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Kareena Kapoor Khan Wraps Detective Thriller The Devotion of Suspect X

Bollywood star Kareena Kapoor Khan has wrapped Netflix’s Indian adaptation of Japanese author Higashino Keigo’s bestselling 2005 novel The Devotion of Suspect X. The film is directed by Sujoy Ghosh, director of Kahaani. Khan also recently wrapped a project that was filmed under the working title The Buckingham Murders. For the actress, both projects mark a departure from the films she’s done in the past. “For me, it’s very different because obviously you’re used to seeing me in all the mainstream movies, which has the song, the dance, the gloss, the glamour. Both these films are shockingly different,” Kapoor Khan said. The Devotion of Suspect X is expected to release later this year.

The TikTok Generation Embraces Jane Austen

Jane Austen is finding an audience of younger readers, thanks in no small part to a proliferation of internet memes and TikToks. Alice Hodges, who works at the Jane Austen Centre in Bath, told The Guardian, “We have seen an increasing number of young Janeites visiting.” Julia Golding, who runs the Austen-inspired podcast What Would Jane Do?, has also noticed an uptick on young Janeites. “It may seem unlikely at first – what does this generation with all their social media options and frenetic visual culture find in Austen?” says Golding. “Then you realize that’s the answer. Jane Austen allows everyone to step aside and take a breath in the beautiful worlds she creates. Then we see that we share more with the past than we imagined… Jane Austen might’ve worn a bonnet and muslin but you feel, reading her, that she would’ve been an amazing best friend for us now and help us get out of trouble.”

Julie Otsuka and Ed Yong Win ALA’s 2023 Carnegie Medals

The American Library Association has announced the 2023 Carnegie Medal winners. Julie Otsuka’s The Swimmers took home the 2023 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Ed Yong’s An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us won the medal for nonfiction. The 2023 fiction finalists also included Greenland by David Santos Donaldson and Night of the Living Rez by Morgan Talty. Nonfiction finalists included Constructing a Nervous System by Margo Jefferson and Vagina Obscura: An Anatomical Voyage by Rachel E. Gross. The winners were announced on Sunday, January 29, at the ALA’s LibLearnX conference in New Orleans.

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