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Disney Adapting KINGSTON AND THE MAGICIAN’S LOST & FOUND: Today in Books

Design Studio Dorothy Reinterprets 84 Great Novels as Postage Stamps

Ali Johnson and Jim Quail of Liverpool-based design studio Dorothy have reinterpreted 84 different well-loved books as stamps. The studio reimagined 42 classic books and 42 books that they call modern classics. Modern classics include books like Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami and White Teeth by Zadie Smith. Stamp prints are available for purchase on Dorothy’s website.

Disney to Adapt Kingston and the Magician’s Lost & Found

Disney Branded Television has optioned the rights to Rucker Moses and Theo Gangi’s highly acclaimed middle-grade novel Kingston and the Magician’s Lost & Found and its sequel Kingston and the Echoes of Magic. The book series was published earlier this year by Penguin Random House. Now, Disney is planning to adapt the series for television. An original movie based on the first novel is in the works, with Jane Startz signed on to executive produce. “We are thrilled to partner with Craig, Harold and Theo and bring their heartfelt story of wonder and mystery to our audience,” said Ayo Davis, president of Disney Branded Television. “Set against the backdrop of true magical history, this is an inspiring adventure of extraordinary moments happening in everyday situations.”

Iowa School Board Candidate Wants to Share The Name of Every Kid Who Checks out Pro-LGBTQ Books

Iowa school board candidate Vin Thaker announced on Facebook last week that he wants to know the name of every kid who checked out one of the pro-LGBTQ books the Waukee Community School District recently banned. The books in question—All Boys Aren’t Blue, Lawn Boy and Gender Queer— were taken out of the Northwest High School Library after a community member complained they contained explicit material. Thaker explained that what he really wants to do is get the students’ names, notify their parents, and then ask “the person who ordered these titles” to defend their choices.

Justice Department Sues to Block Penguin Random House Acquisition of Simon & Schuster

The Department of Justice has sued to block the acquisition of Simon and Schuster from Penguin Random House.