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Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande to Star in WICKED Adaptation: Today in Books

RL Stine Announces a New Collection of Short Stories

Horror author RL Stine has written 10 new stories for young readers in new collection Stinetinglers, which is due out on August 30, 2022. Each story will start with an introduction from the author himself, adding a personal touch to the collection. RL Stine has done an exclusive interview with Entertainment Weekly, including a cover reveal of Stinetinglers.

Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande to Star in Wicked Adaptation

Tony winner Cynthia Erivo and Grammy winner Ariana Grande have been announced as the stars of the film adaptation of Wicked. Erivo, who won a Tony for her performance in The Color Purple, will play Elphaba, and Grande has been cast as Glinda. Both stars announced the casting decision—and their excitement—on their personal Instagram accounts. Jon M. Chu of Crazy Rich Asians and In the Heights is set to direct the project. No release date has been announced as of yet.

Taika Waititi to Direct Film Adaptation of The Incal

Filmmaker Taika Waititi is attached to direct and co-write a feature adaptation of The Incal, the critically-acclaimed comic book from Alejandro Jodorowsky and the late artist Moebius. Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi’s collaborator for What We Do in the Shadows and Flight of the Conchords, will be co-writing the script, along with Peter Warren. “The films and graphic novels of Alejandro Jodorowsky have influenced me and so many others for so long. I was stunned to be given the opportunity to bring his iconic characters to life,” Waititi said in a statement.

All 850 Books Texas Lawmaker Matt Krause Wants to Ban: An Analysis

Lawmaker Matt Krause wants 850 books removed from school libraries. Here are some stats and highlights from the list of books, including one truly ironic pick.

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RL Stine’s Got 10 New Stinetingling Short Stories and More Book Radar!

Book Friends,

I don’t know how this keeps happening to us, but it’s Monday again, which means it’s time for a new week filled with books and more Book Radar.

At the beginning of every week, I end up setting little mini-reading goals for myself, and this week I mean very mini. I have a little stack of novellas I want to get through this week. They’re the kind of books that I’ve meant to read all year, but every time I look at them, I think, “Oh that won’t take me long! I’ll read it later!” Well, later is now. So I’m reading 2021 novellas. Some I’m revisiting, some I’m reading for the first time. Do you have any favorite novellas from 2021? I’d love to hear about them. Always feel free to reach out.

Anyway, let’s talk about some book stuff.

❤️ Emily

Book Deals and Reveals

our wives under the sea cover

Flatiron Books has revealed to cover for Julia Armfield’s upcoming literary novel Our Wives Under the Sea. This one’s out July 12, 2022.

Reese Witherspoon has announced her book club pick for November. It’s The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak.

RL Stine is releasing 10 new short stories for young readers in a new collection called Stinetinglers, out August 30, 2022.

Comic book author Mariko Tamaki has launched, Surely Books, a new LGBTQ+ graphic novel imprint. The first publication from the imprint will be Lifetime Passes by writer Terry Blas and artist Claudia Aguirre, out later this month.

Tin House has announced that they will be publishing the debut memoir When They Tell You to Be Good in October 2022. This is Editor-at-Large Hanif Abdurraqib’s first acquisition for Tin House.

Paul Newman’s memoir will be published in 2022, 14 years after the actor’s death.

Here’s the cover reveal for Vanessa Hua’s upcoming historical fiction novel Forbidden City. This book will be available April 19th, 2022.

Sony Pictures Television is developing Myriam Gurba’s Mean as a series. The story is about the author’s experiences coming of age as a queer Chicana in Santa Maria, California in the 1980s/90s.

Here’s the brand new trailer for the upcoming adaptation of The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. The movie stars Lucy Hale and Robbie Amell.

Taika Waititi will be directing and co-writing the script for the upcoming film adaptaiton of acclaimed comic The Incal from Alejandro Jodorowsky and the late artist Moebius.

Playground Entertainment is adapting the Korean graphic novel Moms by Yeong-shin Ma as a TV series.

The Promise by Damon Galgut has won the 2021 Booker Prize.

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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Beasts of a Little Land by Juhea Kim (December 7, Ecco)

Audiobook fans, listen up because here’s one coming out next week that is particularly good on audio. The audiobook is narrated by Sue Jean Kim (Bachelorette) and Raymond Lee (Mozart in the Jungle). I love a multi-narrator audiobook, but especially when the characters are this well rendered, it’s nice to hear their voices brought to life with a good narration. But if you prefer print or ebook? I’m sure all of that still comes through. Just had to give a shout out to my audiobook people!

Beasts of a Little Land is a historical fiction novel set against the backdrop of the Korean independence movement. The novel follows the stories of two characters. Jade is a young girl who sold to Miss Silver’s courtesan school by her family. She meets a boy named JungHo, an orphan who makes a living by begging on the streets of Seoul, and the two form a close friendship. As the two grow older, their lives take them in different directions. Jade becomes a sought-after performer and catches the eye of a nobleman. JungHo joins the fight for Korean independence. But the two characters’ fates remain intertwined.

This sweeping historical novel covers many decades of Korean history. The details are well-researched and if you’re unaware of many of the details of the Korean independence movement (as I was), this story will teach you something about history. But like all exceptional historical fiction, the history and the details of the setting serve to make the characters and the story all the more compelling.

Added bonus: look at the beautiful cover.

What I’m Reading This Week

Cover of Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood

Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood

Rock, Paper, Scissors by Alice Feeney

The Death of Jane Lawrence by Caitlin Starling

Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke by Eric Larocca

Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw

Monday Memes

Today, I had to share this perfect meme from our very own Book Riot Instagram. It’s just too good.

Other Things That Make Me Happy

I know I’ve been watching a lot of book-to-series adaptations lately. This week, I’ve got another one that’s worth a watch. I finally broke down and got Peacock TV so that I could watch One of Us is Lying. The book by Karen M. McManus was so fun, and I was excited to see what they would do with the show. So far so good, though I do envy viewers that will watch and not know the answer to the mystery yet! What do you prefer? Watching the tv show/movie first and then reading the book? Or reading the book and then watching the adaptation? Again, hit me up and let me know.

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

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Here’s another one from the archives.

This is kitten Murray. Back when Murray was tiny, this stuffed owl was his favorite toy. He’d even bathe it sometimes. Now that he’s a grown kitty, he’s moved on to other toys, and the owl has gone the way of all the toys in Toy Story 3. They always grow up so fast!

Friends, thank you so much for tuning in to Book Radar. I hope your week is wonderful. I hope it’s productive if that’s what you’re going for, and I hope it’s restful if you need rest.

❤️ Emily

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Paul Newman Memoir to be Published in 2022: Today in Books

Mariko Tamaki Debuts Surely Books, A New LGBTQ+ Graphic Novel Imprint

Comics writer Mariko Tamaki is launching a new LGBTQ+ graphic novel imprint Surely Books, starting with the graphic novel Lifetime Passes by writer Terry Blas and artist Claudia Aguirre, later this month. The imprint has also revealed a new list of titles that will be released in 2022 and 2023. The first is scheduled for spring 2022: Talia Dutton’s M Is for Monster is a sci-fi retelling of Frankenstein mixed with a heartwarming sibling story. Homecoming by Kaitlin Chan and Mimosa by Archie Bongiovanni are slated to release in fall 2022. And in spring 2023, Surely Books will release Kacen Callender and Seth Smith’s The Page’s Guide to Being a Guy and Washington’s Gay General by Josh Trujillo and Levi Hastings.

Paul Newman Memoir to be Published in 2022

Publisher Alfred A Knopf announced on Wednesday that Paul Newman’s memoir, which was left unpublished during the actor’s lifetime, will come out in fall 2022. According to the publisher, the yet-to-be-titled memoir will include Newman’s thoughts on “acting, directing, boyhood, family, fame, Hollywood, Broadway, love, his first marriage, his 50-year marriage to Joanne Woodward, drinking, politics, racing, his ultimate ride to stardom, and aging gracefully.” Newman began writing the book in the 1980s with screenwriter Stewart Stern. Stern also spoke to Newman’s friends and associates for the book. The manuscript was recently found in Newman’s Connecticut home where Joanne Woodward still lives.

NBCC Launches New Prize for Translated Literature

The National Book Critics Circle has announced a new prize for translated literature that will start with the 2022 publishing year. The Gregg Barrios Book in Translation Prize will honor the best book translated into English and published in the United States. All genres will be considered, as will new translations of previously translated books. The winner of the Gregg Barrios Book in Translation Prize will be announced in March along with other NBCC prize winners. Both the author and translator will be awarded the prize. The prize is named in honor of Latino poet, playwright, and book critic Gregg Barrios, who joined the board of the National Book Critics Circle in 2010. Barrios passed away in August at age 80.

2021 Booker Prize Winner Announced

The Booker Prize has announced that its 2021 winner is The Promise by Damon GalgutThe Promise is South African author and playwright Damon Galgut’s ninth novel and first in seven years.

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HBO Max Releases Trailer for STATION ELEVEN: Today in Books

Amazon’s Good Omens Has Started Filming Season 2

The second season of Amazon’s Good Omens has officially started filming in Scotland. The series, starring Michael Sheen and David Tennant, is an adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens. The show was first imagined as a miniseries when it was originally released in 2019, but Amazon announced a renewal in June, saying that Neil Gaiman would be expanding on the original material of the novel. Many of the cast members from the first season will be returning, and cast additions have been announced for the new season: Paul Adeyefa, Michael McKean (Better Call Saul), Gloria Obianyo (Dune), Miranda RichardsonMaggie ServiceReece Shearsmith, and Nina Sosanya. “We were lucky in the first season to have so many outstanding actors taking part, so I took pleasure in inviting people back, wherever we could, some in the roles they played originally, some in new parts written just for them,” Gaiman says. The release date for Good Omens has yet to be announced.

Mohamed Mbougar Sarr Wins France’s Prestigious Prize, the Prix Goncourt

Senegalese novelist Mohamed Mbougar Sarr has become the first writer from sub-Saharan Africa to win the Prix Goncourt, France’s oldest and most prestigious literary prize. Mbougar Sarr’s winning novel La plus secrète mémoire des hommes (The Most Secret Memory of Men) is the story of a young Senegalese writer living in Paris who stumbles upon a novel by a fictional African author named TC Elimane. While the Prix Goncourt is worth only €10, being award the prize guarantees massive book sales. Previous winners include Marcel Proust, André Malraux, Simone de Beauvoir and Marguerite Duras. “I feel, quite simply, enormous joy,” said Mbougar Sarr of his win, which was announced earlier today.

HBO Max Has Released the Trailer for Station Eleven

HBO Max has finally released a trailer for the highly anticipated series adaptation of Emily St. John Mandel’s apocalyptic novel Station Eleven. The 10-episode limited series was directed by Hiro Murai (Atlanta), and stars Mackenzie Davis, Himesh Patel, Gael García Bernal, and David Wilmot. Station Eleven will premiere on HBO Max on December 16th.

New YA Retellings to Fall Into

2021 has been a great year for Young Adult retellings of fairy tales, mythology, classic novels, and even some more modern favorites. Here are 20 new YA retellings to fall into in 2021.

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Clementine from Telltale’s THE WALKING DEAD Games Gets Her Own Graphic Novel and More Book Radar!

Happy Thursday, Book People.

It’s me, Emily, and it’s time for Book Radar. We’ve got lots of exciting book news and new book details all jam packed into this newsletter this Thursday. I think you’re going to be excited. I’m excited. Which bit of book content in this newsletter are you going to be most excited about? Who knows? Hard to say with so much going on in the world of books. Read on and find out.

❤️ Emily

Book Deals and Reveals

cover of Reluctant Immortals

Tor Nightfire has got a cover reveal and an excerpt of Gwendolyn Kiste’s Reluctant Immortals, coming August 23rd, 2022!

Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Signal to Noise is getting a rerelease with corrections and a new cover by Jim Tierney.

Here’s the cover reveal of Chilean Poet, a novel from Alejandro Zambra, translated by Megan McDowell, out in February 2022. We love a black cat book cover.

We’ve also got a cover reveal of the upcoming novel Finding Jupiter from Kelis Rowe. This one’s out May 31, 2022.

Here’s a first look at Emma Straub’s novel This Time Tomorrow, a new novel about time travel. The book hits shelves May 2022.

Alex Gino’s acclaimed 2015 trans middle grade novel is receiving an update in the form of a new titleMelissa—and a brand-new cover.

MTV Books is relaunching and has announced their first new title will be My Life: Growing Up Asian in America, which includes an introduction by former MTV News correspondent SuChin Pak.

The second season of the Neil Gaiman fantasy series Good Omens has begun filming in Scotland.

Lisa Taddeo is releasing her first short story collection Ghost Lover on June 14, 2022. Here’s the cover reveal.

The Department of Justice has sued to block the acquisition of Simon and Schuster from Penguin Random House.

Here’s the trailer for the upcoming HBO Max series adaptation of Emily St. John Mandel’s apocalyptic novel Station Eleven.

If you love Telltale’s The Walking Dead video games, you’ll be excited to know Clementine is getting her own graphic novels. Here’s an exclusive preview of The Walking Dead: Clementine Book One. This series will feature a more in-depth look at Clementine’s fate after the events of the Telltale games.

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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Siren Queen by Nghi Vo (Tordotcom, May 10, 2022)

I know Nghi Vo has written some incredibly excellent novellas, which I still need to go back and read, but I was first introduced to the author through her debut novel, The Chosen and the Beautiful, because when I heard “queer retelling of Great Gatsby but with magic,” I was like, yes, I will read that. Now, after having read that book, I have to say that I would have probably been up for reading Vo’s next novel no matter what it ended up being about. So the fact that the premise of this novel sounds really fascinating? Well, that’s just an added bonus at this point.

With Siren Queen, Vo is telling another story that mixes historical fiction and magic. This one is set during the Golden Age of Hollywood. Luli Wei is a beautiful and talented young actress who is hungry for stardom. She knows how limited roles are for Chinese American women in Hollywood. And Luli lives in a world where the monsters of Hollywood are not figurative. They are very, very real. The movie business runs on a system that sacrifices young starlets like Luli. It’s a system that deals in blood bargains and ancient magic. But Luli doesn’t care. She’s willing to do whatever it takes to see her face on movie screens—even if it means becoming a monster herself.

Stories about Hollywood. Monsters. Magic. Something about blood rituals? All this from Hugo, Locus, and Ignyte Award finalist Nghi Vo? Are you adding this to your TBR list for 2022 yet? Because I am.

Words of Literary Wisdom

“Life is strange. It’s full of mistakes and regrets, and our minds are very good at bringing those out at the worst times, the times when we’re most vulnerable. Like dreams. The best we can do, I think, is to figure out how to move forward. How we correct the errors that we made to give some peace to ourselves.”

The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig

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.

Okay, this one goes out to all my fellow olds. If you’re kinda interested in TikTok content but you kinda think TikTok is a young people’s game, here’s a YouTube account you should follow. BookTok posts compilations called Bookish Tik Toks Only Readers Would Get. There are a bunch of them to check out, but I linked this particular one because I love the extremely accurate parody of your typical YA heroine. But definitely watch the others! They’re numbered for your convenience.

Your Weekend Reading Soundtrack

Is it too early to feel nostalgic about 2008? Whatever. On Halloween, I found myself listening to the True Blood soundtrack, and then later that night I thought to myself, welp, it’s time to watch True Blood again. So now I’m telling you that maybe this weekend is the weekend you listen to True Blood music. Or maybe you rewatch the show with me. Or maybe you read the Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris. They’re really fun. And just because it’s November doesn’t mean we can’t still be excited about vampires. It’s Halloween all year long in my heart.

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

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I love when cats are like “I’m people.” In this image, we see Phantom sleeping on the couch almost like a person would. Cats, they’re just like us! But much cuter.

Anyway, nap goals. Maybe we should all take a page from Phantom’s book and take a nap for the rest of our Thursday afternoon. After all, the weather is getting chilly and outside is just so outside. And this has been your motivational talk of the day.

And that’s all I have for you today, book friends! Have a wonderful weekend.

❤️ Emily

Today In Books

Disney Adapting KINGSTON AND THE MAGICIAN’S LOST & FOUND: Today in Books

Design Studio Dorothy Reinterprets 84 Great Novels as Postage Stamps

Ali Johnson and Jim Quail of Liverpool-based design studio Dorothy have reinterpreted 84 different well-loved books as stamps. The studio reimagined 42 classic books and 42 books that they call modern classics. Modern classics include books like Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami and White Teeth by Zadie Smith. Stamp prints are available for purchase on Dorothy’s website.

Disney to Adapt Kingston and the Magician’s Lost & Found

Disney Branded Television has optioned the rights to Rucker Moses and Theo Gangi’s highly acclaimed middle-grade novel Kingston and the Magician’s Lost & Found and its sequel Kingston and the Echoes of Magic. The book series was published earlier this year by Penguin Random House. Now, Disney is planning to adapt the series for television. An original movie based on the first novel is in the works, with Jane Startz signed on to executive produce. “We are thrilled to partner with Craig, Harold and Theo and bring their heartfelt story of wonder and mystery to our audience,” said Ayo Davis, president of Disney Branded Television. “Set against the backdrop of true magical history, this is an inspiring adventure of extraordinary moments happening in everyday situations.”

Iowa School Board Candidate Wants to Share The Name of Every Kid Who Checks out Pro-LGBTQ Books

Iowa school board candidate Vin Thaker announced on Facebook last week that he wants to know the name of every kid who checked out one of the pro-LGBTQ books the Waukee Community School District recently banned. The books in question—All Boys Aren’t Blue, Lawn Boy and Gender Queer— were taken out of the Northwest High School Library after a community member complained they contained explicit material. Thaker explained that what he really wants to do is get the students’ names, notify their parents, and then ask “the person who ordered these titles” to defend their choices.

Justice Department Sues to Block Penguin Random House Acquisition of Simon & Schuster

The Department of Justice has sued to block the acquisition of Simon and Schuster from Penguin Random House.

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Image Comics Staffers Unionize: Today in Books

Here’s A First Look at Lisa Taddeo’s First Short Story Collection

Lisa Taddeo has hit the literary scene with her nonfiction (2019’s Three Women), her novel (2021’s Animal), and now she’s completing the trifecta with her first book of short stories. Lisa Taddeo’s Ghost Lover comes out on June 14, 2022, and you can get an exclusive look at the cover here. The cover art, designed by Alison Forner, is inspired by a short story in the collection in which a young woman becomes obsessed with hard-to-find lacrime d’amore candies. Taddeo explains, “She tells a friend she’s going to eat one every time she does something bad, until she gets to ‘the end.’ And that’s what you see on the cover, these perfect little handmade drops — the notion of something beautiful that in a certain context can deeply hurt you.”

Image Comics Staffers Unionize

Earlier today, Image Comics staffers officially declared themselves a union under the name Comic Book Workers United. In a statement released on Twitter, Comic Book Workers United said, “For years, comics publishing workers have watched our professional efforts support creators and delight readers. Sadly, we have also watched that same labor be taken for granted at best and exploited at worst. Keeping our heads above water was the new normal before the pandemic and since its onset we have been expected to take on even larger workloads with fewer resources.” The statement is signed by Ryan Brewer, Leanna Caunter, Marla Eizik, Drew Fitzgerald, Melissa Gifford, Chloe Ramos,Tricia Ramos, Jon Schlaffman, and Erika Schnatz. The union has also announced their list of goals and have requested companies and individuals sign a letter of support.

Simon & Schuster Announces Multi-Book Publishing Program with Dr. Erica Armstrong Dunbar

Publishing company Simon & Schuster has announced that they will be launching a multi-book publishing program for adults and children with Dr. Erica Armstrong Dunbar. Dunbar is a professor of history at Rutgers University, a National Book Award finalist, and winner of the 2018 Frederick Douglass Book Award for her novel Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge. In February 2024, Simon & Schuster will publish Dunbar’s upcoming nonfiction book for adults, A Spy in Richmond. And Aladdin Books will publish seven books with Erica Armstrong Dunbar, including a picture book adaptation of her award-winning Never Caught. In a statement, Dunbar said, “I am thrilled to work with the incredible team at Simon & Schuster to present new American narratives that center Black women, for readers of every age. Stories of triumph and tragedy resonate with adults and children alike, and I can think of no better time than the present to place this powerful history in its rightful place at the front of our nation’s memory.”

November 2021 Horoscopes and Book Recommendations

It’s the 1st of November, and you know what that means. It’s time for your November 2021 horoscope, and a fresh book recommendation that’s perfect for your sign.

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Emma Straub Has Written A New Novel About Time Travel: Today in Books

Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Signal to Noise Gets A Reissue

Author Silvia Moreno-Garcia announced on Twitter on Friday that her 2015 novel Signal to Noise is getting a reissue with corrections and a new cover by Jim Tierney. Tierney has also designed covers for authors like Stephen King, Veronica Roth, Octavia E. Butler, and more. If you haven’t read the book yet, Moreno-Garcia describes the story as “1980s teens casting spells with vinyl records and their reunion years after.”

Emma Straub Has Written A New Novel About Time Travel

Surprise! Emma Straub has been secretly writing, and she’s coming out with a new novel about time travel. Straub’s new novel This Time Tomorrow will publish on May 17, 2022. Her publishers are describing it as “a mix of 13 Going on 30Big, and Meg Wolitzer’s The Interestings, with plenty of Stranger Things-esque pop culture references thrown in for good measure.” The story follows Alice who is just turning 40 and is content with her life overall, and yet something is missing. Then, after the night of her 40th birthday, Alice wakes up back in her 16 year-old body. Now she must ask herself if there’s anything she’ll do differently, now that she’s been given a second chance.

The New York Times Will Announce the 10 Best Books of 2021 in a Virtual Event

On November 30th, the New York Times will announce its list of the 10 best books of 2021. But it will only be available to subscribers at first. Before the list of books is published for the general public, the Book Review will go live on the morning of the 30th to announce this year’s 10 Best Books. Editors Gal Beckerman, Lauren Christensen, Greg Cowles, Emily Eakin, Elisabeth Egan, MJ Franklin, Tina Jordan, Dave Kim and John Williams will announce and discuss this year’s selections, and they’ll also share their personal favorites that didn’t make the list. Subscribers will also be invited to join Book Review editors for a Zoom after party to share their own favorite books of the year. This event is part of the New York Times’ virtual event series.

The Free Book Bus, A Death Positive Library, and Other Good Bookish Things That Happened This Week

Not all book news is bad news. Here’s a roundup of all of the good bookish things that have happened over the last week.

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Alex Gino Gets New Title and Cover for Groundbreaking Trans Novel: Today in Books

Friends Star Matthew Perry Writing a Memoir

Flatiron Books, a division of Macmillan, has won the rights to Friends star Matthew Perry’s yet-to-be-titled memoir, which will be published in fall 2022. The book will take readers behind the scenes of Perry’s time on the hit sitcom Friends, and the actor will open up about his struggles with addiction. Megan Lynch, the publisher of Flatiron Books who will edit the project, said, “We need humor, we need catharsis, and we need to agree on something–and Matthew’s extraordinary story, told in his inimitable voice, is that thing. Matthew’s book has unrivaled potential to bring people together, which feels especially galvanizing right now, a time of isolation and division.”

Alex Gino Gets New Title and Cover for Groundbreaking Trans Novel

Alex Gino’s acclaimed trans middle grade novel, which originally came out in 2015, is receiving an update in the form of a new name and a brand-new cover. While the novel was originally entitled George, this was not a name Gino themself would have chosen for the book. And as the years passed, Gino realized, “That’s not the name I want everyone calling her [the titular character] if she were real.” The character in the novel chooses the name Melissa by the end of her journey, and so the new title for the novel will be Melissa.

MTV Books Relaunches with My Life: Growing Up Asian in America

MTV Books is relaunching, and it has announced that its first title will be My Life: Growing Up Asian in America, featuring an introduction by former MTV correspondent SuChin Pak. The book is a collection of essays, poetry, and illustrations edited by the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in America (CAPE). It will be published on May 10, 2022, during AAPI Heritage Month. Nina L. Diaz, the CCO/president of content at MTV Entertainment Group said, “We are thrilled to have SuChin, who is an integral part of MTV’s brand history, bravely share her own story alongside so many talented essayists to help us shine a light on these powerful and important coming of age stories.”

2021 Kirkus Prize Winners Announced

The eighth annual Kirkus Prize winners were announced last night in a virtual ceremony. Here are the three winners.

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Matthew Perry is Writing a Memoir and More Book Radar!

Hi, Book Friends!

New Monday, new month. And here’s my question to you as we enter November: how long do we wait to put out the holiday decorations? To me, Thanksgiving is part of the holiday season. In other words, I’m ready to watch Home Alone, like, today. But I know some people are horrified at the thought of anything even the slightest bit holiday-themed this early in the month. Where do you land on this debate? Maybe we should do a poll or something.

Anyway, I hope you had a wonderful weekend and that you’re ready to dive back into the world of books! I’ve got some exciting book things to share with you.

❤️ Emily

Book Deals and Reveals

the agathas book cover

Oh, this one looks good. Here’s the cover reveal for Kathleen Glasgow and Liz Lawson’s upcoming YA novel The Agathas. Think Riverdale meets One of Us is Lying.

We’ve also got a cover reveal for the next Blood and Ash novel, The War of Two Queens by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

Friends star Matthew Perry is writing a memoir! The as-of-now untitled book is coming out with Flatiron Books in fall 2022.

Stacey Abram’s novel Never Tell is in development with CBS Studios and writer Barbara Hall.

Reese’s Book Club has revealed the cover to the new Megan Miranda book, The Last to Vanish.

Speaking of Reese’s Book Club, Reese’s Fall YA pick is Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood.

Here’s the cover reveal of Becky Dean’s debut YA contemporary romance novel Love & Other Great Expectations, coming out June 14, 2022!

An adaptation of Wendy Wunder’s novel The Probability of Miracles is in the works at HBO Max.

Riverhead Books has acquired the U.S. rights to three books by novelist and winner of the 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature Abdulrazak Gurnah

Barnes & Noble has named the finalists for its third annual “Book of the Year” awards.

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!

win me something book cover

Win Me Something by Kyle Lucia Wu (Tin House, November 2, 2021)

Hey Book Radar readers! This one comes out tomorrow, so clear some space on your shelves right… now. Win Me Something is Kyle Lucia Wu’s debut novel. It’s an examination of the biracial experience in America. It’s story of identity, family, coming-of-age, and of self-acceptance.

Willa Chen is a bi-racial Chinese American girl who grew up in New Jersey, struggling to figure out where she fits among her peers and in her family. At school, she felt too white for the Asian kids and too Asian to fit in with the white kids. Willa’s parents divorced when she was very young, and now they have both moved on to new families, so Willa is also unsure of where she fits in with their lives.

Then she starts working as a nanny for the Adriens, a wealthy white family in Tribeca. The Adriens are everything Willa imagines a family should be. as she grows closer to this family—eventually she moves in with them—she finds herself confronted by all of the things that she’s been missing in her own life. All of the things that have left her feeling very, very alone.

Willa’s life experiences are specific and carefully rendered, but there’s not a single person who won’t be able to identify with at least some part of Willa’s journey of self-discovery and her search for belonging. Win Me Something is a promising debut novel that you should definitely read before finalizing any year-end best-of lists.

What I’m Reading This Week

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Ophie’s Ghosts by Justina Ireland

The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig

Rock, Paper, Scissors by Alice Feeney

Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood

The Last Checkmate by Gabriella Saab

Monday Memes

I just spent the past 45 minutes lying in bed scrolling through Instagram and sharing memes with my friends rather than getting up and getting on with my day. And you know what that means. It’s time for more Monday memes.

Are you tired of your favorite meme creators not being able to keep up for your insatiable need for memes? Have you tried an AI meme generator? These bookish memes created from an AI generator made me die with laughter. You are now talking to a ghost.

Other Things That Make Me Happy

I know everyone’s still talking about Dune right now, and I’m going to watch it very, very soon. But in the meantime, have you seen the adaptation of Samanta Schweblin’s Fever Dream? It’s on Netflix, and I thought it was very good! If you thought Fever Dream couldn’t be made into a movie, think again. I think they did it.

Oh, and hey, that reminds me… are you on Letterboxd? I’ve only written reviews for one movie ever, but if you want, you can follow me there! And if you’re not on Letterboxd but you love movies, you should check it out!

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And Here’s A Cat Picture!

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I hope you enjoy this action shot of Murray giving Phantom a bath. After all, how can you prepare for the week ahead without cleaning up a bit first? They both say hello and they hope you have a wonderful week.

Thanks, Murray and Phantom.

We did it! We made it through another Book Radar! I hope you had fun. I hope you learned something new. And I hope you enjoyed the cats. See you soon!

❤️ Emily