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Royal Family Scandal, Murder, and More Book Radar!

Hello Book Friends!

I’m taking a break from packing and feeling overwhelmed about the general disarray of my apartment to bring you this Book Radar newsletter! I hope your Monday is a little more organized than mine, and I hope you’re also finding time to breathe. And hopefully you haven’t had as much caffeine as I’ve had today. Unless you really, really want to have a lot of caffeine today. And if that’s the case, who am I to stop you? Let’s grab another coffee and talk books!

Book Deals and Reveals

Let’s start with another exciting cover reveal. Here’s the reveal of Kristen R. Lee’s latest, Sun Keep Rising. It’s out from Penguin Random House on January 24, 2023.

An illegitimate American princess, a scandalous British royal family, and murder? It’s Royal Blood by Aimée Carter, and here’s the cover reveal. The book will be out in March.

And here’s the cover reveal of Midnight Strikes, a YA time loop fantasy from Zeba Shahnaz, out on March 14th!

Another YA cover reveal! Here’s the cover for Free Radicals by Lila Riesen, “in which Afghan-American Mafi’s sophomore year gets a whole lot more complicated when she accidentally exposes family secrets, putting her family back in Afghanistan in danger.” This one also has a March release.

Avon Books is publishing a new Bridgerton Prequel by Julia Quinn and Shonda Rimes.

After being shut down for more than a week because of a security incident, Macmillan’s warehouse has resumed operations.

Brandon Taylor, author of Real Life and Filthy Animals, has been named acquiring editor for L.A.–based indie publisher Unnamed Press.

ABC is celebrating the 30th anniversary of Beauty and The Beast with a hybrid live-action/animated broadcast special.

After years of development, Peacock has canceled its adaptation of an award-winning fantasy book Jade City by Fonda Lee

Marvel is debuting a gay Spider-Man, known as Web-Weaver.

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!

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Mika in Real Life by Emiko Jean (William Morrow, August 9th)

Add Emiko Jean to the list of exciting YA authors who are taking the jump into adult fiction. You might recognize Emiko Jean as the author of last year’s YA hit Tokyo Ever After, which was also a Reese’s Book Club pick. And you might have known that Tokyo Ever After was getting a sequel in October, entitled Tokyo Dreaming. Yes, I do intend to read Tokyo Dreaming, and I’m looking forward to it. But I’m even more excited to see what Emiko Jean is up to in her adult debut, Mika in Real Life.

Mika Suzuki is 35 and her life is a complete disaster. Her last relationship was a total mess that ended up going up in flames. She might just be living with a hoarder. She’s a constant disappointment to her traditional Japanese parents. Oh, and she’s just been fired from her job. But when Mika finds herself at her lowest point, the only place she can go from here is up, right?

That’s when she gets the call. Literally. She gets a phone call from Penny, the daughter Mika put up for adoption sixteen years ago. Penny is looking to forge a relationship with her birth mother, and Mika is desperate to be the kind of woman her daughter can look up to. And so Mika tells a little lie. And then another lie on top of that lie to cover up the first lie. And before Mika knows it, she’s invented an entire made-up life for herself, one in which she’s mature, put-together, is lucky in love, and has a successful career. Mika is desperate to have the life she’s imagined for herself, and she wants Penny in her life. But with all the lies she’s telling and secrets kept hidden, is Mika setting herself up for disaster? (Obviously, yes)

What I’m Reading This Week

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The Pallbearers Club by Paul Tremblay

Sense and Second-Degree Murder by Tirzah Price

The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill

Woman, Eating by Claire Kohda

Siren Queen by Nghi Vo

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

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

Monday Memes

Confession: I sometimes love books, and yet I don’t remember anything about them.

Come Work for Book Riot

Ever wanted to be cool and work for Book Riot? Now’s your chance! Book Riot is currently hiring an Editorial Operations Associate. If you love getting into the nitty gritty of behind-the-scenes work, this might be the job for you! We’re looking for someone to help us keep our (metaphorical) Content Trains running smoothly! Work with the Ed Ops team to support Editorial and the Book Riot writers! We are committed to building an inclusive workforce and strongly encourage applications from women, individuals with disabilities, and people of color. Apply by August 8th, and get all the details here.

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

napping tuxedo cat

It’s hard to believe we’ve only had Remy for a little over a month. This little guy is making himself right at home. Which is funny because we’re about to move and he’s going to have to get use to a whole new home. Here he is, blissfully ignorant of the 6 hour flight in his near future.

And that’s all that’s on the Book Radar agenda for today, friends. I hope you have a wonderful week. Talk soon!

💙 Emily

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Random House Picks Up Rights to Salman Rushdie’s VICTORY CITY: Today in Books

George Clooney’s Infamous Batman Nipple Suit Goes Up for Auction With $40,000 Opening Bid

George Clooney’s Batman costume from the 1997 Batman & Robin (directed by Joel Schumacher) was ridiculed for its plastic nipples, and now the infamous nipple suit is up for auction with Heritage Auctions. The opening bid is set at $40,000 as part of Heritage’s Hollywood & Entertainment Signature Auction, taking place July 22-23. “This is easily the most famous – and infamous – Batman costume ever designed,” Heritage Auction’s executive vice president Joe Maddalena said in a statement. “But to his credit, Joel Schumacher never apologized for the ‘Bat-nipples.’ In fact, he once told Vice, ‘I’m still glad we did it.’ And I am just as glad we have the chance now to offer this piece of cinema history to someone who can appreciate the costume as much as Schumacher clearly did.”

Random House Picks Up Rights to Salman Rushdie’s Victory City

Random House publisher Andy Ward has taken the U.S. rights to Salman Rushdie’s latest novel Victory City. The novel will be published in February 2023. According to the publisher, the story is set in 14th-century southern India and follows a magical nine-year-old girl who, in the wake of an unimportant battle between two long-forgotten kingdoms, is tasked with creating a new empire where women are given just as much power as men.

Crime Novelist Susie Steiner Dies at 51

Acclaimed English detective fiction author Susie Steiner has died at the age of 51. According to a post to her Twitter account on Sunday, the cause of death was a brain tumor diagnosed three years ago. Steiner was best known for her detective novels featuring Manon Bradshaw, including Missing, Presumed and Persons Unknown. Her most recent novel is 2020’s Remain Silent. Steiner’s U.K. publisher, Suzie Dooré, paid tribute to the author in a statement: “Susie was an extraordinary person and a wonderful writer. Personally, I am proud to have also counted her as a friend, and will always remember and cherish her quick wit and brutal honesty, both attributes she was able to pass on to her series character Manon Bradshaw.”

Protect Yourself Now: Book Censorship News July 8, 2022

If you’re in public education or librarianship, here’s why you need to lock down your social media. That and more book censorship news.

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BRIDGERTON Prequel to be Published by Avon Books: Today in Books

Ashley Thomas to Star Opposite Adrienne Warren in Hulu’s Black Cake

Ashley Thomas has been cast to star opposite Adrienne Warren in the upcoming Hulu series Black Cake. The series is based on the book of the same name by Charmaine Wilkerson. Thomas will play Byron Bennett, “a brilliant ocean scientist, whose formidable work ethic has made him a leader in his field and a popular social media influencer. His professional success comes second only to his relationship with his mother, Eleanor. In the wake of her death, Byron is tasked with carrying out her final wish – a task that forces a reunion with his estranged sister, Benny, and brings to light harrowing secrets, confronting everything Byron thought he knew about himself and his family.” The project comes from Marissa Jo Cerar, Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films, and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. Zetna Fuentes will direct the pilot. Cerar wrote the adaptation and is also the showrunner.

Avon Books to Publish Bridgerton Prequel

Avon Books is publishing a new Bridgerton Prequel by Julia Quinn and Shonda Rimes. “MAKE WAY FOR THE QUEEN!” Julia Queen wrote in her Instagram announcement. “[Shonda Rimes] and I are teaming up to write a novel. It’s based on the upcoming Queen Charlotte Bridgerton spin-off and is set to release with the series.”

Podcast Mini-Series Book Exploder Coming in August

A new podcast mini-series called Book Exploder is coming out next month. Musician Hrishikesh Hirway has teamed up with Susan Orlean, journalist and author of The Library Book and On Animals, to create this new podcast mini-series where authors break down their work. The podcast will run on the Song Exploder feed, and the first episode debuts on August 3rd.

How to Contact Your Legislators About Book Bans (and Why It Matters)

We’ve got all the tools you need to research and contact your local lawmakers about book bans and censorship.

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A Beautiful Rainbow Book Cover Reveal and More Book Radar!

Happy Thursday, Book Friends!

I hope you’ve been doing well and that you’re having a good week. And thanks for the messages in response to my 4th of July comments. It’s nice to know I’m not alone! Anyway, I guess for now we just carry on and keep reading. Here’s what’s new in the world of books.

Book Deals and Reveals

Let’s start by talking about a cover reveal I’m absolutely obsessed with! Here’s the cover reveal for Friday I’m in Love by Camryn Garrett. Can’t wait to see this one in the flesh when it goes on sale on January 10, 2023!

More January books to get excited about! Here’s the cover reveal for Sorry, Bro by Taleen Voskuni, which will be out on the 31st.

I’m also super pumped for this upcoming YA thriller, The Black Queen by Jumata Emill. Check out the cover reveal here. This one’s out from Penguin Random House on January 31st.

And here’s the cover reveal for Harlan Coben’s I Will Find You, which will be out in March 2023.

HBO has canceled the drama series The Time Traveler’s Wife, based on the novel by Audrey Niffenegger.

Two-time National Book Award-winning author Jesmyn Ward has just become the youngest-ever winner of the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction.

The season finale of Stranger Things season 4 is here, and Insight Editions is releasing a special pop-up book to celebrate.

The HarperCollins union, which represents over 250 employees in various divisions of the company, has voted to strike.

Publisher’s Weekly has released a list of writers to watch in fall 2022.

It’s Disability Pride Month! Here are the best ways you can celebrate Disability Pride Month in your reading life, from book recommendations to readathons.

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!

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Reggie and Delilah’s Year of Falling by Elise Bryant (Balzer + Bray, January 31, 2023)

We just got a cover reveal for this upcoming YA rom com recently, and I’m so excited for it. I’ve already filed it away to read as soon as I snag a copy of it because it just looks so adorable. And if you’re like me and you also love YA romance and Dungeons and Dragons, I think this is going to be a must-read for you as well!

This is a dual POV rom-com about Reggie and Delilah. Delilah is a go-with-the-flow introvert who has trouble sharing her feelings, which is why she’d feel much more comfortable working a merch table rather than being the lead singer. And yet, here she is, a lead singer in her friend’s punk band, because she just can’t say no when her friend needs a favor.

Delilah wishes she could be more like Reggie, who is super open about who he is and what he likes, even if other people wouldn’t think it’s cool. You see, Reggie is a D&D dungeon master, who spends his free time running D&D quests and writing essays about the game. A D&D nerd and a punk rock singer might seem to have nothing in common, but then they run into each other on New Year’s Eve. And then again on Valentine’s Day. Then on St. Patrick’s Day. And it starts to feel like some outside forces are pulling them together.

Author Elise Bryant is the NAACP Image Award–nominated author of Happily Ever Afters and One True Loves. In other words, this author already has a great track record and I’m sure her latest book will be one of my new favorites as well.

Words of Literary Wisdom

“Murder isn’t a job description… It tends to be something you do on the side.”

The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill

What I’m Watching This Weekend

I’ve been catching up on a lot of movies while I pack, so I’ve been watching all the Marvel movies on Disney+ that I missed in theaters. I’m not the biggest Marvel fan, I have to say, so I’m feeling kind of indifferent about most of these movies. Sorry to all my Marvel lovers out there. But I also get major FOMO so I feel like I have to see all the Marvel movies to be a part of the conversation. As a Taika Waititi Stan, I’m super excited about the new Thor movie coming out this weekend, however.

Come Work for Book Riot

Ever wanted to be cool and work for Book Riot? Now’s your chance! Book Riot is currently hiring an Editorial Operations Associate. If you love getting into the nitty gritty of behind-the-scenes work, this might be the job for you! We’re looking for someone to help us keep our (metaphorical) Content Trains running smoothly! Work with the Ed Ops team to support Editorial and the Book Riot writers! We are committed to building an inclusive workforce and strongly encourage applications from women, individuals with disabilities, and people of color. Apply by August 8th, and get all the details here.

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

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Here’s a moment of realness for you. I am writing this first thing in the morning, and Murray jumped up on my lap and splayed himself over my arms, which made typing a challenge, but we got it done, people!

Anyway, just wanted you to see how clingy this little dude has been lately. I think he knows we’re moving and he’s looking for some reassurance from me. He’s always been a lap cat but even more so lately. Also, I hope you enjoy this shot of my pajamas, my messy hair, and my iced coffee that, yes, I do drink from a wine glass because I’m classy like that.

And on that note, have a wonderful rest of your Thursday, and I’ll talk to you next week.

💙 Emily

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Celebrating 30th Anniversary of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST with Broadcast Special: Today in Books

Brandon Taylor Joins Unnamed Press as Acquiring Editor

Brandon Taylor, author of Real Life and Filthy Animals, has been named acquiring editor for L.A.–based indie publisher Unnamed Press. The new position was created following cofounder Olivia Taylor Smith’s move to Simon & Schuster and is effective starting August 1st. Taylor will be working alongside publisher Chris Heiser and staff to curate approximately eight fiction titles per year. 

Five Stand Trial for Sedition in Hong Kong Over Children’s Book About Sheep

Five Hong Kong unionists have pleaded not guilty to publishing “seditious” material in a trial over illustrated children’s books. The case revolves around a series of books published by the now-defunct General Union of Hong Kong Speech Therapists. Prosecutors claim that the books, featuring cartoon sheep and wolves, include analogies for Hong Kong residents and mainland Chinese that are intended to “incite hatred” toward the latter. The five defendants jointly face the charge of “conspiracy to print, publish, distribute, display and/or reproduce seditious publications” under the colonial-era crimes ordinance, with a maximum penalty of two years in jail.

ABC Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Beauty and the Beast with Hybrid Live-Action, Animated Special

ABC is celebrating the 30th anniversary of Beauty and The Beast with a hybrid live-action/animated broadcast special. The two-hour special will feature new, live never-before-seen musical performances and brand-new sets and costumes inspired by the classic story. The special will air on ABC on December 15th at 8 p.m. ET and will be available to stream the following day on Disney+. 

HarperCollins Union Has Voted to Strike

The HarperCollins employee union is bargaining for salaries that keep pace with inflation and match the cost of living.

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Peacock Cancels Adaptation of Award-Winning Fantasy Series THE JADE CITY: Today in Books

Marcus Rashford Book Club to Give Away 50,000 Books This Summer

This summer, British footballer Marcus Rashford is giving away 50,000 copies of his debut children’s book to children in the most economically deprived areas of the UK. This is part of an initiative by The Marcus Rashford Book Club, which is run in partnership with Macmillan Children’s Books, KPMG, and The National Literacy Trust. Rashford’s book The Breakfast Club Adventures: The Beast Beyond the Fence, is co-authored by Alex Falase-Koya and illustrated by Marta Kissi. The book is inspired by Rashford’s own adventures growing up, and is aimed at eight to 12-year-olds. Rashford said that books are “a great source of inspiration and motivation, and much needed for children who struggle to see beyond what is on their doorstep.” Rashford’s book club will give away another yet-to-be-announced book in the fall.

Peacock Cancels Adaptation of Award-Winning Fantasy Series Jade City

After years of development, Peacock has canceled its adaptation of an award-winning fantasy book Jade City by Fonda Lee. Lee announced the news on Twitter, writing, “Sad to share that after years in development, Peacock has decided not to move forward with the TV show of Jade City. It’s a big disappointment. But we’re looking for a new home for the project, and I have faith someone else will share the vision of the Kaul family onscreen.” Peacock has not yet commented on the reason behind the cancelation.

14 Books that the NPR Staff and Critics are Loving So Far This Year

As part of their Books We Love project, NPR staff and contributors are sharing their favorite books of the first half of the year. For the first time this year, NPR is sharing their favorite books in two installments, one mid-year and one at the end of 2022. 167 books made the first cut and then were narrowed down to the 14 most-recommended books so far this year.

A Book Lover’s Guide to Disability Pride Month

Here are the best ways you can celebrate Disability Pride Month in your reading life, from book recommendations to readathons.

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Jesmyn Ward Wins the 2022 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction: Today in Books

The Time Traveler’s Wife Canceled at HBO

HBO has canceled the drama series The Time Traveler’s Wife, based on the novel by Audrey Niffenegger. The series starred Rose Leslie and Theo James and was adapted by Steven Moffatt. “Though HBO will not be moving forward with a second season of The Time Traveler’s Wife, it was our privilege to partner with master storytellers Steven Moffat and [director] David Nutter,” HBO said in a statement. “We are so grateful for their passion, hard work and care for adapting this beloved book. We also thank Theo and Rose, and the rest of our brilliant cast for their heartfelt performances, which completely captivated audiences.”

Jesmyn Ward Wins the 2022 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction

Two-time National Book Award-winning author Jesmyn Ward has just become the youngest-ever winner of the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction. Ward, author of Salvage the Bones and Sing, Unburied, Sing, is 45. The Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction was established in 2008 as a lifetime achievement award and aims to honor “an American literary writer whose body of work is distinguished not only for its mastery of the art but also for its originality of thought and imagination.” The Award is presented annually by the Librarian of Congress at the National Book Festival. “Jesmyn Ward’s literary vision continues to become more expansive and piercing, addressing urgent questions about racism and social injustice being voiced by Americans,” Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said in a statement. “Jesmyn’s writing is precise yet magical, and I am pleased to recognize her contributions to literature with this prize.”

Joseph Coelho Chosen as Britain’s New Children’s Laureate

Poet and children’s author Joseph Coelho has been chosen as Britain’s new Children’s Laureate. Coelho was announced as the new laureate at an event today at the Unicorn theatre in London. The author was given his bespoke laureate medal by Cowell. At the ceremony, Coelho performed a new poem titled “The Power of a Poem,” which he wrote to mark the occasion. Coelho will take over the role, a two-year tenure, following How to Train Your Dragon author Cressida Cowell.

July 2022 Horoscopes and Book Recommendations

It’s July! Here’s what book you should read this month, according to your horoscope.

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STRANGER THINGS Pop-Up Book Brings Fans into the Upside Down: Today in Books

Nancy Drew Spinoff Tom Swift Canceled After One Season

The CW has canceled its Nancy Drew spinoff Tom Swift after a single season. The CBS Studios series, which premiered on May 31st, will finish out the remainder of this season but it will not be returning for a second one. Tom Swift is part of a surge of cancellations at The CW. The network has canceled 11 total series in the 2021-2022 season.

Austin Public Library Teams with BookPeople to Start Banned Book Camp

The Austin Public Library is partnering with local bookseller BookPeople to organize a summer-long event series called Banned Camp, encouraging engagement with books that have been banned or challenged. The library’s banned camp hosts events for readers of all ages to engage with banned books, including Graphic Novel Bookclub for Adults, Banned Camp for Teens, and Storytime at Pease Park for kids ages 3 to 5. “This is a very multifaceted community, lots of people coming to Austin or who’ve lived in Austin, with lots of different backgrounds and experiences and identities,” Baylor Johnson, a spokesperson for the Austin Public Library, said. “It’s important that we celebrate all stories and that’s why it’s sort of so dangerous and alarming to see that so many of the books that are being challenged and are being removed from library shelves are specifically those about and by marginalized groups or people of color, or immigrants or LGBTQ people.”

Stranger Things Pop-Up Book Brings Fans into the Upside Down

The season finale of Stranger Things season 4 is here, and Insight Editions is releasing a special pop-up book to celebrate. Stranger Things: The Ultimate Pop-Up Book captures iconic moments from all four seasons of the popular Netflix series with intricate, pop-up recreations designed by award-winning paper engineers Matthew Reinhart and Simon Arizpe and featuring illustrations by artist Kyle Lambert. Finished copies of the book will be on display at Comic-Con in San Diego. The book will be released from Insight Editions’ new imprint, Reinhart Pop-Up Studio, on August 30th. 

Dubai Opens New Book-Shaped Library

The largest cultural project in Dubai’s history is a book-shaped library.

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Adam Silvera Shares Details About THE FIRST TO DIE AT THE END: Today in Books

The Invisible Girl YA Series Coming to Disney+ Spain

Beta Films in partnership with Disney+ Spain has secured international distribution rights for the YA series The Invisible Girl. The upcoming drama is an adaptation of the YA fantasy series by the same name by Blue Jeans. The Morena Films series will star Daniel Grao and Zoe Stein. The Invisible Girl is directed by Tito López Amado and Aritz Moreno and written by Carmen López-Areal, Marina Efron, Antonio Hernández Centeno, Ramón Tarrés, and Ian de la Rosa. As of now, no premiere date has been set for the show.

Adam Silvera Shares Details About The First to Die at the End Advanced Reader Editions

YA author Adam Silvera took to Instagram this week to post pictures of the newly-arrived advanced reader editions of his highly anticipated novel The First to Die at the End. The novel is a prequel to his bestselling novel They Both Die at the End. Silvera wrote, “Only 100 of these exist in the US (with another 100 arriving soon in the UK), and I’m so happy to be holding this 550-page MONSTER.” Silvera went on to know that while They Both Die at the End was his shortest novel ever at 68,000 words, The First to Die at the End is his longest novel to date, at 105,000 words. And according to the author, “More pages = more dying, more crying.”

The Tale of Outcasts Fantasy Manga Gets Anime Adaptation

Makoto Hoshino’s manga The Tale of the Outcasts—known in Japan as Nokemono-tachi no Yoruis being adapted into an anime. A twitter account has been created for the upcoming anime series, featuring a teaser image of the show. However, no further details have been announced just yet. Stay tuned!

How to Directly Impact Democracy: Book Censorship News

This week’s book censorship news includes draconian new library collection policies in TX and VA and more.

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Get an Annotated Copy of Aiden Thomas’ Latest Book and More Book Radar!

Dear Book Friends,

With every passing day, I feel more and more stressed out. Not just because personally, I’m going through a big move but also because… well… *gestures at the world* Look at this place. This year, as an American, 4th of July feels less celebratory for me than ever before as I keep finding less and less to love about this country. So while I’m moving, I’m thinking to myself can I really move far enough? Is there another planet I can move to and just start over? Is anyone else feeling this way? I hate to be negative and start our week on that kind of note, but hey, I’m just trying to be real with y’all. Yes, even though I’m moving north, I’m still going to say “y’all.” Anyway, you wanna hear about books?

Book Deals and Reveals

Nerd Daily’s got an exclusive cover reveal and excerpt from Maxym M. Martineau’s upcoming novel, Shadows of the Lost. This one comes out on June 6th 2023 from Sourcebooks Casablanca and will be available to pre-order soon.

Barnes & Noble is releasing a special exclusive edition of Aiden Thomas’ new novel The Sunbearer Trials. This version boasts an exclusive cover and one chapter hand-annotated by the author.

Here’s the cover reveal of the US edition of Cursed Bunny by Bora Chung, translated by Anton Hur.

And Reese’s Book Club has the exclusive cover reveal of Lauren Blackwood’s next novel, Wildblood.

Kate Winslet will be starring in and executive producing Trust, a limited series based on Hernan Diaz’s best-selling novel, which was published in May from Riverhead Books.

Pushcart Prize–winning author Sanam Mahloudji has sold the rights to her debut novel, The Persians, to Scribner. The book is scheduled for a spring 2024 release.

Nancy Drew spinoff Tom Swift has been canceled after one season.

Shadow and Act has an exclusive preview of Zawe Ashton and Freida Pinto in the upcoming film Mr. Malcolm’s List.

Paul Tremblay explains how cult band Hüsker Dü inspired his latest horror novel The Pallbearers Club.

Attorney Tim Anderson has filed a lawsuit against Oni Press, publisher of Gender Queer, as well as author Maia Kobabe.

Here are EW’s picks for the best books of the year (so far).

Annually, the The American Institute of Graphic Arts announces the 50 best book covers of the previous year. Here are the 2021 winners.

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!

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

Prepare Your Shelves!

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Why Didn’t You Tell Me? by Carmen Rita Wong (Crown Publishing Group, July 12)

I think it’s fair to say that a good memoir about a strained mother/daughter relationship is going to hook me every time. Some mother/daughter memoirs that I’ve loved? Adrienne Brodeur’s Wild Game comes to mind. And of course, Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner. And yes, let’s go ahead and add Carmen Rita Wong’s Why Didn’t You Tell Me? to the list, because this one hooked me, too.

Carmen Rita Wong grew up searching for a sense of belonging, whether it was her childhood in Harlem surrounded by Latina women like her mother or among the exclusively white people she lived amongst in New Hampshire, after her mother married her stepfather Charlie.

Carmen grew up believing that her father was a Chinese hustler named Peter Wong, whom her mother was forced to marry for a green card. But as her mother was dying of cancer, Charlier confessed to Carmen that he was in fact her real father. In fact, neither of these things were true, as Carmen would find out after taking a DNA test.

With her mother gone, Carmen feels like she’ll never get answers to who she is or where she belongs. And worst of all, she’ll never understand why her mother didn’t tell her the truth. This memoir follows Carmen’s search for understanding as she digs into the hidden side of her mother that she never had the chance to know while her mother was alive.

What I’m Reading This Week

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The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Siren Queen by Nghi Vo

This is Not the Real World by Anna Carey

Woman, Eating by Claire Kohda

Notes on an Execution by Danya Kukafka

Monday Memes

This is often me when I’m trying to tell you all about a book I loved. Why is it so much easier to write about stuff you hate? Is hate truly stronger than love?

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

tuxedo cat bathing orange cat

We’re finishing off Monday strong with an action shot of the two brothers bathing one another. Or I guess Remy is doing most of the bathing in this case. But I think Murray is enjoying it? He seems very relaxed.

And that just about wraps up Book Radar for today. I hope you’re staying safe and you’re doing as well as you can be under our current circumstances. Remember to breathe.

💙 Emily