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Queer YA Books Selling in Record Numbers Despite Bans Targeting Them: Today in Books

Missing Pages is the New Podcast Targeting Literary Scandals

Missing Pages is a new podcast series that aims to reopen “literary cold cases” and look back at “some of the most iconic, jaw-dropping and just truly bizarre book scandals to shape the publishing world.” The podcast is hosted by Bethanne Patrick, book critic for the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, and NPR. All eight episodes of season 1 are now available, featuring episodes about Kaavya Viswanathan, Dan Mallory, J.T. LeRoy, and more.

Netflix Greenlights Parasyte: The Grey Series from Yeon Sang-ho

Netflix has greenlit Parasyte: The Grey, a new Korean original horror series from Yeon Sang-ho, the director of Train to Busan and creator of Hellbound. The upcoming series is a reimagining of Kodansha’s manga series Parasyte, written and illustrated by Hitoshi Iwaaki. The series tells the story of unidentified parasitic life-forms that live off of human hosts and strive to grow their power. Jeon So-nee (When My Love BloomsJo Pil-ho: The Dawning Rage), Koo Kyo-hwan (PeninsulaD.P.Escape from Mogadishu), and Lee Jung-hyun (PeninsulaDecision to Leave) will star. The series is produced by Climax Studio and Wow Point.

Queer YA Books Selling in Record Numbers Despite Bans Targeting Them

Book bans and restrictions have been going into effect across the country, and yet sales of queer YA books continue to increase. Sales for LGBTQ+ fiction are already up 39 percent in year-over-year sales, with YA novels leading the charge. LGBTQ+ YA books saw an increase in sales of 1.3 million units compared to previous years. “We’re still telling our stories and our experiences — stories of joy and pain — and you are seeing those different experiences on the shelf,” says Phil Stamper, bestselling author of The Gravity of Us and As Far As You’ll Take Me. “As much as you can try to ban books, it doesn’t stop those books from existing, which is pretty incredible.”

Eastern Kentucky Schools Ask for Book Donations for Flooded Libraries

Eastern Kentucky schools are still reeling from the effects of flash flooding that started on July 26. Here’s how you can help.