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Derrick Barnes Receives Overwhelming Support After Alabama Schools Cancel Appearances: Today in Books

Penguin Teen Reveals Cover of New Adam Sass Novel Your Lonely Nights Are Over

Scream meets Clueless in the latest YA horror novel from Adam Sass, Your Lonely Nights Are Over. Penguin Teen is giving readers a sneak peek at the upcoming book, which tells the story of two gay teen best friends whose friendship is tested when a serial killer targets their school’s Queer Club. Your Lonely Nights Are Over is out on September 12.

Derrick Barnes Receives Overwhelming Support After Alabama Schools Cancel Appearances

An Alabama community is rallying behind Derrick Barnes, award-winning children’s book author and National Book Award finalist, after Alabama schools canceled three of the author’s appearances scheduled for Black History Month. Barnes was scheduled to appear at Bluff Park, Deer Valley, and Gwin Elementary Schools, but the visits were abruptly canceled following complaints from a parent that Barnes was posting “controversial ideas” on social media.

Last Wednesday, Ashley Dorough, a parent of a 7-year-old at one of the schools, started a fundraiser to help cover the payments Barnes would have received from the planned visits. Any money collected that goes above the payment Barnes was owed will be donated to an organization that aims to help prevent the “school-to-prison pipeline” by increasing child literacy within the Black community.

In addition, Kristen Berthiaume launched a “Derrick Barnes Book Drive” to buy and donate books written by Barnes to kids in the surrounding areas. So far, $1,200 of Barnes books have been purchased. Barnes says he is overwhelmed by the support and thanks the Alabama community for supporting him.

Books for Syria and Turkiye Auction Runs Until February 16

A book auction for Syria and Turkiye is currently running until February 16 to raise money to help with earthquake relief efforts. Email to donate items for auction. Items will be added to the auction until February 13.

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It’s time for new romance novels! February is bringing love and joy with these new romance releases that’ll make you instantly swoon.