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Secret Identities, Kissing in Towers and Caves, Creepy Stuff, and More Book Radar!

Dear Book Friends,

It’s that near-the-end-of-the-week check-in time. How are we doing? Despite the fact that I’ve been absolutely swamped with work this week, I have finished a bunch of books and am feeling good about my reading life. In other words. Y’all. The slump is over.

Phew. Anyway, I hope you’re doing well, and I can’t wait to share all this book stuff for you. Truly, so much is going on. So let’s dive in!

💙 Emily

Book Deals and Reveals

Manda Collins’ Ladies Most Scandalous series continues with A Spinster’s Guide to Danger and Dukes, and here is the cover reveal! What can we expect from this novel? Collins promises “secret identities, kissing in towers AND CAVES, creepy stuff, & lots of fun.” A Spinster’s Guide to Danger and Dukes comes out on November 8th.

Here’s another exciting cover reveal: Orbit Books has shared the cover of N.K. Jemisin’s The World We Make, the second book in The Great Cities duology. Jemisin’s new book will be out on November 1st.

It’s official. We’re getting into 2023 cover reveals now. Here’s the cover reveal for Christopher Golden’s upcoming novel All Hallows, which hits shelves on January 24th, 2023.

Sandhya Menon has announced more details about her second adult rom com novel The Sizzle Paradox, which will be published under her adult romance pen name Lily Menon. This one’s out on June 14th.

And yes, even more romance news! Here’s the cover reveal for Do You Take This Man by Denise Williams. Enemies with benefits? Check. Unsanctioned aquarium fun? Yep, you got it. You can preorder this book now, and it’s out from Penguin Random House on September 6th.

Walker Scobell has landed the title role in Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Disney+’s series adaptation of author Rick Riordan’s best-selling novels.

AMC has released the first teaser trailer of the upcoming series adaptation of Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire

Apple has given a straight-to-series order for The White Darkness, which is based on the nonfiction book by David Grann and will star Tom Hiddleston.

DC and WEBTOON have announced a new trio of titles that will be joining the platform later this yearVixen: NYCRed Hood: Outlaws, and Zatanna & The Ripper.

Penguin Classics is launching a Little Clothbound Classics series, which will start publishing this August. 

Netflix is adapting Nimona by ND Stevenson into a movie.

The banning of Persepolis has now inspired its own graphic nonfiction book.

Check out the exclusive cover reveal of Deanna Raybourn’s Killers of a Certain Age and read an excerpt from this action-packed thriller!

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

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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

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Ghost Eaters by Clay McLeod Chapman

I know I just shared the cover reveal of this one last week, but what can I say? I’m really excited about this one, and I couldn’t wait to tell you all more about it. Also, yes, the cover is terrifying and I love getting to stare at it again. I hope you’re loving that too.

First, a little personal reflection. Horror has always been one of my favorite genres. When I was 10 years old, Stephen King was my introduction into real adult novels, and I felt so cool. As I got older, I became fascinated by horror and the way it examines our relationship to death unlike any other genre. Yes, of course, death is a big topic in a lot of literature, but in my humble opinion, no one looks death straight in its terrifying face the way horror does. This is what draws me to horror now in my old age (lol jk… but also not lol jk), as I start to reflect on my mortality, and even scarier, the mortality of those I love and care about.

And yes, I do have a point, and I’m getting to it, because Chapman’s Ghost Eaters is a brilliant reflection not just on death, but specifically on the horrors of grief. Because honestly, grief is scarier than death in a lot of ways. And grief can be a lot harder to accept. This book gets that.

Erin and Silas have been in a tumultuous, on-again, off-again relationship for years. Erin knows that Silas is reckless and that her relationship with him is toxic, so she decides to end things with once and for all. But then she learns that Silas has died of an overdose, and what’s more, apparently Silas had discovered a drug that would allow him to see the dead. Erin doesn’t believe in ghosts, but in her grief and guilt for abandoning Silas, she agrees to a pill-popping “séance” to ease her pain. Unfortunately for Erin, it appears as if the drug is real, and once she attempts to step into the real world, her visions of the dead refuse to let her go. Are the bloody and brutal images she sees all around her the effects of some powerful drug? Or is something more sinister at play?

Words of Literary Wisdom

“I loved that the complexities of my emotions were understood by authors writing hundreds of years ago, I loved looking at their texts and trying to understand what they were aiming to do, to pull my own meaning from them, to point out what others didn’t see or notice—the repetition of blue imagery, the recapitulation of motifs of separation. I was good at that.”

Vladimir by Julia May Jonas

Q1 Reading Wrap Up, Anyone?

So I know this section of the newsletter is normally dedicated to everything that’s going on in the book community, and yeah, we’re going to get back to that. But I’ve been watching and listening and reading a lot of people’s Q1 reading wrap-ups, now that we’re deep into April.

So yeah, that means that somehow the first quarter of the year is over. And again, I find myself asking… How? Literally how? But all that aside, I thought since I enjoy looking at other people’s quarterly wrap-ups, you might be interested in hearing a bit about mine.

In Q1 (January, February, March) of 2022, I read 26 books, which puts me on track to finish 100 books this year (my personal goal). I would have read more, but as I’ve said, I was in the middle of a major reading slump throughout most of March.

I don’t want to spend too much time harping on my least favorite books of the quarter. Even though I know some people want the tea, I figure we should keep this newsletter positive! My favorite books from my Q1 reading were: Wahala by Nikki May, My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones, and Razorblade Tears by SA Cosby. Although I read a lot of 2022 releases, oddly enough only one of those three faves is a 2022 release. Also, despite the fact that I read across several genres, all three of those books are giving thriller vibes. Why am I like this?

What are my goals for Q2? Obviously, to read more books. And maybe read more good books in a wider variety of genres, now that I’m examining my favorites. Do you have any specific goals for Q2? Let me know! And if you have a Q2 wrap up video or blog post or something, please share!

What I’m Watching This Weekend

This is cheating, because I’ve already watched this, but if you haven’t seen Everything, Everywhere, All At Once yet, GO NOW! And then please hit me up so we can talk about it because i have so many feelings. I laughed. I cried. I have a new favorite movie of 2022 (so far).

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

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Here’s Cersei rolling around on a rug. She loves showing off all her beautiful calico spots. Isn’t she beautiful, even when she’s making her weird, shocked face?

Cersei is wishing you a good weekend with lots of reading and downtime and rest and relaxation, because isn’t that what we all deserve? (if you think you don’t, trust me… you do!)

Talk soon!

💙 Emily

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Orbit Books Reveals Cover for N.K. Jemisin’s THE WORLD WE MAKE: Today in Books

Marvel’s IRONHEART Finds Its Directors

Marvel’s Disney+ series Ironheart has hired Sam Bailey and Angela Barnes as directors. Bailey will direct episodes one through three, while Barnes will helm the back half, episodes four to six. Additionally, Ryan Coogler has joined the project as executive producer alongside Chinaka Hodge, Zinzi Coogler, Sev Ohanian, Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Brad Winderbaum, and Zoie Nagelhout. Ironheart will star Dominique Thorne, who plays Riri Williams. Riri is a brilliant teenage inventor who builds her own version of the Iron Man suit in an MIT dorm.

Dey Street Buys Gucci Guru Alessandro Michele’s Fashion Philosophy Book

Alessandro Michele, the creative director of Gucci, has sold a currently untitled book of “fashion philosophy” to Harper Collins imprint Dey Street. The book, set to be published in spring 2023, was written with Paris philosophy professor Emanuele Coccia, author of The Life of Plants. Dey Street said in a statement that Michele’s book will “show how traditionally distinct forms of creativity and intellectual pursuit—fashion and philosophy—are inextricably intertwined.”

Orbit Books Reveals Cover for N.K. Jemisin’s The World We Make

Earlier this week, Orbit Books shared the cover reveal for N.K. Jemisin’s The World We Make, the second book in The Great Cities duology. The cover design is by Lauren Panepinto, who has also worked on the covers for many other N.K. Jemisin titles. The World We Make is available for preorder now and will be out on November 1st.

What Books Belong in the Queer YA Canon?

What queer YA books should be included in the YA canon? Here are a few ideas.

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Hulu Sets Premiere Date for CONVERSATIONS WITH FRIENDS: Today in Books

Sandhya Menon Announces Her Next Adult Romance Novel

On Instagram earlier today, Sandhya Menon announced the details of her second adult rom com novel The Sizzle Paradox, which she will publish under her adult romance pen name Lily Menon. Menon shared a starred review from Kirkus, which reads, “Menon’s latest novel follows the unbeatable rom-com blueprint of laugh-out-loud moments…and sweltering sex scenes… A 5 out of 5 on the romance scale.” The Sizzle Paradox will be out from St. Martin’s Griffin on July 14th.

Hulu Sets Premiere Date for Conversations with Friends

Hulu has set the premiere date for their upcoming series adaptation of Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney. The 12-episode series will premiere on the streaming service on May 15th. Conversations With Friends will simultaneously debut on BBC Three. Hulu also released an extended trailer for the series on Monday. The trailer marks the debut of a new Phoebe Bridgers song, “Sidelines.” The series will star Sasha Lane, Joe Alwyn, Jemimia Kirke, and newcomer Alison Oliver, in her first-ever screen credit.

Random House and Sugar23 Partner to Launch Book Imprint

Penguin Random House’s Random House division is teaming up with Sugar23, a TV/film and content management and media production house, to launch the imprint Sugar23 Books. The launch of Sugar23 Books/Random House will effectively end the publishing program of a previously established Sugar23 book imprint launched at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2020. In a release, Sugar23 founder Michael Sugar praised Random House’s “track record of publishing masterful storytellers and amplifying stories.”

Nimona is Being Made into a Netflix Movie

Nimona by ND Stevenson is being adapted into a film. A previous movie version of Nimona was cancelled when the studio closed, but it’s now being adapted by Netflix and will be out in 2023.

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AMC Releases First Teaser Trailer for INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE: Today in Books

Disney+ Casts Walker Scobell as Title Role in Percy Jackson Series

Walker Scobell has landed the title role in Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Disney+’s series adaptation of author Rick Riordan’s best-selling novels. “Walker Scobell is an incredibly talented young man who blew us away with his audition tapes for the role of Percy,” Riordan wrote on his website. “Many of you recently discovered how great Walker is when you watched his movie The Adam Project, in which Walker lit up the screen as a younger version of Ryan Reynolds’ character. We were fortunate enough to audition Walker months before that movie came out, but the film only confirmed what we already knew about his talent. It was obvious to me and the rest of the team that Walker had the perfect mix of comedic timing, sweetness, rebelliousness, snark and heroism to embody our hero Percy Jackson.”

AMC Releases First Teaser Trailer for Interview with the Vampire

AMC has released the first teaser trailer of the upcoming series adaptation of Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire. AMC has also released the official logo for the show, and a release window. We should expect the series to premier in fall 2022. Just in time for Halloween!

Alice Walker Headlines 2022 Mississippi Book Festival

After two years of being virtual due to COVID-19, the Mississippi Book Festival is set to return in-person this year, with author Alice Walker headlining, exactly 40 years after the release of her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Color Purple. “We are thrilled to have Alice Walker back in the city where she once lived and the place where her daughter was born,” Mississippi Book Festival Executive Director Ellen Daniels said. “Her appearance will be a homecoming of sorts for her and we are honored that book lovers and festival-goers will have the opportunity to share in that moment.” The festival plans to announce more attending authors in the coming weeks. You can find out more about it here.

6 Databases Offered by Public Libraries to Know and Try

From genealogy services to archives of primary resources, discover some of the databases offered by public libraries across the country.

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Whoopi Goldberg to Play Bird Woman in ANANSI BOYS TV Series from Neil Gaiman: Today in Books

Tom Hiddleston is Starring in Apple’s The White Darkness

Apple has given a straight-to-series order for The White Darkness, which is based on the nonfiction book by David Grann and will star Tom Hiddleston. The series is a co-production between Universal Content Productions and Apple Studios, and it comes from showrunners Soo Hugh and Mark Heyman. The White Darkness will be the second series for Hugh at Apple following the critically acclaimed adaptation of Min Jin Lee’s PachinkoThe series will also be the second project for Hiddleston at Apple, as the Loki star will also appear opposite Clare Danes in the Apple’s forthcoming The Essex Serpent, an adaptation of the novel by Sarah Perry.

DC and Webtoon Announce new Vixen, Red Hood, and Zatanna Titles

DC and WEBTOON have announced a new trio of titles that will be joining the platform later this year: Vixen: NYCRed Hood: Outlaws, and Zatanna & The Ripper. Vixen, written by Jasmine Walls with lead artist Manou Azumi, will be out on May 26th. The two other new titles will be released later in 2022.

Whoopi Goldberg to Play Bird Woman in Anansi Boys TV Series from Neil Gaiman

Whoopi Goldberg is joining Amazon Studios’ Anansi Boys, a new TV series based on the fantasy novel by Neil Gaiman. Goldberg has been cast as Bird Woman, God of the Birds. She is the main villain opposite protagonist Charlie Nancy (Malachi Kirby). Gaiman, who serves as co-showrunner, writer, and executive producer on the project, said he’d always thought of Goldberg as Bird Woman when writing the book. In a statement about the casting, Goldberg said, “I have been a fan of this book for a very long time and when Neil Gaiman told me it was being brought to the screen, I did everything I could to be part of it to help make people aware of Anansi and all his magic.”

National Organization Offers No Actionable Support to Help Librarians with Book Bans

This week’s book censorship news includes a look at what the American Library Association is—and is not—doing right now.

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DRAG RACE Icons Trixie Mattel and Katya Reveal Cover for New Book: Today in Books

Andre Holland to Play Black Panther Leader in Apple TV Show

Moonlight star Andre Holland will play the leader of the Black Panthers in a limited series for Apple TV. The Big Cigar will be a six-episode series based on the Playboy magazine article that detailed how Black Panther leader Huey P. Newton escaped to Cuba. Jim Hecht, who co-created HBO’s Winning Time based on the book by Jeff Pearlman, will write the script and executive produce The Big Cigar. Janine Sherman Barrois, who created TNT’s Claws and OWN’s Kings of Napa, will serve as showrunner. Don Cheadle is set to direct the first two episodes.

Drag Race Icons Trixie Mattel and Katya Reveal Cover of New Book

Entertainment Weekly has the exclusive cover reveal for UNHhhh and Drag Race icons Trixie Mattel and Katya’s second book, Working Girls: Trixie & Katya’s Guide to Professional Womanhood. Trixie Mattel says, “I love our cover. Part of why I love it is because it is giving kind of ‘go girl, give us nothing corporate PowerPoint.’ It looks like on Drag Race when they have them do a fake book.” Working Girls follows Trixie Mattel and Katya’s New York Times bestselling debut, Trixie & Katya’s Guide to Modern Womanhood, which came out in 2020. Their new book is now available for preorder and will hit shelves on October 25th.

Penguin Launches Little Clothbound Classics Series

Penguin Classics is launching a Little Clothbound Classics series, which will star publishing this August. The series will be collectable, small-format editions of stories and short novels. Penguin hopes to showcase the range and diversity of their classics list. The collection will include works by Leo Tolstoy, Franz Kafka, Jane Austen, Virigina Woolf, Yuko Tutshima, and Arthur Schnitzler, just to name a few. Each of the 48 books in the collection will be bound with brightly colored cloth and stamped with foil. Coralie Bickford-Smith will design the covers, and Jessica Harrison will serve as the editor of the series.

Cover Reveal and Excerpt: Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Rayborn

Check out the exclusive cover reveal of Deanna Raybourn’s Killers of a Certain Age and read an excerpt from this action-packed thriller!

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Here’s the Cover of Celeste Ng’s OUR MISSING HEARTS and More Book Radar!

Dear Book Friends,

How was your weekend? Nothing new to report here, except… I don’t want to jinx it, but maybe my reading slump is over? I’m starting to feel optimistic about my reading goals for the month, and I feel like I might actually get a good deal of reading done. I’m back in the game! Maybe. I don’t want to announce it and ruin it. But I’m looking forward to seeing how the rest of April goes. How is April going for you? Feel free to let me know! And now, let’s talk about books some more.

💙 Emily

Book Deals and Reveals

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We’ve finally got a cover for Celeste Ng’s highly anticipated new novel Our Missing Hearts! This one’s coming out in October.

Another exciting cover reveal: Penguin Teen has revealed the cover of Malinda Lo’s A Scatter of Light, a coming-of-queer-age story and companion novel to Last Night at the Telegraph Club.

Can’t get enough cover reveals? Have another. Tin House has revealed the cover of the gothic historical suspense novel The House in the Orchard by Elizabeth Brooks.

Entertainment Weekly has the exclusive cover reveal of Working Girls by Rupaul’s Drag Race stars Trixie Mattel and Katya.

Locke & Key, the Netflix series based on Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s comics, will end with its forthcoming third season

Netflix has added nine actors to its cast for XO, Kitty, the upcoming To All the Boys spinoff series.

HBO Max is in early development of not one but two scripted series based on the Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Robert Downey Jr., who played the Holmes in the popular Guy Ritchie feature films, will executive produce both shows with Lionel Wigram.

Knopf will be publishing three new books in its Millennium series, which launched with Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The next three books in the series will be written by Swedish author Karin Smirnoff. The first one will be released on September 5, 2023.

Also, guess what? Despite the rise of “book bans” in the US, queer romance novels have never been more popular.

The International Booker Prize has announced its 2022 shortlist. The winner will be announced May 26th at a ceremony in London.

And here are the 2022 Hugo Award finalists!

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Prepare Your Shelves!

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The Memory Librarian by Janelle Monáe (Harper Voyager, April 19th)

I know that The Memory Librarian probably doesn’t need any help from me to hype it up at this point. After all, it’s a collection of queer sci-fi short stories written by the wonderful Janelle Monáe. But you know, if there’s even one reader who didn’t know about this book. If there’s that one person reading this who says to themselves, “Janelle Monáe has a book coming out this month?!” Or even, “Who the heck is Janelle Monáe?!” Well then, I am here for those people to help guide the way.

The Memory Librarian is not only one of my most anticipated books of the year, but it is plenty of other peoples’ as well. And why is that? Because Janelle Monáe has proven herself as an innovative voice with many talents. She’s a critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter. She’s an actor. She’s a fashion icon. And she’s an activist. Just to name a few of the many things that make her a really cool human.

The Memory Librarian is like a literary tie-in for Monáe’s high-concept album Dirty Computer, set in a world in which thoughts can be erased or controlled. This collection expands on the totalitarian existence imagined in Dirty Computer. And to fully flesh out this sci-fi world, Monáe is also collaborating with several talented contributors, including Yohanca Delgado, Eve L. Ewing, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Danny Lore, and Sheree Renée Thomas—just to name a few.

This one is coming out in one week, so prepare your shelves, and strap in for a wild ride.

What I’m Reading This Week

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Time is a Mother by Ocean Vuong

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw

The Peregrine by J.A. Baker

Vladimir by Julia May Jonas

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

Monday Memes

This meme format is an oldie but a goodie. Make it about books, and it’s just so, so relatable.

Other Things That Make Me Happy

I don’t know if I’ve really talked much about it here, but I’m a huge sucker for all things astrology. I’m a Libra Sun, Capricorn Moon, Gemini Rising. How about you? Anyway, I feel like a good 1/4 of my Instagram feed is all astrology stuff and astrology memes. So as you can imagine, I was really excited to see these Bridgerton astrology memes on Buzzfeed Books. I figure there are a lot of astrology/Bridgerton fans in this world, so hopefully this will make other people happy as well!

And Here’s A Cat Picture

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‘Round here, there are a lot of cats on yoga mats. Any time the yoga mat hits the floor, the cat hits the yoga mat. I have some pretty cool videos from this session in which Murray found ways to interact with me and challenge me while I got my workout on. The bonus of at-home workouts, am I right?

Anyway, this mat is fine, but I’m in the market for a new yoga mat, so if you have a fave, let me know about it.

Alright, that’s all, y’all. Let’s go kick Monday’s butt! Talk soon!

💙 Emily

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LOCKE & KEY to End With Third Season on Netflix: Today in Books

Celeste Ng Reveals Cover of Highly Anticipated New Novel

Yesterday on Instagram, Celeste Ng shared the cover of her highly anticipated new novel Our Missing Hearts. Of the cover designed by Hannah Wood, Ng said, “I love it so very much.” Ng’s novel, which comes out on October 4th, is available for preorder now.

Locke & Key to End With Third Season on Netflix

Locke & Key, the Netflix series based on Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s comics, will end with its forthcoming third season. This was a mutual decision between Netflix and co-showrunners Carlton Cuse and Meredith Averill, who had envisioned a three-season arc for the story. “Once we began working on the series, we felt three seasons was the ideal length to bring the story of the Locke family and their Key House adventures to a satisfying conclusion,” Cuse and Averill said in a statement. “As storytellers, we are grateful that we had the opportunity to tell our version of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s incredible story exactly the way we wanted.” The final season is set to debut later this year.

This Small Library Off the Coast of Maine is Collecting Banned Books

A shed-turned-library in Matinicus Island, a small community in Maine, is preaching tolerance by filling its shelves with the nation’s most controversial books. Matinicus Island Library houses classics like Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, and John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. The library also includes contemporary books like Justin Richardson’s And Tango Makes Three. They also hope to obtain copies of Maus by Art Spiegelman. In an interview with Bangor Daily News, library volunteer Eva Murray said, “We are buying banned books in order to publicly push back against the impetus to ban books. To say, ‘If you don’t want it in your library, we want it in ours.'”

LGBTQ Rights Groups Sue Florida Over “Don’t Say Gay” Education Bill

The lawsuit alleges that the bill recruits parents as “roving censors” of LGBTQ content, suing school districts for any perceived infraction.

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Robert Downey Jr. and Lionel Wigram Developing Sherlock Holmes Series for HBO: Today in Books

To All The Boys Spinoff Series XO, Kitty Adds 9 More to Its Cast

Netflix has added nine actors to its cast for XO, Kitty, the upcoming To All the Boys spinoff series. Joining Anna Cathcart, who is taking on the titular role, as series regulars are Choi Min-yeong (Dream Palace), Anthony Keyvan (Love, Victor), Gia Kim, Sang Heon Lee, Peter Thurnwald (Players), and Regan Aliyah (Club Mickey Mouse). Also joining the cast in recurring roles are Yunjin Kim (Lost), Michael K. Lee, and Jocelyn Shelfo (The Summer I Turned Pretty). Additionally, Netflix shared that XO, Kitty has started production in Seoul, South Korea, with Jennifer Arnold, Jeff Chan, Pamela Romanowsky and Katina Medina Mora signed on to direct this season. The series comes from co-showrunners and executive producer Jenny Han and Sascha Rothchild.

Robert Downey Jr. and Lionel Wigram Developing Sherlock Holmes Series for HBO

HBO Max is in early development of not one but two scripted series based on the Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Robert Downey Jr., who played the Holmes in the popular Guy Ritchie feature films, will executive produce both shows with Lionel Wigram, who received a story credit on the first Holmes film and produced both. Details about the plot of the series are still being kept under wraps. It is unknown whether Downey will reprise his role as the world’s most famous detective.

Here’s the Cover for Nickelodeon Star Jennette McCurdy’s Memoir I’m Glad My Mom Died

Jennette McCurdy, former star of the Nickelodeon series iCarly, has written a memoir all about her experiences as a child actor. In I’m Glad My Mom Died, McCurdy discusses her relationship with her domineering mother, who pushed her towards becoming a child star, which led to anxiety, shame, and self-loathing that manifested into eating disorders, addiction, and a series of unhealthy relationships. Now that McCurdy has found therapy and has stopped acting, she is ready to talk about her experiences.

McCurdy writes, “It was important for me to explore the emotional and psychological abuse I endured during my time as a young performer. I feel I didn’t have the tools, language, or support necessary to speak up for myself back then, so this book is a way for me to not only honor that experience and give voice to my former self, but hopefully to encourage young people to speak up for themselves in environments where they may be conditioned to just ‘play ball’ and ‘be a good sport.’ (Sorry for the sports idioms, I’ve never played sports so I have no idea why they’re spilling out of me.)”

I’m Glad My Mom Died will be published by Simon & Schuster on August 9, 2022.

Lost Charlotte Brontë Poems to Go on Sale on Author’s Birthday

The palm-sized collection of poems written by a 13 year-old Brontë will be offered up for $1.25 million on her birthday.

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iCarly Alum Jennette McCurdy to Release Memoir in August and More Book Radar!

Dear Book Friends,

The weather continues to be horrible here. Lots of rain, heavy winds, flash floods, and potential tornados. We hate that for me. But luckily for you, come rain or shine, I’m still able to deliver you all of the book-related info you’re craving. The only thing that would keep me away would be if a tornado comes for my house and spirals me up. Which, scarily enough, is not totally out of the question. But hey! Until that happens, book buddies, I’m here for you. So let’s talk books.

💙 Emily

Book Deals and Reveals

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If you loved All Her Little Secrets, Wanda M. Morris has another exciting thriller coming out later this year, and here’s the cover reveal! Anywhere You Run will be out from William Morrow on October 25th.

iCarly alum Jennette McCurdy has written a memoir about her time as a child star. The Nickelodeon star’s book, entitled I’m Glad My Mom Died, will be out from Simon & Schuster this August.

Gin Phillips’ Family Law will be out in paperback in May, and here’s a look at the paperback cover.

Here’s the cover reveal for Avery Flynn’s witchy romance novel Witcha Gonna Do. This one’s out in December.

Loan Le at Atria Books, along with Sarah St. Pierre at S&S Canada, preempted world rights to National Magazine Award–nominated journalist Mai Nguyen’s debut novel Sunshine Nails.

The hit thriller series You has begun filming its fourth season in London.

Colin Kaepernick has shared a first look at his children’s book I Color Myself Different.

Weeks after reports that Britney Spears had signed a multimillion-dollar deal to write a tell-all memoir, the pop star confirmed Monday that she is currently writing a book.

The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical made history on Sunday night when the show creators Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear won the Grammy for best musical theater album

Join Stella Parton and a slate of authors whose books have been challenged for a National Read-In event today, Thursday, April 7th.

These are the 10 books the American Library Association reports as being the most banned or challenged titles of 2021.

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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!

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Can’t Wait for This One

house of hunger book cover

House of Hunger by Alexis Henderson (Penguin Random House, October 4th)

Alexis Henderson’s House of Hunger is another book that I’ve been waiting patiently to tell you about just as soon as an official cover reveal dropped. Well, the cover was revealed earlier this week, and now I’m all fired up to tell you about this one. If you’ve read Henderson’s The Year of the Witching, you’re probably already excited about this one too!

Marion Shaw was raised in poverty and longs to escape the difficulties of city life. But she sees no way out. That is, until she comes across a strange newspaper ad: “WANTED – Bloodmaid of exceptional taste. Must have a keen proclivity for life’s finer pleasures. Girls of weak will need not apply.

Although she knows little about the position or the far north where she will have to travel, the applies, hoping this could be the opportunity for change she’s been hoping for. Soon, Marion becomes the newest bloodmaid at the notorious House of Hunger, where Countess Lisavet who presides over a court of hedonism. Marion is eager to please her mistress, who is both charismatic and terrifying. But when her fellow bloodmaids begin to go missing, Marion realizes she must learn the rules of House of Hunger or her own life will soon be at risk.

Words of Literary Wisdom

“I watch and work up my rage at men, who can be villainous to all, but virtuous to some. Watching them be kind to children should make me think of them as better men, but it make them worse, for no other wicked is more wicked than choosing with who you dole out kindness.”

Moon Witch, Spider King by Marlon James

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.

So I don’t know that I’ve ever thought about this before, but it was brought to my attention that April 30th marks the point in the year where we are halfway to Halloween. With that in mind, seems like a good time for a horror/thriller-themed Read-A-Thon, yes? Over on YouTube, gabbyreads and oliviareadsalatte are hosting Spring Fling-O-Ween. What does that mean? It means reading a bunch of books and getting into the half-Halloween spirit from April 27th-30th. Check out gabbyreads’ video for all of the details.

This Read-A-Thon falls between my trip to New York and my trip to DC, so I feel like this is the perfect time for me to settle in and get some reading done. Will you play along with me?

What I’m Watching This Weekend

Remember how I was watching Bridgerton last weekend? Yeah, well, obviously I finished that already. If you’re like me and everyone else in the world who already watched every episode of Bridgerton Season 2, you might be looking for more Regency-era content. And if you’re complete trash for reality tv like I am, then you’ll want to check out The Courtship. Is it good? Well, it’s Bridgerton meets The Bachelorette, so… you’ll just have to decide for yourself.

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

tiny black kitten cuddling

I keep coming across more Phantom pictures I want to share with you all, so here’s another one.

I’m still missing this tiny little black bean so much. He was such a good cuddle buddy and he would be the perfect reading companion on a rainy day like today.

Also my face is in this one, so apologies if you were not prepared. I promise to keep this to cat content only from here on out.

Anyway, if it’s raining where you are, stay dry. Read a book. And until next time, have a safe, fun, and restful weekend.

💙 Emily