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Will Ferrell Is Sherlock Holmes: Today In Books

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We Have A New, Ridiculous, Sherlock Holmes Adaptation

Somehow it had escaped our attention that Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly have a new movie coming out where they take on the iconic roles of Holmes & Watson–not coincidentally the title of the film. You can see the trailer here.

Governor General’s Literary Awards Announced

And Jillian Tamaki joins only a handful of Canadians in winning her second one! They Say Blue has won for Young People’s Literature – Illustrated Book category. Wonderfully uplifting and imaginative, it spans an entire range of emotions and colours and makes one’s heart sing.” Well that sounds delightful!

Ewan McGregor Is A Villain

Or will be in the upcoming DC adaptation Birds Of Prey as he’s been cast to play the Gotham City mob boss, Black Mask. He joins Rosie Perez, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Margot Robbie, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

Book Radar

CRAZY RICH ASIANS Author Kevin Kwan is Writing a Sitcom and More Book Radar!

Hello, and good Monday to you, readers! I hope you got in an extra hour of reading this weekend, if you are in a place to where you had to turn back the clocks. It’s my favorite weekend of the year! A WHOLE EXTRA HOUR TO READ. (And, yep, I get really cranky when we lose that hour.) I have lots of fun things to tell you today. Enjoy your upcoming week, be kind to yourself as well as others, and remember that I love you and I like you. – xoxo, Liberty

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“The perfect thriller.” – A.J. Finn author of The Woman in the Window Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. She is a famous painter and her husband, Gabriel, an in-demand fashion photographer. Until one evening, when Gabriel returns home late from work and Alicia shoots him five times in the face and then never speaks another word. Alicia’s refusal to talk turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, and she is hidden away at the Grove, a secure psychiatric unit. Enter Theo Faber, a psychotherapist who is obsessed with working with Alicia to unravel the mystery of why. Shocking, thought-provoking, and deeply twisted, The Silent Patient is a spellbinding psychological thriller about violence, obsession, and the dark side of passion.

Here’s this week’s trivia question: Who said “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it?” (Answer at the bottom of the newsletter.)

Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

cover of the kiss quotient by helen hangHooray! The Kiss Quotient is coming to the big screen!

CBS orders pilot sitcom from Crazy Rich Asians author Kevin Kwan.

Unseen Sylvia Plath short story to be published in 2019.

Zoraida Cordova and Natalie Parker are releasing a YA vampire anthology in called Vampires Never Get Old.

John Green announced the Looking for Alaska cast.

The Obamas are adapting The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis for Netflix.

ABC has nabbed the rights to Maybe You Should Talk To Someone, based on Lori Gottlieb’s upcoming memoir.

Terry Pratchett’s Discworld adaptation,The Watch, will be on BBC America.

Stephen King adaptation news of the week: Joyland will be a television series.

Lesley Kara’s The Rumour is also being adapted for television.

And so is Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Molly Ringwald will join the cast of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City.

And here’s the second official Dolly Parton song from the Dumplin’ soundtrack.

Sneak Peeks

watership downThese are the first images from the BBC’s adaptation of Watership Down by Richard Adams.

Here’s a new trailer for The Passage series.

The date for the second It movie was announced.

Cover Reveals

Here’s the first look at New Suns, an anthology edited by Nisi Shawl. (Solaris, March 12, 2019)

And the cover reveal of These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling. (Razorbill, May 28, 2019)

Here’s the cover *and* an excerpt of Wanderers by Chuck Wendig. (Del Rey, July 9, 2019)

And the first look at Lock Every Door by Riley Siger. (Dutton, July 2, 2019)

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:

book loveBook Love by Debbie Tung (Andrews McMeel Publishing, January 1, 2019)

Mark down this little gift book for yourself and everyone in your life who loves books. Any bibliophile will recognize themselves in these adorable cartoons about book lovers and their passion for books.

Excited to read:

The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory (Berkley, July 16, 2019)

YAY YAY YAY! There’s a third book in the “Wedding Date” series coming this summer. I loved The Wedding Date, and I loved The Proposal even more, so I can’t wait to see what Guillory has in store for us this time. This one is about two people who hate one another who have to play nice for their mutual best friend’s bridal party.

What I’m reading this week.

family trustFamily Trust by Kathy Wang

The Best Bad Things by Katrina Carrasco

Blame This on the Boogie by Rina Ayuyang

City of Ash and Red: A Novel by Hye-young Pyun and Sora Kim-Russell

In Extremis: The Life and Death of the War Correspondent Marie Colvin by Lindsey Hilsum

And this is funny.

This feeder will make you scream.

Trivia answer: Maya Angelou

You made it to the bottom! Thanks for reading! – xo, L


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Master vampire Ian has made many enemies over 200 years, including Dagon, a demon who now lays claim to his soul. Ian’s only chance to escape is to join forces with a Law Guardian, but he’s never been able to abide by the rules for long. Veritas’ normal role is police, judge, and jury to reprobates like Ian, but she has her own ax to grind with Dagon. As she uses Ian as bait for the demon, Veritas realizes his devil-may-care image hides something more powerful, and Ian discovers Veritas has secrets of her own.

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Today In Books

New Dolly Parton DUMPLIN’ Single Available: Today In Books

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A New Dolly Parton Single For Dumplin’ Has Been Released

Being that we’re equally excited for the album and the adaptation of Dumplin‘ coming to Netflix, we had to share that the second single is out! Listen to Girl in the Movies, now available to purchase.

Library Of Congress Poetry Prize Announced

The Library of Congress’s 2018 Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry goes to Jorie Graham for her 2017 poetry collection: Fast. You can read more about Graham, the poet and Harvard professor, here.

F. Scott Fitzgerald Adaptation Coming To Hulu

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1934 novel Tender is the Night is in early development as a limited series at Hulu. While previously adapted in the ’60s and ’80s it will be interesting to see an adaptation about a psychiatrist who marries a sixteen-year-old with Schizophrenia in our current climate. Or maybe not? Time will tell!

Unusual Suspects

DiCaprio and Scorsese Adapting True Crime

Hello mystery fans! We have made it to November and I have already had my first pecan pie! Hope you’re having lovely weather, have a great book, and get to solve a mystery.

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From Book Riot And Around The Internet

Rincey and Katie talk news, what they’re reading, and upcoming mysteries they’re excited about on Read or Dead!

8 of the Best Historical Mysteries

The Best Places To Find Indie Mysteries

10 Supernatural Mystery & Thriller Novels That Are Perfect For Fall

Mystery Novels and Thrillers for Horror Fans

7 Unreliable Books With Narrators Who Love to Keep You Guessing

Adaptations And News

widows of malabar hill cover imageBest Books of 2018 Goodreads Choice Awards are here. Lots of great choices for Best Mystery & Thrillers–super thrilled to see The Widows of Malabar Hill and a few of my favorites from this year!

Curious about who’s joining the Veronica Mars revival on Hulu? Here’s what is known so far.

Leonardo DiCaprio will star and Martin Scorsese will direct the adaptation of David Grann’s true crime Killers of the Flower Moon.

Next on my podcast list is Lethal Lit: A Tig Torres Mystery. Alex Segura & Monica Gallagher wrote the six-part YA mystery podcast that follows Tig Torres, a teen detective, investigating the Lit Killer murders.

True Crime

Remains at Vatican property probed for links to 35-year-old mystery

Sundance Now Partners On Major Scandinavian True Crime Series ‘The Oslo Killing’

Death Becomes Us festival brings a true-crime wave to D.C.

‘Welcome To Murdertown’: Investigation Discovery Orders Small-Town True Crime Doc From Britespark

Kindle Deals

A Beautiful Poison cover imageA Beautiful Poison by Lydia Kang is .99 cents and I just bought that so fast! It’s historical mystery and she wrote The Impossible Girl which I enjoyed so much so I’m excited!

She Rides Shotgun by Jordan Harper is $1.99! This is one of my favorite crime novels so anytime I see it at a ridiculous price I’m going to put it here. (Review)

Browse all the books recommended in Unusual Suspects previous newsletters on this shelf. And here’s an Unusual Suspects Pinterest board.

Until next time, keep investigating! And in the meantime, come talk books with me on Twitter, Instagram, and Litsy–you can find me under Jamie Canaves.

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Gabriel García Márquez’s Great Niece Kidnapped For Ransom: Today In Books

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Gabriel García Márquez’s Great Niece Kidnapped For Ransom

The 1982 Nobel Prize for Literature’s great niece, Melissa Martínez García, was kidnapped in August in Santa Marta, Colombia. According to the national police’s anti-kidnapping unit the kidnappers are asking for 5 million dollars. A reward of $33,000 has been offered for information leading to her location and safe release.

Margaret Atwood, Lee Child, and More Are Auctioning Character Names

We found another helper: A bunch of authors are auctioning off the chance to name a character in their next book for charity to aid survivors of torture. “As well as naming rights, the lots on offer will include a signed screenplay and other memorabilia donated by Helen Mirren, the chance to commission a large work of art by Quentin Blake and a portrait by political cartoonist and former children’s laureate Chris Riddell.”

Wondering What The Obamas Are Up To At Netflix?

They’ve just acquired the rights to The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis for a possible Netflix series in hopes of showing the inner workings of the government. Lewis described his book as “A civics lesson…I did three departments, because it would be the work of many lifetimes to do the whole government, but you could do this in a fun way across the entire government.”

What's Up in YA

✋7 Upcoming YA Nonfiction Titles To TBR ASAP

Hey YA Readers: It’s nonfiction November, so let’s celebrate!

“What’s Up In YA?” is sponsored by Epic Reads.

From New York Times bestselling author Claire Legrand comes a frightening YA thriller perfect for fans of Victoria Schwab and Stranger Things. Who are the Sawkill Girls? Marion: The newbie. Weighed down by tragedy and hungry for love she’s sure she’ll never find. Zoey: The pariah. Aching with grief and dreaming of vanished girls. Val: The queen bee. A heart made of secrets and a mouth full of lies. Their stories come together on Sawkill Rock, where kids whisper the legend of a monster at parties around campfires. Where girls have been disappearing for decades, stolen away by a ravenous evil no one has dared to fight . . . until now.

I’ve said it over and over again: nonfiction for young readers doesn’t get the love it deserves. It’s true yet again that this year’s Goodreads Choice Awards fails to include a category dedicated to the outstanding nonfiction written for young people. It’s unfortunate that the wide range of true stories isn’t as celebrated and honored as those that are fictional. I’m a little more convinced each year it’s because nonfiction for young readers doesn’t have the same appeal for adults as fiction does; that’s not belittling adults reading fiction or nonfiction being not appealing to adult readers. I don’t believe either of those things. Rather, it’s less an obvious market overlap.

So in spite of the lack of nonfiction love, how about we offer up a little bit in November? Fellow Book Rioter Kim Ukura cohosts an annual event called Nonfiction November, and it felt fitting to put together a couple of newsletters this month dedicated to the wonderful world of YA nonfiction.

First up: a look at some of the 2019 offerings in the world of YA nonfiction to get excited about. This is but a glimpse, and note, too, that it’s pretty white. It’s not representative of YA nonfiction as a whole, but rather, representative of what I’ve found in a quick search (do note, though, it’s inclusive of sexuality, gender identity, and ability!). If you know of any upcoming 2019 YA nonfiction titles by authors of color, hit reply and I’ll include them in a future round-up.

Descriptions are from Goodreads because I haven’t read any of these yet, though three are sitting on my pile…

Brave Face by Shaun David Hutchinson (August 20)

“I wasn’t depressed because I was gay. I was depressed and gay.”

Shaun David Hutchinson was nineteen. Confused. Struggling to find the vocabulary to understand and accept who he was and how he fit into a community in which he couldn’t see himself. The voice of depression told him that he would never be loved or wanted, while powerful and hurtful messages from society told him that being gay meant love and happiness weren’t for him.

A million moments large and small over the years all came together to convince Shaun that he couldn’t keep going, that he had no future. And so he followed through on trying to make that a reality.

Thankfully Shaun survived, and over time, came to embrace how grateful he is and how to find self-acceptance. In this courageous and deeply honest memoir, Shaun takes readers through the journey of what brought him to the edge, and what has helped him truly believe that it does get better.

The Electric War: Edison, Tesla, and The Race To Light The World by Mike Winchell (January 22)

In the mid-to-late-nineteenth century, a burgeoning science called electricity promised to shine new light on a rousing nation. Inventive and ambitious minds were hard at work. Soon that spark was fanned and given life, and a fiery war was under way to be the first to light—and run—the world with electricity. Thomas Alva Edison, the inventor of direct current (DC), engaged in a brutal battle with Nikola Tesla and George Westinghouse, the inventors of alternating current (AC). There would be no ties in this bout—only a winner and a loser. The prize: a nationwide monopoly in electric current. Brimming with action, suspense, and rich historical and biographical information about these inventors, here is the rousing account of one of the world’s defining scientific competitions.

Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson

Bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson is known for the unflinching way she writes about, and advocates for, survivors of sexual assault. Now, inspired by her fans and enraged by how little in our culture has changed since her groundbreaking novel Speak was first published twenty years ago, she has written a poetry memoir that is as vulnerable as it is rallying, as timely as it is timeless. In free verse, Anderson shares reflections, rants, and calls to action woven between deeply personal stories from her life that she’s never written about before. Searing and soul-searching, this important memoir is a denouncement of our society’s failures and a love letter to all the people with the courage to say #metoo and #timesup, whether aloud, online, or only in their own hearts. Shout speaks truth to power in a loud, clear voice– and once you hear it, it is impossible to ignore.

Strangers Assume My Girlfriend Is My Nurse by Shane Burcaw (April 30)

With his signature acerbic wit and hilarious voice, twenty-something author, blogger, and entrepreneur Shane Burcaw is back with an essay collection about living a full life in a body that many people perceive as a tragedy. From anecdotes about first introductions where people patted him on the head instead of shaking his hand, to stories of passersby mistaking his able-bodied girlfriend for a nurse, Shane tackles awkward situations and assumptions with humor and grace.

On the surface, these essays are about day-to-day life as a wheelchair user with a degenerative disease, but they are actually about family, love, and coming of age.

Trans Mission: My Quest To A Beard by Alex Bertie (May 19)

I guess we should start at the beginning. I was born on November 2nd, 1995. The doctors in the hospital took one look at my genitals and slapped an F on my birth certificate. ‘F’ for female, not fail–though that would actually have been kind of appropriate given present circumstances.
When I was fifteen, I realized I was a transgender man. That makes it sound like I had some kind of lightbulb moment. In reality, coming to grips with my identity has taken a long time.
Over the last six years, I’ve come out to my family and friends, changed my name, battled the healthcare system, started taking male hormones and have had surgery on my chest. My quest to a beard is almost complete. This is my story.
Accessible and emotional, Trans Mission fills a gap in nonfiction about and for transgender teens.


A Thousand Sisters: The Heroic Airwomen of the Soviet Union in World War II by Elizabeth Wein (January 22)

In the early years of World War II, Josef Stalin issued an order that made the Soviet Union the first country in the world to allow female pilots to fly in combat. Led by Marina Raskova, these three regiments, including the 588th Night Bomber Regiment—nicknamed the “night witches”—faced intense pressure and obstacles both in the sky and on the ground. Some of these young women perished in flames. Many of them were in their teens when they went to war.

This is the story of Raskova’s three regiments, women who enlisted and were deployed on the front lines of battle as navigators, pilots, and mechanics. It is the story of a thousand young women who wanted to take flight to defend their country, and the woman who brought them together in the sky.

Packed with black-and-white photographs, fascinating sidebars, and thoroughly researched details, A Thousand Sisters is the inspiring true story of a group of women who set out to change the world, and the sisterhood they formed even amid the destruction of war.

Yes She Can: 10 Stories of Hope and Change from Young Female Staffers of the Obama White House compiled by Molly Dillon (April 23)

Meet ten amazing young women who were so inspired by Barack Obama’s inclusive feminist politics that they decided to join his White House. Although they were technically the lowest ranked members—and all in their early to mid-twenties at the time—their high levels of responsibility will surprise you.

There’s Kalisha Dessources, policy advisor to the White House Council on Women and Girls, who recounts the day she brought a group of African American girls (and world-renowned choreographer Debbie Allen) to the White House for Black History Month to dance for Michelle Obama; Molly Dillon, who describes organizing and hosting an event for foster care reform with Vice President Biden, Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, and a hundred foster kids; Jenna Brayton, one of the members of the first White House digital team, who talks about an Obama initiative to bring together students of all backgrounds and ages from across the country to showcase their vision for the future through cinema; and more.

Full of never-before-told stories, here is an intimate look at Obama’s presidency, as seen through the eyes of the smart, successful young women who (literally) helped rule the world—and they did it right out of college, too.


Hope you found some great reads to look forward to. See you again later this week!

— Kelly Jensen, @veronikellymars on Twitter and Instagram

True Story

Nonfiction News That Made Me Go 🤔

It’s official, the season of bookish awards and “best of the year” lists has begun! This week, the winners of the 2018 Kirkus Prizes were announced – congrats to Rebecca Solnit, who won for Call Them by Their True Names. According to NPR, “Each winning book nets $50,000 for the folks behind it, along with the slightly less tangible — though surely no less rewarding — laurels of recognition.”

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Voting has also opened in the Goodreads Choice Awards, which is celebrating a decade of readers choice award giving. I still haven’t really figured out how they slice and dice all of the nonfiction up, but I was interested in a new category, Best of the Best, which will pick the top books among winners over the last 10 years. There are some great nonfiction books in that category, including some of my favorites like The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, Wild by Cheryl Strayed, and Quiet by Susan Cain.

And with that, on to some more bookish news and some newish books!

News Stories That Made Me Go 🤔

Lena Dunham has been tapped to write the script for a big screen adaptation of A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea by Melissa Fleming. The book is the true story of Doaa Al Zamel, a 19-year-old Syrian refugee who stayed afloat on an inflatable ring with two little girls for four days after the ship they were on sank. It sound like an incredible story, but hearing that Dunham is writing the adaptation feels squicky for some reason I can’t quite place.

Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio have signed on to direct and star in an adaptation of David Grann’s Killers of the Flower Moon. I’m not at all surprised this is getting adapted, but I hope the script veers away from a story about saviors from the FBI and focuses instead on the truly unsettling story of the Osage Nation and the conspiracy behind their murders. A friend and I thought it could make a genuinely creepy horror movie if they go that route.

This last one is 🤔 in a good way. Turns out that each fall Goldman Sachs puts out a reading list that includes “a diverse collection of thought-provoking books you won’t want to put down.” Maybe I’m a cynic, but I was genuinely surprised at how diverse and interesting it is – a cool mix of fiction and nonfiction that doesn’t track to the business books I was expecting. The pictures in it made me smile too – so many ebook readers!

New Books!

Minding the Store by Julie Gaines and Ben Lenovtiz – This nonfiction comic is the story of Fishs Eddy, an iconic housewares shop in New York City. Gaines, one of the co-founders and co-owners of the store, recounts “the ups and downs … of starting a family business, starting a family, and staying true to one’s path while trying to make it in the Big City.”

Well-Read Black Girl by Glory Edim – This collection of essays by black women writers is all about “the importance of recognizing ourselves in literature.” The list of contributors is amazing: Jesmyn Ward, Gabourey Sidibe, Tayari Jones, Morgan Jerkins and more. Wow, that sounds good.

The White Darkness by David Grann – In 2015 Henry Worsely, a British special forces officer, set out to recreate Ernest Shackleton’s solo attempt to cross Antarctica on foot This one feels a little like a cheat because Grann originally wrote the story for the New Yorker, but I feel like the illustrated print edition is going to be a great book to give as a gift this year.

And with that, it’s a wrap on this week’s newsletter. I hope you had an awesome Halloween, and an even more awesome time falling back this weekend. I can’t decide if I’m going to use the extra hour to sleep or read, but either way it’ll be great. You can find me on Twitter @kimthedork, and co-hosting the For Real podcast here at Book Riot with questions and comments!

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After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and the time to repay the debt has come.

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Today’s The Stack is sponsored by Caracal, an imprint of Lion Forge

Rox and Zam spend their days repairing clunkers in a spaceship junkyard and yearning for the chance to test their skills on something besides rusted old rockets and broken-down planet-hoppers. Their big chance finally comes when the captain of a mysterious ship enlists them into his crew of colorful misfits… little do they know, they’ve been taken in by space pirates! Now the girls must choose: do they want the comforts of home and family, or the glamorous adventure of a lifetime? Quantum Mechanics by Jeff Weigel is in stores now from Caracal, an imprint of Lion Forge!