Paste Reveals the Cover of Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé’s Where Sleeping Girls Lie
Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé, author of 2021’s Ace of Spades, is back with a new novel, and Paste has the exclusive cover reveal. Àbíké-Íyímídé’s sophomore novel, Where Sleeping Girls Lie, is a contemporary YA mystery about a Nigerian-British student named Sade Hussein. Sade is just getting used to her new life at her elite British boarding school when her roommate mysteriously disappears. “Where Sleeping Girls Lie is, essentially, if the unfriendly Black hotties from Mean Girls were the main characters in a murder mystery,” the author says. The novel hits shelves March 19, 2024.
The Guardian Searching for New Writers of Color for the 4thWrite Short Story Prize
The Guardian is running a short story competition with publisher 4th Estate, and they’re looking for unpublished writers of color living in the UK. The winner of the 4thWrite prize will receive £1,000 and a one-day publishing workshop with 4th Estate. Additionally, the winner’s short story will be published on the Guardian website. Judges for the competition are author and previous winner Bolu Babalola (Love in Color, Honey & Spice); Cecile Pin, author of the Women’s prize-longlisted novel Wandering Souls; Kishani Widyaratna, editorial director at 4th Estate; Helena Lee, features director at Harper’s Bazaar; Justine Jordan, fiction editor at the Guardian; and Angelique Tran Van Sang, literary agent at Felicity Bryan Associates. Entries for this year’s competition are open until July 2.
Cormac McCarthy to Write Film Adaptation of His Novel Blood Meridian
Author Cormac McCarthy is currently working on a script for the film adaptation of his 1985 novel Blood Meridian. In April, it was announced that the film adaptation would be directed by John Hillcoat, who previously adapted McCarthy’s novel The Road. Hillcoat told Playlist‘s podcast that Cormac McCarthy “has become a dear, dear close friend, and over the years, we discussed how he had lost control of Blood Meridian, and it was a mutual task to get it back because he knew how to crack it. A lot of people have tried without his input.”
Describe Your Perfect Summer Day & We’ll Give You A Matching Queer SFF Read
Summer is on the horizon! Take our quiz and we’ll give you a queer sci-fi or fantasy book to dig into this summer.