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What We’ll Be Reading Next Year Based on Trends from the London Book Fair: Today in Books

Henry Golding Joins Chuck Klosterman Adaptation Downtown Owl

Henry Golding has joined the cast of Downtown Owl, an adaptation of Chuck Klosterman’s New York Times bestselling novel of the same name. This film is the directorial debut of Lily Rabe and Hamish Linklater. Golding will appear in the film alongside Rabe. Ed Harris, Vanessa Hudgens, Finn Wittrock, Jack Dylan Grazer, and August Blanco Rosenstein are also cast in the movie.

What Will We Be Reading Next Year?: 5 Trends from the London Book Fair

After two years off due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the London Book Fair returned last week, and The Guardian took note of some of the biggest trends at the fair and what they say about what we can expect to read in the next year. What can we expect? More fiction books written by celebrities, more books that will help readers understand Ukrainian/Russian relations, more adaptations of Greek mythology, more dark and troubling stories from the perspective of women, and more self-help books to help readers cope with the anxieties of modern life.

These Parents are Fighting for Diverse Books

Despite the vocal groups of parents who are calling for book bans across the country, there are still millions of parents who want their children to have access to books featuring characters of all races and backgrounds and books that include LGBTQ+ families. Two moms in Maine have been working on this issue for years, and have created valuable resources for parents around the country who want their children to have access to diverse books. Dr. Krista Arsonson has created Diverse BookFinder, which includes over 4,000 books with an impressive search feature. Alli Harper created the book subscription service OurShelves, which curates diverse book boxes for children. Read more about these resources and their mission here!

Potential Increase to Library Budget and What You Can Do to Help

President Biden is proposing a much needed increase to the federal budget for library services. Here’s what you can do to help it go through.