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The SHADOW AND BONE Trailer Is Here!

If you haven’t already, clear your calendars on April 23rd, because that’s when the Shadow and Bone TV show is dropping on Netflix! The trailer was revealed Friday, and it looks amazing. The TV series is an adaptation of Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone trilogy, but it also blends the characters and storylines of her Six of Crows duology in an unknown way.

HBO Max Options Marissa Meyer’s ‘Instant Karma’ Novel For Series

Speaking of YA adaptations, HBO Max has snatched up Marissa Meyer’s Instant Karma, which is a YA novel about a judgmental girl who gains the power to administer “karma” on others in her town…with some catastrophic results. It’ll be a half-hour comedy with Meyer attached to produce.

Time Traveler’s Wife Series AT HBO Casts Theo James, Rose Leslie In Lead Roles

And here’s some new adaptation news for The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffennegger–HBO is adapting the book into a series and has cast its lead roles. The story follows Claire and Henry, two people who have met over and over again throughout their lives, but at different times because Henry is a time traveler who can’t help but slip through time periods. The book was previously adapted into a movie starring Rachel McAdams.

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AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER is Becoming a Chibi Comic for Young Readers

Fans of the animated television series Avatar: the Last Airbender have a lot to be excited about. Earlier this week, it was announced that the series would be returning in the form of a new animated film on Paramount+. And now Dark Horse Comics and Nickelodeon are partnering to create a new Avatar: The Last Airbender chibi comic for very young readers. The series is set to kick off in July with Aang’s Unfreezing Day.

George R.R. Martin Announces Another New Project That Isn’t The Winds of Winter

George R.R. Martin has just announced yet another new project that is not the highly-anticipated The Winds of Winter, a novel Martin has been working on since 2010. Via his blog, the author announced that he’s currently working on a new television project with HBO. The project is a “true story” based on the novel Roadmarks by Roger Zelazny.

Online Bookstore That Elevates Black Authors Aims to Open Memphis Storefront

Cafe Noir, an online bookstore that sells books by Black, PoC, and LGBTQ+ authors, is hoping to open a physical space for the bookstore in Memphis this summer. The bookstore was created by Memphis graduate student Jasmine Settles. Settles explained that she created the online store to share her love of these authors “with everyone I meet and everyone I know, so they can have the same experience and love for Black literature that I do.” Settles hopes that the physical bookstore will be more than just a bookstore but also “a home for people to come to enjoy a great book.” While we wait for the physical store to open, you can donate to Settles’ efforts here.

For Your TBR: 2021 Asian Pacific American Award Winners

Every January, the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) recognizes ten books that shed light on Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) culture and experiences, written by debut AAPI authors. Here are the ten Asian Pacific American Award winners for 2021.

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Kissing Books

Striding Into March With Indigenous Romance Read-a-thon

Happy first day of March! I’m not sure about y’all, but February seemed to drag for me this year and I’m not sure why. It normally is a tough month for me, for various reasons, and this year’s snowstorm didn’t help. Still, this year it seemed extra long. Hopefully with March starting it means that we can all look forward to a warmer spring, even if some of us are still trying to recover from last March.

Most of the last week was spent trying to do as much work as I could to make up for the week of snow as well as finishing books for the Black Author read-a-thon. While there were issues surrounding a few of the co-hosts, as mentioned in the last edition, I still wanted to finish what I could from my planned TBR. This was because I wanted to try to finish the goal that I had made for myself and still work towards uplifting and boosting these authors. In hindsight, I realize that I was overly ambitious since present me knows that future me didn’t finish them all.

Of course, you can and should always read books outside your own specific identifiers since it broadens horizons on so many levels. It’s certainly true that there is most of a boost during the associated month, such as February for Black voices, May for Asian/Pacific American voices, and November for Native American voices. But, you don’t have to wait for those months to roll around the calendar to read books from those voices.

On that note, if you’re interested in trying your hand at another read-a-thon, check out the Indigenous Romance Read-a-thon. This is going to be a six-month long event with one designated book per month. The hosts are Michelle from Thor Wants Another Letter and Bethany from Beautifully Bookish Bethany. You can check out more through Michelle’s video here and Bethany’s there. First up is Heartbeat Braves by Pamela Sanderson, which is currently on sale for $0.99.  I read this last year and highly recommend it.

In more enraging news, Meryl Wilsner announced on their Twitter that they had been uninvited to speak at a library event because their book was queer and was a F/F romance. While they wouldn’t say which library it was, it was clear from their thread that this was, understandably, quite a blow. I respect and admire their class for not naming and, by extension, dragging the library since, from what I see, this was a call that was made by county commissioners and not the library or librarians.

Regardless though, even if it is a small, conservative town, this is ridiculous for 2021. Something to Talk About was one of the most buzzed about romances from last year and that alone should have been cause for Meryl to be allowed to speak there. They had been invited and then the opportunity was taken away because some small-minded ‘official’ abused power to impose narrow-minded beliefs to quiet their voice. This not only does a disservice to the author and the library, but the patrons as well. Who knows how many were going to the event purely for this author and may now decide not to attend?

They were right in their thread that change isn’t immediate. It is a slow, long, and painful process. But blows like this still hurt because we’re all human and have feelings. This shouldn’t have happened but unfortunately it did. While there’s nothing that can be done about it now, and there is still no word on which library did it, we can work towards trying to prevent it in the future by remembering to vote in all local elections. Because I don’t know about y’all but I sure as hell don’t want someone who likely has never even cracked open a romance book tell me which authors I can and cannot hear speak.

And least you think this is just an adult romance problem, remember that a similar act of censorship also happened to Barbara Dee with her middle grade novel Star-Crossed.

*deep breath*

Moving on to lighter topics to try to stop the rage…

Apologies for not linking to the latest When in Romance podcast last time. No worries though! You can still listen to it in all its glory, and, as luck would have it, there was a bit of discussion on being Black in romance.

One happy thing I’ll be doing this weekend is meeting up with my bookclub. While it’s been tricky to meet up during the pandemic, I’m happy to report that we’ve managed to make it work via Zoom. If your own book club is looking to try their hand at romance, check out this list of options compiled by some of our contributors. 

Check out this list of some of the best romances that take place at a convention. I love a good nerdy romance, even if idea of cons and crowds make me nervous. To be fair, though, I was this way pre-Covid

Kiran wrote this delightful read about the many merits of fictional beaus.

Did you ever find yourself wondering what romance books Dani Brown’s Zaf would give for reading recommendations? Well, wonder no more!

New Releases

There are a lot of exciting new releases for this first week of March and here are a few that may peak your interest. As per usual not a full list, and just some of the notable highlights.

Accidentally Engaged by Farah Heron

Float Plan by Trish Doller

Love Like Her by Claudia Burgoa

Dotted Lines by Devney Perry


Here are some of the deals I was able to find. Again, these were the prices at the time of writing of the newsletter:

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A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole is currently $3.99

Dukes I’d Like to F… is available for $0.99

Courtney Milan’s The Suffragette Scandal can be snagged for $0.99

Just a Little Wickedness by Merry Farmer is available for $0.99.

And that’s all she wrote for now. If you’re so inclined you can follow  me @Pscribe801 over on Twitter. Until next time!

Book Radar

THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD Gets a Premiere Date and More Book Radar!

Happy Monday, star bits! I am so excited about tomorrow and all the incredible books coming out, including two of my favorites of the year: Yolk by Mary HK Choi and In the Quick by Kate Hope Day. I may reread them, I loved them so much. I am also delighted because I get to talk to Kate next week about her novel for Book Soup. I love moderating author events! I get to ask questions I want to know and learn more about the book from the amazing authors, and then I like to add a couple of silly questions at the end, like, “If you had to eat a Muppet, who would you pick?” (You never know! It could happen.)

Moving on: I have some exciting book news for you today and a look at an awesome YA fantasy novel based around the story of The Goose Girl, plus cover reveals, a terrible pun, a cat picture, and trivia! Let’s get started, shall we?

Here’s Monday’s trivia question: Who is the author of Steal This Book? (Scroll to the bottom for the answer.)

Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez

America Ferrera will make her directorial debut with the adaptation of Erika L. Sánchez’s I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter.

Ta-Nehisi Coates is writing a new Superman film for DC and Warner Bros.

Akwaeke Emezi is publishing a romance novel.

Reese Witherspoon and Christina Milian are starting a literary-inspired cooking show on Instagram.

The adaptation of The Mysterious Benedict Society is coming to Disney+ on June 25. (Look at Tony Hale!!!)

Colson Whitehead was on 60 Minutes.

And speaking of Colson Whitehead, here’s the premiere date and new teaser trailer for The Underground Railroad.

Alexis Hall has a BUNCH of new books in the works.

Stephen Graham Jones has a graphic novel coming in the fall.

E.T. star Henry Thomas has written a fantasy novel.

HBO Max has optioned Marissa Meyer’s Instant Karma for a series.

Paul McCartney to publish a 900-page ‘lyrical autobiography.’

Here’s a glimpse of the second season of Love, Victor on Hulu.

Here’s the first look at Olga Tokarczuk’s The Books of Jacob.

Here’s the first look at Shadow and Bone on Netflix.

Tor Dot Com Publishing has a ton of gorgeous cover reveals: Comfort Me With Apples by Catherynne M. Valente; Along the Saltwise Sea by A. Deborah Baker (Seanan McGuire); The Tensorate Series by Neon Yang; Summer Sons by Lee Mandelo; In the Watchful City by S. Qiouyi Lu; and The Underland by Alix E. Harrow.

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: 

Little Thieves by Margaret Owen (Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), October 5)

There is so much going on in this book, in the best way, that I don’t know if I’ll be able to explain it all, but hold on to your butts because I’m going to try!

This is a somewhat-retelling of the fairy tale The Goose Girl, which is about a princess whose wicked maid steals her life and impersonates her, and now the princess is the maid. But don’t worry, the maid gets hers in the end. *eye roll* It’s dark and violent and so, so classist.

This is a WAY better interpretation of the story! Vanja was a baby when her mother left her in the forest and she was taken in by Fortune and Death. Like, the actual embodiments of Fortune and Death. But when she was a teenager, they had to let her make her own way and she became a maid for a princess, who treated her cruelly and made her sleep in squalor. So Vanja stole the princess’s enchanted pearl necklace, and now Vanja appears as the princess and the princess has to work among the common folk—who all think the princess is a little off because she’s always yelling about how she’s really a princess. (Same, girl.)

Okay, got that part? Good. Now, when the book opens, Vanja-as-princess is getting ready to pull of a big heist. She’s been robbing nobility for months and fencing the jewelry so she has enough money so she can eventually leave the land and get away from her godmothers, Fortune and Death, because no one wants to have to owe them any favors. And the fact that Vanja can switch identities back and forth by removing the magic pearl necklace comes in handy when perpetrating a crime and keeps her from getting caught.

But then she accidentally steals a special ring that has magic powers specific to the owners, and it brings about a skull-headed Low God, who curses Vanja: the god sticks a ruby to Vanja’s cheek, and tells her that she has two weeks to return what she has stolen, or her entire body will turn into one solid ruby. And as if that isn’t enough, the real princess’s horrible fiancé has returned to the castle and wants to step up the wedding AND a hunter arrives hot on the trail of the thief, aka, also Vanja.

As Vanja tries to avoid the hunter and her almost-husband while more and more rubies appear on her skin, she has to figure out a way to give back what she has taken while also keeping the money so she can split town. But with so many eyes on her, how will she ever pull it off? This book is so fun and original and flirty—I loved it!

What I’m reading this week.

A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins

The Box in the Woods (Truly Devious) by Maureen Johnson

The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina by Zoraida Córdova

Grave Reservations by Cherie Priest

Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian 

Groan-worthy joke of the week: 

Did you hear the rumor about butter? Well, I’m not going to spread it.

And this is funny:

I feel this, so hard.

Happy things:

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

  • Modern Family: This show makes me laugh a lot. I am a big fan of people falling down and/or getting hit in the head. Ty Burrell is incredible at doing physical comedy.
  • Warehouse 13: All five seasons are streaming on Peacock! Of course, rewatching this is going to lead to a rewatch of The Librarians, for sure.
  • Jigsaw puzzles! Yup, still puzzling.
  • Numberzilla. Still not tired of this game.
  • Purrli: This website makes the relaxing sounds of a cat purring.

And here’s a cat picture!

Look at this rebel. The sticker clearly says “No feet.”

Trivia answer: Abbie Hoffman.

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

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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Colson Whitehead on 60 MINUTES This Sunday

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson Whitehead will be interviewed on 60 Minutes this Sunday, February 28 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. Whitehead was awarded Pulitzer Prizes for Fiction for his novels The Underground Railroad and The Nickel Boys, making him the only author to have received this award for two consecutive works. In his interview with 60 Minutes, Whitehead will discuss the Black experience throughout history and his own “existential terror” of being descended from slaves.

Akwaeki Emezi Announces Upcoming Romance Novel

Akwaeki Emezi, author of Freshwater, Pet, and The Death of Vivek Oji, will be making their romance novel debut with a new book coming in 2022. The Nigerian author announced that their romance novel, entitled You Made A Fool of Death with Your Beauty, will be published under Atria books in 2022.

Rock Band Blondie Coming Out With New Graphic Novel

New-wave rock band Blondie has announced that they will be coming out with a new graphic novel chronicling the band’s rise in the New York art and fashion world. The graphic novel, Against the Odds, is a collaboration with Z2 Comics, illustrated by John McCrea and co-written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti. Against the Odds is slated for a Fall 2021 release.

Joziah Jason: A Kid Reader and Podcaster on a Mission

Joziah Jason, a 10-year-old avid reader, has launched a podcast called R.E.A.D. Books with Joziah. Joziah’s goal is to share his love of reading with the wider community. There are currently three episodes available.

The Kids Are All Right

Children’s Books About Writers!

Hi Kid Lit Friends!

As an author myself, I absolutely love reading books about other writers! There are so many fabulous ones out there; here are just a handful of my favorites:

Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks by Suzanne Slade, illustrated by Cozbi A. Cabrera

This exquisite book is gorgeously illustrated by Cozbi A. Cabrera and recounts the life of Gwendolyn Brooks, the first Black person to win the Pulitzer Prize, receiving the award for poetry in 1950. Her poetry, about “real life”, included themes of love, loneliness, family, and poverty. This is a captivating picture book about a captivating writer.

A Most Clever Girl: How Jane Austen Discovered Her Voice by Jasmine A. Stirling, illustrated by Vesper Stamper (March 16, 2021, Bloomsbury)

Most people know Jane Austen as the witty writer of many books. As a young girl, she delighted in making her family laugh with tales that poked fun at the popular novels of her time, stories that featured fragile ladies and ridiculous plots. Before long, Jane was writing her own stories–uproariously funny ones, using all the details of her life in a country village as inspiration. Her books are now some of the most beloved around the world.

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

This has got to be one of my favorite books about a writer… and it’s written by the writer herself! Jacqueline Woodson is my literary hero, and her early life is fascinating. Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. I particularly love those poems that touch on her early desires to be a writer. So powerful!

Jump at the Sun: The True Life Tale of the Unstoppable Storycatcher Zora Neale Hurston by Alicia D. Williams, illustrated by Jacqueline Alcántara

As a young girl, Zora Neale Hurston wanted nothing more than to be surrounded by stories. Her mama always told her that if she wanted something, “to jump at de sun”, because even though you might not land quite that high, at least you’d get off the ground. So Zora jumped from place to place, from the porch of the general store where she listened to folktales, to Howard University, to Harlem. Her stories included tales about people that no one had paid attention to before, until she wrote them down.

Some Writer! The Story of E.B. White by Melissa Sweet

This incredible book follows the life of E.B. White, the legendary author of Charlotte’s Web and The Trumpet of the Swan (my personal favorite of his stories). Melissa Sweet does an incredible job distilling his life for young readers, and her illustrations are fantastic. Check this one out!

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

Until next time!

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The Fright Stuff

Looking for the Real Monster in Alex White’s ALIEN: INTO CHARYBDIS

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.

Fact: I am obsessed with the Alien franchise. Generally, I need very little excuse to start enthusiastically sharing my love for this series. It’s getting me to stop that’s the issue. This week, however, I promise I have a very good excuse, because Alex White’s epic second Alien book, Alien: Into Charybdis, came out last week (Feb 23) and I have Thoughts. Into Charybdis is a fast-paced, sci-fi horror dream of a book that any Alien fan would love. But it’s also a gripping look at the the real horrors of the Alien franchise, which run much deeper than the the shiny black exoskeleton of your friendly neighborhood xenomorph.

Here’s my unpopular Alien opinion. Ready? With a very few notable exceptions, I don’t really like the Colonial Marines. Maybe years of witnessing gun-toting hyper-nationalism in the real world have soured me on the yee-haw-god-bless-the-core space cowboy persona that is the Colonial Marines, and I’m just being a grouch? But Into Charybdis certainly made me feel validated in being wary of the franchise’s star-hopping military elite. White does acknowledge that – as with the real world military – there are honorable, well-intentioned people in the Colonial Marines. But there are also fanatics. And in Into Charybdis they introduce us to a particularly repugnant squadron known as the Midnighters.

Even among the Midnighters there are a few true hearts, who want to defend the galaxy against the hostile alien threat. But their nobility is no match for the virulent zealotry of their commanding officer and her loyal seconds. Because Captain Duncan and her men were designed to make your skin crawl. Their cruel, careless commentary, their racism, their sexism, their easy violence is meant to raise your hackles. They perpetrate war crimes with a joy that borders on religious ecstasy in short: they are meant to be the biggest monsters in Into Charybdis and we are meant to recognize them as such.

As Captain Duncan so proudly says: “We’re the Colonial Marines, Becker. Let’s fucking colonize.” (240).

Yee haw.

It’s a well known fact that the true horror of the Alien trilogy isn’t the Xenomorphs, it’s capitalism. Weyland-Yutani’s determination to make a profit from weaponizing a creature that is both a physical threat and a form of parasitic bio-terrorism, has been the instigating factor in almost every Alien plot since the Nostromo landed on LV-426. Facehuggers are creepy, but in the Alien universe it’s the capitalism that will kill you.

However, there’s another force at work in Into Charybdis that takes the franchise’s commentary on capitalism to a new depth: the enmeshing of capitalism and militarism. When your country’s military is used more to generate wealth for those in the defense industry or to protect financial interests than to serve the nation and the people, you have chocolate on your peanut butter, so to speak. But this particular combination isn’t tasty. And it raises serious concerns about who is actually controlling the country’s military. In the case of the Alien franchise, in 2184 the company clutching the military purse strings is Weyland-Yutani, and whether they’re sending the marines into situations to pave the way for company interests, or paying the marines to act outright in the company’s name, there’s no denying that the Colonial Marines aren’t exactly a force of good amidst the chaos of space (though that’s how they might want to be viewed). They’re a force for capitalism, colonizing the universe in the name of potential profit, with Weyland-Yutani following in their wake and planting flags.

And, as you might expect, this use of militarism for capitalist purposes is justified by pushing a narrative of aggressive nationalism: the good of the nation above all else, the superiority of the nation over all others. Us before them. Us over them. Throw in a soupçon of Christian extremism for flavor. (Duncan’s tattoo is going to haunt me forever. Just you wait, you’ll see what I mean.) Which allows Weyland-Yutani, in this case, to manipulate sympathetic mindsets in the Colonial Marines to their purposes, forming them into privileged special ops teams with limited oversight and unlimited expense accounts, united by a common, fervent ideology – like the Midnighters.

At one point Shy, one of the novel’s main characters, observes of the Midnighters that “They couldn’t have sent a more American squadron if they’d come in wielding hot apple pies.” (192), and she’s right. But the Midnighters came in wielding something even more familiar than apple pie, and far more sinister: a distinctly post-9/11, racist, anti-Muslim, good-old-boy attitude that would almost be satirical in its intensity if it weren’t so horrifically recognizable from recent headlines. Seriously, the attitudes and actions of the Midnighters in Alien: Into Charybdis make the Xenomorphs look cuddly by comparison.

There are so many elements of Alien: Into Charybdis that I could point to if I wanted to praise Alex White’s ability to bring the Alien universe to life. But it was their understanding of the true, real world horrors underlying the series’ nightmarish sci-fi plots that really sold me in the end. After all it isn’t the xenomorphs that make the Alien franchise frightening. It’s the people.

Fresh From the Skeleton’s Mouth

Grady Hendrix has a new book coming out in July of this year and I am absolutely in love with the blood-smeared cover of The Final Girl Support Group!

Tor Nightfire sat down with Tonia Ransom, editor, producer, and writer of the Nightlight podcast to talk about her career, the podcast, and celebrating the work of black authors in the horror genre.

Ciannon Smart, author of the highly anticipated Witches Steeped in Gold (April 20 from Harper Teen) has shared a sneak peek at the pre-order campaign for her book!

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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Check Your Shelf

The Library Is Closed On Account of Spiders

Welcome to Check Your Shelf, where the weather’s getting slightly warmer and the pandemic fatigue is getting stronger. Let’s library.

Libraries & Librarians

News Updates

A Tennessee librarian was fired for allegedly burning books by Trump and Ann Coulter.

The Boston University Student Government has endorsed a boycott against the use of in-person library services until library staff receive full workplace accommodations.

The University of Michigan’s Shapiro Undergraduate Library temporarily closed after the discovery of three brown recluse spiders. * shudder *

Cool Library Updates

Camden’s “hoodbrarian” brings a love of books to her community.

Worth Reading

Where are we?: The latest on library reopening strategies.

Why aren’t more public librarians eligible for the COVID vaccine?

Addressing algorithmic bias in library systems.

These Afghan citizens are working to build libraries memorializing women killed by bombers.

No, Yale University’s Beinecke Library is not designed to kill human beings in order to save its rare book collection in the event of a fire.

Book Adaptations in the News

Netflix is turning Lupita Nyong’o’s picture book, Sulwe, into an animated musical film.

Mindy Kaling’s production company is adapting Sanjena Sathian’s novel Gold Diggers for TV.

It’s been awhile since we’ve had a Stephen King adaptation update, but there’s going to be a new feature adaptation of The Running Man.

Holly Madison’s memoir Down the Rabbit Hole is being adapted as a TV series.

Amblin Television will produce a series based on Walter Mosley’s Easy Rawlins mysteries.

Did you know Anthony Bourdain wrote a thriller in 1997? Well, now it’s going to be adapted as a TV series.

Mila Kunis is starring in a feature adaptation of Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll.

Roughcut TV picked up adaptation rights to Sarah Vaughan’s Little Disasters.

The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton will be adapted as a TV series.

The Great Gatsby is going to be adapted as an animated feature.

Update on season 2 of Lovecraft Country.

Casting updates for Conversations With Friends, Killers of the Flower Moon, The School for Good and Evil, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, and The Marsh King’s Daughter.

Books & Authors in the News

Brit Bennett, Amanda Gorman, and Ijeoma Oluo are all included in Time’s 2021 Time100 Next List.

Poet and activist Lawrence Ferlinghetti has died at 101.

Why baseball teams are obsessed with the book Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman.

Numbers & Trends

In a new survey from the Authors Guild, 71.4% of respondents said that their income had declined since the start of the pandemic, mainly due to canceled speaking engagements.

Award News

The Bram Stoker nominees are out.

Here are the finalists for the 2021 Audie Awards.

The British Science Fiction Association released the shortlist for the 2020 BSFA Awards.

The finalists for the Aspen Words Literary Prize have been announced.

The 2021 Carnegie Medal longlist is out.

Martina Cole wins the Crime Writers’ Association Diamond Dagger.

Sandra Cisneros will receive the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame’s Fuller Award for lifetime achievement.

The Poetry Society of America named N. Scott Momaday the 2021 recipient of the Frost Medal for distinguished lifetime achievement.

National Book Award winner Charles Yu establishes a new prize for young Taiwanese American creative writers.

Pop Cultured

Tim Burton is making a live-action Wednesday Addams series for Netflix.

Here’s the first trailer for Cruella.

On the Riot

8 libraries to visit post-pandemic.

A beginner’s guide to the most popular ebook formats.

Virtual book festivals to get excited about in the next three months.

10 of the best bookish holidays and how to celebrate them.

How poetry is helping this reader through the pandemic.

Black, Latinx, and millennial readers are the backbone of the book world.

Annotation: how to get the most out of your books. (Meanwhile, I’m over here having cold sweats and flashbacks to high school English classes where we were forced to “actively read” every assigned book, which turned reading into an absolute nightmare. This link, however, is entirely optional.)

I read slower now, and maybe that’s a good thing.

It’s the weekend – go do something nice for yourselves! I’ll see you all on Tuesday.

—Katie McLain Horner, @kt_librarylady on Twitter. Currently reading The Missing American by Kwei Quartey