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AMERICAN DIRT Publisher’s Statement: Today In Books

American Dirt Publisher’s Statement

The publishers of American Dirt, the not #ownvoices novel about Mexican immigrants that has been criticized by the Latinx community, have put out a statement regarding their publication, advertising, and book tour changes. While it starts by sounding like an apology for missteps they made, it ends by pulling out the dog-whistle where Latinx are portrayed as threatening people. It seems like, once again, the people Cummins claims to write for are on the receiving end of harmful misrepresentation; meanwhile, she’s portrayed as the victim.

The Pale Horse Trailer!

Agatha Christie’s The Pale Horse has gotten the Amazon Studios adaptation treatment and now we have a trailer! The two-episode limited series will stream on March 13th and stars Rufus Sewell as Mark Easterbrook, a dude who learns his name was on a list found on a dead woman. Oh, and did I mention a group of witches are the murder suspects?!

More Exciting Adaptation News!

Disney+’s Stargirl’s producers, The Gotham Group, have optioned the upcoming YA novel The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed. Allison Davis will adapt the “coming-of-age story of a wealthy African-American teenager whose family gets caught in the vortex of the 1992 Los Angeles riots” with Wanuri Kahiu directing.