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True Story

It’s Still a Bad Idea to Climb Mount Everest

Hello, nonfiction nerds, and congrats on making it to the end of another week. I’m excited to be bringing you some nonfiction news today… but honestly, even more excited that this is my last newsletter before I head on a vacation! Next week I’ll be going up north, as we Minnesotans like to say, to spend time at the lake with books and booze and boat rides.


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Since I’ll be away from my desk I’ve tapped Alice Burton, the amazing co-host of the For Real podcast, to write next week’s newsletters. She’s one of my favorite funny people on the Internet, so I know you’ll be in good hands.

This week I have a few exciting book announcements, a list of best memoirs, and some thoughts on why it’s a terrible idea to climb Mount Everest. Onwards!

Author and creator Noelle Stevenson is writing a graphic memoir! The Fire Never Goes Out will be “a collection of seven or eight years of Stevenson’s personal comics, which come together in a memoir about her life.” I want to read this immediately but will have to be content to wait until January 2020.

Mallory O’Meara, author of The Lady from the Black Lagoon, has another book! Girly Drinks will be “a narrative nonfiction look into the history of women making and drinking alcohol all over the world” and sounds totally amazing.

The New York Times published a list of the 50 best memoirs of the past 50 years. It’s a really interesting list, and more diverse than I was expecting. I was pleased to see a few of my favorites – The Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward, Wave by Sniali Deraniyagala, and The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion, among others.

John Oliver did a segment on climbing Mount Everest and how the “expedition industry has devalued a once-historic achievement” and also made it a lot more dangerous. It’s interesting that this is in the news again, since this whole issue is at the center of Jon Krakauer’s 1997 book Into Thin Air. If you haven’t read that one, go get the audiobook right now – it’s incredible.

While it’s not exclusively nonfiction, the summer book club list from NPR’s Code Switch podcast looks excellent. The list is a collection of summer reads suggested by podcast listeners, as well as members of the Code Switch team.

If you haven’t gotten to read Furious Hours by Casey Cep, you can check out an excerpt from The Guardian. This piece came out back in May, but somehow didn’t cross my radar until this week. I’m psyched to get to this book.

And that’s all for this week! You can find me on Twitter @kimthedork, on email at kim@riotnewmedia.com, and co-hosting the For Real podcast here at Book Riot. This week we set sail on the high seas to talk about books on the ocean. Happy reading! – Kim

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Check Your Shelf

A Best-Selling Tampon Book, E. Jean Carrol’s Accusations Against the President, and More

Welcome to Check Your Shelf! This is your guide to help librarians like you up your game when it comes to doing your job (& rocking it).

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Underpowered and overwhelmed, Kenton tries to hold the Sand Masters together as forces political and personal conspire against them. Now, in one final push, Kenton must tap the most dangerous depths of his own abilities to combat the enemies within his own guild, and discover the truth behind the ambush that killed his father and almost destroyed the Sand Masters for good.


Libraries & Librarians

News Updates

Cool Library Updates

Worth Reading

Book Adaptations in the News

Collection Development Corner

Publishing News

New & Upcoming Titles

What Your Patrons Are Hearing About

Books & Authors in the News

Numbers & Trends

Award News

Pop Cultured

All Things Comics

Book Lists, Book Lists, Book Lists

Children/Teens

Adults

Bookish Curiosities & Miscellaneous

Level Up (Library Reads)

Do you take part in LibraryReads, the monthly list of best books selected by librarians only? We’ve made it easy for you to find eligible diverse titles to nominate. Kelly Jensen created a database of upcoming diverse books that anyone can edit, and Nora Rawlins of Early Word is doing the same, as well as including information about series, vendors, and publisher buzz.

Thanks for hanging, and I’ll see you next week!

–Katie McLain Horner, @kt_librarylady on Twitter. Currently reading a bunch of classic Nancy Drew novels.

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Unusual Suspects

Why is This Ted Bundy Book So Hard to Find?

Hi mystery fans!


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In The Darkness cover imageA forensic psychologist must outthink two serial killers at once… or she might be next. But unearthing these sinister monsters comes with its own deadly—and personal—complications. From Amazon Charts and Washington Post bestselling author comes the latest thriller in the Zoe Bentley series.


From Book Riot And Around The Internet

the gone dead cover imageRincey talked quite a few mystery releases on New Release Tuesday.

Rincey and Katie talk Australian mysteries and a lot of recent mystery news on the latest Read or Dead.

Why is This Ted Bundy Book So Hard to Find?

By the Book: Denise Mina

Attica Locke and Tembi Locke Talk Sisterhood, Writing, and Being Brave

News And Adaptations

The Hand On the Wall cover imageExclusive: Maureen Johnson is wrapping up her Truly Devious trilogy in style

‘The Lincoln Lawyer’ Drama From David E. Kelley & A+E Studios Gets CBS Series Production Commitment

‘When They See Us’ Watched By More Than 23 Million Netflix Accounts Worldwide

Michael Fassbender to Star in Action Spy Thriller ‘Malko’ for Lionsgate

Paramount Makes 7-Figure Film Deal For ‘The Chain’; A Life Changer For Uber Driver-Turned-Hot New Author Adrian McKinty

Kindle Deals

Uptown Thief cover imageAya de Leon‘s Uptown Thief (Justice Hustlers #1) is $0.99 and an awesome crime romance–Full review! (TW rape /domestic abuse) And the follow up books are also on sale (!!) $0.99 and $1.99: The Boss; The Accidental Mistress.

Heather Gudenkauf’s recent release Before She Was Found is $1.99 and great for fans of multiple point of view that includes adults and children–Full review. (TW suicide attempt/ talk of pedophile)

Last week I told you Abby L. Vandiver’s Secrets, Lies, & Crawfish Pies was $2.99 and now it’s $0.99 so if you’re a cozy mystery reader get it–Full review! And the sequel is also on sale: Love, Hopes, & Marriage Tropes.

A Bit Of My Week In Reading

Whisper Network cover imageJust loaded on my phone these audiobooks: Whisper Network by Chandler Baker (Sounds like a 9 to 5 in the #metoo era!); The Wedding Party (The Wedding Date #3) by Jasmine Guillory (I need my romance fix and Guillory always delivers!)

Finished the audiobook: Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey which is a good read/listen if you’re a fan of P.I. and fantasy or if you’re a fan of P.I. and curious to read fantasy. It’s set in our current world, with witches and non-witches, is a whodunnit, and family (twin sisters!) drama.

The Best Lies cover imageCan’t Put Down: The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu which starts with a murder– a girl shot her best friend’s boyfriend dead–and then slowly unravels how they all came to be friends, their revenge pranks–and I still don’t know what happened and I need to know!

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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Swords and Spaceships

Swords and Spaceships June 28

We did it, robots and dinosaurs! We made it to Friday! It’s me, your newsletter host Alex, and if you’re reading this, it means I didn’t gnaw off one of my own limbs during either of the debate nights, and I feel like that’s something we can all celebrate with some science fiction news and other silliness.


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a circular spaceship floats in space, behind a very diner-esque, neon-sign style title treatmentThe Sol Majestic is a big-hearted, delightful intergalactic adventure for fans of Becky Chambers and The Good Place.

When Kenna, a destitute teen guru, wins a free dinner at The Sol Majestic, the galaxy’s most renowned restaurant, he thinks his luck has finally changed. His dream is jeopardized, however, when he learns his highly-publicized “free meal” risks putting the restaurant into financial ruin. Kenna and a gang of newfound friends—including a teleporting celebrity chef, a trust-fund adrenaline junkie, and a brilliant mistress of disguise—must concoct an extravagant scheme to save everything they cherish, and risk sacrificing their ideals in the process.


News and Views

Writers Madeline Miller, Max Gladstone, John Rogers, and Kevin Hearne have been matching donations to RAICES. If they’ve hit their match limits by the time you read this, there’s a good chance other awesome SFF writers will have stepped in, too.

Today, let us remember Prince’s Batdance video from 1989.

Daveed Diggs will be narrating River Solomon’s novella of The Deep.

LGBTQ+ cosplayers talk about the queer video game characters they identify with. So many gorgeous pictures!

For more beautiful pictures, here’s 26 of the most gorgeous fantasy book covers from 2019.

If you wondered where the new Harry Potter mobile game falls in the timeline of the Potterverse, here’s how you can figure it out.

There’s going to be even more new Endgame footage, this time for the home release. They’re streaming it from another dimension, I don’t even know. But the legos are pretty cool!

Here’s an interview with Kaytalin Platt, author of
The Living God.

There are now three officially licensed Marvel plays.

Taika Waititi is going to take a “crack” at an animated Flash Gordon movie.

There are going to be more Short Treks for Star Trek: Discovery!

If you want to go down a rabbit hole from which you will never emerge, there’s a website that lets you create fake hybrid pokémon.

I’m a huge Sailor Moon fan from way back, so I have to share this: Sailor Moon and the Queer Art of Questioning Gender and Sexuality.

Myers-Briggs personality types for Lord of the Rings characters.

The full Game of Thrones TV box set is going to be 33 FREAKING DISCS.

The Last of Its Kind – I wish this was fiction, but it’s a beautiful and heartbreaking piece on scientists taking care of endlings during the present sixth great extinction.

Here’s a cool picture of a volcano erupting, taken from the ISS.

One last bit of cool IRL-but-has-definitely-been-in-scifi-or-should news: Scientists are putting sensors on antarctic seals and that’s helping them track water temperatures.

Free Association Friday

Look, I’ll admit right now, I don’t have anything real off the wall for this day in history because between my brother’s wedding this weekend (YAY BRO BRO!) and the first Democratic presidential debates with a bajillion candidates, half of whom look indiscernible, my brain is just non-functional. So instead, I’m just going to list ten science fiction/fantasy books I wish I could make all of the candidates read. Climate change, capitalism, societal decline, unions, healthcare… and a couple more utopian visions to round things out. In no particular order:

Infomocracy by Malka Older

Iraq + 100 edited by Hassan Blasim

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers

Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks

Docile by K.M. Szpara

Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller

For the Win by Cory Doctorow

Autonomous by Annalee Newitz

See you, space pirates. You can find all of the books recommended in this newsletter on a handy Goodreads shelf. If you’d like to know more about my secret plans to dominate the seas and skies, you can catch me on the (Hugo-nominated!!!) Skiffy and Fanty Podcast or over at my personal site.

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The Stack

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Today’s The Stack is sponsored by Dynamite Entertainment.

The adventure begins for children and adults alike, as the classic character Rainbow Brite comes to comics and brings a little color to your life! Wisp and Willow are best friends who live in a small town. They are inseparable, until one night Wisp discovers something is stealing the color from the world! To escape their grasp, Wisp must use her wits and the help of a new friend…from somewhere else.

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Riot Rundown

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Today’s Riot Rundown is sponsored by Dynamite Entertainment.

The adventure begins for children and adults alike, as the classic character Rainbow Brite comes to comics and brings a little color to your life! Wisp and Willow are best friends who live in a small town. They are inseparable, until one night Wisp discovers something is stealing the color from the world! To escape their grasp, Wisp must use her wits and the help of a new friend…from somewhere else.

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Book Radar

News of a STATION ELEVEN Adaptation and Emily St. John Mandel’s New Novel and More Book Radar!

Happy Thursday! Here is some great stuff to smoosh in your brainpan. Because book stuff is the best smoosh stuff! I hope whatever you’re doing, you have a great rest of your week, and remember to be kind to yourself and others.  I’ll see you again on Monday. – xoxo, Liberty


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Underpowered and overwhelmed, Kenton tries to hold the Sand Masters together as forces political and personal conspire against them. Now, in one final push, Kenton must tap the most dangerous depths of his own abilities to combat the enemies within his own guild, and discover the truth behind the ambush that killed his father and almost destroyed the Sand Masters for good.


Trivia question time! What show inspired the Traveling Symphony’s motto “survival is insufficient” in Emily St. John Mandel’s novel Station Eleven? (Scroll to the bottom for the answer.)

Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

station elevenPatrick Somerville is adapting both Made for Love by Alissa Nutting and Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.

And speaking of Emily, she revealed information about her new novel The Glass Hotel.

Constance Wu will star in the Goodbye, Vitamin adaptation.

Stephen King’s The Stand miniseries announced its all-star cast.

Keegan Michael-Key to star with Meryl Streep, Ariana Grande and more in Ryan Murphy’s Netflix musical adaptation of Prom.

Joe Hill is writing and overseeing a new line of DC horror comics, including a contribution from Carmen Maria Machado.

Universal Pictures has optioned the rights to The Giver of Stars, a new novel from Jojo Moyes.

Marvel unveils one-act plays featuring Ms. Marvel, Thor, and other heroes.

good morning, midnightGeorge Clooney to direct and star in Lily Brooks-Dalton’s Good Morning, Midnight.

Lincoln Lawyer series in development at CBS from David E. Kelley.

Daisy Ridley is reportedly the top choice for the Batgirl film.

Cover Reveals

Samantha Irby shared the amazing cover of Wow, No Thank You, her upcoming memoir. (Vintage, Spring 2020)

Here’s the first look at Don’t Overthink It: Make Easier Decisions, Stop Second-Guessing, and Bring More Joy to Your Life, the upcoming book from Anne Bogel. (Baker Books, March 3, 2020)

And the first look at Red Hood by Elana K. Arnold. (Balzer + Bray, February 25, 2020)

Sneak Peeks

opheliaHere’s a clip of the new Ophelia movie with Daisy Ridley and Naomi Watts.

Here’s the trailer for the final season of Orange is the New Black.

And here’s the first photos of the adaptation of Jane Austen’s unfinished novel Sandition.

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!)

Excited to read:

the last dayThe Last Day by Andrew Hunter Murray (Dutton, February 4, 2020)

I am going to be completely honest with you: I don’t remember why I wrote this down. I have a short list where I add upcoming titles that have been recommended to me, and I don’t remember who told me I needed to read this one. That said, the plot sounds amazing, about a plausible dystopian near-future and a scientist who is doing her damndest to save the world. And the planet’s rotation has stopped and the US population now inhabits the lower half of Great Britain which sounds bananas. I am indeed excited to get my hands on it!

What I’m reading this week.

from hell to breakfastFrom Hell to Breakfast by Meghan Tifft

In at the Deep End by Kate Davies

Mary Toft; or, The Rabbit Queen: A Novel by Dexter Palmer

Girls Like Us by Cristina Alger

And this is funny.

Start them young.

Trivia answer: Star Trek: Voyager.

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

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Audiobooks

Havana in the Heart (and Ears), Kids’ Audiobook Series, and More

Hola Audiophiles!

Blink and you may just miss the end of the month – June is passing us by, friends! It’s been fun sharing Audiobook Month with all of you. Not that we need an excuse to geek out over audiobooks…

As wrap things up, let’s do a little check in: what audiobooks have you been loving? Usually I’m the one doing all the talking: your turn to share the audio love.

Ready? Let’s audio.


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Latest Listens

Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton has me looking forward to every errand, every workout, every second of my whopping 18-minute commute: anything to sneak in a few more minutes of listening. It slayed me with gorgeous descriptions of the Malecon, of old Havana, of the flavors and aromas of lechon asado and ropa vieja, then pulled at my heartstrings with not one but two stories of devastating romance. What impressed me most though was the care given to portray the extent to which the revolution divided the people of Cuba. I spent the months leading up to my trip there reading non-fiction on its history, but this novel gave me more perspective than all of those combined.

This romantic, heartbreaking, and vividly sensory escape opens in 2017. Marisol Ferrera is a Cuban American whose grandmother Elisa Perez has just passed away. Elisa, a Cuban exile, raised Marisol, and in her will asked her granddaughter to take her ashes back to the island. Marisol is in Cuba to do just that, a voyage that brings to light truths from Elisa’s past buried for over 50 years. That story transports us to 1950s Cuba and the tumult of the revolution, a story steeped as equally in love as in tragedy and fear.

The story flashes back and forth between the two women’s perspectives; Marisol’s parts are narrated by Frankie Maria Corzo and Elisa’s by Kyla Garcia. Both do such a stunning job of portraying wonder, infatuation, fear, grief, and of embodying a tone and cadence appropriate for their respective time periods. I’ve got to give special props to Kyla Garcia: I’ve critiqued the pronunciation in some of her narration before, but this heartfelt performance was spot on.

the lost coastListens on Deck

What to listen to next… I haven’t decided! Thinking I might pick up Margaret Rogerson’s Sorcery of Thorns or perhaps catch up on some Leigh Bardugo. I’m also very intrigued by The Lost Coast by Amy Rose Capetta: six queer witches trying to find themselves among the California redwoods? Yeah. THAT’S going on the TBR for sure.

Give me your thoughts!

From the Internets

AudioFile Magazine calls its “best of the best” narrators Golden Voices – how fancy! They’re celebrating Audiobook Month with a spotlight on some of their top narrators.

I am shocked. SHOCKED! Audiobook sales soared in 2018 as the people at Forbes point out.

Over at the Riot

I love this list of beloved children’s book series to enjoy on audio. Yeah, our boy Harry makes the list but there are so many others to choose from; if you haven’t discovered the Juana & Lucas books, get thee to an audiobook player!

For the third week of Audiobook Month and in celebration of Pride, I put together a list of LGBTQ+ audiobooks for our YouTube channel. Send me more of your faves!


That’s all I got today! Shoot me an email at vanessa@riotnewmedia.com with audiobook feedback & questions or find me on Twitter and the gram @buenosdiazsd. Sign up for the In The Club newsletter, peep the Read Harder podcast, and watch me booktube every Friday too!

Stay bad & bookish, my friends.
Vanessa

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Kissing Books

Ladies Doing Science and So Much More

It’s Thursday, and it’s been a heck of a week, probably for all of us, but hey: books! Romances are awesome when everything else sucks. So let’s talk about some great ones.


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Over on Book Riot

Which duke should be yours? My inner Hot Mess is very satisfied with my results.

We all know that I love a good Pride and Prejudice retelling (and that there are a million out there). But Emma? Yes. Yes, please and thank you.

Looking for tips to find good local authors? This is a great place to start!

Okay, this is very romance adjacent but literary scarves, y’all.

Deals

cover of kimani two-in-one Road to Forever and A Love of My OwnWant a two-in-one collection with an amazing cover? Check out Road to Forever & A Love of My Own by Sherelle Green and Sheryl Lister. These are both authors I’ve tried before but haven’t read these two specific books. If you’re interested in these, definitely check out other of Kimani’s two-in-ones, because it seems like that’s the majority of the printing they’re doing right now.

And just because it’s been a while since I’ve mentioned her, reminder that you can read some top notch Rebekah Weatherspoon for as little as 2.99! Check out Fit (which is hella steamy) or So Sweet (which is similarly steamy) to see what kind of story you might like, and then you’re welcome.

New Releases!

Do you know what’s great about some of the recent historicals? Ladies (and other folks) sciencing the shit out of stuff. I’ve gotten my hands on a couple new things where that is at their center, and of course this is a day that ends in Y so of course there are lots of other new books I’m looking forward to reading!

cover of The Lady's Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia WaiteThe Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics
Olivia Waite

This is one of those books that has been talked about a lot over the last week or so, and I can’t help but join in the excitement. Not only did Avon drop this cover all nonchalantly like it wasn’t the first mass market historical (though it did go digital first) with two women on a gorgeous cover, but Olivia Waite is no slouch when it comes to amazing words strung together. So when you’ve got people drooling over the cover and ready to read the book, which I did in a day? Well, you’re going to hear about it, is what happens. In this beautiful, delicious novel (with limited angst, thank goodness), Lucy has gone to Catherine, Lady Moth, with a proposal to work on the translation for an esteemed French astronomy text. Lucy, still reeling from her… girlfriend? …getting married, arrives in London with only one thing on her mind, but can’t help her attraction to her new benefactress. And the feeling, it seems, is mutual. This book really approaches the power dynamic in an interesting and compelling way. There’s also a lot about the nature of science and art, and that alone makes this book magical.

cover of falling for a rake by eve pendleFalling for A Rake
Eve Pendle

I’m not far into this one, but it starts out with a young woman who is on a fern hunt. That’s right, she got a group of people together and decided that fern hunting was a thing. So she and the Rake With The Heart Of Gold(™) who is also part of this expedition fall down a mine shaft and spend the night together, only leaving one option: fake relationship! She doesn’t particularly know he has a HOG, and they both try to suppress their chemistry by being abrasive and aloof. Obviously, it doesn’t work.

Others I can’t wait to get my hands on:

cover of sweet heat by zuri daySweet Heat by Zuri Day
To Resist a Scandalous Rogue by Liana de la Roas
Project Duchess by Sabrina Jeffries
Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes
The Seduction Expert by Saya Lopez Ortega
Say No to the Duke by Eloisa James (I haven’t been rushing to pick these up, but that cover…)
Save The Date by Monica Murphy
I Think I Might (Want You) by Christina C. Jones
Kingdom of Exiles by Maxym M. Martineau (HOW DID THIS SNEAK UP ON ME)

As usual, catch me on Twitter @jessisreading or Instagram @jess_is_reading, or send me an email at jessica@riotnewmedia.com if you’ve got feedback, bookrecs, or just want to say hi!

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Today In Books

Librarians Protest CIA Recruiting At ALA Conference: Today In Books

This edition of Today in Books is sponsored by Regency romance author Janna MacGregor.

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Librarians Protest CIA Recruiting At ALA Conference

The CIA is among hundreds of exhibits at the American Library Association’s (ALA) annual conference. This year, a group of librarians protested stating, “Everything they stand for is a violation of the values of librarianship, so we protested.” You can read their full statement, more on the protest, and ALA’s decision not to ban the CIA here.

Highlights Takes A Stand For Kids

Highlights magazine played “What Wrong?” outside of their pages and made a public statement against the separation of immigrant children from their families and the current living conditions during detainment. You can read their letter here.

Prom Adaptation Has Awesome Casting

Not only is the hot Broadway play Prom getting a YA book adaptation in September but it’s also getting a Netflix film adaptation by Ryan Murphy. And the cast is fire: Keegan-Michael Key, Meryl Streep, James Corden, Nicole Kidman, Ariana Grande, Awkwafina, and Andrew Rannells. Excited for the book (that cover!) and the film!