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Michael B. Jordan’s Outlier Society to Adapt N.K. Jemisin’s BROKEN EARTH Trilogy: Today in Books

Diana Gabaldon Has Started Work on 10th Outlander Novel

The ninth book in Diana Gabaldon’s beloved Outlander series, Go Tell The Bees That I Am Gone, is going to be published on November 23rd. And recently, the author confirmed that she has started working on the 10th—and possibly final—book in the series. In a Facebook post earlier this week, Gabaldon wrote, “Oh—and I started work on Book Ten yesterday…” Gabaldon has said that the series will be 10 books long and end in Scotland in around 1800, so it seems likely that this will be where this story ends. No details about the final book are known as of yet, as it is in its early stages!

Michael B. Jordan’s Outlier Society to Adapt N.K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth Trilogy

Michael B. Jordan’s Outlier Society has signed on to produce the Sony TriStar Pictures adaptation of N.K Jemisin’s Broken Earth trilogy. Jordan will be producing the project alongside Outlier Society’s president Elizabeth Raposo. N.K. Jemisin will be writing the script.

It’s Time to Apply for the Penguin Random House Creative Writing Awards

For more than 25 years, Penguin Random House has been working to encourage the next generation of writers through their Creative Writing Awards. In 2019, Penguin Random House entered a partnership with national advocacy organization We Need Diverse Books. And they are now accepting applications until February 1, 2022 or until they reach 1,000 applicants. The program awards five U.S. high school seniors with scholarships of up to $10,000.

October 2021 Horoscopes and Book Recommendations

Happy October, everyone! Here are your horoscopes and book recommendations for the month of October.

Book Radar

HOUSE OF SKY AND BREATH by Sarah J. Maas Gets a Cover Reveal and More Book Radar!

Happy October, Book Nation!

If you thought I was being super obnoxious about the beginning of fall, you ain’t seen nothing yet. October is my favorite month of the year, and it’s officially here. What does October have that other months don’t have, you ask? Well, my birthday, for one. As much as I’m not a fan of growing older, I love celebrating my birthday just chilling with friends, maybe playing a few games, buying some new books, and having cake. The cake is essential. My birthday is October 13th, which is also Treat Yo Self Day, if you didn’t know. So yeah, it’s the coolest birthday ever. No big deal.

Also there’s that’s whole HALLOWEEN thing. As a kid, I was always really scared of people in masks (cause I was a smart kid who knew what was up obviously). But I still loved Halloween. And I still love it to this day. I love scary movies, scary books, scary everything. I love skulls and bats and black cats all year round, but now it’s festive. Which makes it even better.

Phew. I could write a whole newsletter just about how great October is, but no one is here for that. Just get ready for Book Radar to become an October/Halloween Appreciation Newsletter for the whole month. I apologize in advance.

❤️ Emily

Book Deals and Reveals

cover of Yinka, Where is Your Huzband? by Lizzie Damilola Blackburn

In her column for The Bookseller, author Lizzie Damilola Blackburn has been taking readers through the process of publishing her debut novel Yinka, Where’s Your Huzband? The most recent column is a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the US and UK covers of Blackburn’s book, and she reveals her UK cover.

Damyanti Biswas has signed a two-book deal with Thomas & Mercer: a literary crime thriller entitled The Blue Bar, and its untitled sequel.

Indya Moore (Pose) has landed a major new role in the upcoming Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. They are playing Karshon, a shark with superpowers.

Here’s the cover reveal for House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J. Maas, the latest book in the Crescent City series.

Clarissa Goenawan’s debut novel Rainbirds is being adapted into a feature film, directed by Anshul Chauhan.

Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga are starring in a production of Macbeth, coming to Broadway in March 2022.

Here’s the first chapter of one of fall’s buzziest thrillers, All Her Little Secrets by Wanda M. Morris.

John Benjamin Hickey, recent Tony nominee for The Inheritance, has joined the cast of New Line’s feature adaptation of The Stand by Stephen King. Hickey will be playing Father Callahan.

Alice Waddington has signed on to direct the upcoming live-action Netflix adaptation of the comic book series Dept. H.

Michael B. Jordan’s production company Outlier Society will be producing the Sony TriStar Pictures adaptation of N.K Jemisin’s The Broken Earth.

Here’s an exclusive cover reveal and excerpt from Game of Strength and Storm by Rachel Menard.

Micah Stock, Ryan Kwanten, Gayle Rankin, Austin Smith, Antoinette Crowe-Legacy, and David Alexander Kaplan are joining the cast of FX’s Kindred pilot, based on the novel by Octavia Butler.

Book Riot Recommends 

I’m a Contributing Editor at Book Riot, I write the Today in Books newsletter, and I’m a Bibliologist for Book Riot’s Tailored Book Recommendations subscription service. I also have a PhD in English, so I’m basically a doctor of books. Books are my life, in other words, so in this section of the newsletter, let me share with you some upcoming books I’m super excited about. And I think you will be too!

Prepare Your Shelves!

Cover of Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood

Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood (Wednesday Books, October 19 2021)

Another book I’m excited about that’s coming out on October 19th. Further proof that October 19th is a magical day when all good things happen. Right? Anyway.

Let’s talk about things that either really, really work or really, really don’t. Jane Eyre adaptations. I’m a really big fan of Victorian literature. Especially the Brontës. Especially Emily Brontë. Wuthering Heights is my favorite novel of all time. On that note, I have yet to read a Wuthering Heights adaptation that has excited me, but I’m open to it. If you think I’ve missed a good one, hit me up. But let’s back up. We’re talking about Jane Eyre adaptations today.

Jane Eyre is a great novel. It’s atmospheric and emotional, with strong characters and stunning plot turns. For a Jane Eyre retelling to work, it’s got to get all of that stuff right and do something new and interesting that adds to the Jane Eyre conversation rather than detracting from it. That’s a tall order, but Lauren Blackwood’s eerie YA fantasy retelling Within These Wicked Walls does all of that.

In this Ethiopian-inspired debut fantasy novel, we follow Andromeda, a debtera. Debteras are members of the Ethiopian church who are able to perform exorcisms to cleanse households of the Evil Eye. But when Andromeda takes on a job for the handsome young heir Magnus Rochester, she quickly realizes this is a horrifying manifestation unlike anything she’s ever encountered. And Magnus seems to be hiding something.

What I’m Reading This Week

the disappearing act cover

The Disappearing Act by Catherine Steadman

Goblin by Josh Malerman

We Were Never Here by Andrea Bartz

Black Leopard Red Wolf by Marlon James

White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson

Mercury Boys by Chandra Prasad

Monday Memes

We’re doing it. We’re calling it Monday Memes now. I know change is hard, but we’re all going to have to learn how to adapt.

It’s October now, so no one can judge us for diving into our witchy Halloween books. Get off our backs, people.

Other Things That Make Me Happy

Oh boy, we’ve got a brand new post from Book Riot with more Halloween costume ideas for kids and adults!

Since it’s Halloween time officially and no one can stop me, it’s time to watch Halloween movies and make Halloween snacks. In this quiz, you can pick your favorite Halloween characters and get a fun Halloween treat to make. I got Halloween Jalapeño Peppers, which tracks because I love spicy.

And then there’s Purrli. It’s your very own purring cat on your computer.

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

a black cat and an orange cat resting on a large pillow

Since this is now a Halloween appreciation newsletter, we have to feature everyone’s favorite black and orange duo, Murray and Phantom!

This will be Phantom’s very first Halloween with us. We got him in November of 2020. I feel so much more prepared for Halloween season with a black cat by my side.

You’ve made it to the final sentences of the first Book Radar newsletter of October 2021. I hope your October is joyous, and we’ll speak soon!

❤️ Emily

The Kids Are All Right

Children’s Books about Rescue Animals!

Hi Kid Lit Friends,

Many of you know that I am a huge fan of adopting pets from rescues. Our three cats and one of our dogs are from shelters, and I always love children’s books that touch on this topic! Here are some good ones, and yes, they will definitely pull on your heartstrings. (Read with tissues!)

Stormy: A Story About Finding a Forever Home by Guojing (picture book)

This wordless picture book is so sweet and beautiful and adorable. It tells the story of a friendship between a girl and a dog. At first they are tentative around each other, but as trust builds they get closer and closer. When a ferocious rainstorm sweeps the area, will they be able to find their way to each other?

Roo the Rabbit: My Furry Foster Family by Debbi Michiko Florence (chapter book)

As someone who has adopted a rabbit in the past, I really relate to this fun chapter book by Debbi Michiko Florence. When eight-year-old Kaita and her family foster a rabbit, Kaita is over the moon! But Roo is a little different from the other animals she’s fostered in the past, and she can’t be sure if Roo is happy or not. Roo doesn’t lick her face or run in circles when Kaita comes home from school. Will Kaita find a way to make friends with this new foster friend?

Bad Bella by Ali Standish (early middle grade)

Bella loves her family, but the McBrides find her a nuisance, especially when Mrs. McBride becomes pregnant. She is abandoned at the pound after an unfortunate accident with the Christmas tree, and Bella is left wondering what she did wrong. When a new couple adopts her, Bella is thrilled. But then she starts worrying again – will her new family keep her forever, or will she end up in the pound again? This sweet, adorable book is sure to win your heart.

Wish by Barbara O’Connor (middle grade)

I love every book that Barbara O’Connor writes, but Wish might be one of my favorites. When Eleven-year-old Charlie Reese is sent to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to live with family she barely knows, it seems unlikely that her one and only wish will ever come true. But then she meets Wishbone, a skinny stray dog who captures her heart, and Howard, a neighbor boy who proves to be surprising in lots of ways. Suddenly Charlie is in serious danger of discovering that what she thought she wanted may not be what she needs at all. 

When Friendship Followed Me Home by Paul Griffin (middle grade)

Oh how I adore this book! It is one of my absolute favorites. Ben Coffin is a former foster kid and has never really made a real, true friend. But when he rescues an abandoned mutt from the alley next-door to the Coney Island Library, Flip the dog leads Ben to befriend a fellow book-lover named Halley. Ben and Halley are friends until the unthinkable happens. Ben knows that Flip pointed him toward friendship, but can Flip also point him toward home?

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

The Season of Scares is Upon Us!

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.

Hello and welcome to the creepiest month of the year, our month, our happiest darkest holiday season: It’s October, Witches. Lets party! This year’s been a lot, right? I mean the last two years, really, but as we enter the last final quarter of 2021 I’m sort of torn between horror (ha) that it’s already October and delight that at least, after all this shit, it’s finally Halloween. The lights are up, the decorations are out, the candy bar is stocked. All that’s missing are the books!

Cover of The Death of Jane Lawrence by Caitlin Starling

The Death of Jane Lawrence by Caitlin Starling (October 5th)

Oh my god I can’t believe that this book is finally almost here. I can’t wait to put this monstrous, gorgeous book in my eyeballs. It’s peak Gothic goodness and, surprising absolutely no one, I am living for it. When Jane Shoringfield makes a calculated choice to marry a stranger to ensure her security and independence, wooooow does she bet on the wrong horse. I mean sure, Augustine Lawrence seems like the perfect choice. He’s wealthy, he’s charming, and best of all, he’s a recluse who doesn’t even want her to set foot in his house. What could be better? Until Jane ends up stranded on his doorstep on their wedding night and what she finds inside Lindridge Hall throws all her careful planning into disarray. So much for best laid plans, because there is something very, very wrong in Lindridge Hall.

cover of cackle by rachel harrison

Cackle by Rachel Harrison (October 5th)

I honestly don’t know if we can get more “perfect Halloween read” than Cackle, folks. I have been counting down the days until October when this book and it’s gorgeous cover would be released upon the world. Tired of her ordinary, safe life in Manhattan, Annie abandons everything in exchange for a teaching position in a small village in upstate New York, a picturesque town almost too good to be true! Even her apartment is Instagram ready – except of course for the spiders. Still, even a persistent eight-legged infestation can’t put a damper on what looks like a shining start to her new life. Especially once Annie meets beautiful, charming, and independent Sophie, who wants to help Annie to finally start living her life. If the townsfolk seem a little frightened of Sophie, so what? It’s not like witches are real. Right?

The City Beautiful cover

The City Beautiful by Aden Polydoros (October 5th)

Can I offer you some (more) queer horror in this trying time? This new YA horror by Aden Polydoros takes place in 1893 Chicago during the illustrious World’s Fair. But while most of the city is caught up in the glitter and whirl of the fair, Alter Rosen is hunting a killer. Alter came to America to make a better life for himself, and a future for his mother and sisters still living in Romania. But the violent murders of several young Jewish men, the most recent of which was Alter’s best friend Yakov, have brought Alter’s American dream to a halt. Now Yakov’s dybbuk is possessing Alter, threatening his very existence, and leaving Alter no choice but to team up with a dangerous boy from his past and find the killer before the killer finds him first. Or Yakov’s dybbuk takes him over entirely.

Nothing But Blackened Teeth

Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw (October 19th)

This novella, people. It’s so full of rot, and mold, and gore! A perfect, weird, delightfully horrifying ghost story. When a group of friends descends upon an abandoned, reputedly haunted Heian-era mansion for a wedding, things quickly go sideways when a scary story told in a dark room resurrects the vengeful spirit of the house. My favorite part of this was definitely Khaw’s descriptions of the house as just seething with rot, as though the whole thing were a decomposing corpse in its own right. If you love watching groups of people crumble as external terrors expose and put pressure on the cracks between them, you’re going to love Nothing But Blackened Teeth.

Cover of Flowers For the Sea by Zin E Rocklyn

Flowers for the Sea by Zin E. Rocklyn (October 19th)

Rocklyn’s forthcoming post-apocalyptic cosmic horror novella is one of those books that really sticks to you after you put it down. It’s gorgeous – and definitely a bit gross in places (but in the best horror way, of course) – and the amount of worldbuilding that Rocklyn fit into 112 pages puts some 300 pages novels I’ve read to shame. Survivors of a flooded land exist in isolation, fighting for their continued survival on an ark. Supplies are dwindling, terrifying sea monsters circle, and Iraxi, locked away deep in the hold of the ark, is heavily pregnant with a child she does not want. A child that may not even be human. In a society in which Iraxi’s people are reviled, but her ability to bear a child when so many others cannot is revered, she straddles a strange line between outcast and idol. But there may be an even darker and more powerful fate awaiting her.

Cover of Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood

Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood (October 19th)

Be still my Brontë loving heart. Within These Wicked Walls is Gothic, it’s creepy, it’s romantic, so of course I enjoyed every minute of it. I mean I’m a simple girl. Give me a room full of blood and I’m content. Jane Eyre fans will recognize a few beloved lines and familiar scenes, but even when paying homage to her source text, Blackwood has created something wholly original and unique. Andromeda is a debtera without a license, making her little better than an eternal apprentice in the eyes of the world. If she wants to continue to work, she’s going to need a patron. So when Magnus Rochester hires her sight unseen to cleanse his house of the Evil Eye, despite her lack of licensure, Andromeda decides to take her one chance at a future and run with it. But she could never have predicted the degree of horror lurking inside of Magnus’ home, nor the youth and charm of her new employer. With both her life and heart in danger, Andromeda will have to work fast if she hopes to save Magnus from the curse that threatens to tear them apart.

Cover of Comfort Me With Apples by Catherynne M. Valente

Comfort Me With Apples by Catherynne M. Valente (October 26th)

I have been absolutely DYING to talk to you about this book. For real. I had to put a big old moratorium on it in my head so that I wouldn’t write about it too soon and risk being run out of town for spoiling a genuinely upsetting reveal that had me gasping out loud. Sophia knows nothing but the reality of her perfect, sheltered, beloved life behind the safe walls of Arcadia Gardens. Her husband is her whole world. She was made to be his little darling, and she’s never once questioned that. That is, until the perfection of her life begins to crack around the edges, letting in a strangeness that just might lead her to the truth behind the only life she’s ever known. A truth perhaps lurking in the locked basement of their home, where Sophia is never, ever to go.

Fresh From the Skeleton’s Mouth

As always, if you’re looking for yet more October horror new releases, I absolutely have to refer you to Nightfire’s list of their most anticipated 2021 horror titles.

Speaking of Nightfire, you are not going to want to miss their Out for Blood: Queer Tales to Tell in the Dark panel on October 21st at 7PM, featuring Cassanda Khaw, Lee Mandelo, and Zin E. Rocklyn!

Beloved Horror Host, Queer Icon (!), and Mistress of the Dark, Elvira, has hit number 4 on the New York Times Best Seller List for her recently released biography Yours Cruelly, Elvira! And somebody ring the shame bell, because guess who still has not picked up her copy.

We’ve got a full compliment of new scary content for you at Book Riot! From horror comedy reads to the best horror manhwa and manga, to the depth-haunting terrors of the ocean.

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



We’re giving away five copies of L.A. Weather by María Amparo Escandón to five lucky Riot readers!

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A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick.

FORECAST: Storm clouds are on the horizon in L.A. Weather, a fun, fast-paced novel of a Mexican-American family from María Amparo Escandón.

Kid Lit Giveaways


We’re giving away ten copies of When We Say Black Lives Matter by Maxine Beneba Clarke to ten lucky Riot readers!

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In this joyful exploration of the Black Lives Matter motto, a loving narrator relays to a young Black child the strength and resonance behind the words. In family life, through school and beyond, the refrains echo and gain in power, among vignettes of protests and scenes of ancestors creating music on djembe drums. With deeply saturated illustrations rendered in jewel tones, Maxine Beneba Clarke offers a gorgeous, moving, and essential picture book.

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