphic novel Infidel is going to be a horror film. (I can’t remember if I already included this news in an older newsletter, but I just read the book this weekend, so I thought I’d share it.)
The Night Manager is getting a second season.
Oprah Winfrey casually dropped the news that she’s producing a film version of An American Marriage by Tayari Jones.
Here it is, the cover for The Kingdom of Copper, S.A. Chakraborty’s follow-up to The City of Brass! (Harper Voyager, January 22, 2019)
And here’s the first look at Samira Ahmed’s upcoming book, Internment! (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, March 19, 2019)
And Happily Ever After has TWO, yes, TWO cover reveals: One for Patricia Briggs and one for Anne Bishop.
Here’s the first look at a trailer for The Miseducation of Cameron Post! (I love this book so much!)
And here’s the first trailer for The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, coming to Netflix.
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:
The Witch Elm by Tana French (Viking, October 9, 2018)
While on the one hand I want Dublin Murder Squad mysteries every year until the end of time, I really enjoyed this break from the series. It’s about a young man named Toby who stays at his ancestral home while recovering from an assault. While he’s there taking care of his dying uncle, a skull is found in the garden, leading him to believe his past is not what it seems. I love an unearthed skeleton mystery – who could it be?!? – and to get one from Tana French is even better!
Excited to read:
Spin by Lamar Giles (Scholastic Press, January 29, 2019)
A young DJ is found dead at her turntables and it is up to two sworn enemies to work together to find her killer. WHAT FUN. I really enjoyed Endangered by Giles, and I am constantly looking for more YA mysteries, so I am excited for this!
What I’m reading this week.
The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee
The Shadowglass (The Bone Witch) by Rin Chupeco
The Lost for Words Bookshop by Stephanie Butland
Kill the Farm Boy by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne
Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel and Ted Goossen (Translators)
And this is funny.
Kelly Link, again, always.
Trivia answer: Chloe Ardelia Wofford.