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LeVar Burton Named Inaugural PEN/Faulkner Literary Champion: Today in Books

Hunter Biden’s Memoir BEAUTIFUL THINGS is Out in April

Hunter Biden, the oldest surviving child of President Joe Biden, has announced that his memoir Beautiful Things will be published in April. The book will focus on the younger Biden’s struggle with addiction. Already, the memoir has received advance praise from authors such as Stephen King, Dave Eggers, and Anne Lamott.

LeVar Burton Named Inaugural PEN/Faulkner Literary Champion

On May 10, 2021, actor LeVar Burton will be honored as the inaugural PEN/Faulkner Literary Champion, in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation. PEN/Faulkner executive director Gwydion Suilebhan said of the award-winning actor and Reading Rainbow host, “For decades, LeVar Burton has inspired readers all over the world. He has brought stories to life in a magical and meaningful way for generations of book-lovers, and his work has made a lasting, positive impact in literature.”

Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club “Hello Sunshine” Now Has An App

Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine is a book club that’s been primarily Instagram-based. Until now. The new Hello Sunshine mobile app is now available to download for free. The app aims to connect with more readers, make buying and tracking book club books easier, and eventually, offer exclusive merchandise.

STAMPED Facing Removal From Texas School Reading List

A parent at Westwood High School in Austin, Texas is taking action to have Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You removed from the school’s reading list. Read more about this developing case here.