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French Bookshops Ask For Essential Service Treatment: Today In Books

French Bookshops Ask For Essential Service Treatment

With France starting a four-week lockdown, due to a resurgence in COVID-19 cases, bookshops and publishers are asking the government to give them essential status so they can remain open. “Leave our bookstores open so that social confinement does not also become cultural isolation.”

PRH Extends Online Reading Open License

With no end to the pandemic in site, Penguin Random House has once again extended its Open License, through March 31, 2021, which applies to read-aloud videos and online story times. “Our hope in extending the program is to give some stability for educators, librarians and booksellers in knowing that they can still use our authors’ books for story times.”

Netflix’s The White Tiger Adaptation Has A Trailer

The Man Booker Prize winning novel The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga has been adapted by Netflix into a film starring Priyanka Chopra, Rajkummar Rao, Adarsh Gourav, and Perrie Kapernaros. The dark humor tale of a servant who rebels was filmed in India, by director Ramin Bahrani, and now has a trailer.

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We’re celebrating the creepiest time of the year with the Haunted Riot, featuring some of our favorite shiver-inducing reads!

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Book Radar

THE BABY-SITTERS CLUB Has Been Renewed for a Second Season and More Book Radar!

Kittens! Welcome to another Monday edition of “OOO BOOKS.” I am your host, Surly Jackson, and today I’ll be sharing book news, cat pictures, puns, and a rave review of another 2021 title that I think you MUST mark down on your TBRs.

I myself am building a stack of reads for the week to the ceiling, in an effort to find calm this upcoming week, no matter what happens tomorrow. If you find that you can’t read right now, please remember that it is perfectly normal. Everyone reacts differently to situations.

And remember that whatever you are doing or watching or reading this week, I am sending you love and hugs. Please be safe, and remember to wear a mask and wash your hands. And please be mindful of others. It takes no effort to be kind. I’ll see you again on Thursday. – xoxo, Liberty

Here’s Monday’s trivia question: Which author once took a job as a potato chip inspector because the shift hours enabled her to write early in the morning? (Scroll to the bottom for the answer.)

Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

Mindy Kaling will star in HBO Max’s adaptation of Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner.

Netflix has renewed The Baby-Sitter’s Club for a second season.

Here’s the first look at Samantha Downing’s next novel, For Your Own Good.

Look at this gorgeous cover reveal for the paperback edition of The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia!

Chanté Adams will star with Michael B. Jordan in Denzel Washington’s Journal for Jordan, based on Dana Canedy’s 2008 memoir.

Kristin Scott Thomas will narrate Rachel Cusk’s Outline trilogy.

Here’s the cover reveal for Edie Richter is Not Alone by Rebecca Handler, coming next year from Unnamed Press.

Cheryl Strayed has brought back Dear Sugar.

Rachel Keller joins Ansel Elgort and Ken Watanabe in HBO Max’s upcoming drama series Tokyo Vice, based on Jake Adelstein’s nonfiction book of the same name.

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: 

The Rib King by Ladee Hubbard (Amistad, January 19, 2021)

I mentioned this book a few weeks ago in the New Books! newsletter, but I simply must talk about it more. It’s an absolute work of smoldering genius, and it has hooked its incendiary fingers right into my brain!

The Rib King takes place in two parts in the early 20th century.The first part is about the in-fighting and worries of the African American staff at the prestigious home of a once-affluent white family. As the staff in charge try to come up with ways to stretch what little they have as the family’s fortune slips away, there is fighting over recent changes to the staff. August Sitwell has worked for the Barclays since he was a young orphan, and has recently been moved from gardener to butler, much to the chagrin of the recently-fired butler who taught Sitwell everything he knows. And while attempting to oversee preparations for a dinner for a visitor who might help pull the Barclays out of financial ruin, Sitwell also watches after the three young men who work on the grounds, and who find themselves in multiple dangerous situations when white supremacists terrorize the town.

And the second section is set ten years later, after a horrific crime at the home. It details the life of one of the former maids, Jennie, as she attempts to grow her own beauty care business, but keeps finding her dealings overshadowed by her time at the home. Jennie wants to branch out from her hair salon and start selling her homemade skin care cream in stores. But the return of the “Rib King” to town draws her back into the terrible business from a decade before, while she is inadvertently and unwillingly swept up in illegal dealings and fighting between gangs.

I cannot decide which section I enjoyed more! It was such an exciting juxtaposition. The further I got in the second section, the more I saw the genius of the first as well. The first section is a bit Downton Abbey, with all the staff drama, and the second reminded me a lot of Deadwood—my favorite show—despite being set in the 20th century. Hubbard highlights the racism and sexism of the time period in a brilliantly layered, original story. It’s such a powerful novel that I immediately read it again because I didn’t want to lose that feeling it gave my brain. And you heard it here first: This is my guess for the National Book Award for Fiction in 2021!

While you’re waiting for this one to come out, I HIGHLY recommend checking out Hubbard’s first novel, The Talented Ribkins.

What I’m reading this week.

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

First Person Singular: Stories by Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (translator)

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch by Rivka Galchen

The Souvenir Museum: Stories by Elizabeth McCracken

Pun of the week: 

I found a rock which measured 1760 yards in length. It must be some kind of milestone.

And this is funny:

Oh, look, it’s the (scary) story of my life.

Happy things:

Here are a few things I enjoy that I thought you might like as well:

And here’s a cat picture!

*Chandler voice* Could Farrokh be any more relaxed?

Trivia answer: Octavia Butler.

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

The Kids Are All Right

Children’s Books for National American Indian Heritage Month

Hi Kid Lit Friends!

Today marks the beginning of National American Indian Heritage Month, a time of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the United States of America. In children’s literature, there have been many beautiful books published by indigenous writers, and I am happy to share some of my favorites with you!

We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom, illustrated by Michaela Goade

Recent media attention has cast a light on water inequality, particularly on native lands. One of the most prominent cases has been on the Standing Rock Reservation, located in North Dakota and South Dakota. When the proposed pipeline for the Dakota Access Pipeline was moved to enter reservation land, millions of people protested the construction. This beautiful picture book is an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth’s water from harm and corruption.

Birdsong by Julie Flett

This absolutely gorgeous picture book is about change and community. When a young girl moves from the country to a small town, she feels lonely and out of place. But soon she meets an elderly woman next door who shares her love of arts and crafts. Can the girl navigate the changing seasons and failing health of her new friend? The illustrations reveal the theme of change beautifully through the scenery and the intergenerational relationship between the girl and her neighbor.

Indian Shoes by Cynthia Leitich Smith, illustrated by Jim Madsen

Acclaimed author Cynthia Leitich Smith writes a stunning chapter book, perfect for newly independent readers. The book centers around one questions: What do Indian shoes look like? While some people might say moccasins, Ray Halfmoon prefers hightops. But Grampa Halfmoon likes moccasins, so Ray wears them. After all, it’s Grampa Halfmoon who’s always there to help Ray get in and out of scrapes—like the time they teamed up to pet sit for the whole block during a holiday blizzard! You should definitely check out this beautiful intergenerational story!

Indian No More by Charlene Willing McManis with Traci Sorell

This wonderful middle grade book is about 10-year-old Regina Petit who lives with her family on the Grand Ronde reservation in the 1950s. But when the federal government signs a bill into law that says Regina’s tribe no longer exists, Regina becomes “Indian no more” overnight, even though she was given a number by the Bureau of Indian Affairs that counted her as Indian, even though she lives with her tribe and practices tribal customs, and even though her ancestors were Indian for countless generations. The family moves to Los Angeles, and Regina has to adjust to a whole new life without her tribal community and land.

Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

This exciting fantasy middle grade novel is about seventh grader Nizhoni Begay. When she meets Mr. Charles, her dad’s new boss at the oil and gas company, he’s alarmingly interested in Nizhoni and her brother, Mac, their Navajo heritage, and the legend of the Hero Twins. Nizhoni, who has always been able to detect monsters, knows he’s a threat, but her father won’t believe her. When Dad disappears the next day, leaving behind a message that says “Run!”, the siblings and Nizhoni’s best friend, Davery, are thrust into a rescue mission that can only be accomplished with the help of Diné Holy People, all disguised as quirky characters.

What are you reading these days? Let me know! Find me on Twitter at @KarinaYanGlaser, on Instagram at @KarinaIsReadingAndWriting, or email me at

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Today In Books

Hachette Launched BIPOC Focused Imprint Legacy Lit: Today In Books

Hachette Launched BIPOC Focused Imprint Legacy Lit

With a focus on publishing work by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) writers, Hachette has launched a new imprint, Legacy Lit. Krishan Trotman will be running the imprint which will have select fiction titles and focus mostly on nonfiction, with 12-15 titles a year starting in 2022.

Kristin Scott Thomas To Narrate Trilogy

For fans of the actress Kristin Scott Thomas (*raises hand!), we will have her lovely voice in our ears for a trilogy: she’ll narrate Rachel Cusk’s Outline trilogy. “I have been practicing for years, reading them aloud to myself, hoping that one day somebody would ask me to record them.”

Chrissy Teigen Is Working On Her Third Cookbook

In delicious news: Chrissy Teigen posted on her Cravings Instagram account that she’s once again teamed up with her Cravings cookbook co-author Adeena Sussman and started working on Cravings 3. She’s also open to ideas for what you want to see in the cookbook.

You’ll Want To Ohh and Ahh Over Baby Yoda Made of Bread

You read that right. It’s Baby Yoda made out of bread, aka Baby Dough-da.

The Fright Stuff

Horror in Strange Pages: Dark Fantasy

The Dark Season is upon us my ghastly ones! I’m Jessica Avery and I’ll be delivering your weekly brief of all that’s ghastly and grim in the world of Horror. Whether you’re looking for a backlist book that will give you the willies, a terrifying new release, or the latest in horror community news, you’ll find it here in The Fright Stuff.

As we (finally) make our descent towards the end of another year I’m realizing that it has been almost two years since I decided that I needed more horror in my reading life and started my first forays into the genre. And now I’m here, writing you this newsletter, and that’s a bit surreal. It was actually Dark Fantasy that served as my soft intro to the horror genre, and something about the bleak, dark days of winter (are we sensing that this isn’t Jessica’s favorite season) that always makes me crave that beloved intersection of fantasy and horror.

Sometimes horror is zombies and ghosts, sometimes it’s unholy magics, twisted monsters, and vengeful gods. You don’t have to choose! Part of the beauty of horror is its crossover power, able to fit into any other genre and make everything it touches that much darker and creepier. Whether it’s dark fantasy, or a particularly vicious romantic suspense novel, if it makes your skin do that crawling thing where it tries to physically move away from the book you’re holding, it’s also horror. So this week let’s celebrate those books both frightening and magical.

Beneath the Citadel

Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria

Still the winner of the “most delightful cover ever” award, Soria’s dark fantasy novel features a city and a people ruled by the ancient prophecies of the elder seers, issued from behind the closed doors of the citadel even as the people wage a war in the streets. It has been over a decade since the last infallible prophecy came to pass and left unrest and anger in its wake. Now Cassa and her friends must solve the mystery of the final infallible prophecy before their city and all they’ve known is destroyed in its wake.

The Unspoken Name cover image

The Unspoken Name by A.K Larkwood

It’s dark, it’s queer, and I’m here for it. Csorwe, sacred tribute, turns her back on the Shrine of the Unspoken and the sacrifice that should have been hers. She follows the powerful mage who offered her her life in exchange for her assistance in his quest to destroy an empire and reclaim his power. But old vows are not easily broken, and gods have a nasty tendency to remember those who have betrayed them.

The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart

Lin is the daughter and former heir to her father’s throne, presiding over an empire controlled by mighty and horrible bone shard magic. When her father refuses to recognize her claim to the throne, even as his own power fails him and revolution threatens to split the Empire apart, Lin vows to master the dark power of the bone shard magic and surpass even her father in skill. But that much power comes at a terrible cost, and Lin must decided how far she is truly willing to go to claim her seat on the throne.

the monster of elendhaven

The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht

Giesbrecht’s novella is a delight of dark fantasy goodness. In the dying city of Elendhaven, on the edge of the sea, a monster stalks the shadows and does his master’s bidding. A creature in the shape of a man but who cannot die like one, twisted by magic and and shaped by his master’s cruel cunning. Together they will have their revenge on Elendhaven, no matter the cost.

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Chupeco you might recognize as the talented author of the Girl from the Well YA horror series, and I’m happy to say that her dark fantasy Bone Witch series is every bit as dark and delightful. Also, there’s necromancy. And if you stick around here long enough you’ll realize that Jessica never says no to necromancy. Tea can raise the dead, but at a price. She has a gift for necromancy, which means that she is a bone witch, but though her abilities allowed her to resurrect her brother from the dead, they also mean that she is feared and shunned by those around her.

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

You might remember Craig’s debut novel making the horror rounds earlier this year. It was even nominated this summer for the Ladies of Horror Fiction Award for Best Young Adult novel. Inspired by the fairy tale of “The Twelve Dancing Princesses”, House of Salt and Sorrows is dark, Gothic, and filled with magic. Annaleigh lives in a manor by the sea with her sisters, her father, and her stepmother. Where there were once twelve sisters roaming the halls there are now only eight, and the tragic death toll just keeps climbing. Every night Annaleigh’s sisters sneak out and spend the night dancing at mysterious balls with unknown partners. And one by one they die. Who – or what – have they been dancing with?

Fresh From The Skeleton’s Mouth

In the realm of horror goodies over at Book Riot this last week, it’s all about snacks and shopping. Annika Barranti Klein has a list of horror baking books, because who says the horror snack fun has to end with Halloween? And if you’re kicking off your Christmas shopping for the year, check out these lists of horror-inspired socks and fantastic horror leggings for inspiration!

In honor of the hell that this winter is probably going to be, Salem Horror Fest tweeted asking everyone for their horror recommendations. If your “The World is Ending But At Least I Have Books” TBR is looking a little slim, check out the replies for an avalanche of fantastic reads.

Speaking of reading recommendations, House of Leaves Publishing, publishers of the recent critical text on religion in horror, Scared Sacred, have threaded a reading list of essential critical horror film texts.

For Bookstr’s latest 5×5 article, Samantha Jones featured five female horror authors and their answers to five bookish questions about their writing journeys and the horror genre.

On November 10 the Horror Writers Association will be holding their next Skeleton Hour webinar and you don’t want to miss it. This time they’ll be sitting own with the authors & editors of the anthology Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women, including Lee Murray, Geneve Flynn, Nadia Bulkin, Angela Yuriko Smith, and Rena Mason.

As always, you can catch me on Twitter at @JtheBookworm, where I try to keep up on all that’s new and frightening.

What's Up in YA

Get Your YA Ebook Deals While They’re Hot!

Hey YA Readers!

Here’s your biweekly curated list of the best YA ebook deals you can snag. There’s something here for every type of reader. All deals are current as of Friday, October 30, and note that because a lot of deals expire at the end of a month, you’ll want to grab these sooner, rather than later.


Get your seasonal reading fix with Pumpkinheads, a graphic novel by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks, for $3.

The Naturals by Jennnifer Lynn Barnes, a teen crime thriller, is on sale for $1. Good news: if you love it, there are more books to this series to enjoy.

Daniel Kraus’s Bent Heavens is one of my favorite 2020 reads. It’s science fiction horror featuring an alien story that asks very human questions. $3.

Gravemaidens by Kelly Coon, which is on my TBR, is a perfect dark read for the season and on sale for $2.

If you need a good rom com, I Wanna Be Where You Are by Kristina Forest will do you well. Featuring a ballerina and a road trip! $3.

Marie Lu’s recent standalone fantasy The Kingdom of Back is $3.

One of my favorite graphic memoirs in recent memory is Robin Ha’s Almost American Girl, which is on sale for $2.

Want a ghostly graphic novel? Vera Brosgol’s Anya’s Ghost is $3.

Itching for some new takes on classic Edgar Allan Poe stories? His Hideous Heart edited by Dahlia Adler and featuring some of the best writers of YA today is currently $3.

Black girl magic is the theme of the anthology A Phoenix First Must Burn edited by Patrice Caldwell. Grab it for $3.50.

A pair of witchy reads you’ll want to snag: Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor is $3 and These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling is $3. Both are the first books in a series.

Grab Malinda Lo’s Huntress while it’s on sale for $2.

While you’re digging into the Malinda Lo backlist, do not miss out on her science fiction duology Adaptation and Inheritance. Each one is a whole $1.

So! Many! Good! Deals! Treat yourself and load up your ereader for the long nights and, if applicable, the cooler weather.

— Kelly Jensen, @heykellyjensen on Instagram and editor of Body Talk(Don’t) Call Me Crazy, and Here We Are.

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