Categories
Today In Books

Lebanese American Author and Artist Etel Adnan Dies at 96: Today in Books

Jennifer Garner to Replace Julia Roberts in The Last Thing He Told Me

Apple TV+ is adapting Laura Dave’s novel The Last Thing He Told Me into a limited series, but Julia Roberts is no longer attached to star in the project. Roberts had to drop the series due to scheduling conflicts, and now Jennifer Garner will be taking her place. Garner will also be an executive producer of the show, from Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine and Disney’s 20th Television. The novel, which was a New York Times Bestseller last year, follows the story of a woman who develops a close relationship with her 16 year-old stepdaughter while trying to discover the truth about what happened to her husband and why he’s disappeared. No release date for the adaptation has been announced yet.

Author Chloe Gong Announces First Book in New Trilogy

A year ago, Chinese-born New Zealander Chloe Gong released her first novel These Violent Delights to much acclaim. Now, the sequel to the bestselling novel, Our Violent Ends, is coming out this week, but Gong has even more news. In 2023, Gong will be making her adult fiction debut with Immortal Longings, the first in a new epic fantasy trilogy. The official announcement for the upcoming book says that it’s “set in the dense, ruthless twin cities of San-Er, which recall the historic Kowloon Walled City of 1990s Hong Kong.” The story follows Calla Tuoleimi, a former princess who is looking to remove the king, her uncle from his throne. Gong explains, “At the start of Immortal Longings, she’s got a single-track mind for one task and one task alone: killing her uncle—the king—to finally bring down San-Er’s monarchy. To do this, she needs to win the games that he puts on each year because he won’t make a public appearance except to greet the victor.” The games involve a special power that some individuals in San-Er posses: the ability to take over others’ bodies. Intrigued? The novel will be out in summer 2023.

Lebanese American Author and Artist Etel Adnan Dies at 96

Lebanese American author and artist Etal Adnan has died at the age of 96. Her death in Paris was confirmed by her longtime partner, Simone Fattal, who did not specify the cause. Adnan has written several novels and books of poetry. Her most widely-read novel Sitt Marie Rose is based on a true story about a kidnapping during Lebanon’s civil war. Adnan’s latest poetry collection Shifting the Silence was published in October 2020. In her late 80s, Adnan also caught the attention of the international art world. Her artwork is currently on display at the Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan in an exhibition entitled “Etel Adnan: Light’s New Measure.”

Every Bookish Announcement from Disney+ Day

On Friday, November 12, Disney celebrated the two-year anniversary of their streaming service with #DisneyPlusDay, announcing upcoming movies and series. Here is all of the bookish content coming to Disney+.

Categories
Today In Books

Jon M. Chu to Direct OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO! Animated Film: Today in Books

Isabel Waidner Wins Goldsmiths Prize for Sterling Karat Gold

Isabel Waidner has won the Goldsmiths prize for their third novel Sterling Karat Gold, a work that judges said combines “the real and the mythic, the beautiful and the grotesque, to mind-bending effect.” Waidner’s novel tells the story of a non-binary migrant cleaner who is arrested in London and then must face up against bullfighters, football players, and spaceships to be exonerated. The publisher Peninsula Press describes Sterling Karate Gold as “Kafka’s The Trial written for the era of gaslighting.” Waidner’s work beat out novels such as Claire-Louise Bennett’s Checkout 19, Leone Ross’s This One Sky Day, and Rebecca Watson’s Little Scratch to win the award.

Jon M. Chu to Direct Oh, The Places You’ll Go! Animated Film

Jon M. Chu has signed on to direct the animated film adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ Oh, The Places You’ll Go! for Dr. Seuss Enterprises and Warner Animation Group. This film will mark Bad Robot Productions’ first foray into the world of animated film. Both J.J. Abrams and Hannah Minghella will share producer credits. Jon Chu is perhaps best known for directing Crazy Rich Asians, and he is currently attached to direct the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Wicked. Courtenay Valenti, president, production and development at Warner Bros. Pictures, said in a statement, “We are beyond thrilled to bring one of the most beloved Dr. Seuss books to life for so many generations of Seuss fans. The pairing of this classic title, with the creative excellence of Jon Chu and Bad Robot defines what we at WB try to achieve: marry great branded entertainment with singular creative talent.” Oh, The Places You’ll Go is expected to release in 2027.

Spotify is Getting into the Audiobook Business

Spotify, the Swedish audio streaming subscription service giant, is getting into the American audiobook business with an agreement to acquire Ohio-based digital audiobook distributor Findaway for an undisclosed price. “It is Spotify’s ambition to be the destination for all things audio both for listeners and creators. The acquisition of Findaway will accelerate Spotify’s presence in the audiobook space and will help us more quickly meet that ambition,” said Spotify’s chief research and development officer Gustav Söderström.

Nemo the Library Fish’s New Job and More Good Book News This Week

Not all news is bad news! This week, a library goldfish found a new job as a therapy fish. Here’s that story and more good book news from this week.

Categories
Today In Books

ALA Announces the Finalists for the 2022 Carnegie Medals: Today in Books

Christos Tsiolkas Wins $60,000 Melbourne Prize for Literature

Earlier this week, Melbourne writer Christos Tsiolkas was awarded the $60K Melbourne Prize for Literature, one of the richest literary prizes in Australia. According to the prize’s judges, Tsiolkas was honored for his “outstanding contribution to Australian literature and to cultural and intellectual life.” Tsiolkas has written several bestsellers, including Damascus, which won last year’s Victorian Premier’s prize for fiction. In a short acceptance speech, Tsiolkas thanked his family and his publisher, Jane Palfreyman, and said, “I feel like the luckiest fella tonight.”

Tor Nightfire Announces New Horror Novella from Cassandra Khaw

On Wednesday, Tor Nightfire announced on Twitter that Cassandra Khaw, author of Nothing But Blackened Teeth, has a new horror novella. The publisher describes Khaw’s new novel The Salt Grows Heavy as “a sharp and hungry mermaid tale full of creeping dread and delicious gore.” In an article on Tor Nightfire’s website, Khaw explains the unlikely inspiration behind her mermaid horror story: “Funnily, 9gag was the catalyst. Years ago, I saw this ridiculous cartoon strip that showed Ariel laying eggs and Eric being aghast at the whole situation, and that just was the catalyst. It stuck in my head. What if mermaids laid eggs? And what if the eggs came into the world the way little baby sharks do: voracious, keen on everything in sight. What if we poked at a few more things? Touched on mankind’s sense of entitlement to the bounties of his planet?” Look for The Salt Grows Heavy in bookstores everywhere in May 2022.

ALA Announces the Finalists for the 2022 Carnegie Medals

The American Library Association has announced the six books shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. The medals are awarded to the best adult fiction and nonfiction books published in the United States in the previous year. The finalists are as follows: The Five Wounds by Kirstin Valdez Quade, Matrix by Lauren Groff, The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu by Tom Lin, Four Hundred Souls by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain, A Little Devil in America by Hanif Abdurraqib, and Seek You by Kristen Radtke. The winners will be announced at the ALA Book and Media Awards (BMAs) virtual event on Sunday, January 23, 2022.

Students Petition for Library Books, School Board Members Want to Burn LGBTQ+ Titles, and More Censorship News

Here’s all the censorship news that happened across the United States over the past week. Some of it is good news, and some of it is not so good.

Categories
Book Radar

Tor Nightfire Announces New Cassandra Khaw Novella and More Book Radar!

Dear Book Friends,

It’s Monday again. I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I had an early Thanksgiving celebration with my friends since I will be out of town for the actual holiday. Which means now I can officially start celebrating Christmas, and no one can stop me. Anyway, now that the weekend is done, I’m sitting here drinking my iced coffee and trying to think about how to plan out my week. Planning is a true passion of mine. More on that later. But for now, shall we talk books?

❤️ Emily

Book Deals and Reveals

the family remains book cover

Here’s the cover reveal for Lisa Jewell’s upcoming novel The Family Remains, the sequel to The Family Upstairs. It will be out in August 2022.

Tor Nightfire’s got some good news for anyone who loved this year’s Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw. Khaw’s next novel The Salt Grows Heavy, “a sharp and hungry mermaid tale full of creeping dread and delicious gore,” is coming out in May 2023!

Ashley Liao & Ross Butler have signed on to star in the upcoming adaptation of Loveboat, Taipei, based on the novel by Abigail Hing Wen.

LGBTQ Reads has got an exclusive cover reveal of Maya Dean’s Wrath Goddess Sing, releasing June 7, 2022 from William Morrow.

Here’s a sneak peek at Alexis Schaitkin’s upcoming novel Elsewhere, which is being described as a mix of Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery and Margaret Atwood. This one will publish June 28, 2022.

Barnes & Noble has just announced the upcoming publication of Family of LiarsE. Lockhart’s prequel to her New York Times bestselling novel We Were Liars. Family of Liars will be out on May 3, 2022.

Here’s the cover reveal of Ellen Hagan’s upcoming YA novel Don’t Call Me A Hurricane, out from Bloomsbury on May 17, 2022.

One more cover reveal this Monday: here’s the really adorable cover of Marcelle Karp’s YA novel Getting Over Max Cooper. This one’s out on April 19, 2022.

The Guadalajara International Book Fair, the biggest Spanish-language book fair, is returning this year with a hybrid in-person and online event, running from November 27 through December 5.

Jon M. Chu has signed on to directed a film adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ beloved book Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

Jesse Sutanto has won the Comedy Women in Print Award for her novel Dial A for Aunties.

The American Library Association has announced the six books shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction.

Book Riot Recommends

I’m a Contributing Editor at Book Riot, I write the Today in Books newsletter, and I’m a Bibliologist for Book Riot’s Tailored Book Recommendations subscription service. I also have a PhD in English, so I’m basically a doctor of books. Books are my life, in other words, so in this section of the newsletter, let me share with you some upcoming books I’m super excited about. And I think you will be too!

Prepare Your Shelves!

here's to us book cover

Here’s to Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera (Quill Tree Books, December 28, 2021)

Back in 2018, I listened to the audiobook of What if It’s Us when I was on a road trip, and I fell in love with these characters. I loved that Arthur was a fellow theater nerd and I related to his awkwardness. And Ben seemed like the kind of fantasy boyfriend that could get Arthur to break out of his shell. But at the same time, Ben also had a personality and a story of his own. And while these two seemed like the perfect match for each other, not everything worked out perfectly. And that’s okay. In life, things don’t always fall exactly into place, and I appreciate the realism. So I honestly wasn’t looking for a sequel. I was happy with where we left things.

And yet… when the sequel came out, I had to get my hands on it. So where are Ben and Arthur now? Well, they’re both in New York, but after two years apart, they’re focusing on their own goals and their own, separate visions of the future. And yet, while these two are on seemingly totally different trajectories, they keep running into each other. Is New York really that small, or are they just destined to get back together? Here’s to Us is a book you could probably enjoy on its own. Enough context is provided where you can fall into the story and understand the characters’ history without having read the previous book. But What If It’s Us was such a fun read, why wouldn’t you want to just read both?

If you are a fan of audiobooks, I recommend these on audio. I love audiobooks where different narrators read for the different characters’ perspectives. I feel like it gives my ears a little break and reset when I’m sitting down for a long listening session. Noah Galvin and Froy Gutierrez narrated the audiobook for What if It’s Us, and they’re back for Here’s to Us. After a few years away from these characters and their story, it was nice to return to these familiar voices.

What I’m Reading This Week

Cover of The Death of Jane Lawrence by Caitlin Starling

The Death of Jane Lawrence by Caitlin Starling

Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller

Rock, Paper, Scissors by Alice Feeney

Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood

Will by Will Smith

Monday Memes

This meme is so relatable to me. Just as an example, Cersei is my favorite character in Game of Thrones (the books and the show), and I feel like I have to defend that constantly.

Other Things That Make Me Happy

Remember how I said I love planning things? Well, friends, it’s that time of the year. Time to pick out my 2022 planners. Yes, I am a big fan of paper planners. I like writing plans down by hand. It helps me remember everything and I love seeing it all on paper. I’ve been getting Passion Planners for the last several years for my everyday planning, and I’m going with Passion Planner again this year. This year, I ordered the Weekly 2022 Annual in Elegant Marble (the large one, of course).

I’ve also been enjoying using reading planners lately as well. Yes, I’m still using Goodreads, and I love, love, love Tirzah Price’s reading logs—I can’t wait to see what her 2022 log will look like. But now I’m also tracking my reading with planners. This year, I’m trying a new one. I’ve preordered Little Inkling’s 2022 Always Fully Booked Planner. The black and white one I ordered is sold out, but the rainbow one is still available!

And Here’s a Cat Picture!

orange cat by computer and index cards

Since it’s Monday and all, let’s make it “Take Your Cat to Work Day.” Here’s a picture of sweet Murray helping me to start my work week off right. He’s definitely not thinking about pushing all of my stuff off the desk. No way.

Thanks for your help, sweet Murray! Are you taking your pet with you to work today?


Well, bye! That’s all I’ve got for you today. I hope you have a nice day. Make sure to bring a coat when you go out. And if it gets hot while you’re out and you take your coat off, make sure you remember to grab it when you come back home. I’ve lost lots of coats. That’s all I’m saying.

❤️ Emily

Don’t forget you can get three free audiobooks at Audiobooks.com with a free trial!

Categories
Today In Books

Ashley Liao & Ross Butler to Star in LOVEBOAT, TAIPEI Adaptation: Today in Books

Saint X Author Alexis Schaitkin Has A New Book! Here’s A First Look

Alexis Shaitkin, the author of Saint X, has a new book coming out on June 28, 2022, and Entertainment Weekly has a first look at the novel. Schaitkin’s new novel Elsewhere is being described by the publishers as a mix of Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery and Margaret Atwood. The book is about small town where mothers disappear. It is available for preorder right now.

Ashley Liao & Ross Butler to Star in Loveboat, Taipei Adaptation

Ashley Liao (Physical, Fresh Off the Boat) and Ross Butler (Too All the Boys, Shazam!) have signed on to star in the upcoming romance film Loveboat, Taipei. The movie is an adaptation of Abigail Hing Wen’s New York Times bestselling novel of the same name. The movie from ACE Entertainment will be directed by Arvin Chen (Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?) and is set to begin production in Taipei at the end of the month. Nico Hiraga (Booksmart) and Chelsea Zhang (Daybreak) have also joined the cast of the film. Author Abigail Hing Wen said of the casting, “These past few months have been a dream watching this cast filling out…I can’t wait to see sparks fly as these four pal around Taipei, and for everyone to meet the amazing ensemble and magic still to come.”

Miami Book Fair Returns for 38th Year

After going completely virtual last year, the Miami Book Fair is back in person for 2021. The book fair will still remain a little bit smaller than previous years, however, featuring 150 authors instead of 500. The Miami Book Fair will also continue with a virtual component of the fair for people who would like to participate remotely. The Book Fair begins Sunday, November 14, and runs through November 21. To find out more about the Book Fair, who will be there, and how you cain join in on the fun, check out the Miami Book Fair website.

8 Bookish Nonprofits and Organizations to Donate to on Giving Tuesday

What better way to participate in Giving Tuesday than by supporting a bookish nonprofit? Here are 8 bookish nonprofits you can support this Giving Tuesday.

Categories
Book Radar

Why the Book Community Should Care About the Penguin/S&S Merger and More Book Radar!

Hi Book Friends!

The Thursdays just keep coming, don’t they? I hope your November has been going well so far. I feel like I’m getting back on track with my reading this month already, and this week especially I had a lot of fun with my impromptu novella week. Wow, for those of you who have read Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke, was that a wild ride or what? Anyway, here’s what’s happening in the book world.

❤️ Emily

Book Deals and Reveals

poster for the g film Spider-Man: No Way Home

Sony has released the first official poster for the upcoming film Spider-Man: No Way Home.

Here is the stunning cover reveal of Leesa Cross-Smith’s upcoming novel Half-Blown Rose. This one is out in July 2022.

Bestselling author Anna Todd is launching a new imprint in partnership with Wattpad Books.

Alma Katsu has revealed the paperback cover for her 2021 novel Red Widow.

A TV series adaptation of The Royal Diaries is in the works from Legendary Television and Scholastic Entertainment.

Graywolf Press publisher Fiona McCrae has announced that she will retire in June 2022.

The Nerd Daily has an exclusive cover reveal of The Beach Trap by Ali Brady. This reimagining of the classic film The Parent Trap will be out on June 14, 2022.

Saeed Jones is opening up about the creative process in his new newsletter Werk-in-Progress.

Middle grade novel Nura and the Immortal Palace by M.T. Khan has gotten a cover reveal! Check out the cover now, and preorder the book, out in July 2022.

Israeli bookstores have pulled Sally Rooney’s books from shelves in response to the author refusing to allow her new book to be translated into Hebrew.

This new report from PEN America highlights the wide ranging damage from educational gag orders across the country.

Here are the best cities for book lovers in 2022 (and the worst ones too).

And here are all of the 850 books Texas lawmaker Matt Krause wants to ban from school libraries.

Book Riot Recommends

I’m a Contributing Editor at Book Riot, I write the Today in Books newsletter, and I’m a Bibliologist for Book Riot’s Tailored Book Recommendations subscription service. I also have a PhD in English, so I’m basically a doctor of books. Books are my life, in other words, so in this section of the newsletter, let me share with you some upcoming books I’m super excited about. And I think you will be too!

Can’t Wait for This One

wahala book cover

Wahala by Nikki May (Custom House, January 11, 2022)

Wahala by Nikki May is coming out right at the beginning of 2022, so we won’t have to wait too long for this one. You might even consider this one to be “Prepare Your Shelves” territory. I know everyone keeps saying it, but isn’t it odd that 2022 is that close? Like, how? The older I get, the less I understand time.

But anyway, let’s just get past the fact that 2022 is soon and get excited for this debut novel. Let me tell you about why. Wahala is the story of three Anglo-Nigerian best friends. There’s Ronke who wants nothing more than a happily ever after with a nice husband and kids. Meanwhile Boo has everything Ronke wants, but she’s frustrated with domestic life and desperate to reconnect with who she used to be before the husband and kids. Then there’s Simi, the one with the seemingly perfect life who is nonetheless struggling with impostor syndrome.

The three women’s lives are turned upside down when a fourth woman infiltrates their friend group. At first, Isobel seems like the missing puzzle piece. She brings out the best in each woman and pushes them to go outside of their comfort zone. But the more Isobel meddles with the other women’s lives, the more chaotic everything becomes. And soon enough, Ronke, Simi, and Boo’s close friendship threatens to fall apart.

I love a story about the power and complexity of female friendship, and so of course Wahala is a must-read for me. And while this book does sound like it’s going to be an unputdownable page-turner, the premise promises something a little more thought-provoking than your typical beach read. The blurb promises a “sharp, modern take on friendship, ambition, culture, and betrayal,” and I am here for it.

If you think this sounds like it would make an amazing television show, you’re not alone. This book is already being developed into a TV series for BBC. I’m going to pick this one up right away so I can be prepared for the show. Yes, I’m already pre-excited for the TV adaptation of the book.

Words of Literary Wisdom

“If every story had a happy ending, then we’d have no reason to start again. Life is all about choices, and learning how to put ourselves back together when we fall apart. Which we all do. Even the people who pretend they don’t.”

Rock, Paper, Scissors by Alice Feeney

What’s Up in the Book Community?

My iPhone is constantly telling me I spend too much time staring at my screen, which is honestly so rude. But this means I spend a lot of time scrolling around the online book community: BookTube, Bookstagram, BookTok, BookLinkedIn (JK. That’s not a thing… I don’t think). You get the idea. Don’t have the time, energy, or the will to do all of that yourself? No problem. I got you. In this weekly section of Book Radar, we’ll take a look at something cool, interesting, and/or newsy that’s going on in the book community.

I know I’ve mentioned before how much I love Jess Owens’ “Book CommuniTEA” series on YouTube, but I wanted to point out an episode that recently came out that I think is particularly worth a watch. If you’ve been curious about what’s going on with Penguin Random House attempting to purchase Simon & Schuster, here’s a nice rundown of what’s going on and why this merger would be really, really bad news for books. Check it out!

Your Weekend Reading Soundtrack

This is what we’re going to listen to this weekend. More info on this coming in just a few sentences. But yes this should be a fun one!

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

black cat and orange cat on fridge

Check out these two bad cats hanging out on top of the fridge. What are they doing up there? Forming a special Bad Cat Club?

Underneath them, you’ll see some fancy Flight of the Conchords magnets, which was the inspiration for this week’s Reading Soundtrack. I hope you enjoy the funny if you’ve never listened, and I hope you enjoy the memories if you haven’t listened for a while. But most importantly, I hope you enjoyed this cat picture.


Well, that’s all! I hope you have a wonderful weekend. This weekend, I say you should get yourself a nice hot beverage, and let’s all toast to cooler weather.

❤️ Emily

Don’t forget you can get three free audiobooks at Audiobooks.com with a free trial!

Categories
Today In Books

WE WERE LIARS Prequel Announced: Today in Books

Jesse Sutanto Wins the Comedy Women in Print Award for Dial A for Aunties

Jesse Sutanto has won the Comedy Women in Print Prize, the UK’s only award for humorous writing by women, for her novel Dial A for Aunties. Joanne Harris, the chair of the judging panel and the author of Chocolat, said Sutanto’s novel was packed with “absurd situations, hilarious dialogue, wonderful family dynamics and crackling with comic energy.” Sutanto said winning the £3,000 award felt “unreal.” She added, “I feel like a lot of women are raised to be very humble, and when people give us compliments, we’re supposed to be like, ‘Oh, no, it’s not that big a deal.’ “Yesterday, my husband said to our five-year-old, ‘Mama did an amazing thing, she is certified the funniest female author in an entire country.’ And my five-year-old was like, wow, and I said, ‘Oh, no, Papa is just exaggerating.’ He said, ‘I’m literally not,’ and then it hit me and I had to have a moment because that’s just too big. I needed to have a moment to let it sink in.” The prize was set up in 2019 by comedian and writer Helen Lederer. Sutanto’s win was announced at a ceremony at the Groucho Club in London on Monday.

Barnes & Noble Announces We Were Liars Prequel

Barnes & Noble has just announced the upcoming publication of Family of Liars, E. Lockhart’s prequel to her New York Times bestselling novel We Were Liars. Barnes & Noble will carry an exclusive edition of the book featuring a unique jacket, a customized case and end papers, a map of Beechwood Island, a Sinclair family tree, an author Q&A, a playlist/mix tape, Tipper’s lemon pound cake recipe, and more. Family of Liars will be out on May 3, 2022.

School District Pulls 29 Books from Libraries

A Kansas school district has removed 29 books from circulation in school libraries. Julie Cannizzo, the assistant superintendent for academic affairs for Goddard Public Schools, sent an email out to principals and librarians with a list of the books and said the district is assembling a committee to “rate the content of the books on the list.” Cannizzo wrote, “At this time, the district is not in a position to know if the books contained on this list meet our educational goals or not. Additionally, we need to gain a better understanding of the processes utilized to select books for our school libraries.” The list includes several acclaimed novels, such as The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, The Hate U Give by Angie ThomasThe Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Fences by August Wilson.

12 Free Short Stories by Your Favorite Authors

Looking for short stories from your favorite authors that you can read for free? These short stories by your favorite authors will entice and enchant you with bookkeeping aliens, ant writing, and sentient drones.

Categories
Today In Books

Omar El Akkad Wins Soctiabank Giller Prize for WHAT STRANGE PARADISE: Today in Books

Author Anna Todd to Launch New Book Imprint with Wattpad Books

Bestselling author Anna Todd’s Frayed Edges multimedia company is launching a new book imprint with Wattpad Books. Frayed Pages x Wattpad Books is a new cobranded publishing imprint under the recently formed Wattpad Webtoon Book Group. The imprint’s first release will be be After: The Graphic Novel, a graphic adaptation of Todd’s series of the same name. The graphic novel will be released in spring 2022. Next, FPxWB will release a new trilogy by Todd. The first volume will publish in summer 2022 and the second will be out in the fall. Todd originally published her After series online on Wattpad, and later the books were published in print by Simon & Schuster. Todd’s new imprint marks a return to Wattpad. “My journey started with those first words on Wattpad, so entering into this new partnership truly is a full circle moment,” Todd said. She also emphasized that the mission of FPxWB is “to not only celebrate writers telling stories from unique perspectives, but to broaden the world of storytelling to give a new generation of talent the tools to get their words to readers everywhere.”

Omar El Akkad Wins Scotiabank Giller Prize for What Strange Paradise

Canadian journalist and author Omar El Akkad has won the 2021 Scotiabank Giller Prize for his novel What Strange Paradise. The prize is $100,000, which is the richest in Canadian literature. “I didn’t think I had a chance in hell of winning this … this is by far the greatest honor in my career,” El Akkad said in his acceptance speech on Monday at a gala in Toronto. “I’ve had the incredible honour of being mentioned in the same breath as four outstanding authors, any of whom could be standing up here right now.” The prize was chosen by a five-person jury chaired by Canadian writer Zalika Reid-Benta. The jurors read from a selection of 132 books, narrowed it down to a longlist of 12 and then further narrowed to a shortlist of 5. Other books included on the shortlist were Miriam Toews for Fight Night, Angélique Lalonde for Glorious Frazzled Beings, Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia for The Son of the House, and Jordan Tannahill for The Listeners.

Saeed Jones Opens Up About Creative Process in Newly Debuted Newsletter

In his newly debuted newsletter Werk-in-Progress, author Saeed Jones is opening up about the creative process. Jones says he intends to publish the newsletter two to three times a week via Substack. The newsletter will include poems and essays, writing prompts, and discussion topics provided by Jones. The newsletter was inspired in part by Jones’ creative exhaustion during the pandemic. “Every morning, I felt like I was rebuilding myself from the ground up,” Jones writes. “Waking up was hard. Getting to my desk to write was hard. Taking care of my body was hard. Remembering the point of it all was hard.” What else can subscribers expect from the newsletter? Jones promises upcoming cameos from his dog Caesar, for one. “Good chaos is coming, y’all,” he says. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.

2021 World Fantasy Award Winners Announced

This year’s World Fantasy Awards were announced over the weekend. Here are the winners across each category.

Categories
Today In Books

SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME Reveals First Official Poster: Today in Books

Will Smith is Heading Back to Philadelphia for First Stop on Book Tour

Today, actor Will Smith is returning home to Philadelphia for the first stop on his book tour, promoting his new memoir Will, out this week. Smith is calling the event “An Evening Of Stories With Friends,” and it will take place at the Met. Smith will visit four more cities after his return to Philadelphia, and each event will include a guest appearance from one of Smith’s friends. Tonight, Queen Latifah joins Smith onstage. On November 9, Smith will be in Brooklyn with guest Spike Lee; on November 10, Smith is joined by Mark Manson in Chicago; on November 11, Ava DuVernay joins Smith in Los Angeles; and finally, Smith will be in London with Idris Elba on November 18. You can buy tickets for the tour here. Each ticket comes with a copy of Will.

The Royal Diaries Television Series in the Works

Legendary Television and Scholastic Entertainment are developing a TV series based on The Royal Diaries books. The Royal Diaries is a series of novels published by Scholastic Press between 1999 and 2005. In each of the 20 books, the story is told from the perspective of a different historical figure in the form of a diary. The books cover famous female royals, including Cleopatra VII of Egypt, Elizabeth I of England, Marie Antoinette of Austria-France, Anastasia of Russia, Ka’iulani of Hawaii, Jahanara of India, Anacaona of Haiti, and Nzingha, Queen of Matamba, Angola. The planned series will adapt the books into a collection of “mostly true” stories about these historical figures during their adolescence. Iole Lucchese and Caitlin Friedman will oversee for Scholastic Entertainment. Anne Thomopoulos and Ali Mendes will oversee for Legendary.

Sony Releases First Official Poster for Spider-Man: No Way Home

Sony has released the first official poster for Spider-Man: No Way Home, and the image includes many clues about what we can expect from the upcoming superhero film. The poster shows Tom Holland’s Spider-Man encircled by Doc Ock’s tentacles. In the background, you can also see an image of the Green Goblin. The new film, directed by Jon Watts, hits theaters around the world on December 15 and debuts in North America on December 17, exclusively in movie theaters. 

How to Support Libraries in Times of Increased Censorship

As book banners are getting more fired up, here’s what you can do to support your local libraries.

Categories
Today In Books

Tracy Clarke’s BROKEN PLACES in Development as a Series: Today in Books

Kim Sherwood Set to Expand James Bond Universe

Bond aficionado and novelist Kim Sherwood has been authorized by the estate of Ian Fleming to expand the James Bond universe. Sherwood will write three contemporary thrillers for HarperCollins that are set in the world of James Bond but the original 007 is missing, presumed captured or killed. Sherwood, who is known for her debut thriller novel Testament, says that James Bond has been “one of the enduring loves of my life since I first watched Pierce Brosnan dive from the dam in GoldenEye.” The series is set to launch in September 2022, and Sherwood said in a tweet that she “can’t wait” for readers to meet her new characters.

Tracy Clarke’s Broken Places in Development as a Series

Author Tracy Clarke announced on Twitter this Friday that her novel Broken Places is in development as a series with Sony Pictures Television. The novel tells the story of a Black private investigator in Chicago who is pursuing the killer of her only father figure, a priest found murdered in his church confessional. The development deal was made by Lucy Stille at Lucy Still Literary and Evan Marshall at the Evan Mashall Agency. Tracy Clarke tweeted, “Thanks, Evan! Thanks, Lucy! Thanks @KensingtonBooks! And thanks to loyal readers! Couldn’t have done it without you.”

Timothy Olyphant Joins the Cast of Daisy Jones & the Six at Amazon

Timothy Olyphant (JustifiedSanta Clarita Diet) has joined the cast of the Amazon musical drama Daisy Jones & the Six. The 10-episode series, based on Taylor Jenkins Reid’s novel of the same name, will follow the rise and fall of a fictional 1970s rock band. Olyphant will play their road manager Rod. Also cast in the series is Riley Keough, who stars as Daisy Jones, Sam Caflin as Billy Dunne, and Will Harrison as Graham Dunne. Also included in the cast are Camila Morrone, Suki Waterhouse, Josh Witehouse, Nabiya Be, Sebastian Chacon and Tom Wright. A premiere date has yet to be revealed.

Characters of Color in UK Kids’ Books Have Quadrupled and More Good Book News

Here’s a roundup of all the good book news from this week, including increased diversity in UK children’s books, an underwater bookstore, and more!