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Tiffany Haddish’s New Book I CURSE YOU WITH JOY Out This November: Today in Books

The Office Stars Jenna Fischer & Angela Kinsey Celebrate New Book

Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey, co-stars of The Office and co-authors of the new book The Office BFFs: Tales of The Office from Two Best Friends Who Were There, are taking the stage of New York City’s Town Hall on May 18th to celebrate the release of their new book. This will be the day after the book releases on the 17th, and it will be Fischer and Kinsey’s only in-person book event. “We are proud to welcome Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey to The Town Hall to discuss their book and the pop culture phenomenon that was The Office,” said Town Hall Artistic Director Melay Araya. The Town Hall event, presented in partnership with the Strand Bookstore, starts 7 p.m. ET on May 18th. You can find out more about getting tickets here.

Tiffany Haddish’s New Book I Curse You With Joy Out This November

Tiffany Haddish’s next book—an essay collection titled I Curse You With Joy— is scheduled for a November 29th release this year. The book will be published by Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. In Amistad’s announcement about the upcoming book, the publisher said, “I Curse You With Joy includes stories of how Haddish uses comedy to metabolize pain and turn it into art, auditioning for Saturday Night Live before being the first Black female comic to host it, how the trauma in her own life has made her more compassionate, and her complicated relationship with her father, whom she reunited with after 20.”

Philip Pullman Steps Down as Society of Authors President

Philip Pullman has stepped down as president of the Society of Authors (SoA). The announcement comes after comments Pullman made about Kate Clanchy’s controversial memoir, Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me. After the memoir was criticized for racial and ablest stereotyping, Pullman spoke out in support of the book in a tweet that has since been deleted. Following Pullman’s remarks, the SoA released a statement distancing itself from Pullman’s comments. Pullman later tweeted an apology for the harm he caused, saying criticism of Clanchy was “reasonable and balanced.” However, as the controversy surrounding the book continued, Pullman decided it would be best to resign from his SoA position. In a letter to the SoA’s management committee, the author said he “would not be free to express [his] personal opinion” as long as he remained in the role.

How to Choose Your Next Book to Read — in the Most Chaotic Way Possible

Having trouble deciding what to read next? Here are ten chaotic ways to choose your next book.

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WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING Trailer Has Dropped and More Book Radar!

Dear Book Friends,

How was your weekend? I got a whole lot of reading done and I got to hang out with cats, so all in all, it wasn’t too bad. Now that we’re hopefully feeling refreshed and ready to take on our week, let’s talk books.

💙 Emily

Book Deals and Reveals

the furrows book cover

Oprah Daily has revealed the cover for Zambian American author Namwali Serpell’s new novel The Furrows, out from Hogarth in September.

V. Castro will reveal the backstory of Aliens character Private Vasquez in a new book titled Aliens: Vasquezset to be published by Titan Books on October 25th.

The Nerd Daily has revealed the cover for The Girl In The Castle by James Patterson and Emily Raymond. This book releases on September 19th!

CJ Connor has announced a new queer mystery series, “full of board games, silly puns, family in all its forms, and queer joy (y’know, as joyful as a murder mystery can be).” The first novel in the series is titled Board to Death.

Liz Tigelaar, the creator of Little Fires Everywhere, is set to adapt Taylor Jenkins Reid’s bestselling novel The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo for Netflix. 

A new Ivo van Hove stage adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining is in the works for a 2023 West End debut, and Ben Stiller in talks to play the role of Jack Torrance

Kacen Callender has an adult romance novel Stars in Your Eyes, out from Forever in fall 2023.

The official trailer for Where the Crawdads Sing, adapted from Delia Owen’s bestselling 2018 novel, has just dropped

During confirmation hearings for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, Senator Ted Cruz accidentally boosted sales of two anti-racist books.

Book Riot Recommends

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Prepare Your Shelves!

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Woman, Eating by Claire Kohda (Harpervia, April 12th)

Just when you think every angle of vampire fiction has been explored already. Just when you think vampires are soooo over. Just when you think you couldn’t possibly find a book that would deliver a new and exciting vampire story, a book like Woman, Eating comes along to totally revive the genre. I’m trying to think of good vampire puns about coming back to life, but I’m missing the obvious here. So I’ll just say [insert your favorite vampire puns here], and let’s move on.

Woman, Eating is the story of Lydia, a bi-racial half-vampire, half-human who is on her own for the first time after growing up under the watchful eye of her overbearing mother. Now Lydia is hungry, and she yearns to try the foods her Japanese father liked to eat. But delicious foods like sashimi and ramen are off limits for Lydia. After all, what she really thirsts for is blood.

This is Lydia’s coming of age story. It’s a story of a young woman coming to terms with what it means to be an adult, what it means to be an artist, and what it means to be human. And of course, the fact that Lydia is a vampire complicates these moments of self-exploration.

What I’m Reading This Week

Book cover of Cold by Mariko Tamaki

Cold by Mariko Tamaki

Fiona and Jane by Jean Chen Ho

Tender is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica

The Peregrine by J.A. Baker

Sailor Moon Eternal Edition 7 by Naoko Takeuchi

The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley

Monday Memes

This one’s for all my people who grew up identifying with Belle from Beauty and the Beast. Hello to my people.

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

happy orange cat

Last night, I curled up on my couch, wrapped myself in my Sailor Moon blanket, and watched Love Island Australia. Then this little cutie curled up with me, and I couldn’t get over the sweet look on his face. So of course I had to share!

We love you, Murray! You are the sweetest kitty!

Anyway, thanks for joining me today. I hope you have a great week!

💙 Emily

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Mr. Darcy’s White Shirt Stars in Jane Austen Exhibition: Today in Books

Anna May Wong Biopic in the Works

Hollywood’s first Chinese American movie star Anna May Wong will be getting a biopic, based on Graham Russell Gao Hodges’ biography Anna May Wong: From Laundryman’s Daughter to Hollywood Legend. Gemma Chan and producer Nina Yang Bongiovi are teaming with Working Title Films to develop the project. Gemma Chan, who starred in Eternals and Crazy Rich Asians, will play the role of the golden age icon, and she will also executive produce. “Anna May Wong was a trailblazer, an icon and a woman ahead of her time,” Chan said in a statement. “Her talent and her exploration of her art both in and outside of the U.S. was groundbreaking — and the challenges and prejudice she faced in the early 20th century as an actress speak directly to the conversations and the world we are navigating today.”

Garment Worn by Colin Firth in Pride and Prejudice to Go on Show at Jane Austen’s House

In the 1995 BBC adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy emerges from a lake, with his white shirt soaking wet. Now, starting this Saturday, fans will be able to get a closeup view of Firth’s famous white shirt. The shirt is the centerpiece of an exhibition opening at Jane Austen’s House in Chawton, Hampshire. The exhibition is called Jane Austen Undressed, and it focuses on the undergarments that Austen heroines would have worn under their Regency dresses. Still, one of the main draws of the exhibition will likely be the Firth shirt. “I think people will be excited to see it in the flesh and hopefully no one will go up and hug it,” curator Sophie Reynolds said. “As a 30-something I am excited, I have to say. Most women of my generation seem to be Pride and Prejudice fans. The BBC version really has converted a whole generation, especially young women, to Jane Austen.”

Read an Excerpt from Ashley Poston’s Adult Debut

YA author Ashley Poston is releasing her adult debut novel The Dead Romantics on June 28th. If you can’t wait until then, Entertainment Weekly has an excerpt of the upcoming novel available to read right now. The story follows Florence Day, a ghostwriter for a prolific romance writer. Florence has a deadline looming, and things get even more complicated when she has to return to her small town to deal with the death of her father. The last thing she would expect to find there is her new editor. Especially when he shows up as a ghost. Still, Florence can’t help but develop feelings for the handsome ghost, even if he is dead.

The Censorship Story I Can’t Tell You: This Week’s Censorship News

The disaster unfolding at Anchorage Public Library and the rest of this week’s book censorship news.

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THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO to be Adapted into Feature Film by Liz Tigelaar: Today in Books

V. Castro’s Aliens: Vasquez Reveals Backstory of Beloved Aliens Character

V. Castro will reveal the backstory of Aliens character Private Vasquez in a new book titled Aliens: Vasquez, set to be published by Titan Books on October 25th. According to Entertainment Weekly, Castro’s upcoming novel will explore the canonical background of Vasquez. Additionally, the novel will follow the story of Leticia and Ramon, the children she was forced to leave behind. “It’s my absolute honor to write the Chicana behind the red bandana based on the existing canon AND taking her legacy to new places,” Castro said on Twitter. Check out the cover for the novel here.

Netflix Sets Liz Tigelaar to Adapt The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo into Feature Film

Liz Tigelaar, the creator of Little Fires Everywhere, is set to adapt Taylor Jenkins Reid’s bestselling novel The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo for Netflix. This is the second of Reid’s work that Tigelaar will be adapting. She is also adapting Reid’s Malibu Rising for Hulu and 20th Century Television. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo will be produced by Liza Chasin for 3Dot Productions and Brad Mendelsohn for Circle of Confusion. The feature project continues Netflix’s creative partnership with Chasin and 3Dot.

Dutch Publisher Recalls Anne Frank Book After Critical Report

Only two months after its original publication, The Betrayal of Anne Frank has been pulled by Ambo Anthos. The Dutch publisher said it will no longer publish the bestselling book because of doubts about its findings, including a report by five prominent Dutch historians this week. The Betrayal of Anne Frank claims to have solved the mystery of who betrayed Anne Frank and her family by giving away their hiding place to Nazi police. Canadian author Rosemary Sullivan based her findings on a cold case team led by a former FBI agent. But shortly after publication, there was a significant backlash by Jewish groups, historians and independent researchers who criticized the cold case team’s conclusion. And on Tuesday, a 69-page refutation by six Dutch historians and academics said the cold case team’s findings “does not hold water.” Ambo Anthos, which apologized for the book last month, said in a statement. “Based on the conclusions of this report, we have decided that, effective immediately, the book will no longer be available. We will call upon bookstores to return their stock.”

Ted Cruz Accidentally Makes Two Anti-Racist Books Bestsellers

During confirmation hearings for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, Senator Ted Cruz accidentally boosted sales of two anti-racist books.

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Ben Stiller in Talks to Star in Stage Adaptation of Stephen King’s THE SHINING: Today in Books

Katherine Dunn’s Previously Unpublished Novel TOAD to be Released in November

MCD Books will be publishing Katherine Dunn’s previously unpublished novel TOAD in November this year. Yesterday, the publisher released the cover of the upcoming novel, featuring a cover design by June Park. MCD Books write in an Instagram post, “TOAD is a brilliant precursor to the book that would make Dunn a cult icon—even fifty-some years after it was written, it’s a refreshing take on the lives of young outsiders treading the delicate lines between isolation and freedom, love and insanity, hatred and friendship. We can’t wait for readers to jump in on 11/1/22!”

Monstress Creators Unveil New Adult Graphic Novel Trilogy The Night Eaters

Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda, the creators of Monstress, have announced their next comic collaboration, an adult graphic novel trilogy called The Night Eaters. “I cannot begin to express how delighted I am to be creating another series with Sana Takeda,” Liu says in a statement to Entertainment Weekly. “The Night Eaters is an exciting shift for us, both in art and writing style — a contemporary Asian American horror story and urban fantasy — and we are deeply grateful to Abrams ComicArts for this opportunity to push ourselves creatively.” The first installment, The Night Eaters: She Eats the Night, will be available on October 11th, just in time for Halloween. 

Ben Stiller in Talks to Star in Stage Adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining

A new Ivo van Hove stage adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining is in the works for a 2023 West End debut, and Ben Stiller in talks to play the role of Jack Torrance. Sources say the stage play of The Shining will follow King’s 1977 horror novel more closely than the Stanley Kubrick adaptation. Rehearsals are set to begin in the fall, with London performances targeted for January 2023. An eventual move to Broadway is expected. Additional casting news for The Shining has not yet been announced.

The Trailer for Where the Crawdads Sing Has Dropped

The official trailer for Where the Crawdads Sing, adapted from Delia Owen’s bestselling 2018 novel, has just dropped. The film, starring Daisy Edgar-Jones as Kya, will be out in July 2022.

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Here’s the Cover Reveal of Katherine Dunn’s TOAD and More Book Radar!

Dear Book Friends,

Today has been a rainy day and there was a tornado warning in effect from 9am to 7pm. So what did that mean for me? Lots of reading on the couch with the kitties as I listened to the rain. So now I feel really inspired to talk to you about books. Let’s do this.

💙 Emily

Book Deals and Reveals

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Here’s the cover reveal of Katherine Dunn’s previously unpublished novel TOAD.

The Literary Hub has the exclusive cover reveal for Pulitzer-winning author Elizabeth Strout’s latest novel Lucy by the Sea, which will be published by Random House this September.

Here’s the cover reveal for Your Body is Not Your Body, an anthology of New Weird Horror to benefit trans youth in crisis.

Jason Katims has rounded out the ensemble cast for Dear Edward, an Apple TV+ drama series based on the novel of the same name by Ann Napolitano.

Here’s the cover reveal for Rose Egal’s genre-bending debut novel The Sevenfold Hunters, out in October from Page Street.

Constance Wu, star of HustlersCrazy Rich Asians, and Fresh Off the Boat, has written a memoir that will be published this fall, and Entertainment Weekly has the exclusive cover reveal.

Here’s an excerpt from Ashley Poston’s upcoming YA novel The Dead Romantics. This one hits shelves on June 28th.

Booker-prize-winning Nigerian author Been Okri has rewritten his 2008 novel Starbook. The new version, complete with a new title and cover, will be published this summer as The Last Gift of the Master Artists.

Dolly Parton is returning to the big screen for an upcoming feature film adaption of Run, Rose, Run.

Adina Porter (Underground) and Clark Backo (Letterkenny) have been cast to star opposite LaKeith Stanfield in Apple TV+’s upcoming drama series based on Victor LaValle’s bestselling novel The Changeling

Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda—the brains behind Monstress—have announced their next comic collaboration. The Night Eaters is “a contemporary Asian American horror story and urban fantasy.”

Here are ten of the audiobooks coming out in the next few months that Libro.fm users are most excited about!

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Can’t Wait for This One

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Trust by Hernan Diaz (Riverhead Books, May 3rd)

The first thing that’s exciting about this book is this stunning cover. The second thing is that author Hernan Diaz’s previous novel In the Distance was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner Award. The third and most exciting thing about Trust? It’s being described as four books in one. It’s a novel-within-a-novel, a partial manuscript, a memoir, and a diary. This ambitious project adds up to one unforgettable story about economic disparity, capitalism, history, secrets, the power of storytelling, and more.

Everyone in New York has heard of Wall Street trader Benjamin Rask and his wife Helen. The two become incredibly wealthy in the 1920s, and with the Great Depression the couple becomes even wealthier. But the secrets around this couple and their affluence have sparked endless rumors. People wonder: How did the Rasks become so wealthy? And at what cost?

In the 1938 novel Bonds, the author tries to unpack the mystery of the Rasks, but this isn’t the only version of the story to be told. Even though this is the version that has become the most widely accepted. Somewhere between all of these stories and rumors lies the truth about the Rasks. But how does one separate facts from lies and illusions?

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Words of Literary Wisdom

“The human being is complex and I find the vile acts, contradictions, and sublimities characteristic of our condition astonishing. Our existence would be an exasperating shade of gray if we were all flawless.”

Tender is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica

What I’m Watching This Weekend

Not book-related, but I do also watch TV and movies, so I thought it could be fun to share what I’m watching.

All week, I’ve been marathoning Atlanta to prepare for season 3, which is coming out TOMORROW, Friday, March 25th. I am so excited. This is my favorite show that’s currently on tv. Do you watch Atlanta? If so, let’s chat about the season premiere this weekend!

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

an orange cat curled up on a brown leather couch next to pillows

Look, it’s my rainy day reading buddy, everyone! Murray and I got a good few hundred pages read today. I’d say that’s a good day. For me, anyway. Murray reads 400 pages a day on average.

Just kidding. Murray is a cat. He can’t read. But he is cute.

Okay, that’s all for today. Have a wonderful weekend!

💙 Emily

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See the Cover of Constance Wu’s Memoir MAKING A SCENE: Today in Books

Jason Katims Adds 11 to Dear Edward Cast

Jason Katims has rounded out the ensemble cast for Dear Edward, an Apple TV+ drama series based on the novel of the same name by Ann Napolitano. The show has previously announced its leads, Connie Britton, Taylor Schilling and Colin O’Brien. Now, joining the cast are 11 more: Amy Forsyth (CODA), Carter Hudson (Snowfall), Idris DeBrand (MotherFatherSon), Ivan Shaw (Nocturne), Jenna Qureshi (Mozart in the Jungle), Anna Uzele (Broadway’s Six), Dario Ladani Sanchez (Paper Trail), Eva Ariel Binder (Grey’s Anatomy), Brittany S. Hall (Ballers), Maxwell Jenkins (Lost in Space) and Audrey Corsa (All Rise). Dear Edward is written by Katims, who also serves as showrunner and executive producer through True Jack Productions.

Michael B. Jordan and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Team Up For True Crime Tale

Michael B. Jordan and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II are teaming up for I Helped Destroy People, a dramatic thriller adaptation of a 2021 New York Times article written by Janet Reitman. The story involves a whistleblower, the FBI, and racial and religious profiling. Ben Watkins (Hand of God) will write the script for the feature adaptation. I Helped Destroy People will be produced by Jordan and his Outlier Society partner Elizabeth Raposo as well as by Abdul-Mateen’s House Eleven10. Abdul-Mateen will also star in the film.

See the Cover of Constance Wu’s Memoir Making A Scene

Constance Wu, star of Hustlers, Crazy Rich Asians, and Fresh Off the Boat, has written a memoir that will be published this fall, and Entertainment Weekly has the exclusive cover reveal. In a video announcement, Wu said, “Today is my 40th birthday, so I thought I would tell you guys what I’ve been up to, that not a lot of people know: I had two babies over the pandemic…The first baby I had is a human kind of baby, I had a daughter. And the second baby I gave birth to is a book baby.” The book is a memoir in essays titled Making a Scene. The actress will also narrate the audiobook version of her book. Making a Scene will be published by Scribner on October 4th.

10 of Libro.fm’s Most Preordered Audiobooks of Spring 2022

Here are ten of the audiobooks coming out in the next few months that Libro.fm users are most excited about!

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CRAZY RICH ASIANS 2 Chooses New Writer Amy Wang: Today in Books

Ben Okri Rewrites Novel to Drive Home Message on Slavery

Booker-prize-winning Nigerian author Been Okri has rewritten his 2008 novel Starbook. The new version, complete with a new title and cover, will be published this summer as The Last Gift of the Master Artists. Okri says that the new version of his mystical romance novel places more emphasis on transatlantic slavery, offering readers a “more considered” narrative. “It was a painstaking and agonising process. I still wanted the book to be magical and innocent but I also want it to be political. It all takes place just before the slave trade – in that moment of foreknowledge,” Okri said.

Crazy Rich Asians 2 Chooses New Writer Amy Wang

Warner Bros and Color Force have chosen Chinese-Australian writer Amy Wang as the screenwriter for Crazy Rich Asians 2. Wang replaces Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim following a 2019 controversy around pay parity. Wang has previously worked as the story editor on Netflix’s Brothers Sun from Brad Falchuk and Byron Wu. Wang also worked on From Scratch, an upcoming Netflix project adapted from the memoir of the same name by Tembi Locke. Plot and further details are still being kept under wraps for the anticipated sequel to Crazy Rich Asians. A third film is also planned.

Dolly Parton, James Patterson, and Reese Witherspoon Team Up for Run, Rose, Run Film Adaptation

Dolly Parton is returning to the big screen for an upcoming feature film adaption of Run, Rose, Run. The film is based on the novel Parton co-wrote with James Patterson. Parton and Patterson are producing the feature film for Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine. Witherspoon will also produce the movie along with Hello Sunshine’s President of Film and Television Lauren Neustadter. “James and I love Reese and look forward to working with her and her wonderful team,” Parton said.

J.R.R. Tolkien Estate Releases Rarely-Seen Illustrations from the Author

The estate for J.R.R. Tolkien has released a new website that includes paintings and illustrations from Tolkien not previously available to the public. The website can be browsed for free.

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Stacey Abrams Makes Surprise Appearance on STAR TREK: Today in Books

The Baby-Sitters Club Creator Rachel Shukert Discusses the Show’s Cancellation

Following Netflix’s cancellation of the critically acclaimed show The Baby-Sitters Club, the series creator Rachel Shukert sat down with Kathryn VanArendonk from Vulture to talk about it. “I think female audiences are trained to not take their own stories as seriously, Shukert said in the interview. “Stuff men were obsessed with when they were 9 is treated like Hamlet. How many Spider-Man movies are there? How many Star Wars? They tell it over and over again from different perspectives. That’s all fine, obviously. But what if someone treated something for girls that seriously? Even with a fraction of the money.” Shukert also said that she did have plans for a third season and felt like the girls had more stories to tell. Shukert said, “as far as I’m concerned, [the show is] a great success: creatively, artistically, and honestly, even in terms of viewers. It’s the best-reviewed show Netflix ever made.”

Get Your First Look at Kevin Wilson’s Upcoming Book

The latest novel from Kevin Wilson, the best-selling author of The Family Fang and Nothing to See Here, is set to be published by Ecco on November 8th. And Entertainment Weekly has a sneak peek at the cover. Wilson’s new novel Now Is Not the Time to Panic is coming-of-age story that follows two kids named Frankie and Zeke over the course of a summer. Wilson says in the book’s introduction, “Now Is Not the Time to Panic is a book that I’ve been trying to write for years, and it’s taken on so much meaning for me that I really had to get it right.”

Stacey Abrams Makes Surprise Appearance on Star Trek

Georgia gubernatorial candidate and author Stacey Abrams made a surprise appearance on the lates episode of Star Trek: Discovery, appearing as the president of Earth. In a scene in the season four finale, Abrams is introduced as the United Earth president, and Abrams gets to deliver several lines. Abrams has professed her love for Star Trek in past interviews, and in a 2019 interview with The New York Times, she said she stayed up late marathoning Discovery during her gubernatorial campaign. Abrams said, “I love Voyager and I love Discovery and of course I respect the original, but I revere The Next Generation.”

National Book Critics Circle Award Winners Announced

The NBCC Awards are the only awards in the U.S. chosen by book critics. Here are the winners for books published in 2021.

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Judy Blume Documentary in the Works and More Book Radar!

Dear Book Friends,

It’s Monday. We’re not quite at “happy” yet in this household, so I’m not going to say “Happy Monday” this week. And that’s okay. Why? Because toxic positivity is bad, and all feelings are valid. Anyway, I do want to thank those of you who reached out to offer condolences after we lost our sweet Phantom last week. It meant more to me than I can say, and even though I’m sad now, I feel fortunate that I get to be here talking with you about books.

So should we talk books?

💙 Emily

Book Deals and Reveals

drizzle dreams and lovestruck things book cover

Here’s the cover reveal of Drizzle, Dreams, and Lovestruck Things by Maya Prasad. It’s coming at you from Disney-Hyperion on October 18th!

A Judy Blume documentary is in the works from Amazon Prime Video.

The final chapter of the First Sister trilogy is coming this November. Here’s the cover reveal for The Last Hero by Linden A. Lewis!

Kevin Wilson has announced his next book, Now is Not the Time to Panic, which will be out on November 8, 2022, from Ecco Books.

Netflix is expanding its relationship with Dr. Seuss Enterprises with a deal for five new animated preschool series and specials

Seoul Street will be adapting Suzanne Park’s bestselling novel Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous for the big screen.

Alexandra Daddario has been announced as the star of AMC’s Mayfair Witches, a series adaptation of Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches series.

Del Rey has obtained the world English rights to Evelyn Skye’s adult debut novelThe Hundred Loves of Juliet, in a two-book deal. 

Netflix released a trailer this week for the upcoming series Heartstopper, based on the graphic novel series by Alice Oseman.

The National Book Critics Circle has named its 2021 Award 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!

Prepare Your Shelves!

insomnia book cover

Insomnia by Sarah Pinborough (William Morrow & Company, April 12th)

Alright, y’all. We’ve got less than a month before this one comes at us, so kick some books off your shelves to make some space for the latest thriller from Sarah Pinborough. I’m just kidding about the book kicking. I do not condone violence against books. Even if you’re really excited about a new book, treat your old books with care. So gently but excitedly shuffle your books around to make some space on your shelves cause here it comes…

Why am I making such a big deal about this one? If you’re a big time thriller fan, you probably already know. Sarah Pinborough’s thrillers always deliver with dark and unsettling storylines, twists and surprises, and sometimes even a bit of the supernatural. What sort of shocking reveals will her latest novel Insomnia bring? Well, I’m not going to tell you that. You’re going to have to read and find out.

Here’s the basic set up: Emma Averell is killing it at life. She’s a successful, high-powered lawyer. She also has two wonderful children and a stay-at-home husband whom she loves. But her life wasn’t always this perfect. When Emma’s mother turned forty, she suffered from debilitating insomnia that lead to a horrific incident. As a result, Emma and her sister were put into the foster care system. Now, as her fortieth birthday approaches, Emma is experiencing symptoms similar to her mother’s, and she worries she is doomed to play out a similar fate.

What I’m Reading This Week

the peregrine book cover

Well, I’m keeping honest. I said last week that reading has been slow this month, and that hasn’t changed this week that much. But I’ve got a few books on the TBR for this week:

The Peregrine by J.A. Baker

Tender is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica

Moon Witch, Spider King by Marlon James

Sailor Moon: Eternal Edition 7 by Naoko Takeuchi

A Girl is a Body of Water by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

Monday Memes

Do you have any friends who dog ear books? I do, and yes, it did make me question our friendship.

Other Things That Make Me Happy

If you love cat pictures, and you’re not following KittenLady on Instagram, what are you doing? Right now, you’re missing out on Chou Chou, a little cotton ball of a kitten. I’m completely obsessed with this floof.

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

orange and black cat sleeping

I’ve got a throw back picture of baby Phantom and Murray I wanted to share just so you can see just how much they loved each other from day one! What perfect angels.

Aaaand… that’s all I’ve got, friends. I hope your week goes well. I hope you read good books. Pet all the cats. And I’ll see you next time.

💙 Emily