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New Book Club in Hamilton to Help Inspire Black Authors to Write Romance Novels Set in Canada: Today in Books

Hollywood Finally Comes Calling for Horror Writer Paul Tremblay

M. Night Shyamalan just wrapped filming the first film adaptation of one of Paul Tremblay’s horror novels, The Cabin at the End of the World. The movie will be titled Knock at the Cabin and stars Dave Bautista, Rupert Grint, and Jonathan Groff. After the disappointment of auctioning the film rights to A Head Full of Ghosts a month before it was published, only for the production to fizzle out, Tremblay is excited for his adaptation debut to be released in February 2023.

New Book Club in Hamilton to Help Inspire Black Authors to Write Romance Novels Set in Canada

Born from a frustration of a lack of romance novels written by Black Canadian authors, certified life skills coach Tanya Lee has launched the Black Romance Book Club in Hamilton, Ontario. The club will be based in the Art Gallery of Hamilton and will host author readings and writing workshops, featuring at least three books each year to promoting reading and writing about Black Canadian romance.

New Female-Owned Bookstore in Riverside Focuses on Sharing Diverse Stories

After returning from Naval deployment, Vanessa Nicolle is opening a bookstore in Jacksonville, Florida that celebrates diversity and encourages reading for all. Nicolle had started an online version of her bookstore, Femme Fire Books, two years ago and now that she is out of the Navy, she’s transitioning to a brick-and-mortar shop that will stock books written by women and people of color who have been historically marginalized in the publishing industry.

Key Takeaways from the 2022 Urban Library Trauma Study

The 2022 Urban Library Trauma Study Report was released in late June at the 2022 American Library Association Annual Conference. It is the result of a two year long study capturing some sense of the difficult working conditions urban library workers experienced pre-pandemic but also the extensive trauma, stress, and burnout for urban library workers experienced because of the pandemic.

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Publishers, Internet Archive File Dueling Summary Judgment Motions in Scan Suit: Today in Books

San Joaquin County Libraries Eschew Late Charges on Children, Teen Books, Print Materials

City officials announced that books and print materials checked out from the children and teen sections at Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Libraries will no longer incur overdue fees. This policy took effect last week and will also apply to the Bookmobile, a traveling library that carries books for all ages. The county hopes that eliminating these fines will increase library card signups and library use as well as reduce library inaccessibility due to social inequality.

Publishers, Internet Archive File Dueling Summary Judgment Motions in Scan Suit

Lawyers for Hachette, HarperCollins, Wiley, and Penguin Random House argued that the Internet Archive’s scanning program, which allows them to scan and lend books under a legal theory known as “controlled digital lending,” is clearly illegal and is a massive piracy operation in a motion filed this week as part of an ongoing lawsuit concerning IA’s copyright infringement. The publishers argue that IA helped manufacture the legal theory of controlled digital lending to justify its infringement, allowing IA to create its own unauthorized ebook editions, which then compete directly with authorized ebooks.

Love And Thunder Brings in Thor‘s Biggest Opening Weekend Ever

Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love And Thunder is set to have the best opening weekend out of any Thor movie ever, likely with at least $135 million this weekend, which far surpasses Kenneth Branagh’s Thor ($64 million opening weekend), The Dark World ($85 million), and Waititi’s own Ragnarok ($122 million).

SFF Books Coming Out in July to Keep On Your Radar

July has plenty of science fiction and fantasy releases to look forward to reading — from a novel about siblings working together to protect their friends from a sinister laser tag simulation, to a daughter of revolutionaries infiltrating the prince’s castle to rescue her father, to an Earth-born healer searching for her Mars-born spouse who has disappeared, you’re sure to find an upcoming read to enjoy.

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Community Members Rally Against Proposed Utah School Library Book Review Policy: Today in Books

Community Members Rally Against Proposed Utah School Library Book Review Policy

Community members gathered on Thursday outside of the Utah State Board of Education Building to urge the board not to adopt a policy that would restrict the availability of books deemed explicit from school libraries. In February, the House Education Committee had voted 11-2 to pass HB374, which was approved and signed by Utah Governor Spencer Cox. This new policy would take an even more extreme approach and limit the diversity of library materials for students.

Cardinal Rule Press Acquires Bucket Fillers

Cardinal Rule Press, a Detroit-area children’s book, puzzle, and educational materials publisher acquired all book sales, presentations, and permissions of Bucket Fillers, a children’s publisher in Venice, Florida. Bucket Fillers will become an imprint of Cardinal Rule, effectively doubling its size.

Tasmanian ‘Book Detective’ Reunites Customers with Long-Lost Books and Beloved Childhood Titles

Using his investigative skills from his career as a librarian and his studies in Egyptology, Toby Wools-Cobb has begun to make a name for himself by finding long-lost books from his shop, Quixotic Books, in Launceston, Tasmania. Thinking of his work like detective work, Wools-Cobb helps customers find obscure works, books that the customer cannot remember the title of, special editions, and weird books that face extinction.

Unsettling Reading: Why Are Darker Women’s Stories Growing in Popularity?

Darker women’s stories” — particularly in thrillers and dark historical fiction — is a book trend we’re seeing after the London Book Fair, which is a stark contrast from the popular upbeat romance or cozier fiction of previous years. The social and political background against which these books are written give us insights as to why we’re seeing readers drawn toward stories that explore murder, abuse, postpartum depression, sexual violence, and other difficult topics

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Authors Are Protesting Amazon’s Ebook Policy That Allows Users to Read and Return: Today in Books

Authors Are Protesting Amazon’s Ebook Policy That Allows Users to Read and Return

Authors are protesting Amazon’s ebook return policy, claiming the system allows readers to “steal” from self-published authors. This policy allows customers to cancel an accidental ebook order within seven days, and it seems readers are taking advantage of that window to finish a book and return it after reading. This means that royalties originally paid to the author at the time of purchase of the ebook are then deducted from their earnings balance.

Bookstores Respond to Demise of Roe v. Wade

Friday’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that overturned Roe v. Wade left many distraught indie bookstore customers seeking the solace of their local indie bookstore as a comforting safe space. Bookstores such as Left Bank Books in St. Louis, Missouri; Charis Books and More in Decatur, Georgia; Women and Children First in Chicago, Illinois; Zenith Bookstore in Duluth, Minnesota; A Room of One’s Own in Madison, Wisconsin; and Second Star to the Right Books in Denver, Colorado reported busy and emotional days and customers sought books on reproductive justice and abortion rights, some offering a percentage of sales toward women’s health, reproductive rights, and human rights organizations.

Sheffield Hallam University Suspends English Literature Degree

Sheffield Hallam University in Sheffield, England announced that it would be suspending its degree in English literature after a government crackdown on what ministers regard as “low value” courses. These new rules stipulate that universities could face penalties if fewer than 75% of undergraduates complete their courses and fewer than 60% are in professional jobs or studying for a further degree within 15 months of graduating. This adds to a growing concern for job losses and the future of arts and humanities departments in higher education.

Angie Thomas’s On The Come Up Teaser Trailer Is Here

Angie Thomas’s sophomore novel, On The Come Up, was optioned for adaptation upon release and at last night’s BET Awards, the film’s first teaser trailer was released.

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2022 Locus Awards Winners

Connie Willis MCed the awards ceremony for The Locus Science Fiction Foundation’s 2022 Locus Awards virtual Locus Awards Weekend on June 25, 2022. Winners of the Locus Awards include Arkady Martine’s A Desolation Called Peace for Science Fiction Novel, Fonda Lee’s Jade Legacy for Fantasy Novel, and P. Djèlí Clark’s A Master of Dijinn for First Novel.

Publishers Discriminate Against Women and Black Authors — but Readers Don’t

An analysis by The New York Times found that only 11% of fiction published in 2018 was written by people of color. Following this analysis in June 2020, the viral Twitter hashtag #PublishingPaidMe demonstrated how many well-known Black authors’ book advances were often less than those of less experienced white authors. A new study published in PLOS One suggests that these numbers don’t reflect market preferences. The study consisted of more than 9,000 people on Amazon’s gig-work site MTurk who were asked to evaluate three made-up books based on their covers and blurbs. The authors’ gender seemed to make no difference in how interested participants were in reading a given book, and it seemed participants were actually willing to pay a premium (about 50 cents more) for books by Black authors.

Roanoke County School Leaders Approve New Book Review Policy

The Roanoke County School Board in Virginia unanimously approved its new media review policy at Thursday night’s meeting with the goal to have more people review books. The policy change was sparked in November when a parent challenged the school’s regulations regarding the book When Aidan Became my Brother, which discusses transgender topics. Upon review of the policy, school leaders found that these decisions rested in the hands of only one person. The new policy leaves it up to a group of librarians who will meet after reading the books and decide which are suitable to be in the school’s library.

Book Club Books to Read This Summer and Fall

It’s about time to start planning your club’s book picks for the fall and the summer. Here’s a list of must-read books for your book club that are out now or that will be out in time for your summer/fall book club meetings.

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Netflix’s 4-part Adaptation of Michael Pollan’s Book on Psychedelics, HOW TO CHANGE YOUR MIND: Today in Books

Netflix’s 4-part Adaptation of Michael Pollan’s Book on Psychedelics, How to Change Your Mind

Netflix has adapted How to Change Your Mind, Michael Pollan’s book about his experiences with psychedelic drug therapy, into a four-part documentary series, hosted and co-produced by Pollan along with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney. Each of the four parts focuses on a different mind-altering substance: LSD, psilocybin, MDMA, and mescaline. The series is set to release July 2022.

Book Bullies Attempt to Hide Our Diversity

Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville, Illinois has been experiencing folks plucking books from their displays and hiding them in the store — specifically books with covers that feature people of color. About 50 books have been found tucked behind other books. This is just one example of what public libraries around the country are experiencing in which efforts as “Hide the Pride” by CatholicVote are encouraging followers to check out or hide books involving gender issues.

In Digital Era, Zine publishers Haven’t Stopped Expressing Themselves by Hand

Zine publishing is alive and well in Asheville, North Carolina’s River Arts District. Thirty zine publishers were at this year’s annual Ashville Zine Fest, which was founded in 2016. Jessica White who founded the festival with her husband says that younger people are drawn into the medium for its relative anonymity in contrast with the tell-all nature of a digital presence.

LGBTQ Book Sales Surge in U.S., Especially in YA

NPD BookScan recently shared a report showing an LGBTQ book sales surge in the U.S. with a 39% increase in 2022 so far.

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Kickstarter to Fund Dyslexic Friendly Books for Adults Launches: Today in Books

Kickstarter to Fund Dyslexic Friendly Books for Adults Launches

Dr. Alistair Sims, owner of Books on the Hill in Clevedon, UK, set up an independent publishing company, Both Press, in 2021 in order to produce dyslexic-friendly books for adults, and is now crowdfunding to publish more. Sims’s goal is to raise £16,000 to publish eight more books on cream paper with Vernanda font and a more dyslexic-friendly spacing.

Crime Story Contest Has a Happy Ending for Bangor Teen Who Beat Out Professional Writers

Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance declared its first teen winner for the annual CrimeFlash Fiction contest, Muhammad Drammeh who is a 17-year-old junior at Bangor High School. Drammeh wishes to be a published author someday, and entered his piece to the CrimeFlash Fiction contest after searching online for writing contests to enter — becoming the contest winner out of more than 50 entrants, some of which were experienced writers and published authors.

Milestone Media is On a Mission to Add Young Creators of Color to the Comic Book Universe

The Milestone Initiative is a program designed by Milestone Media to bring more people of color into the business of comic books, and is giving 24 writers and artists in-person mentoring from working comic book professionals and a virtual education through the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art. The 10-week initiative concludes next week at which point the participants will be paired with comic book veterans to create new, original stories for the Milestone Universe.

How Moms For Liberty’s Book Ratings System Enters Schools

Moms For Liberty, the conservative nonprofit group pushing anti-critical race theory and anti-social emotional learning in public schools, among other things, continues to build their book ratings system and push to have it used in school districts across the country.

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Michigan Prisons Ban Spanish and Swahili Dictionaries to Prevent Inmate Disruptions: Today in Books

Amazon Employees Protest the Sale of Books They Say Are Anti-Trans

Approximately 30 Amazon employees disrupted the company’s annual raising of the pride flag event at the Amazon headquarters in Seattle in protest of the company’s continued sale of anti-trans books. The protesters, who are members of the group No Hate at Amazon, laid on the ground wrapped in trans flags and demanded that the company stop producing and selling books that are harmful to trans youth.

Michigan Prisons Ban Spanish and Swahili Dictionaries to Prevent Inmate Disruptions

The Michigan Department of Corrections has banned dictionaries in Spanish and Swahili, claiming these books’ contents are a threat to the state’s penitentiaries. Chris Gautz, the spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Corrections, explained that allowing imprisoned people access to learning languages prison staff cannot understand would allow them to potentially organize without the knowledge of staff. Additionally, seven books in both Spanish and Swahili have been banned from Michigans’s prisons in the last year, according to a list obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Award-Winning TOMB OF SAND to be Published in U.S. in 2023

Geetanjali Shree’s Tomb of Sand, which won this year’s International Booker Prize be released in the U.S. this winter by HarperVia, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. The book was first published in 2018 and released with an English translation in 2021.

A Group of Louisiana Libraries Block Cultural Displays

Just in time for Pride Month, a group of Lafayette County libraries in Louisiana has announced they will block cultural displays that highlight specific groups — including displays celebrating Pride Month, Black History Month, Women’s History Month, Cajun heritage, and Native American History Month.

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Tulsa Library Book Returned After 46 Years

A library in Owasso, Oklahoma of the Tulsa City-County Library system had a book returned this week — 46 years late. The book, Annie, Annie by Molly Cone was due on September 8th, 1976, and is so old that the book is no longer in print, nor is it in the library’s modern computer system.

In Turkey, Book Publishers Face Agonizing Choices to Survive

Turkey is currently experiencing an economic crisis and rampant inflation, which is causing publishing houses to struggle to release new books as books become costlier to produce and Turkish purchasing power is weakening among readers. According to data from the Statistics Institute of Turkey in February 2022, the annual increase in paper prices was a record 168%. Turkey placed sixth in the global publishing rankings in 2021 and publishers worry that this growing crisis could have severe implications for Turkey’s cultural vibrancy and freedom of speech.

2022 Hugo Awards Voting Open

The 2022 World Science Fiction Convention, Chicon 8, has announced that voting is open for the 2022 Hugo Awards, the Lodestar Award for best Young Adult Book, and the Astounding Award for Best New Writer. Ballots are due August 11, 2022 at 11:59pm PDT.

High School Activist Given PEN Award for Organizing Protests Against “Don’t Say Gay” Bill

A Florida high school activist, Jack Petocz, was presented with the PEN/Berenson award at the annual PEN America Literary Gala for organizing protests — including a statewide student walkout — against the “Don’t Say Gay” Bill.

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Republicans try to restrict minors’ access to two books after judge’s obscenity finding: Today in Books

Va. Republicans try to restrict minors’ access to two books after judge’s obscenity finding

Republican congressional candidate, Tommy Altman, is pursing restraining orders against Barnes & Noble that would make two books unavailable to minors due to explicit sexual content. The books in question are A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas and Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe.

A Four-Story Bookstore Is Coming to Beacon Hill This Summer

Beacon Hill Books and Cafe, a four-story bookstore and cafe, is set to open in Boston this August. The shop will will occupy one of the original Greek Revival buildings on Beacon Hill and will feature general interest books, two rooms dedicated to travel and aesthetics, books for young readers of all ages, a room for community events, a courtyard garden, a salon for intimate readings, and cookbooks in the cafe which will serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, and afternoon tea.

This New Legal Drama Based on a Popular Book Series Has Overtaken ‘Ozark’ as the Top Show on Netflix

Netflix’s The Lincoln Lawyer, adapted from the 2005 book of the same name by Michael Connelly, moved into the number one spot on the streaming service’s list of most-watched shows. The show is actually based on the second book in the series, The Brass Verdict. The series stars Garcia-Rulfo, Neve Campbell, Becki Newton, Jazz Raycole, Angus Sampson and Christopher Gorham, and all 10 episodes are currently available to stream.

Join the Romance for Reproductive Justice Auction This Weekend

The romance world is fighting back against the U.S. Supreme Court threats to overturn Roe v. Wade with The Romance for Reproductive Justice auction, which is offering over 200 packages in exchange for donations to National Network of Abortion Funds’ Collective Power Fund. The auction starts on May 21 and runs through May 23.