Happy Monday, book lovers! As you are reading this, I am on vacation and knee-deep in backlist titles. (Hopefully. I can’t actually predict the future.) I can’t wait tell you about everything I’ll read this week! I hope you get time off to read soon. Enjoy your upcoming week. And be excellent to each other. – xoxo, Liberty
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Here’s this week’s trivia question: What poet joined the army under the name Silas Tomkyn Cumberbatch?
Deals, Reals, and Squeals!
The film adaptation of Dumplin’ lands at Netflix.
Kevin Nguyen has sold his first novel!
Leesa Cross-Smith is publishing a story collection and a novel in 2020 and 2021, respectively.
The Gossip Girl creators are developing a Nancy Drew show.
Benjamin Percy has a sci-fi trilogy on the way.
The Ripped Bodice romance bookstore inked a deal with Sony Pictures TV.
Zachary Quinto, Ashleigh Cummings to star in NOS4A2.
Matthew Norman has sold his third novel.
And Lauren Beukes has a new novel on the way too!
Kate Bush is publishing a book of lyrics, and David Mitchell is writing the introduction.
Kenya Barris looking at potential adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between The World And Me.
The BBC has already ordered a second season of His Dark Materials before the first has even aired.
Rosamund Pike will star in the series adaptation of The Banker’s Wife.
Ann Patchett’s State of Wonder is in development for television.
Here’s the first look at Laurie Halse Anderson’s powerful memoir SHOUT. (Viking Books for Young Readers, March 12, 2019)
And Bustle also has the first peek at The Suspect by Fiona Barton. (Berkley, January 22, 2019)
And they have the first look at Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan. (Bloomsbury YA, February 12, 2019)
And Rainbow Rowell shared the cover for her first graphic novel, Pumpkinheads, which is illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks. (First Second Books, August 27, 2019)
Lana Condor tweeted a peek at her role in Deadly Class.
Oooooooo: Here’s the first teaser trailer for The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
And here’s the teaser trailer for She-Ra and the Princesses of Power.
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 so you can add them to your TBR!
Loved, loved, loved:
Bowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken (Ecco, February 5, 2019)
A new Elizabeth McCracken novel is a reason to celebrate! Bertha Truitt mysteriously arrives in a small New England town. No one knows about her past, and she’s not talking. Bertha starts a family and opens a bowling alley. After her death, a perosn from her past appears in town, and the enigma that was Bertha is unraveled. I loved, loved, loved this book. And just look at that cover!
Excited to read:
Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes (April 2019)
This is in such beginning stages, there isn’t even a description for it yet, but it’s by Holmes, who hosts the Pop Culture Happy Hour on NPR, and that’s all I need to know to be excited to read it.
What I’m reading this week.
The Beast Player by Nahoko Uehashi, Cathy Hirano (translator)
The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths
Maeve in America: Essays by a Girl from Somewhere Else by Maeve Higgins
No Fond Return of Love by Barbara Pym
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
And this is funny.
THESE OTTERS. The scrubbing! The teeth! Lolololol!
Trivia answer: Samuel Taylor Coleridge.