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Winnie-the-Pooh is Teaching Texas Kids to Run, Hide, Fight in a Shooting: Today in Books

Marvel Delays Thunderbolts Season Amid Writers Strike

The ongoing writers strike will mean delays for Marvel’s production of Thunderbolts, which is set to star Sebastian Stan and Florence Pugh. The film was aiming to start shooting next month in Atlanta. Now the hope is to begin production after the strike. Beef creator Lee Sung Jin was the most recent writer on the film. Jake Schreier will direct the project. Also joining the cast are David Harbour, Wyatt Russell, Hannah John-Kamen, Olga Kurylenko, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Ayo Edebiri, and Steven Yeun.

Winnie-the-Pooh is Teaching Texas Kids to “Run, Hide, Fight” in a Shooting

Texas schoolchildren are being given Winnie-the-Pooh cartoon books that teaches them to “run, hide, fight” if a shooting happens at their school. The Stay Safe book, produced by a law enforcement consulting firm in Houston, has been sent home with children as young as 4 years old. Parents and teachers were not consulted before the book was distributed, and now they’re raising concern. “I found it extremely disturbing, and was very uncomfortable with the whole contents of the book,” one Dallas teacher, who requested to remain anonymous, said. Democratic governor of California, Gavin Newsom, tweeted, “Winnie the Pooh is now teaching Texas kids about active shooters because the elected officials do not have the courage to keep our kids safe and pass common sense gun safety laws.”

Midtown Scholar Named Publishers Weekly‘s Bookstore of the Year

Midtown Scholar in Harrisburg, PA, has been named Publishers Weekly‘s Bookstore of the Year. The winner was announced at the U.S. Book Show on May 22. In addition to Midtown Scholar, the 2023 nominees included Edmonds Bookshop (Edmonds, WA), Harvey’s Tales (Geneva, IL), Interabang Books (Dallas, TX), and Main Street Books (Lafayette, IN). Midtown Scholar co-owners Catherine Lawrence and Eric Papenfuse accepted the award from PW editorial director Jim Milliot. “We are so honored,” said Lawrence. “We’d like especially to thank our customers for being supportive of us through the difficult times of Covid and into the future. We are looking forward to what comes next.”

The Bestselling Horror Books of All Time

Love all things scary? You’ll want to make sure you’ve read the bestselling horror of all time.