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Hilary Clinton to Produce Movie Adaptation of State of Terror

Hillary Clinton and Louise Penny are producing an upcoming movie adaptation of their novel State of Terror. Clinton and Penny will serve as executive producers on the project in collaboration with Hell or High Water producer Gigi Pritzker’s independent media company Madison Wells. “I am thrilled that my production company, HiddenLight, and I will be working with Madison Wells on this project. It’s particularly exciting to be collaborating with such a talented team of women and we couldn’t be more excited to see this story come to life,” Clinton said in a statement.

LeVar Burton Responds to School Book Banning Campaigns

On Tuesday night’s episode of The Daily Show, LeVar Burton urged viewers to “read banned books” in response to ongoing and growing challenges to books in public schools across the nation. The actor appeared in a Daily Show segment about the “latest culture war that’s tearing America apart.” Riffing off of Burton’s old Reading Rainbow setup, Burton shares three books for kids, all of which have been banned or challenged. You can watch the full segment here.

Boston Teacher Creates Online Bookstore for Black Children

Boston Public Schools teacher Brianna Perkins is highlighting books about Black joy for Black children with Lit for Black Kids. After the murder of George Floyd in 2020, Perkins said she noticed Black children’s books selling out, but only those that focused on antiracism. So she created the Instagram account Lit for Black Kids to share children’s books that showcase Black kids just getting to be kids, playing, laughing, and going to school. Lit for Black Kids now has more than 18,000 followers and has expanded into an online bookstore and website. You can check it out at

The Best LGBTQ Books of 2021, According to American Librarians

The American Library Association’s Over the Rainbow committee considered 332 LGBTQ titles in all genres, and here are their top 10.