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Peep the Little Fires Everywhere Trailer

Alarms were ringing over here yesterday because we got the trailer for the highly anticipated adaptation of Celeste Ng’s novel Little Fires Everywhere. Will you be watching the series?

Lee Child Hands Over Jack Reacher

The first Jack Reacher novel, Killing Floor, came out in 1997. After twenty-three more books, author Lee Child is ready for someone else to write the character, and has chosen his brother Andrew Grant to carry on—providing Andrew adopt the Lee surname.

George Lucas Meets Baby Yoda

What are you still doing here? BABY YODA. Click already.

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Well, Clarice, have the lambs stopped screaming?

Did you first meet FBI agent Clarice Sterling by reading Thomas Harris’s Silence of the Lambs or watching Jonathan Demme’s film adaptation? Well, now you’ll get to encounter her on the small screen. CBS is developing a series around Clarice’s FBI adventures in the years following Silence of the Lambs.

Best-Selling Books of 2019

We’ve seen lots of subjective year-end lists in the past couple months. With the year well and truly over, we have some data-driven lists. Here’s USA Today’s list of best-selling books of 2019, with Where the Crawdads Sing in the top spot.

Books n Bros Founder Featured in Documentary Series

Tune in to the Disney+ documentary series “Marvel Hero Project” to learn about Sidney Keys, the St. Louis teen who started a diverse book club that has grown to over 150 members.

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New Books Editor For L.A. Times

The Los Angeles Times has gone a whole year without a full-time books editor. But now, Boris Kachka joins them in that role, having previously been New York Magazine’s books editor.

Rescuing A Card Catalog

The University of Virginia was set to dump its card catalog, but that just didn’t sit right with a couple graduate students who had used the card catalog to research the history of the library’s collection. Read all about the volunteer rescue mission here.

Check Out The “Outlander” Trailer

The hot Scots are back in this trailer for “Outlander” season five, which will (roughly) adapt Diana Gabaldon’s The Fiery Cross.

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Tiny Ladies

Have a listen to NPR’s Weekend Edition short segment on Little Women and books vs. movies when it comes to children and literature.

Garfield Going Once, Going Twice, Sold!

Garfield cartoonist Jim Davis is selling over 11,000 daily strips at auction, a couple of strips at a time. You can get one for yourself if you’ve got $500 or so (the strips featuring lasagna are valued higher, naturally).

“He Liked Having His Head Blown” Says Eliot Estate

The estate of Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats author T.S. Eliot has weighed in on the wild reviews for the Cats film, stating that Eliot “was an unusual person and this is such an unusual thing.”

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First Female Star Wars Director

This time next week, there will have been nine Star Wars theatrical releases, and it’s only with Episode IX that the franchise has a woman in a director’s chair. Victoria Mahoney, second-unit director on The Rise of Skywalker, pens a behind-the-scenes essay on her hiring.

McNally Jackson Employees Unionize

The Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union now represents employees of New York indie bookstore McNally Jackson. The RWDSU already represents employees of Book Culture while—fun fact—the United Auto Workers union cover Strand Book Store employees.

End of Library Fines in L.A.

Next spring, the L.A. Public Library will join the wave of libraries eliminating overdue fines. Yay for expanded library access!

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Congrats, LocHal Public Library

World Building of the Year is not the award some bookish folk might think it is. Rather than recognizing excellence in constructing an imaginary world, the prize goes to a real construction project. And at the 2019 World Architecture Festival, a public library won World Building of the Year.

Crisis! on Infinite Earths

The MCU is an unstoppable juggernaut, but nobody does small-screen like DC, which debuts the latest television crossover event on tonight’s “Supergirl.” Read an overview of some of the characters you’ll encounter in the epic adaptation of the 1985 comic book story.

Hang In There, Olga Tokarczuk

It’s Nobel Week in Stockholm, and things aren’t going too smoothly. Laureate in Literature Peter Handke had a prickly press conference, Kosovo is planning to boycott Tuesday’s ceremony, and former permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy Peter Englund is boycotting all Nobel events.

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Fine-Free Public Libraries

There have been waves of fine forgiveness in public library systems across the county. And we’ve shared lots of those specific stories in this newsletter! Read about the movement and its impact.

Another Year-End Book List

’Tis the season for “Best Of” lists, and the Guardian has released their picks for Best Books of 2019. Have fun adding to your TBR pile!

Speed Reading Is A Lie

According to science, speed readers are actually just skimmers. Save this link to humble anyone who shames you for your slow-but-steady reading speed.

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Daniel Craig Retires From Her Majesty’s Secret Service

Ian Fleming’s super spy will have to find another actor to play him onscreen. Daniel Craig, who donned the tuxedo for the first time in 2006’s Casino Royale, will wrap up his time as James Bond with 2020’s No Time to Die.

Overdue Book Returned After 76 Years

Elaine Wilk checked Mrs. Miniver out from her high school library, but neglected to return it. Now, the book has found its way back to her hometown thanks to Elaine’s daughter, Kasia. It just took 76 years.

Yeah, He Really Did That

Marriage can be challenging. But there’s really no excuse for terrorizing a spouse through books, as you may have seen in this season of The Crown. If you were hoping that Lord Snowdon’s mean notes hidden in Princess Margaret’s reading material were fiction themselves, I’m sorry to share this article explaining the historical basis.

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Best Book Series Of The Decade

I was expecting year-end best-ofs, but somehow the concurrent end of the decade has caught me completely off-guard. Yet Entertainment Weekly’s naming of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels as the best series of the 2010s is still relatively unsurprising.

Children’s Book By WNBA Center

Kayla Alexander is seriously talented. Not only is she a center for the WNBA’s Chicago Sky, but she is also the author and illustrator of a children’s book. The Magic of Basketball is inspired by both Alexander’s experience on the court and her experience as a young reader looking for representation.

The Legend(s) Of Sleepy Hollow

Some people are spinning holiday tunes already, but others just can’t let spooky season go. If you’re one of the latter, you’ll enjoy this rundown of all the versions of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

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Disney+ She-Hulk Series Names Its Showrunner

The “Pickle Rick” episode of Rick and Morty is epic, and Emmy-winning. And the writer responsible for it will now be responsible for the Disney+ She-Hulk series. Congrats, Jessica Gao!

Updated Adaptation of H. G. Wells

Elisabeth Moss is all about those terrifying literary adaptations lately, huh? I say this after watching the trailer for Invisible Man, loosely based on H. G. Wells’s serialized novel The Invisible Man.

She’s Evil, but Also a Style Icon

There’s lots to take away from the film version of Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep, but at least one person is fixating on the villain’s boho wardrobe. Spoilers here (but also maybe the beginnings of a mood board).