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Are you always on the lookout for more great genre books by Black authors? Then you need to know about The Melanin Library, a very cool, free online database of books by Black authors. Browse books by Romance, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, YA, and Children’s books, and find your next great read. This database is created by Written in Melanin Publishing.

George M. Johnson Sets Filmed Reading Of ALL BOYS AREN’T BLUE

If you’re a fan of Johnson’s award-winning and acclaimed memoir All Boys Aren’t Blue, then good news: there will be a filmed reading of three chapters of the book performed by Jenifer Lewis (Black-ish), Dyllón Burnside (Pose), Bernard David Jones (The Mayor) and Thomas Hobson (Sherman’s Showcase). The performance will stream for free on February 8th, but tickets are required.

Tian Richards Lands Lead Role In ‘Nancy Drew’ Spinoff On Black Gay Billionaire At The CW

Have you been watching the CW adaptation of Nancy Drew starring Kennedy McMann? If so, you might be happy to know that there’s a potential spin-off in the works starring Tom Swift. In this version, Tom Swift is a Black, gay billionaire inventor. Tian Richards will star, and he’s set to appear in Season 2 of Nancy Drew.

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Netflix To Adapt The Witch Boy Into Animated Musical

Molly Knox Ostertag’s queer-friendly graphic novel The Witch Boy will be adapted into an animated musical for Netflix. Oscar nominee Minkyu Lee will direct, Maria Melnik will adapt it to screen, and the original music will be by Haim. And there is an official concept art piece already shared.

Romance Writers Advice Podcast

Romance fans and/or advice podcast fans have a new podcast to look forward to: Dear Romance Writer, starting February 11th. Romance authors Xio Axelrod, Avery Flynn, and Roan Parrish don’t claim to be personally successful in love or formally trained, BUT they’ll answer your lovelorn questions anyways. Having written 50+ romance novels has to make them at least partially qualified and fully entertaining.

Talia Hibbert’s Austen Inspired Rom-Com Series Forthcoming

And even more HEA! If more novels by romance author Talia Hibbert was on your I-want list, your wish has been granted: In a three book deal, Avon will publish a rom-com series inspired by Jane Austen. “Book 1: Mont is kind of Elizabeth Bennet? Only taller”.

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The Upcoming MIRACLE CREEK Follow-up and More Book Radar!

Holy cats, do I have a TON of fun book news for you today, readers! Which is fitting, because as I mentioned last week, tomorrow is a HUGE day for new releases. I don’t know if it’s the below-freezing temperatures here in Maine clearing out my brain fog or what, but I am feeling extra-excited about books lately. Like “make a big pile on the floor and roll around on them like a dog on the grass” excited. And I am leaning into this feeling—I freaking love books so much!

Moving on, I have a little book news for you today, including a look at the start of an awesome new YA Fantasy series and tons of book news, plus a terrible joke, a cat picture, and trivia! Let’s get started, shall we?

Here’s Monday’s trivia question: Which semi-historical novel was dramatized in an immensely popular TV miniseries that first aired in 1977 and went on to win nine Emmys? (Scroll to the bottom for the answer.)

Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

Netflix is developing Min Jin Lee’s Free Food for Millionaires as an hour-long show.

Here’s the cover reveal for Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon. (Surely the title comes from this amazing song.)

A new Enola Holmes book is on the way.

Angie Kim announced her follow-up to Miracle Creek.

Amanda Gorman will be the first poet to perform during the Super Bowl halftime show. And Penguin has already ordered a million copies of her upcoming books.

The Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag will now be an animated movie musical for Netflix, featuring original music by Haim.

Merriam-Webster added 520 new words to the dictionary.

Here’s the cover reveal of Summer Sons by Lee Mandelo.

Seth Rogen has a book of essays coming in May.

The legendary Cicely Tyson died just two days after the release of her memoir Just as I Am. Here’s a wonderful interview she gave about the book.

Tim Robbins has joined the adaptation of The Power by Naomi Alderman.

Talia Hibbert announced her next rom-com.

Ethan Hawke has joined the cast of the adaptation of Joe Hill’s short story The Black Phone.

Tian Richards will star in the Nancy Drew spinoff Tom Swift.

Here’s the cover reveal of A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow.

We may be getting an adaptation of Bones & All by Camille DeAngelis.

HBO Max acquired the rights to Lyla Lee’s upcoming YA novel I’ll Be The One.

Netflix’s Sandman cast has been revealed. The show will star Tom Sturridge and Gwendoline Christie.

There’s a dramatic reading with an all-star cast of All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson coming in February.

And HBO Max is reportedly developing an animated Game of Thrones series.

Noah Baumbach is adapting Don DeLillo’s White Noise for Netflix, starring Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig.

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: 

Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard (HarperTeen, May 4,)

Oooh, what royal stabby fun! This is an action-filled YA fantasy novel about a ragtag group of humans—mortal and immortal—who are trying to stop an evil Immortal from destroying their world, just because he can. You know, like for funsies.

There’s an assassin, a squire, an Immortal, and the secret daughter of a pirate and an Immortal. Together they must fight undead armies, monsters, to keep the pirate daughter’s evil uncle from opening a Spindle and turning their realm into a world of ashes. A Spindle is a kind of portal thingy to other worlds, some of them scary. So think Buffy when she kicks Angelus to Hell, except the Spindle is super skinny like a needle and seven feet tall, like the center of the Eye of Hauron. (So much epic nerdiness in one sentence!)

This is the first in a new series, but don’t worry, it wraps up nicely at the end while leaving readers clamoring for more. I loved the characters in this story, especially the assassin, and I also loved how there was so. much. action. And I also REALLY loved—this could be considered a minor plot spoiler so heads up—the epic reveal in the middle of the book. I literally jumped up and cheered because I hadn’t expected it!

(CW for scads and scads and scads of fighting and violence, bloodshed, and death, as well as animal death.)

What I’m reading this week.

Brat: An ’80s Story by Andrew McCarthy

Impostor Syndrome by Kathy Wang

Build Your House Around My Body by Violet Kupersmith

The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig 

A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Mayhem by Manda Collins

Groan-worthy joke of the week: 

What do you get from a pampered cow? Spoiled milk.

And this is funny:

It’s funny because it’s true.

Happy things:

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

  • Superstore. Mostly I’m watching this now for Myrtle. I loved the Halloween episode where she chased the Grim Reaper through the store.
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Okay, so this is in no way a happy thing, but it’s just what I need playing in the background while I do jigsaw puzzles. It’s interesting and easy to follow, but I don’t have to be looking at it every second. I am at the beginning of season three and so far, my pick for creepiest guest appearance goes to Chad Lowe. *shudders*
  • Jigsaw puzzles! I have moved on to two-in-one puzzles, where you have to separate the pieces to make two entirely different puzzles.
  • Numberzilla. Still not tired of this game.
  • Purrli: This website makes the relaxing sounds of a cat purring.

And here’s a cat picture!

Faux hawk or dinosaur ridges?

Trivia answer: Roots by Alex Haley.

Remember that whatever you are doing or watching or reading this week, I am sending you love and hugs. Please be safe, and be mindful of others. It takes no effort to be kind. I’ll see you again on Thursday. – xoxo, Liberty

The Kids Are All Right

The ALA Youth Media Award Winners!

Hi Kid Lit Friends!

Oh my goodness, last Monday was WILD! It was the day of the American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards, and I was having heart palpitations at seeing so many of my favorite books published in 2020 getting awards! And not to pat myself on the back, but a lot of the books I recommended last year were given awards. I’m feeling quite satisfied with myself! 🙂

Let’s take a look at some of the winners!

All Thirteen by Christina Soontornvat

Okay, first off can we just recognize that the incredible Christina Soontornvat got not just one Newbery Honor, but TWO! You probably got very tired of me talking last year about how much I loved A Wish in the Dark and All Thirteen. You know when you get that feeling when you open a book and read the first paragraph and know that you’re going to love it? That’s exactly how I felt about those two books, and I could not be happier for Christina! (Disclaimer: We are friends and yes, she is the nicest person!)

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

I loved this book way back in 2019, months before it was published. I knew it was special from the very beginning. Michaela Goade’s luminescent illustrations are a sight to behold. I could not be more thrilled that she won the Caldecott!

When You Trap A Tiger by Tae Keller

This gorgeous book was released in January 2020, so readers had an entire year to fall in love with it! It was awarded the Newbery Medal and is a gorgeous story based on Korean folklore. A young girl goes on a quest to unlock the power of stories and save her grandmother, and along the way she learns more about her family history and her own strength. Hooray, Tae!

Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson does it again with a middle grade novel in verse about a young boy and his father, a professional football player who is suffering from the many concussions he sustained over the course of his career. I read this book in one sitting, and I cannot recommend it enough. This book was awarded the Coretta Scott King Author Award!

¡Vamos! Let’s Go Eat by Raúl the Third

I am so thrilled that the ¡Vamos! books are going to be a big long series because they are so fun and full of incredible illustrations and colors. Let’s Go Eat is the second book in the series, with more to come! Peppered with easy-to-remember Latin-American Spanish vocabulary, this glorious celebration of food is sure to leave every reader hungry for lunch!

There were so many incredible books that were given awards – check the full list on the American Library Association website. There were a few other books that I absolutely loved that didn’t get awards, but I cannot wait to see more from those authors and illustrators in the future! Whew, what will 2021 bring? I can’t wait to see!

What books were you excited to see win awards? Let me know! Find me on Twitter at @KarinaYanGlaser, on Instagram at @KarinaIsReadingAndWriting, or email me at

Until next time!

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Women in Horror Month: Terrifying Short Fiction Collections

Hey there horror fans, 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.

Happy February, Ghouls and Ghasts! It is officially my favorite month of the Horror calendar short of October itself: It’s Women in Horror Month! If you’ve been following this newsletter you may have noticed that I try to feature dark fiction by women and nonbinary authors year round, because let’s face it: even in this year of our calamity 2021, when we should be past this, most of the “big names” being bandied about the horror genre are cis men.

The belief that women don’t write horror is, unfortunately, a pervasive one. Just when we think we’ve rooted it out it sprouts back up somewhere new. And it often goes hand in hand with the dismissive idea that even if some women do write horror, the horror they create will automatically fall into the “softer” corners of the genre. Which, if you’ve been reading horror by women, particularly from the last few years, you’ll realize is patently false. I have read amazing, spine chilling Gothic novels. I have read body horror that made my skin crawl, ghost stories that left me sleeping with the lights on, and short works of strange fiction that still live rent free in my mind months later. The range is vast, and the talent is immense!

So for the month of February each issue of The Fright Stuff will spotlight titles by women and nonbinary authors in horror as we join the horror community in celebrating their work! And this week we’re starting with collections. I have said more than once that, aside from anthologies, collections are my favorite way to get familiar with new authors. If you want to get a snapshot of an author’s range, their aesthetic, and their style, there’s nothing better than a short fiction collection.

Thin Places by Kay Chronister

I have to open with Kay Chronister’s debut collection, Thin Places, because it is the epitome of everything I love in the horror genre. Her work is such aesthetic catnip for me. When this gorgeous cover from Undertow Publications first popped up on my Twitter feed I was intrigued because it definitely looks like a me thing. So I read the titular story “Thin Places”, which was published in The Dark magazine and is still available on their site, and loved it so much that I turned right around and ordered her collection. Gothic, monstrous, emotional and strange – this collection is everything.

All the Fabulous Beasts by Priya Sharma

Oh look Jessica’s talking about All the Fabulous Beasts again. But listen: I love this collection. It is breathtakingly gorgeous and I want to just crawl inside it and disappear. Priya Sharma’s collection is a powerhouse of imagery and tone. All 16 stories are a glorious blend of the monstrous and the beautiful, full of nature and humanity, life, death, and transformation. But my personal favorite was “Pearls”, a continuation more than a retelling of a Medusa myth, and a lushly emotional one too. I also loved “Fish Skins” about a man whose wife came from the sea, and “The Sunflower Seed Man”, a harrowing look at the nature of grief and how we survive.

Ghost Summer: Stories by Tananarive Due

Due’s collection Ghost Summer is well known and beloved in the genre for a reason. It’s a captivating selection of 15 short stories and an award winning novella that really showcases Due’s impressive range, from emotional realism to chilling horror. There’s a section of viral/contagion/zombie horror stories in this collection that will for real turn you into a hypochondriac. Due’s writing in this collection is as vivid and unforgettable as ever, and this is one of those books you’ll want to add to your permanent library so that you can revisit it again and again.

The Very Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan by Caitlín R. Kiernan

Kiernan, though a member of the Horror Writer’s Association, is not really – or at least entirely – a horror author. While many of their stories are rife with horror elements, Kiernan’s short fiction covers a broad range of subjects and genres, from science fiction to fantasy to the cosmic horror that they’ve become so well known for with their novella Agents of Dreamland. Their stories are strange, beautiful, and full of emotion, possessing the sort of staying power that makes them linger with you for months. Kiernan is also one of my favorite Lovecraftian authors, giving me all that eerie, sea-themed weirdness I need in my life without having to resort to actual Lovecraft who is, of course, Not Great.

Everything That’s Underneath by Kristi Demeester

DeMeester’s work is another perfect example of my favorite horror aesthetic, steeped in powerful, unsettling nature imagery, with the horrors coming from deep below the earth. It’s the gritty, earthy feel of folk horror meets the vast, unknowableness of cosmic horror, and I could eat it with a spoon. In her debut short story collection Everything That’s Underneath DeMeester pens 18 terrifying stories that drag her readers into the dark corners of the world and the human soul.

Fresh from the Skeleton’s Mouth

How gorgeous is this cover reveal for Caitlin Starling’s forthcoming The Death of Jane Lawrence?! Starling describes it as lush, gross, gorgeous, and sinister and she is NOT wrong!

Ladies of Horror Fiction’s YA/MG horror spotlight for January has been posted!

To celebrate Women in Horror Month, Sadie Hartmann (AKA Mother Horror) is leading a group read of Kenzie Jennings’ Reception – a gruesome wedding from hell meets cannibalistic in-laws horror novel – starting quite appropriately on Valentine’s Day!

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

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Amanda Gorman Will Perform At The Super Bowl

Amanda Gorman is on fire. After her incredible performance as Joe Biden’s inaugural poet, the presales for her two upcoming books (The Hill We Climb; Change Sings) have been skyrocketing. Now it’s been announced that she’ll recite a poem at the Super Bowl–making her the first poet to do so.

Netflix’s Sandman Cast Revealed

Netflix is adapting Neil Gaiman’s popular DC Comic Sandman series. And the cast has been revealed! The dark fantasy drama will see Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer with Tom Sturridge as Dream.

Enola Holmes Is Back!

Fans of the Enola Holmes book series, which Netflix adapted into a film starring Millie Bobby Brown and Henry Cavill (Superman trying to fit his muscles into period clothing), have an upcoming new novel to look forward to: Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche. Seventeen has the info along with the cover reveal.

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📚📚 11 YA Retellings For Your 2021 TBR

Hey YA Readers!

I don’t know about you, but I cannot get enough of books that take a familiar story and give it a twist. YA is especially abundant with retellings, and in 2021, there are so many fabulous-sounding remixed books hitting shelves. Some are tales which are familiar — we’ve got some nice Little Women twists — and some which are maybe less familiar.

Obviously, this isn’t a comprehensive roundup, but instead, it highlights a handful of the compelling retellings/revisionings/remixes of beloved and classic stories for the modern reader. Not all of the titles here are strict retellings, as some take a piece of a classic and use it as a jumping off point for a new story (thus the twist/revisioning aspect!).

Though I am working my hardest to get on top of 2021 reading, I’ve not yet been able to get my hands on any of these (not for lack of trying!). I’m pulling publisher descriptions.

Grab that TBR and prepare for some outstanding reading.

A Clash of Steel by CB Lee (September 7) — A twist on Treasure Island

1826. The sun is setting on the golden age of piracy, and the legendary Dragon Fleet, the scourge of the South China Sea, is no more. Its ruthless leader, a woman known only as the Head of the Dragon, is now only a story, like the ones Xiang has grown up with all her life. She desperately wants to prove her worth, especially to her mother, a shrewd businesswoman who never seems to have enough time for Xiang. Her father is also only a story, dead at sea before Xiang was born. Her single memento of him is a pendant she always wears, a simple but plain piece of gold jewelry.

But the pendant’s true nature is revealed when a mysterious girl named Anh steals it, only to return it to Xiang in exchange for her help in decoding the tiny map scroll hidden inside. The revelation that Xiang’s father sailed with the Dragon Fleet and tucked away this secret changes everything. Rumor has it that the legendary Head of the Dragon had one last treasure―the plunder of a thousand ports―that for decades has only been a myth, a fool’s journey.

Xiang is convinced this map could lead to the fabled treasure. Captivated with the thrill of adventure, she joins Anh and her motley crew off in pursuit of the island. But the girls soon find that the sea―and especially those who sail it―are far more dangerous than the legends led them to believe.

Darling by K. Ancrum (June 22) — A take on Peter Pan

On Wendy Darling’s first night in Chicago, a boy called Peter appears at her window. He’s dizzying, captivating, beautiful―so she agrees to join him for a night on the town.

Wendy thinks they’re heading to a party, but instead they’re soon running in the city’s underground. She makes friends―a punk girl named Tinkerbelle and the lost boys Peter watches over. And she makes enemies―the terrifying Detective Hook, and maybe Peter himself, as his sinister secrets start coming to light. Can Wendy find the courage to survive this night―and make sure everyone else does, too?

Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas (March 23) — A take on Peter Pan

It’s been five years since Wendy and her two brothers went missing in the woods, but when the town’s children start to disappear, the questions surrounding her brothers’ mysterious circumstances are brought back into the light. Attempting to flee her past, Wendy almost runs over an unconscious boy lying in the middle of the road…

Peter, a boy she thought lived only in her stories, asks for Wendy’s help to rescue the missing kids. But, in order to find them, Wendy must confront what’s waiting for her in the woods.

The Mirror Season by Anna-Marie McLemore (March 16) — A take on The Snow Queen

Graciela Cristales’ whole world changes after she and a boy she barely knows are assaulted at the same party. She loses her gift for making enchanted pan dulce. Neighborhood trees vanish overnight, while mirrored glass appears, bringing reckless magic with it. And Ciela is haunted by what happened to her, and what happened to the boy whose name she never learned.

But when the boy, Lock, shows up at Ciela’s school, he has no memory of that night, and no clue that a single piece of mirrored glass is taking his life apart. Ciela decides to help him, which means hiding the truth about that night. Because Ciela knows who assaulted her, and him. And she knows that her survival, and his, depend on no one finding out what really happened.

Pride and Premeditation by Tirzah Price (April 6) — A twist on Pride and Prejudice and first in a series

When a scandalous murder shocks London high society, seventeen-year-old aspiring lawyer Lizzie Bennet seizes the opportunity to prove herself, despite the interference of Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, the stern young heir to the prestigious firm Pemberley Associates.

Convinced the authorities have imprisoned the wrong person, Lizzie vows to solve the murder on her own. But as the case—and her feelings for Darcy—become more complicated, Lizzie discovers that her dream job could make her happy, but it might also get her killed.

Roman and Jewel by Dana L. Davis (Available now) — A take on Romeo and Juliet

Jerzie Jhames will do anything to land the lead role in Broadway’s hottest new show, Roman and Jewel, a Romeo and Juliet inspired hip-hopera featuring a diverse cast and modern twists on the play. But her hopes are crushed when she learns mega-star Cinny won the lead…and Jerzie is her understudy.

Falling for male lead Zeppelin Reid is a terrible idea―especially once Jerzie learns Cinny wants him for herself. Star-crossed love always ends badly. But when a video of Jerzie and Zepp practicing goes viral and the entire world weighs in on who should play Jewel, Jerzie learns that while the price of fame is high, friendship, family, and love are priceless.

She’s Too Pretty To Burn by Wendy Heard (March 30) — A take on The Picture of Dorian Gray

The summer is winding down in San Diego. Veronica is bored, caustically charismatic, and uninspired in her photography. Nico is insatiable, subversive, and obsessed with chaotic performance art. They’re artists first, best friends second. But that was before Mick. Delicate, lonely, magnetic Mick: the perfect subject, and Veronica’s dream girl. The days are long and hot―full of adventure―and soon they are falling in love. Falling so hard, they never imagine what comes next. One fire. Two murders. Three drowning bodies. One suspect . . . one stalker. This is a summer they won’t survive.

Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim (July 6) — A take on The Six Swans and first in a series

Shiori’anma, the only princess of Kiata, has a secret. Forbidden magic runs through her veins. Normally she conceals it well, but on the morning of her betrothal ceremony, Shiori loses control. At first, her mistake seems like a stroke of luck, forestalling the wedding she never wanted. But it also catches the attention of Raikama, her stepmother.

A sorceress in her own right, Raikama banishes the young princess, turning her brothers into cranes. She warns Shiori that she must speak of it to no one: for with every word that escapes her lips, one of her brothers will die.

Penniless, voiceless, and alone, Shiori searches for her brothers, and uncovers a dark conspiracy to seize the throne. Only Shiori can set the kingdom to rights, but to do so she must place her trust in a paper bird, a mercurial dragon, and the very boy she fought so hard not to marry. And she must embrace the magic she’s been taught all her life to forswear–no matter what the cost.

So Many Beginnings by Bethany C. Marrow (September 7) — A Little Women remix

North Carolina, 1863. As the American Civil War rages on, the Freedmen’s Colony of Roanoke Island is blossoming, a haven for the recently emancipated. Black people have begun building a community of their own, a refuge from the shadow of the “old life.” It is where the March family has finally been able to safely put down roots with four young daughters:

Meg, a teacher who longs to find love and start a family of her own.

Jo, a writer whose words are too powerful to be contained.

Beth, a talented seamstress searching for a higher purpose.

Amy, a dancer eager to explore life outside her family’s home.

As the four March sisters come into their own as independent young women, they will face first love, health struggles, heartbreak, and new horizons. But they will face it all together.

That Way Madness Lies edited by Dahlia Adler (March 16) — 15 takes on William Shakespeare

West Side Story. 10 Things I Hate About You. Kiss Me, Kate. Contemporary audiences have always craved reimaginings of Shakespeare’s most beloved works. Now, some of today’s best writers for teens take on the Bard in these 15 whip-smart and original retellings!

Contributors include Dahlia Adler (reimagining The Merchant of Venice), Kayla Ancrum (The Taming of the Shrew), Lily Anderson (As You Like It), Melissa Bashardoust (A Winter’s Tale), Patrice Caldwell (Hamlet), A. R. Capetta and Cori McCarthy (Much Ado About Nothing), Brittany Cavallaro (Sonnet 147), Joy McCullough (King Lear), Anna-Marie McLemore (Midsummer Night’s Dream), Samantha Mabry (Macbeth), Tochi Onyebuchi (Coriolanus), Mark Oshiro (Twelfth Night), Lindsay Smith (Julius Caesar), Kiersten White (Romeo and Juliet), and Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka (The Tempest).

Trouble Girls by Julia Lynn Rubin (June 1) — A take on Thelma and Louise

Love on the dark side of freedom

When Trixie picks up her best friend Lux for their weekend getaway, they’re looking to forget the despair of being trapped in their dead-end rustbelt town. The girls are packing light: a supply of Diet Coke and an ‘89 Canon to help Lux frame the world in a sunnier light; half a pack of cigarettes that Trixie doesn’t really smoke, and a knife she’s hanging on to for a friend that she’s never used before.

But a single night of violence derails their trip, and the girls go from ordinary high schoolers to wanted fugitives. Trying to stay ahead of the cops and a hellscape of media attention, Trixie and Lux grapple with an unforgiving landscape, rapidly diminishing supplies, and disastrous decisions at every turn. As they are transformed by the media into the face of a #MeToo movement they didn’t ask to lead, Trixie and Lux realize that they can only rely on each other, and that the love they find together is the one thing that truly makes them free.

I think all of these sound SO GOOD. I’m here for the micro-trend of Peter Pan retellings.

Thanks for hanging out, and we’ll see you on Thursday!

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



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