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WHITE LOTUS Star Will Sharpe to Direct CRYING IN H MART: Today in Books

Supporters of NYC Public Libraries Gathered to Protest Budget Cuts

Yesterday, supporters of New York City public libraries gathered at City Hall to protest the proposed $36.2 million cuts to libraries. The New York Public Library says that the budget cuts “will severely impact our ability to deliver the free services, programs, and resources New Yorkers depend on.” That’s why they’re asking that supporters sign their name to send a message to Mayor Adams and the New York City Council and let them know how critical libraries are to the communities they serve. 

White Lotus Star Will Sharpe to Direct Crying in H Mart

Will Sharpe, star of the most recent hit season of The White Lotus, will direct the upcoming adaptation of Crying in H Mart, based on Michelle Zauner’s memoir of the same name. In the book, Zauner reflects on the loss of her mother to terminal cancer and her feelings about her Korean identity. “There were lots of things that resonated with me as somebody who is half-Japanese, half-British, spent my childhood in Tokyo,” Sharpe said in an interview with People. “Some of the descriptions of being jet-lagged in your family’s kitchen felt very familiar to me.” Michelle Zauner said in a statement that Sharpe’s “sensitivity as a director and an actor, his ability to find humor and grace within the tragedy of the everyday, and his own personal experience, having grown up between two cultures, make him the perfect director for this film.”

Book Sanctuary Cities are a Response to Book Bans Across the Country

As book bans and challenges continue to unfold across the United States, some cities are declaring themselves “book sanctuaries.” Book Sanctuary programs protect challenged books and help to ensure communities can access books that represent a wide variety of viewpoints and ideas. The Chicago Public Library launched its book sanctuary program last September, during Banned Books Week. “It’s really a public declaration that ensures Chicagoans are aware of the access that they have, just [by] being a resident of the city, to all these different kinds of stories, especially from marginalized or underrepresented populations,” Julie Koslowsky, director of teen services at the Chicago Public Library, explained. If you want to help combat censorship, start your book-saving journey with the Book Sanctuary toolkit.

The Most Influential Sci-Fi Books of the Past 10 Years

Ready to read some stellar science fiction? Here are the most influential sci-fi books of the past 10 years.