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Lakeith Stanfield to Star in Series Adaptation of Victor LaValle’s CHANGELING: Today in Books

Here’s A First Look at Sabaa Tahir’s New Standalone Novel

Sabaa Tahir, the YA author who is most well-known for her fantasy quartet An Ember in the Ashes, is releasing a contemporary standalone novel on March 1st, 2022. Now you can get a first look at the novel, which is based on Tahir’s own childhood growing up in her family’s motel in the Mojave desert. Tahir says of her upcoming novel All My Rage: “Many authors talk about ‘the book of my heart — I tore this book from my heart, over the course of many years and in many iterations…It’s a story demanded to be told, a love letter to the desert and rock music and tiny motels and the kinds of friendships that save your life.” 

LaKeith Stanfield to Star in Series Adaptation of Victor LaValle’s Changeling

LaKeith Stanfiled is set to star in Apple’s upcoming adaptation of Victor LaValle’s novel Changeling. In LaValle’s novel, which is described as a dark fairy tale for adults, readers get a horror story, a parenthood fable, and an odyssey through a dark and dangerous side of New York City you’ve never seen before. The series will be written by Kelly Marcel, who will also serve as the showrunner and an executive producer. Megan Ellison, Sue Naegle, Patrick Chu, and Ali Krug will also executive produce on behalf of Annapurna. Along with starring in the series, Stanfield will also executive produce. Melina Matsoukas—who has directed episodes of Master of None and Insecure and made her feature directorial debut with Queen & Slim in 2019—will direct and executive produce.

Here Are The Winners of the 2021 American Book Awards

This year’s winners of American Book Awards have been announced. The winners include Aya Akhtar’s Homeland Elegies, Ben Ehrenreich’s Desert Notebooks, Johanna Fernández’s The Young Lords: A Radical History, Cathy Park Hong’s Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning, Robert P. Jones’ White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity, Carolyn Forché’s poetry collection In the Lateness of the World, and an illustrated edition of the late William Melvin Kelley’s Dunfords Travels Everywheres. The awards are presented by the Before Columbus Foundation, which is a nonprofit established to promote and popularize multicultural literature.The foundation was founded by Ishmael Reed in 1976. “The purpose of the awards is to recognize literary excellence without limitations or restrictions,” the foundation said in a statement on Monday. “There are no categories, no nominees, and therefore no losers. The award winners range from well-known and established writers to under-recognized authors and first works.”

Romance Novel Awards: Your In-Depth Guide

Romance readers, these romance novel awards could where you find your next best read.

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Here’s What You Need to Know About #TransBooks365 and More Book Radar!

Where has the time gone, Lit Lovers? Somehow it’s Thursday again.

Do you have any big book reading plans for this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday? I have a little road trip coming up (don’t worry, I’m being COVID-safe), so I’m planning to get through a few audiobooks this weekend. Here’s hoping you get through some good books too. After all, reading is one of the great joys in this world. To help prep you for another book-filled weekend, I’ve got lots of book news, recommendations, words of literary wisdom, cat pics, and more. Enjoy.

Emily

Book Deals and Reveals

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It’s beautiful! Here’s the cover reveal of Steven Salvatore’s And They Lived, a book that will feature “an original fairytale, poetry, [and] sex positivity.”

The police officer who murdered Breonna Taylor has pulled out of his book deal with a conservative press after Simon & Schuster refused to distribute his book.

Netflix has announced an adaptation of Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin. The streaming service will release the film in October!

The Beijing International Book Fair will be postponed due to the spread of COVID-19 around Beijing. The organizers say they will release more information about the fair “as soon as possible.”

Here’s the teaser trailer for the upcoming film Spider-Man: No Way Home. The movie will be in theaters December 17th.

LGBTQReads has an exclusive cover reveal of K. Ancrum’s upcoming novel Murder of Crows.

Candice Carty-Williams is creating a television series adaptation of her best-selling novel Queenie.

Here’s the cover reveal of Hope Larson and Rebecca Monk’s middle grade graphic novel Salt Magic, on sale October 12, 2021!

Ashley M. Jones of Birmingham, AL was just named the first Black poet laureate for Alabama, according to the Magic City Poetry Festival.

If Thelma and Louise and Heathers had a baby, it would be Wendy Heard’s new novel Dead End Girls, and NOVL’s got the cover reveal.

50 bookshops in the UK will be opening early on September 7th to mark the publication of Sally Rooney’s new novel Beautiful World, Where Are You.

Oprah has chosen The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers as her latest book club selection.

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

Arrow to the Moon book cover

An Arrow to the Moon by Emily X.R. Pan (Little Brown Books, April 12, 2022)

They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but the cover of Emily X.R. Pan’s upcoming novel An Arrow to the Moon is absolutely stunning. And let’s give credit where credit is due. This gorgeous book cover was art directed by Sasha Illingworth, and the art and design is by David Curtis, according to Pan’s cover reveal tweet.

But beyond the cover, there’s a lot to be excited about with this book. First of all, this is the follow up to Emily X.R. Pan’s unforgettable debut The Astonishing Color of After. Secondly, the novel is being described as “Romeo and Juliet meets Chinese mythology.” All I can say is give it to me now. I know in these weird pandemic times, the months are going by fast, but still, there is no way I can wait until April of 2022 to get my hands on this book.

This book tells the story of Hunter Yee, who has it all together when it comes to wielding a bow and arrow. As for everything else in his life? Well. It’s sort of a mess. He’s constantly haunted by his family’s past mistakes, and the only things keeping him from running away from home and starting a new life somewhere else are his little brother, a supernatural wind, and this girl at his new high school. Her name is Luna Chang. Luna feels weighed down by her family’s high expectations, and she dreads the future they have planned for her. But things begin to change when Luna starts breaking the rules and hanging out with Hunter. This book promises magic, romance, and family drama. Sign me up!

Words of Literary Wisdom

“Everyone loves to hate love triangles, but actually they’re great. They exist so the main character can choose between different versions of themselves: who they used to be, and who they’re still becoming. Side note: If you ever find yourself choosing between a vampire and a werewolf, choose the vampire.”

Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon

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.

This week, I’ve got some uplifting news from the bookish side of Twitter!

Emery Lee—author of Meet Cute Diaryis calling on everyone to tweet about their favorite trans books/authors on Monday, August 30th using the hashtag #TransBooks365. Lee explains the hashtag: “because trans books are worthwhile all year, not just as a bigotry response.” Check out his twitter thread for more details, but the general rules are simple. Just be sure to tweet (and post across all social media platforms) about trans books/authors on Monday, August 30th. And then feel free to keep talking about trans authors throughout the year!

Your Weekend Reading Soundtrack

I’m feeling a little nostalgic this week, so I’ve put together a 90’s themed playlist to help get you through your reading this weekend. Relax, grab a cup of tea and your favorite flannel, and enjoy! 🎶🎵🎶

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

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Phantom is the star of the show this Thursday. And I was able to catch him mid-stretch, which I was really excited about! An action shot! Or as action-y as a cat can be when napping.

If you look closely, you might notice that Phantom’s right eye is a little cloudy because of scarring. We call this his magic eye. He seems to see perfectly fine out of it, and it’s where he keeps all his magic, of course.


You’ve made it to the end of another Book Radar! And almost to the end of another week. I’m proud of you. You’re doing amazing things. See you next week.

❤️ Emily

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Here’s the Official Teaser Trailer for SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME: Today in Books

SNL’s Leslie Jones Donates to Middle School Library

Actress, comedian, and former Saturday Night Live star Leslie Jones just made a last-minute donation that caused a middle school librarian to cry “happy tears.” Brittany Gendron is a North Carolina-based librarian who was raising money for supplies to aid her middle school library in the fight against COVID-19. As the first day of school rapidly approached, Gendron was feeling the pressure to gather supplies, so she made an appeal to Leslie Jones via Twitter with a list of things her library needed. Later that day, Jones tweeted, “I cleared the list! I hope this helps!” After seeing Jones’ post, other Twitter users jumped to contribute supplies as well.

Here’s the Official Teaser Trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home

Spider-Man: No Way Home is coming to theaters on December 17. On Monday, the official teaser trailer for the upcoming film was released. Spider-Man: No Way Home is the third film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Spider-Man movies, starring Tom Holland, Zendaya, and Marisa Tomei. As seen in the trailer, the cast will also include Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Stephen Strange, Alfred Molina as Doctor Otto Octavius, and Jamie Foxx as Electro. The film is directed by Jon Watts.

Candice Carty-Williams to Create Drama Series Based on Her Novel Queenie

Channel 4 has commissioned Candice Carty-Williams to create a new drama series based on her novel Queenie. The show will be produced by Further South Productions in association with Lionsgate Television, and it will be made up of eight 30-minute episodes. Steve November, Sarah Conroy and Carty-Williams will executive produce. Of this new project, Carty-Williams said, “Being able to bring Queenie, her family and of course the Corgis to the screen is so exciting to me. And to do that with Channel 4, who has always set the tone for what television is about by pushing the boundaries of what we watch, is an added bonus…To adapt and breathe new life into a story that has been talked about across the globe, and to bring Queenie, our problematic fave, to a whole new audience, is such a privilege.” 

Light Novel vs. Manga: We Can Have Both

In the debate between light novels versus manga, why choose? Here’s a closer look at light novels and manga and why we can enjoy both!

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New Paul McCartney Book Will Feature Previously Unseen Lyrics: Today in Books

Get A First Look at R.L. Stine’s Just Beyond Adaptation from Disney+

If you loved Netflix’s Fear Street adaptation, you’ll be excited to hear there’s more R.L. Stine coming to television very soon! There’s a new Disney+ anthology series called Just Beyond, based on the BOOM! Studios comics by R.L. Stine. And now you can get a first look at some of the images from the series. Set to debut on Disney+ this fall, the eight-episode series is written by Seth Grahame-Smith (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies), who will also serve as the showrunner. Marc Webb (The Amazing Spiderman) will direct two of the episodes. Each episode will be a different story, introducing new characters.

Ashley M. Jones is Named First Black Poet Laureate for Alabama

Ashley M. Jones has been chosen to be the first Black poet laureate for Alabama. The announcement was made during a meeting on Sunday that was part of the Alabama Writers Cooperative’s yearly conference. Jones is also the youngest person to ever hold this position. The poet laureate for Alabama is responsible for being the ambassador of poetry for the state. According to the announcement on Sunday, Jones’ responsibilities will be “to make appearances at schools, universities, libraries and other state institutions, as well as give lectures, read poetry and hold workshops on a local and national level.” In a statement released by the Magic City Poetry festival, Jones said, “I’m so honored to serve my home state as an ambassador, advocate, and as a lover of poetry and all the people who write it, read it, and find new magic from it in this life…I’m so excited to spend the next four years helping to make Alabama poets and poetry radiate here at home and beyond.”

Paul McCartney’s New Book Will Feature Previously Unreleased Lyrics

Paul McCartney’s upcoming book The Lyrics, which the musician describes as a “self-portrait in 154 songs,” will include the previously unseen lyrics to an unrecorded Beatles song, “Tell Me Who He Is.” The never-before-seen lyrics were found handwritten in one of McCartney’s notebooks, and the lyrics are believed to be from the early 1960s. McCartney’s book will be released on November 2nd, and it will include “many further treasures” from McCartney’s archives.

9 Books By Women from Afghanistan to Read Right Now

Over the past few weeks, the Taliban have once again seized control of Afghanistan. If you’re wondering how you can learn more about women’s experiences in Afghanistan, here are 9 books by Afghan women to get you started.

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Chicago Group Asks Supreme Court to Halt Work on Obama Presidential Library: Today in Books

Acclaimed Novelist Walter Mosley is Taking On The Thing in November

Walter Mosley, the acclaimed author best known for his crime and mystery novels, is bringing his talents to the world of comics. The novelist is writing a six-issue series about the Marvel character The Thing. The first issue will be on sale November 2021. The series will be written by Mosley, illustrated by Tom Reilly, and will feature guest appearances from many other characters from the Marvel universe.

BBC to Adapt Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient into a Series

The BBC is currently developing a television adaptation of Michael Ondaatje’s novel The English Patient. This co-production between Miramax Television and Paramount Television Studios is said to be a new interpretation of Ondaatje’s work, rather than a remake of the 1996 film, which was also from Miramax. The new series will be written by Australian writer, poet, and screenwriter Emily Ballou, who has also worked on Run and Taboo.

Chicago Group Asks Supreme Court to Halt Work on Obama Presidential Library

Protect Our Parks, a Chicago organization that focuses on protecting public parks, is asking for the Supreme Court to halt construction of former President Barack Obama’s presidential library. The organization argues that the government did not conduct the necessary reviews of the center’s environmental impact before moving forward with the project. Protect Our Parks filed a request with Justice Amy Coney Barrett. The request claims that in building the library, the government will be demolishing “significant parts” of Jackson Park, leading to adverse effects on the environment, landscape, wildlife, and migratory birds. Construction was originally scheduled to begin on August 16th.

It’s Time to Pick LeVar Burton as the Next Jeopardy Host Already!

Mike Richards was set to be our new Jeopardy host. But after his history of abuse and scandal came to light, Richards was soon out of a job. The solution to this problem seems obvious. It’s time to make LeVar Burton the host of Jeopardy already!

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BLACK PANTHER 2 Will Introduce IRONHEART Star Dominique Thorne: Today in Books

Read the First Chapter of Liane Moriarty’s Upcoming Novel Apples Never Fall

Liane Moriarty’s new novel Apples Never Fall is out on September 14th. While you wait for the whole novel to hit shelves, you can read the first chapter of the highly anticipated novel. In this chapter, you’ll meet the Delaneys, a group of tennis-playing suburbanites whose lives seem perfect from the outside. The reality is a little more complicated though. Isn’t it always? In the case of the Delaneys, Joy, the matriarch of the family, has gone missing, and her husband Sam is suspected to be to blame for the disappearance.

Black Panther 2 Will Introduce Ironheart Star Dominique Thorne

Soon, Disney Plus will introduce an Ironheart series, with Dominique Thorne starring as the titular superhero. But you won’t have to wait for the television series to meet Ironheart. Dominique Thorne will actually make her Marvel Cinematic Universe debut as Ironheart in the upcoming film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. “We’re shooting Black Panther: Wakanda Forever right now, and the character of Riri Williams, you will meet in Black Panther 2 first,” Marvel Studios president Keven Feige revealed in an interview with Comicbook.com. “She started shooting, I think, this week before her Ironheart series.” The Ironheart series currently does not have an official release date.

Prince Harry Donating Proceeds from Upcoming Memoir to Charity

In his first public appearance since the birth of his daughter Lilibet Diana, Prince Harry made an announcement about the proceeds of his upcoming memoir. In 2006, the Duke of Sussex co-founded Sentebale with his friend Prince Seeiso. The organization provides resources to children in southern Africa who are affected by poverty, inequality, and the HIV/AIDs epidemic. At the Sentebale ISPS Handa Polo Cup in Aspen, Colorado this Thursday, Harry announced that he would be donating $1.5 million to the charity using part of the proceeds from his upcoming memoir. “I’m thrilled to be able to support Sentebale, both in person and financially through a separate charitable donation to meet this immediate need,” the duke said in a statement. “This is one of several donations I plan to make to charitable organizations, and I’m grateful to be able to give back in this way for the children and communities who gravely need it.”

The Winner of the 2021 Public Library of the Year Has Been Announced

Every year, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions selects the best new public library. This is the winner they chose for 2021!

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Get Your First Look at THE WHEEL OF TIME and More Book Radar!

Fellow Book Fiends,

We’ve somehow made it to Monday again, and I’m so proud of us. I know that Monday is always a long day for me, and maybe it is for you. And of course, it’s the first day of the week, which can make it seem like it lasts forever. But I’m trying to take back Mondays, okay? It’s a great time to reset, refocus, and start the week off strong. I’m one of those weird people who loves New Year’s Day, and Monday is like New Year’s Day of the week. You know? No? Too optimistic?

Monday’s also a perfect day to look at what’s up in the world of books, so I’ve got a bunch of book deals, reveals, and other book stuff for you to look forward to! And don’t forget to stay for the cat pic!

❤️ Emily

Book Deals and Reveals

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Jesse Q. Sutanto’s Dial A for Aunties is getting a sequel, and here’s the cover reveal for the new book, entitled Four Aunties and a Wedding!

Disney Branded TV announced on Twitter that they’ll be developing a film adaptation of Janae Marks’ From the Desk of Zoe Washington.

On Thursday, I told you Akata Woman was coming. Now, Tor.com has revealed the cover of Nnedi Okorafor’s third novel in the Nsibidi Scripts series. So exciting.

Picturestart and Lionsgate Television are teaming up to adapt Squad, an upcoming graphic novel by Maggie Tokuda-Hall and Lisa Sterle.

Amazon’s Wheel of Time series kicks off in November. But for now, you can get a first look at the series over at Entertainment Weekly.

Double cover reveal! Mindy McGinnis has revealed the redesigned cover for the paperback release of The Initial Insult and the cover for its sequel The Last Laugh, out on March 15, 2022.

Webtoon, a moblie comics platform, is teaming up with DC to create digital comics set in the DC superhero universe.

Here’s another highly-anticipated cover reveal: Ibi Zoboi’s novel Star Child: A Biographical Constellation of Octavia Estelle Butler.

Based on the results of a listener poll and the thoughtful consideration of a panel of judges, NPR has announced the 50 Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of the past decade.

Here’s the first full trailer for Foundation, Apple’s adaptation of the Isaac Asimov trilogy.

Anthony Mackie is officially picking up the shield to star in Captain America 4.

Global publisher Quarto is reorganizing its management team as COO Ken Fund prepares to retire.

Tim Robbins has just joined the cast of Apple TV+’s series adaptation of the dystopian novel Wool.

Here’s the cover reveal of Heather O’Neill’s upcoming book When We Lost Our Heads, out in February 2022. Heather O’Neill tweeted, “Can’t wait for you to meet all my lovely murderesses.”

Bridgerton’s Phoebe Dynevor has signed on to a new project: the TV adaptation of the novel Exciting Times.

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!

Nothing But Blackened Teeth

Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw (Nightfire, October 19, 2021)

I don’t know if it’s because fall is so close that I can almost taste the pumpkin spice in the air (we are team pumpkin spice here, by the way). But for whatever reason, I’m really in a horror and thriller mood lately. Nothing But Blackened Teeth is the perfect horror novella to read this fall if you too are in the mood to get into some creepy, atmospheric reads.

And since this is a dark, atmospheric book, let’s set the scene first: an abandoned Heian-era mansion with a dark history. It’s said to be built on the bones of a ill-fated bride, and the walls are packed with the remains of sacrificed girls who keep the bride company. The perfect place to hold a romantic wedding, right? Well, the group of friends at the center of this novella think so anyway. They’ve all traveled to Japan for a destination wedding, and the bride and groom have their hearts set on exchanging their vows at this haunted mansion. Shockingly, what starts off as a night of food, drinks, and fun amongst friends… gets a lot more sinister. Lurking in the shadows is a ghost bride with dark desires.

Reading this book is like journeying though a real-life haunted house. Was that a creaky floorboard or the wails of the dead? Did you really just see what you thought you saw out of the corner of your eye? This is how Nothing But Blackened Teeth will make you feel. Get ready for twists, shocks, and surprises, all in a taut 124 pages.

What I’m Reading This Week

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Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins

Summer Sons by Lee Mandelo

The Mary Shelley Club by Goldy Moldavsky

Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon

Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw

Bookish Meme Corner

This book meme is the Mondayest book meme to ever Monday. You’ll see what I mean. The struggle is real.

Other Things That Make Me Happy

I’m finally watching The White Lotus on HBO Max. And yes, it is so good! If you’ve watched it already, no spoilers. I’m only on episode 2, and I hear there’s a big twist!

Love a good book/card game crossover? Check out the game Marrying Mr. Darcy. We recently leveled up our game and got the undead expansion pack, which adds an undead plague to your Jane Austen shenanigans. There’s also a really fun Emma expansion pack, because Emma is the best.

Purrli: It’s a purring cat right at your fingertips. Thanks to Liberty for sharing!

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

orange and black cat snuggling

Look at Murray. He is the ultimate office desk cat, isn’t he? Murray is our middle child, but don’t worry. We still give him plenty of attention. I mean. Just look at those pink toe beans. How can you say no to pink toe beans?

You can’t. Unless you’re a monster.


You did it! You made it through Monday’s Book Radar! I hope all of your new-week resolutions come true. ❤️ Emily

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Anthony Mackie Will Carry the Shield in CAPTAIN AMERICA 4: Today in Books

Take A First Look At Amazon’s Adaptation of The Wheel of Time

Amazon’s adaptation of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time fantasy series is coming this November. And while that’s still a few months away, you can take a first look at The Wheel of Time adaptation right now online at Entertainment Weekly‘s website and in the September issue of their magazine. The series stars Rosamund Pike as Moiraine, who rescues a group of villagers after monsters attack their home. Pike explains, “Moiraine is the guide figure in this world, the mysterious stranger who comes to town and changes their lives forever. They leave with her on a journey that will either save or destroy humanity.” Showrunner Rafe Judkins says he sees The Wheel of Time as a perfect bridge between Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings, another fantasy series being adapted by Amazon into a show.

Anthony Mackie Will Carry the Shield in Captain America 4

It’s official! Anthony Mackie has closed a deal to carry the shield in the next Captain America movie. Very few details are known about the project at this time. We know that the film will be written by The Falcon and the Winter Soldier head writer and creator Malcolm Spellman, along with series staff writer Dalan Musson. It is unknown whether Sebastian Stan or Chris Evans will be involved in the project. A director for the film has yet to be chosen.

Disney to Adapt Janae Marks’ From the Desk of Zoe Washington

Disney Branded Television is developing the critically-acclaimed From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Zoe Marks into a film. The project was officially announced on Twitter on Wednesday, August 18th. From the Desk of Zoe Washington is a middle grade novel that follows the story of Zoe, a young aspiring pastry chef who wants to audition for Food Network’s “Kids Bake Challenge” the summer before seventh grade. Then she gets a letter from her father Marcus, who was sent to prison before she was born. When Marcus tells Zoe he’s innocent, Zoe is shocked that an innocent man could be sent to prison, and she begins looking into systemic racism and injustice in prisons. Kerry Washington, Pilar Savone, and Effie T. Brown have signed on to executive produce the film. Disney promises that more details are coming soon!

Book Riot Will Match Your Donation to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society

Book Riot is matching donations up to $2,500 USD to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society. Read this post to find out more and how you can help.

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BRIDGERTON’s Phoebe Dynevor to Star in EXCITING TIMES Adaptation: Today in Books

NPR Announces the 50 Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of the Last Decade

Over the summer, NPR conducted a poll to find out what listeners’ favorite sci-fi/fantasy books of the last decade have been. Now, with the help of an expert panel of judges and the results of the poll, NPR has announced the 50 best science fiction and fantasy books of the last decade. NPR took the votes of the poll (over 16,000 this year) and narrowed it down to 250 semifinalists, and from those semifinalists NPR’s panel of judges narrowed it down to 50. Check out the full list on NPR’s website!

This Picture Book is Fighting Back Against Russia’s Anti-LGBTQ+ Laws

One month ago, a Hungarian bookshop was fined for selling a children’s book that tells the story of a day in the life of a child with same-sex parents. That same book has now been published in Russian. However, the book had to be published with an 18+ sticker to comply with the country’s “gay propaganda” law. In spite of the laws against the book in Russia, the charity organization Sphere chose to publish the book in that country. Sphere explained that this book “is a book that is not only about LGBTQ+ families, but for them. In that sense, this book stands on its own as the very first of its kind in Russia…Because of the existing legislature there was no other choice but to publish a children’s book for adults only…This is the ridiculousness of the propaganda law, which only raises discrimination against LGBT+ and limits access to information.”

Bridgerton‘s Phoebe Dynevor to Star in EXCITING TIMES Adaptation

Deadline has reported that Bridgerton‘s Phoebe Dynevor has signed a deal to executive-produce and star in Amazon’s adaptation of Naoise Dolan’s debut novel Exciting Times. Unfortunately, that could very well mean that season 2 of Bridgerton will be Dynevor’s last season with the show, even though the series has already been renewed through season 4. Exciting Times, meanwhile, is a story that follows Ava, an Irish woman who teaches English grammar to children abroad. But when she’s not working, Ava finds herself involved in a love triangle. Ava will be played by Phoebe Dynevor in the TV adaptation. The series will be produced by Black Bear Pictures and written by Naoise Dolan and Cooper Raiff.

What is an ISBN?

You’ve probably heard of or seen an ISBN, but do you know what it is? Let’s dive into what it is and why we use it.

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LeVar Burton Wants to Read Your Stories and More Book Radar!

What a week it’s been, book friends. I hope you’ve been taking care of yourself and giving yourself moments to breathe amidst any stress or chaos you might be personally feeling.

I know Thursday isn’t technically the beginning of the weekend, but it certainly feels that way to me, so around here, we’re going to start thinking about weekend plans on Thursday. What’s my weekend looking like? Lots of cuddling with cats, drinking iced coffee, and reading. As you can see, I’m going to be very busy. I hope you’ve got fun reading plans as well! And in the meantime, here’s everything you need to know about books today.

— xoxo, Gossip Emily

Book Deals and Reveals

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Here’s what you all came here to know: from now until 8/31, you can submit a short story for LeVar Burton to read on his podcast LeVar Burton Reads. Hop to it, creatives!

Tordotcom Publishing has revealed the cover of Seanan McGuire’s Seasonal Fears, a companion novel to Middlegame.

Speaking of our hero LeVar Burton, the actor will be hosting the 2021 National Book Festival Broadcast on PBS.

Nnedi Okorafor has announced the title of the final book in her Nsibidi Scripts Series: Akata Woman. Cover reveal coming soon!

Soccer star Megan Rapinoe has started a monthly book club with Literati called The Call In.

MGM has landed the rights to Lisa Taddeo’s Animal. Plan B is set to produce the film adaptation as part of its overall deal with MGM.

After 46 years, Judy Blume’s Forever is finally becoming an audiobook.

Hachette is buying Workman publishing, an independent publisher known for titles What to Expect When You’re Expecting and Brain Quest.

The Shirley Jackson Award winners have been announced!

Author Ashley C. Ford is starting a newsletter.

AMC is working on an adaptation of Anne Rice’s Lives of the Mayfair Witches series.

Here’s the cover reveal of The Tobacco Wives, a debut historical novel from Adele Myers.

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

The Undertakers by Nicole Glover

The Undertakers by Nicole Glover (Mariner Books, November 9, 2021)

This author only has one novel currently out (The Conductors), but I already feel confident enough to say this: Nicole Glover is the absolute master of genre mixing. Glover’s Murder and Magic series is the perfect mix of fantasy, alternate history, and murder mystery. And she doesn’t cut any corners here. This is 100% a fantasy series. The world-building is incredibly detailed and unique. This series is also totally satisfying from an alternative history/historical fiction perspective. The world of this book is set in an alternate version of post-Civil War Philadelphia. The characters and storyline are heavily influenced by this setting and its real historical background. And if you’re looking for an intriguing mystery, you’re going to get that too. This isn’t a little bit of everything. It’s everything of everything, and Glover makes it all fit seamlessly together.

The second book in the series, The Undertakers, is out in November. The Undertakers continues the story of Hetty Rhodes and her husband Benjy, two people practicing celestial magic and solving crimes in the city that the Philadelphia authorities are likely to ignore. In this book, Hetty and Benjy investigate the death of Raimond Duval, a victim of one of the many fires that have erupted in the city recently. The more they look into the case, the more suspicious the circumstances surrounding Raimond’s death are. And they discover a powerful Fire Company is actually allowing homes within the Black community to burn to the ground.

One of my favorite things about this series is that each book is pretty self-contained. So if you read The Conductors, you’re getting a full mystery story, from beginning to end, with a definite conclusion. With this next book in the series, we’re getting another full story that can stand on its own, but we’re also getting to learn more about the characters we love and the world they live in. I’m especially excited to learn more about the magic systems in this world as the series continues.

Words of Literary Wisdom

“I judge people two ways—on how they treat animals, and on what they like to eat. If their favorite food is some kind of salad, they are definitely a bad person. Anything with cheese, they are probably OK.”

The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward

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 what’s going on this week? Well.

On Monday, I told y’all about the OwlCrate scandal. In case you missed it, the book subscription box announced on Instagram that they would be selling Harry Potter merch once again (and now, a few days later, they’ve reversed that decision). Overall, the Bookstagram community was not happy about this choice. For a thorough, thought-provoking, and funny overview of how that conversation went down, I highly recommend checking out BookTuber Jesse’s video about the controversy over at Bowties & Books. And definitely hang around and check out some of their other videos. They’re great!

Your Weekend Reading Soundtrack

If you’ve got weekend reading plans, you need a good soundtrack. I put this one together for you, and it’s giving me good mid-August vibes. I hope you enjoy! 🎶 🎵🎧

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

an orange and white cat next to an orange and white pillow

On Monday, I introduced you to Murray and Phantom. Today, it’s time to meet cat #3: Cersei! Her full name is Cersei Anne Boleyn Lannister. Sometimes I call her Cersei Anne for short. And although I just called her cat #3, she’s the one we’ve had longest, so she’s still #1!

She loves this BB8 pillow because it looks like her. Orange and white. One of a kind!


It’s been fun, everyone. I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and I look forward to delivering you more book news and other such things next week!

❤️ Emily