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Call Racist Stuff Racist: Today In Books

This edition of Today in Books is sponsored by The Chaos Function by Jack Skillingstead.

Fat-Positively Fabulous

Fatventure Mag is a badass magazine that’s dismantling the toxic stigmas of diet and weight-loss culture. Its community is a body-positive space for people of all sizes, abilities, and sexualities leading active lifestyles, the kind of space we desperately need more of here and now. Let’s rally to get their second volume fully funded.

For the Love of Literati

It’s been six years since Literati opened its door in Ann Arbor, Michigan with seven employees and 9,000 books. With just about three times the staff and inventory in 2019, this bookstore success story and community pillar is Publishers Weekly’s Bookstore of the Year.

Call Racist Stuff Racist, The AP Says So!

The Associated Press recently updated its style guide on race-related issues, a move that’s kind of awesome and also kind of overdue. The changes include eliminating the “hyphenated American” and encourages journalists to call racists… well, racist.

Today In Books

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Will Tour The US: Today In Books

This edition of Today in Books is sponsored by MIRA Books and Park Row Books and their Books about Books campaign.

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To Kill A Mockingbird Will Tour The U.S.

If you’ve been wanting to see Aaron Sorkin’s stage adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird but haven’t been able to make it to Broadway you may get lucky and have it come to your city. The coast-to-coast tour will start in August 2020 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Libraries And The Homeless Community Centered In New Film

Emilio Estevez’s new film, The Public, looks at the complicated relationship between the homeless community and libraries by centering the Cincinnati Public Library during freezing weather conditions. Estevez, who wrote and directed, stars in the film as a librarian when a group of homeless men decide to stage a protest and not leave the library.

Shopaholics Unite

We’re getting a new Becky Bloomwood novel! Sophie Kinsella announced that there will be a new book in October: Christmas Shopaholic. Now if we can just find a new term for chic lit I am totally here for a comeback of this genre.



We have 10 copies of An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen to give away to Book Riot readers!

Here’s what it’s all about:

Looking to earn some easy cash, Jessica Farris agrees to be a test subject in a psychological study about ethics and morality. But as the study moves from the exam room to the real world, the line between what is real and what is one of Dr. Shields’s experiments blurs.

Dr. Shields seems to know what Jess is thinking… and what she’s hiding.

Jessica’s behavior will not only be monitored, but manipulated.

Caught in a web of attraction, deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.

From the authors of the blockbuster bestseller The Wife Between Us, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen, An Anonymous Girl will keep you riveted through the last shocking twist.

Go here to enter for a chance to win, or just click the cover image below. Good luck!

Book Radar

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Production Going National and More Book Radar!

Happy Monday, readers! I finally feel like my old bony self again. As I’m writing this, it’s Friday, and I’m getting ready to throw myself a weekend readathon, to try and catch up on some work reading. I hope that your weekend will have been equally as swell, and that you all managed to read something wonderful. It wasn’t a huge news weekend, but I have a couple of fun things for you today, and of course, kitten pictures. Have a great week, and remember to be excellent to each other! I’ll see you again on Thursday. – xoxo, Liberty

P.S. Shameless self-promotion: Did you see the artwork for our All the Books! 200th episode commemorative merch???

Sponsored by Flatiron Books

A lifetime of secrets. A history untold. No. It is a simple word, uttered on a summer porch in 1936. And it will haunt Kitty Milton for the rest of her life and its consequences will ripple through the Milton family for generations. Moving through three generations and back and forth in time, The Guest Book asks how we remember and what we choose to forget, and tells the story of a family and a country that buries its past in quiet, until the present calls forth a reckoning.

Oh! Before I get started, I have exciting news! For those of you who love to read (or love to give) picture books and chapter books, we’ve got a new podcast, hosted by author and BR contributor Karina Glaser and children’s librarian Matthew Winner! It’s called Kidlit These Days and you can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or your favorite podcatcher.

Here’s this week’s trivia question: What famous author was once roommates with Marlon Brando? (Scroll to the bottom for the answer.)

Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

to kill a mockingbirdAaron Sorkin’s adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird is going national.

Angelina Jolie is in talks to make her Marvel movie debut.

There’s going to be a new Gish Jen novel next year!

Sophie Kinsella announced a new Shopaholic book.

Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand are teaming up for a Macbeth movie. (Reminder that Scotland, PA is a thing that exists and is AMAZING.)

Jordan Fisher is going to play John Ambrose McClaren in the sequel of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

The rights to Heavenly Table by Donald Ray Pollock have sold.

Cover Reveals

Here’s the first look at Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers by Celia C. Pérez (Kokila, September 3)

And here’s the reveal of I’m Not Dying with You Tonight by Gilly Segal and Kimberly Jones. (Sourcebooks Fire, October 1)

And the cover of the last book in Holly Black’s Folk of the Air trilogy: The Queen of Nothing. (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, January 7, 2020)

Sneak Peaks

Here’s the first full trailer for Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark!

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! (It will now be books I loved on Mondays and books I’m excited to read on Thursdays. YAY, BOOKS!)

Loved, loved, loved:

miracle creekMiracle Creek: A Novel by Angie Kim (Sarah Crichton Books, April 16)

Really, All I want to write here is “Read it” over and over and over. It’s definitely one of the year’s best novels. It’s about a couple who find themselves embroiled in a murder trial after their experimental medical treatment device kills two people. But it’s also a story of family, and responsibility, and immigration. The writing is astounding, and it will deliver a kick-o-gram straight to your heart. I can’t wait to see what she does next.

What I’m reading this week:

US cover of ayesha at lastAyesha At Last: A Novel by Uzma Jalaluddin

Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia

Gods of Jade and Shadow: A Novel by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Pun of the week: eBay is so useless. I tried to look up lighters and all they had was 13,749 matches.

Here’s a kitten picture: Actually, here’s a bunch of kitten pictures. They’re getting so big!

And this is funny.

Oh, Excel.

Trivia answer: James Baldwin.

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

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Denzel Washington + Frances McDormand = MACBETH Adaptation: Today In Books

This edition of Today in Books is sponsored by JIMMY Patterson Books.

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Denzel Washington + Frances McDormand = MACBETH Adaptation

Joel Coen is writing, and will direct, a film adaptation of Macbeth and Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand are in talks to join the production. They have my full attention and I request to please be a fly on the wall during this production.

Calling Non-Scaredy Cats

The teaser trailer for the adaptation of Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark is here–if you’re brave enough. “You don’t read the book. The book reads you.” EEP!

Librarian Of Congress Named Karyn Temple United States Register of Copyrights

Congrats to Karyn Temple who is the 13th United States Register of Copyrights, and the first person of color to have the job. You can learn more about Temple and the drama surrounding the position and copyright reform here.



We have one brand new waterproof Kindle Paperwhite to give away, courtesy of Early Bird Books, your resource for free and discount ebooks in your favorite genres!


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The Kids Are All Right

Children’s Books About Grief

Hi Kid Lit Friends,

Experiencing grief is an inevitable part of growing up, and while I wish that no child would have to know sadness, I think it is important to be able to speak to our kids about grief. Thankfully, there are many children’s books that speak to this topic with wisdom and compassion. Here are some that stand out. Please note that all book descriptions come from the publisher.

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Everett Anderson’s Goodbye by Lucille Clifton, illustrated by Ann Grifalconi

Everett Anderson’s Goodbye is a touching portrait of a little boy who is trying to come to grips with his father’s death. Lucille Clifton captures Everett’s conflicting emotions as he confronts this painful reality. We see him struggle through many stages, from denial and anger to depression and, finally, acceptance. In this spare and moving poem, the last in this acclaimed series, Lucille Clifton brings Everett Anderson’s life full circle.

Maybe Tomorrow? by Charlotte Agell, illustrated by Ana Ramirez

Elba has a big block. She’s been dragging it around for a long time. Norris dances everywhere he goes, even uphill. He is always surrounded by a happy cloud of butterflies. Can Norris and his butterflies help ease Elba’s sadness and convince her to join them on a trip to the ocean? This tender exploration of loss illuminates how kindness, empathy, and friendship can lift our spirits and see us through many tomorrows.

And the Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld

When something terrible happens, Taylor doesn’t know where to turn. All the animals are sure they have the answer. The chicken wants to talk it out, but Taylor doesn’t feel like chatting. The bear thinks Taylor should get angry, but that’s not quite right either. One by one, the animals try to tell Taylor how to process this loss, and one by one they fail. Then the rabbit arrives. All the rabbit does is listen, which is just what Taylor needs.

Grandmother’s Visit by Betty Quan, illustrated by Carmen Mok

Grandmother lives with Grace’s family. She teaches her how to measure water for rice. She tells her stories about growing up in China and together they savor the flavors of her childhood. Grandmother says goodbye when she drops Grace off at school every morning and hello when she picks her up at the end of the day. Then, Grandmother stops walking Grace to and from school, and the door to her room stays closed. One day, Grandmother’s room is empty. And one day, Grandmother is buried. After the funeral, Grace’s mom turns on all the outside lights so that Grandmother’s spirit can find its way home for one final goodbye.

The Heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers

There is a wonder and magic to childhood. We don’t realize it at the time, of course . . . yet the adults in our lives do. They encourage us to see things in the stars, to find joy in colors and laughter as we play. But what happens when that special someone who encourages such wonder and magic is no longer around? We can hide, we can place our heart in a bottle and grow up . . . or we can find another special someone who understands the magic. And we can encourage them to see things in the stars, find joy among colors and laughter as they play.

Grandpa’s Stories by Joseph Coelho and Allison Colpoys (Abrams, 4/2)

One young girl reflects on a year with her beloved grandpa. She remembers the fields and parks they explored in the springtime and the old toys they fixed up in the summer. She remembers the handmade gifts they exchanged in the fall and the stories Grandpa told by the fi re each winter. But this year, the girl must say good-bye to Grandpa. In the face of her grief, she is determined to find a way to honor him. She decides to record her Grandpa stories in the notebook he made for her and carry Grandpa with her as she grows. An honest and relatable depiction of loss, Grandpa’s Stories celebrates life and the ways in which love lives on.

Big Cat, Little Cat by Elisha Cooper

There was a cat
who lived alone.
Until the day
a new cat came . . .

And so a story of friendship begins, following the two cats through their days, months, and years until one day, the older cat has to go. And he doesn’t come back.

Where Do They Go? by Julia Alvarez, illustrated by Sabra Field

Julia Alvarez’s picture book is a beautifully crafted poem for children that gently addresses the emotional side of death. The book asks, “When somebody dies, where do they go? / Do they go where the wind goes when it blows? … Do they wink back at me when I wish on a star? Do they whisper, ‘You’re perfect, just as you are’? …” Illustrated by Vermont woodcut artist, Sabra Field, Where Do They Go? is a beautiful and comforting meditation on death, asking questions young readers might have about what happens to those they love after they die.

The Rough Patch by Brian Lies

Evan and his dog do everything together, from eating ice cream to caring for their prize-winning garden, which grows big and beautiful. One day the unthinkable happens: Evan’s dog dies. Heartbroken, Evan destroys the garden and everything in it. The ground becomes overgrown with prickly weeds and thorns, and Evan embraces the chaos. But beauty grows in the darkest of places, and when a twisting vine turns into an immense pumpkin, Evan is drawn out of his isolation and back to the county fair, where friendships—old and new—await.

Ida, Always by Caron Lewis, illustrated by Charles Santoso

Then one sad day, Gus learns that Ida is very sick, and she isn’t going to get better. The friends help each other face the difficult news with whispers, sniffles, cuddles, and even laughs. Slowly Gus realizes that even after Ida is gone, she will still be with him—through the sounds of their city, and the memories that live in their favorite spots.

The Remember Balloons by Jessie Oliveros, illustrated by Dana Wulfette

James’s Grandpa has the best balloons because he has the best memories. He has balloons showing Dad when he was young and Grandma when they were married. Grandpa has balloons about camping and Aunt Nelle’s poor cow. Grandpa also has a silver balloon filled with the memory of a fishing trip he and James took together. But when Grandpa’s balloons begin to float away, James is heartbroken. No matter how hard he runs, James can’t catch them. One day, Grandpa lets go of the silver balloon—and he doesn’t even notice! Grandpa no longer has balloons of his own. But James has many more than before. It’s up to him to share those balloons, one by one.


*Exciting Announcement!*
For those of you who love to read (or love to give) children’s books, we’ve got a new podcast, hosted by author and Book Riot contributor Karina Yan Glaser and children’s librarian Matthew Winner! It’s called Kidlit These Days and you can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or your favorite podcatcher.

I would love to know what you are reading this week! Find me on Twitter at @KarinaYanGlaser, on Instagram at @KarinaIsReadingAndWriting, or email me at

Until next time!

Nala enjoys hanging out with my younger daughter while she reads.

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Riot Rundown


Today’s Riot Rundown is sponsored by The Chaos Function by Jack Skillingstead.

The Chaos Function is an intense, high-stakes thriller with a science-fiction twist that asks: If technology enabled you to save the life of someone you love, would you do so even if it might doom millions?

True Story

Michelle Obama’s Memoir is the Best Of All Time

Hello and happy Friday, nonfiction friends! As you’re reading this, I am probably still trying to decide what audiobook or podcast to queue up for a long drive this weekend. I just finished an epic re-listen of the Harry Potter series, so I’m craving something a bit different – I might finish up Becoming by Michelle Obama or take a deep dive into The Dropout from ABC Radio. We’ll see what fits my mood!

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In this week’s nonfiction news, I get to share updates from several favorite authors – some prizes, some sales awards and some upcoming titles. Let’s dive in!

Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of The Emperor of All Maladies, has been awarded the 2019 Lewis Thomas Prize, an annual award that honors scientists as inspirational writers. He’s a truly amazing writer, and I’ve recommended his biography of cancer to many, many people – don’t let the length deter you, it’s so worth it.

Michelle Obama’s memoir, Becoming, may be the most successful memoir of all time. Last week, her publisher announced the book has sold almost 10 million copies, a number her publisher claims makes it the highest-selling memoir of all time. That’s pretty impressive. I’d be willing to put down some dollars that Barack Obama’s upcoming memoir (no title or release date yet) will challenge that number when it comes out – also super awesome.

Claudia Rankine, author of the amazing poetry collection Citizen: An American Lyric, will be publishing a new book with my favorite Minnesota publisher, Graywolf Press, in 2020. The essay collection is called Just Us: An American Conversation, and “takes place in transitionary spaces … where presumed neutrality gives way to American culture’s overwhelming whiteness.” Oooooo.

A book celebrating the life and career of the late Anthony Bourdain is set to be published this spring. The book, Anthony Bourdain Remembered was originally created by CNN as a keepsake for his daughter, but will now be released to the public. It includes “photos, memories and quotes from the late chef’s fans and famous collaborators.” I expect there will be waterworks reading this one.

And that’s all the nonfiction for this week! Before I wrap up, I also want to mention that Book Riot has launched a new podcast about children’s literature, KidLit These Days. On the show, co-hosts Karina Yan Glaser and Matthew Winner pair the best of children’s literature with what’s going on in the world today. Check it out!

You can find me on Twitter @kimthedork, on email at, and co-hosting the For Real podcast here at Book Riot. Happy reading! – Kim

Unusual Suspects

Uniquely Troubling Grift of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos

Hi mystery fans! Before I get to muuuuurder I thought you might like to know that there’s a new podcast, Kidlit These Days, hosted by New York Times bestselling author Karina Glaser and children’s librarian Matthew Winner. Yay!

Sponsored by Designs on Murder by Gayle Leeson

Design on Murder cover imageWhen Amanda decides to lease a space in historic Abingdon, Virginia’s Shops On Main, she’s surprised to learn that she has a resident ghost. But soon Maxine “Max”, a young woman who died in 1930, isn’t the only dead person at the retail complex. Mark, a web designer who rented space at Shops On Main, is shot in his office. Amanda is afraid that one of her new “friends” is a killer, and Max is encouraging her to solve Mark’s murder a la Nancy Drew. Easy for Max to want to investigate–she can’t end up the killer’s next victim!

From Book Riot And Around The Internet

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A ‘Clue’-Inspired YA Novel Is Coming Out This Year — Start Reading ‘In The Hall With The Knife’ Now

Meet the Cast of Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists, the New Murder-Mystery Thriller

The Talented Mr. Ripley Is Coming to TV—But Will He Be Gay?

Charlie Barnett (Russian Doll) is set for a recurring role on the upcoming second season of Netflix’s You.

How the Killing Eve story is evolving in the original book series

True Crime

Last Surviving Person of Interest in Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Heist to Be Released From Prison

True crime grips London book fair 2019

‘Monster: The Zodiac Killer’ Podcast Scores 12M Downloads In Two Months

Hope This Finds You Well: The Archive of Dorothea Puente, Serial Killer

Netflix’s ‘Delhi Crime’ Is a Horrific, Unnerving True Crime Drama

Kindle Deals

The World’s Greatest Detective by Caroline Carlson is $1.99! (I enjoyed this delightful book so much I want it to be a series!–Full review)

The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh is $1.99! (One of my favorite crime novels–full review) (Sorry, I don’t remember the TWs.)

I Know You Know by Gilly Macmillan is a recently released thriller on my TBR list that is $1.99

Few Galleys I Got My Greedy Little Hands On This Week

The Five cover imageThe Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold (The five women finally get a voice!)

They All Fall Down by Rachel Howzell Hall (A modern And Then There Were None by one of my favorite mystery writers–yes, please! I started reading it while walking to the house from the mailbox.)

Girls Like Us by Cristina Alger (I enjoyed The Banker’s Wife and look forward to the next ride Alger takes me on.)

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 Canavés.

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