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Daveed Diggs Will Play Frederick Douglass in THE GOOD LORD BIRD and More Book Radar!

Happy Thursday! It is I, the Book News Fairy, here to once again sprinkle a little book news in your face orbs. The slow summer news rolls on, but there are a few great things to share with you while you work, or float in the pool, or polka. Whatever you’re doing, I hope 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

Trivia question time! Which of the Baby-Sitter’s Club books does Ann M. Martin say was the hardest to write.? (Scroll to the bottom for the answer.)

Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

the good lord birdHamilton Tony winner Daveed Diggs to will play Frederick Douglass in the Showtime limited series adaptation of The Good Lord Bird by James McBride.

Duchess Meghan Markle will publish her first book, a picture book about her rescue dogs.

The animated short Hair Love, based on the children’s book by Matthew A. Cherry, will premiere in theaters before Angry Birds 2.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi will now be a Disney movie.

Alicia Silverstone will star in the Baby-Sitter’s Club reboot.

Netflix has ordered 10 episodes of Tiny Pretty Things, based on the book by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton.

with the fire on highHot stuff! With The Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo is being adapted into a movie.

Lindsey Leavitt’s novel Going Vintage will be a film.

Karin Gist and Lee Daniels Entertainment to develop Our Kind Of People, inspired by Lawrence Otis Graham’s book Our Kind Of People: Inside America’s Black Upper Class.

Hillary and Chelsea Clinton are writing their first book together: The Book of Gutsy Women.

Sam Maggs is writing a YA novel of The Unstoppable Wasp for Marvel.

And here’s the cover reveal for The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo. (, March 24, 2020)

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:

deacon king kong holderDeacon King Kong by James McBride (Riverhead Books, March 3, 2020)

His first novel since the National Book Award-winning The Good Lord Bird! I loved that novel so much, and his stories and James Brown book that have come out since. This one is about the shooting of a drug dealer in 1960 and the repercussions for people around the event, told in McBride’s signature wit and sharp humor. SO EXCITED.

What I’m reading this week.

dear girlsDear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, and Advice for Living Your Best Life by Ali Wong

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

18 Tiny Deaths: The Untold Story of Frances Glessner Lee and the Invention of Modern Forensics by Bruce Goldfarb

Polite Society by Mahesh Rao

And this is funny.

Doggos are the best.

Trivia answer: Claudia and the Sad Good-bye. 

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