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THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH is Coming to the Big Screen and More Book Radar!

Welcome to another Monday! It wasn’t a particularly big news week, but I still want to share a few things with you. And who is dressing up for Halloween? Me, I’m going to be a bookworm. As in, it’s just another day for me. (But maybe some day I’ll dress up!) Whatever you decide, be sure to enjoy your upcoming week, be kind to yourself as well as others, and remember that I love you and I like you. – xoxo, Liberty


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Here’s this week’s trivia question: Who said, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” (Answer at the bottom of the newsletter.)

Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

internment by samira ahmedMuslim YA novel Internment by Samria Ahmed is getting the adaptation treatment.

A fan fiction story is being published as the latest novel in the Three-Body Problem world.

Matthew Broderick will star in the Netflix adaptation of the graphic novel Daybreak.

Kickstarter project will publish an undiscovered novel that inspired The Thing.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell to become a board game.

Rio filmmaker Carlos Saldanha to direct The Phantom Tollbooth.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese to reteam on Killers of the Flower Moon adaptation.

Elizabeth Strout announced a forthcoming book featuring Olive Kitteridge.

Sneak Peeks

Here’s the first official image of Jennifer Aniston from the adaptation of Dumplin’. (The book also got a new tie-in cover.)

Cover Reveals

Here’s the first look at the cover of Never-Contented Things by Sarah Porter. (Tor Teen, March 19, 2019)

Queer Eye star Tan France revealed the cover of his first book, Naturally Tan. (St. Martin’s Press, May 14, 2019)

And the cover reveal of Storm Blown by Nick Courage (Delacorte Books for Young Readers, July 16, 2019)

Book Riot Recommends 

At Book Riot, I work on the New Books! email, the All the Books! podcast about new releases, and the Book Riot Insiders New Release Index. I am very fortunate to get to read a lot of upcoming titles, and learn about a lot of upcoming titles, and I’m delighted to share a couple with you each week so you can add them to your TBR!

Loved, loved, loved:

girls of paper and fireGirls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most persecuted class of people in Ikhara. She lives with her father, her mother taken many years before by guards, never to be seen again. But then Lei herself is taken and brought before the king, to be groomed as one of the king’s consorts. But Lei isn’t about to let tradition dictate her life. And when she falls in love, she gets wrapped up in a dangerous plot of justice and revenge.

Excited to read:

stay sexy and don't get murderedStay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide by Karen Kilgariff, Georgia Hardstark

From the hosts of the wildly popular My Favorite Murder podcast. I love listening to this show, especially while I’m at acupuncture. It makes me giggle to know I’m sitting in a dark room with strangers while two women dish on serial killers.

What I’m reading this week.

notes from a young black chefNotes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir by Kwame Onwuachi and Joshua David Stein

Frost by Marianna Baer

The Other Americans by Laila Lalami

Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz

An Unexplained Death: The True Story of a Body at the Belvedere by Mikita Brottman

And this is funny.

You won’t be-leaf your eyes. (Sorry not sorry.)

Trivia answer: Dr. Seuss.

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Mark Ruffalo Will Play Twins in I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE and More Book Radar!

Happy Monday, my little page-hungry readers! It’s the start of the week, which means the reading possibilities are infinite! Grab a stack of books, throw your phone in a drawer, and settle in for lots of reading time. Er, after you read this newsletter. As usual, I have tons of fabulous book-related news today. SO MANY COVER REVEALS. Enjoy your upcoming week, be kind to yourself as well as others, and remember that I love you and I like you. – xoxo, Liberty


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Here’s this week’s trivia question: What author had a father who was a general under Napoleon and a son who was also a writer? (Answer at the bottom of the newsletter.)

Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

her body and other partiesCarmen Maria Machado’s Her Body And Other Parties is going to be an anthology series on FX.

Nik Dodani will write the script for a movie version of Blue Boy, based on the novel by Rakesh Satyal.

Will Smith is writing a memoir. (If it doesn’t start with “Now this is a story all about how my life got flipped turned upside down,” I’m not reading it.)

Chrissy Teigen is working on a cookbook for kids.

Reese Witherspoon is executive producing a comedy for ABC based on Sara Saedi’s memoir Americanized: Rebel Without A Green Card.

Olympic gold medalist and protester Tommie Smith partners with Derrick Barnes on new graphic memoir.

Michael B. Jordan to star in and produce hitman tale The Silver Bear.

I know this much is trueMark Ruffalo will star in Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True for HBO.

There’s a Twelfth Night-inspired musical TV series in the works.

And a Dorian Gray TV series too.

Heather Graham will star in and produce an adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s Hypnotist’s Love Story.

Judy Blume’s Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret to become a movie.

Cover Reveals

Let’s try this again! (I forgot the link last week, d’oh!) Daniel José Older revealed the cover of Freedom Fire, the second Dactyl Hill Squad book. (Arthur A. Levine Books, May 14, 2019)

There’s a new Tea Dragon book on the way: Check out The Tea Dragon Festival!

Here’s the cover for The Lady from the Black Lagoon by Mallory O’Meara! (Hanover Square Press, March 5, 2019)

Nnedi Okorafor revealed the cover of her first nonfiction book, Broken Places and Outer Spaces. (Simon and Schuster, June 18, 2019) She also revealed the cover for her Black Panther spinoff comic, Shuri!

Vulture shared the first look at Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest by Hanif Abdurraqib. (University of Texas Press, February 1, 2019)

Here’s the first peek at There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon! (Simon Pulse, May 14, 2019)

V.E. Schwab’s out-of-print first book, The Near-Witch, is being reissued with a new cover! (Titan Books, March 12, 2019)

And finally, B&N has the cover reveal of The Dragon Republic, the sequel to R.F. Kuang’s The Poppy War.

Book Riot Recommends 

At Book Riot, I work on the New Books! email, the All the Books! podcast about new releases, and the Book Riot Insiders New Release Index. I am very fortunate to get to read a lot of upcoming titles, and learn about a lot of upcoming titles, and I’m delighted to share a couple with you each week so you can add them to your TBR!

Loved, loved, loved:

loading penguin hugsLoading Penguin Hugs: Heartwarming Comics from Chibird by Jacqueline Chen Andrews McMeel Publishing, November 13)

These are the adorable motivational comics we can all use right now. If you use the internet, you’ve probably already seen one of them. (Like ‘sending virtual hug‘.) Buy a copy for all your friends AND one for yourself, because you deserve kindness too.

Excited to read:

the gone deadThe Gone Dead: A Novel by Chanelle Benz (Ecco Books, June 25, 2018)

I looooooooved her story collection, The Man who Shot My Out Eye is Dead, so I am HERE FOR THIS. The synopsis tells me it’s about a woman who returns to the place where her father died when she was four, only to learn that something happened to her too on that day thirty years ago. I MUST READ THIS NOW.

What I’m reading this week.

suffer the childrenSuffer the Children by Craig DiLouie

Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors: A Novel by Sonali Dev

Finding Baba Yaga: A Short Novel in Verse by Jane Yolen

Boy Swallows Universe: A Novel by Trent Dalton

Beijing Payback: A Novel by Daniel Nieh

And this is funny.

Actual LOL.

Trivia answer: Alexandre Dumas.

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There’s a Ta-Nehisi Coates Novel Coming in 2019 and More Book Radar!

Welcome back, book lovers! It was a VERY exciting week for book news last week. And I don’t just mean the National Book Award finalists. So many announcements! I have lots of that fabulous news today. Enjoy your upcoming week, be kind to yourself as well as others, and remember that I love you and I like you. – xoxo, Liberty


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Here’s this week’s trivia question: What was the first name of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple? (Answer at the bottom of the newsletter.)

Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

500 Words or Less by Juleah del RosarioGabrielle Union acquired the film rights to 500 Words Or Less.

MUPPET ARMS: One of our eagle-eyed Rioters, Jessica Esquire, spotted a sign at The Frankfurt Book Fair announcing the arrival of a novel from Ta-Nehisi Coates in 2019!!!

To celebrate the third anniversary of the release of Carry On, Rainbow Rowell shared a sentence from her upcoming book, Wayward Son.

Lakeith Stanfield will star with Chris Evans and Daniel Craig in Knives Out.

Renée Ahdieh is writing a new YA vampire series!

And Sandhya Menon is writing an adult rom-com!

Sneak Peeks

pet sematary posterHere’s the first official trailer for the remake of Pet Sematary!

And some of the biggest news out of NYCC was the first trailer for Good Omens. (I would like David Tennant to be in everything, please and thank you.)

And here’s a look at several of the characters in the upcoming Umbrella Academy series.

And the trailer for the series adaptation of The Little Drummer Girl.

Cover Reveals

Alyssa Cole tweeted the first look at a new Reluctant Royals book: A Prince on Paper. (Avon, April 30, 2019)

Katherine Howe announced the follow-up to The Physick Book of Deliverance DaneThe Daughters of Temperance Hobbs. (Henry Holt and Co., June 25, 2019)

Here’s the first look at Tiffany Jackson’s Let Me Hear a Rhyme. (Katherine Tegen Books, May 21, 2019)

And Daniel José Older revealed the cover of Freedom Fire, the second Dactyl Hill Squad book. (Arthur A. Levine Books, May 14, 2019)

And Mira Jacob shared the cover of Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations. (One World, March 26, 2019)

And scroll down to see the just-revealed cover of The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead!

Book Riot Recommends 

At Book Riot, I work on the New Books! email, the All the Books! podcast about new releases, and the Book Riot Insiders New Release Index. I am very fortunate to get to read a lot of upcoming titles, and learn about a lot of upcoming titles, and I’m delighted to share a couple with you each week so you can add them to your TBR!

Note: Both of these are super early releases, so I apologize, the covers haven’t been revealed yet.

Loved, loved, loved:

The Lost Man by Jane Harper cover imageThe Lost Man by Jane Harper (Flatiron Books, February 5, 2019)

Harper just keeps getting better and better! This is a tense mystery about three brothers in a VERY remote part of Australia. One of the brothers has just died under strange circumstances and another brother – the black sheep of the family – comes home to find out why. (He is his brother’s closest neighbor and he still lives three hours away. It’s THAT remote.) The story is really well-written, but it’s her description of the country itself, with its harsh climate and isolation, that make this exceptional.

Excited to read:

the nickel boysThe Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday, July 30, 2018)

Pretty sure that wherever you are in the world, you heard me squealing when this was announced last week. I am a huge fan of all of Whitehead’s books, so I am over the moon at this news! This novel is going to be about a reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.

What I’m reading this week.

upon a burning throneUpon a Burning Throne by Ashok K. Banker

Famous Adopted People by Alice Stephens

Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves by Glory Edim

Melmoth: A Novel by Sarah Perry

The Consuming Fire (The Interdependency) by John Scalzi

And this is funny.

This made me laugh more than it should have.

Trivia answer: Jane.

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Gal Gadot and Armie Hammer To Star in Death on the Nile and More Book Radar!

It’s Monday-Monday-Monday! As usual, there are so many great new books being released into the wild this week. And lots of great book-related news! I have lots of that fabulous news today. Enjoy your upcoming week, be kind to yourself as well as others, and remember that I love you and I like you. – xoxo, Liberty

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Here’s this week’s trivia question: Who is the only author to have published a book in 9 of the 10 major categories of the Dewey Decimal Classification? (Answer at the bottom of the newsletter.)

Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

Death on the Nile cover imageGal Gadot will star in Kenneth Branagh’s Death On The Nile remake. And Armie Hammer will be joining her.

JAY-Z and Roc Nation to adapt YA novel Noughts & Crosses for TV.

Thomas Harris, creator of The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal, is returning with a new novel in 2019.

Shonda Rimes is developing Blake Crouch’s forthcoming novel for Netflix.

Sony Animation is going to make Bad Mermaids.

Jason Diamond is publishing a new book with Coffee House Press.

R.L. Stine is going to write a new graphic novel series called Just Beyond for Boom! Studios.

Amazon has ordered up The Wheel of Time series.

Back to the wardrobe! Netflix to develop series and films based on C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles Of Narnia.

the summer bookJulie Walters to star in UK adaptation of Tove Jansson’s The Summer Book.

HarperCollins acquired two books by Veronica Roth.

Maggie Gyllenhaal to direct The Lost Daughter, an adaptation of the Elena Ferannte novel.

Sneak Peeks

salt fat acid heatHere’s the first trailer for Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

And the trailer for the Salt Fat Acid Heat documentary.

Cover Reveals

Elizabeth Gilbert revealed she has a new book on the way called City of Girls and shared the cover. (Riverhead Books, June 4, 2019)

And here’s the beautiful cover for The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad! (Scholatic Press, May 14, 2019)

And the first look at A People’s Future of the United States, a new anthology from editors Victor LaValle and John Joseph Adams. (One World, February 5, 2019)

Book Riot Recommends 

At Book Riot, I work on the New Books! email, the All the Books! podcast about new releases, and the Book Riot Insiders New Release Index. I am very fortunate to get to read a lot of upcoming titles, and learn about a lot of upcoming titles, and I’m delighted to share a couple with you each week so you can add them to your TBR!

Note: Both of these are super early releases, so I apologize, the covers haven’t been revealed yet.

Loved, loved, loved:

question markBody Leaping Backward: Memoir of a Delinquent Girlhood by Maureen Stanton (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, July 16, 2019)

Mark this down right now. This is a FANTASTIC memoir about Stanton’s delinquent childhood, growing up in a working-class prison town. It aches with painful truths and bad decisions, and the writing is incredible. I will be mentioning it eleven million more times, at least, between now and its release.

Excited to read:

question markGideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (Tor.com, September 10, 2019)

Ugggggh, I want to read this so bad! All I really know is that it’s about lesbian necromancers. In a haunted gothic house. In space. I don’t need to know anything else, I just want to read it NOW.

What I’m reading this week.

disorientalDisoriental by Négar Djavadi, Tina Kover (translator)

Unpunished Murder: Massacre at Colfax and the Quest for Justice by Lawrence Goldstone

The Lost Man by Jane Harper

Giant Days: Extra Credit by John Allison and Jenn St-Onge

The Oyster Thief by Sonia Faruqi

And this is funny.

I love a Carmen Sandiego joke.

Trivia answer: Isaac Asimov.

 

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Zoë Kravitz To Star in HIGH FIDELITY Reboot and More Book Radar!

Happy Monday, book lovers! I attended the fall conference for the New England Booksellers Association last week and, WOW, are there amazing books on their way next year! I can’t wait to talk about them over the coming months. (You can see my haul on Instagram.) Today, I have lots of fabulous book-related bits. Enjoy your upcoming week, be kind to yourself as well as others, and remember that I love you and I like you. – xoxo, Liberty


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Here’s this week’s trivia question: Who coined the phrase ‘Wars of the Roses’?

Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

high fidelityZoe Kravitz will star in the High Fidelity reboot. (Her mom was in the original!) (Also, how is this book 23 years old already??!?)

From the “I Didn’t See That Coming” files: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will be on the writing staff of the Veronica Mars revival. (This totally counts as book news, since he’s also an author. Plus, it’s mind-blowing.)

The Editor by Steve Rowley will be made into a film.

Guillermo Del Toro and Cornelia Funke are writing a Pan’s Labyrinth book.

Lindy West announced a new book: The Witches Are Coming!

Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay may become an opera.

The Female Persuasion will be made into a film and Nicole Kidman will be a producer.

Eva Green & Eve Hewson to star in BBC Two’s adaptation of The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton.

The CW is developing a series based on The Lifeboat Clique by Kathy Parks.

Paul McCartney announced his children’s book, Hey Grandude.

And What If It’s Us by Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli is going to be a film.

Sneak Peeks

stranger thingsHere’s the first chapter of Gwenda Bond’s upcoming Stranger Things book about Eleven’s mother.

Here’s the first trailer for Dark Phoenix, the new X-Men movie.

Cover Reveals

We Need Diverse Books shared the first look at Just South of Home by Karen Musing. (Simon Kids, May 7, 2019)

Holy xenomorphs! Here’s the first look at Alien: Echo, a young adult novel set in the Alien-verse. (Imprint, April 9, 2019)

Tor.com revealed a million (okay, nine) amazing upcoming covers, including Sylvain Neuvel and Seanan McGuire.

Here’s the gorgeous cover of With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo. (HarperTeen, May 7, 2019)

Here’s the first look at Sarah Gailey’s upcoming novel Magic for Liars. (Tor Books, June 4, 2019)

Book Riot Recommends 

At Book Riot, I work on the New Books! email, the All the Books! podcast about new releases, and the Book Riot Insiders New Release Index. I am very fortunate to get to read a lot of upcoming titles, and learn about a lot of upcoming titles, and I’m delighted to share a couple with you each week so you can add them to your TBR!

Loved, loved, loved:

daisy jones and the sixDaisy Jones & The Six: A Novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Ballentine Books, March 5, 2019)

I loved this rocking novel of a 1970s rock band in California and the story of their meteoric rise and the truth behind why they split up. And the cover gives me Almost Famous/Exile in Guyville vibes.

Excited to read:

boy swallows universeBoy Swallows Universe: A Novel by Trent Dalton (HarperCollins, April 2, 2019)

Each time you attend a book convention, the reps always have a book they are putting in people’s hands immediately. This year, the amazing HarperCollins rep pushed this debut Australian novel at me before I had even finished stepping to the table, and it sounds a bit like A Fraction of the Whole, another Australian novel I love, so I am 100% on board to read this one.

What I’m reading this week.

the city in the middle of the nightThe City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders

Body Leaping Backward: Memoir of a Delinquent Girlhood by Maureen Stanton

Insurrecto by Gina Apostol

The Kingdom of Copper (The Daevabad Trilogy) by S. A Chakraborty

Trust Exercise by Susan Choi

And this is funny.

Helen Ellis, with the obvious answer.

Trivia answer: Sir Walter Scott.

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Chris Evans Will Be Defending Jacob and More Book Radar!

Welcome to Monday, book lovers! It’s another glorious week of book news and new releases. And it’s finally not suffocatingly hot here in Maine, so I can read outside. I hope you had a great weekend and are reading something that is knocking your socks off. (PSA: Don’t try walking if your socks are knocking.) Enjoy your upcoming week. And be excellent to each other. – xoxo, Liberty


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Gilmore Girls and Pretty Little Liars go Southern in this comedic mystery about, Sawyer, a girl raised by a down-on-her-luck single mom who allows her wealthy grandmother to bribe her into becoming a proper Southern debutante—all in the hopes of finding out who her father is. Sawyer quickly discovers that her family isn’t the only mainstay of high society with skeletons in their closet. As she navigates the twisted relationships between her new friends and their powerful parents, Sawyer’s search for the truth about her own origins is just the beginning.


Here’s this week’s trivia question: Before becoming a science fiction/fantasy writer full time, what author’s most famous professional achievement was an engineering contribution to the machine used to make Pringles potato chips?

Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

ayesha at lastAmy Pascal’s Pascal Pictures has acquired Ayesha at Last, a Muslim romantic dramedy novel by Uzma Jalaluddin.

Angelina Jolie will star in The Kept, based on the novel by James Scott.

Pharrell Williams joins the new animated version of The Grinch as the narrator.

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe got a book deal.

And speaking of former FBI directors, James Comey’s A Higher Loyalty is (probably) going to be a miniseries.

Michael B. Jordan will star in a new Tom Clancy film series.

Mary Robinette Kowal will publish two new Lady Astronaut novels.

Chris Evans will star in the adaptation of Defending Jacob.

Simon Pulse acquires YA novel inspired by Black Panther.

Bond 25 gets Cary Joji Fukunaga as its new director.

A new book about Joy Division is on the way next spring.

There’s going to be reissues of a few of the old horror books featured in Paperbacks from Hell.

Sneak Peeks

captain marvel posterGet ready: The trailer for Captain Marvel dropped.

Here’s the first trailer for The Haunting of Hill House.

The Twitter thread between Chuck Wendig and Sam Sykes is now a film. Here’s the trailer for You Might Be the Killer.

And here’s the full trailer for Mary Poppins Returns.

Anne Rice’s upcoming Blood Communion: A Tale of Prince Lestat has illustrations.

Here’s the trailer for If Beale Street Could Talk.

Here’s a clip from We Have Always Lived in the Castle.

Book Riot Recommends 

At Book Riot, I work on the New Books! email, the All the Books! podcast about new releases, and the Book Riot Insiders New Release Index. I am very fortunate to get to read a lot of upcoming titles, and learn about a lot of upcoming titles, and I’m delighted to share a couple with you each week so you can add them to your TBR!

Loved, loved, loved:

the beast playerThe Beast Player by Nahoko Uehashi and Cathy Hirano

This is a fantastic YA fantasy novel, about a young girl named Elin who inherits her mother’s ability to talk to the beasts of the land, which puts her in a powerful but dangerous position in the kingdom. She must try to keep her head while figuring out a way to keep the animals from harm during the coming war. It’s heartbreaking and magical, and Elin is a wonderful, complex heroine. (Henry Holt & Company, March 26, 2019)

Excited to read:

southern lady codeSouthern Lady Code: Essays by Helen Ellis (Doubleday, April 16, 2019)

Helen Ellis is one of the most entertaining people on social media, plus she’s an awesome writer. I loved her other books, American Housewife and Eating the Cheshire Cat. This is a collection of essays, which I hope includes one about the time she taught Colson Whitehead to play competitive poker.

What I’m reading this week.

black leopard red wolfBlack Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

A Small Charred Face by Kazuki Sakuraba

Blood Cruise by Mats Strandberg

The Best Bad Things by Katrina Carrasco

Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

And this is funny.

Hey, Game of Thrones fans, you see it too, right?

Trivia answer: Gene Wolfe.

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Rainbow Rowell’s First Graphic Novel and More Book Radar!

Happy Monday, book lovers! As you are reading this, I am on vacation and knee-deep in backlist titles. (Hopefully. I can’t actually predict the future.) I can’t wait tell you about everything I’ll read this week! I hope you get time off to read soon. Enjoy your upcoming week. And be excellent to each other. – xoxo, Liberty


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Here’s this week’s trivia question: What poet joined the army under the name Silas Tomkyn Cumberbatch?

Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

dumplinThe film adaptation of Dumplin’ lands at Netflix.

Kevin Nguyen has sold his first novel!

Leesa Cross-Smith is publishing a story collection and a novel in 2020 and 2021, respectively.

The Gossip Girl creators are developing a Nancy Drew show.

Benjamin Percy has a sci-fi trilogy on the way.

The Ripped Bodice romance bookstore inked a deal with Sony Pictures TV.

Zachary Quinto, Ashleigh Cummings to star in NOS4A2.

Dean Norris joins Guillermo del Toro’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

Matthew Norman has sold his third novel.

And Lauren Beukes has a new novel on the way too!

Kate Bush is publishing a book of lyrics, and David Mitchell is writing the introduction.

between the world and meKenya Barris looking at potential adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between The World And Me.

The BBC has already ordered a second season of His Dark Materials before the first has even aired.

Rosamund Pike will star in the series adaptation of The Banker’s Wife.

Glennon Doyle’s Love Warrior is being made into a film by Oprah.

Ann Patchett’s State of Wonder is in development for television.

Cover Reveals

Here’s the first look at Laurie Halse Anderson’s powerful memoir SHOUT. (Viking Books for Young Readers, March 12, 2019)

And Bustle also has the first peek at The Suspect by Fiona Barton. (Berkley, January 22, 2019)

And they have the first look at Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan. (Bloomsbury YA, February 12, 2019)

And Rainbow Rowell shared the cover for her first graphic novel, Pumpkinheads, which is illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks. (First Second Books, August 27, 2019)

Sneak Peeks

deadly class posterLana Condor tweeted a peek at her role in Deadly Class.

Oooooooo: Here’s the first teaser trailer for The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

And here’s the teaser trailer for She-Ra and the Princesses of Power.

Book Riot Recommends 

At Book Riot, I work on the New Books! email, the All the Books! podcast about new releases, and the Book Riot Insiders New Release Index. I am very fortunate to get to read a lot of upcoming titles, and learn about a lot of upcoming titles, and I’m delighted to share a couple with you each week so you can add them to your TBR!

Loved, loved, loved:

bowlaway by elizabeth mccrackenBowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken (Ecco, February 5, 2019)

A new Elizabeth McCracken novel is a reason to celebrate! Bertha Truitt mysteriously arrives in a small New England town. No one knows about her past, and she’s not talking. Bertha starts a family and opens a bowling alley. After her death, a perosn from her past appears in town, and the enigma that was Bertha is unraveled. I loved, loved, loved this book. And just look at that cover!

Excited to read:

question markEvvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes (April 2019)

This is in such beginning stages, there isn’t even a description for it yet, but it’s by Holmes, who hosts the Pop Culture Happy Hour on NPR, and that’s all I need to know to be excited to read it.

What I’m reading this week.

the beast playerThe Beast Player by Nahoko Uehashi, Cathy Hirano (translator)

The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths

Maeve in America: Essays by a Girl from Somewhere Else by Maeve Higgins

No Fond Return of Love by Barbara Pym

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

And this is funny.

THESE OTTERS. The scrubbing! The teeth! Lolololol!

Trivia answer: Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

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THE FIRST WIVES CLUB Is Going To Be a Series and More Book Radar!

Goodness grape juice, I missed you so much! It was weird not doing the newsletter last week. I resorted to telling my cats all the publishing news. (SPOILER: They didn’t care.) But I’m back, baby, and ready to talk books! I held onto a few things from the week before, because they’re still exciting, and also have new news. So please enjoy this newsletter and please enjoy your upcoming week. And be excellent to each other. – xoxo, Liberty


Sponsored by Under My Skin by Lisa Unger, new from Park Row Books.

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What if the nightmares are actually memories? It’s been a year since Poppy’s husband, Jack, was brutally murdered. In the immediate aftermath, Poppy spiraled into an oblivion of grief, disappearing for several days only to turn up ragged and confused.

The case was never solved, and those lost days continue to haunt her. As her vivid nightmares intensify into daily blackouts, she starts to lose track of what is real. But her terrible dreams might hold the key to what really happened to Jack…


Oh, and don’t forget that Book Riot wants to hear about the ins-n-outs of your reading life – come share them with us in our Fall Reader Survey!

Here’s this week’s trivia question: Who is the first author ever to win a Hugo award for Best Novel three years in a row? (Answer at the bottom of the newsletter.)

Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

brother by david chariandyBrother by David Chariandy is being made into a film.

The First Wives Club is going to be a television series.

The cast has been chosen for Guillermo del Toro’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark adaptation.

Susan Swan’s novel The Biggest Modern Woman of the World is being adapted for television.

Lena Waithe acquires rights to Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid.

Alyssa Cole is writing a SFF romance Audible original.

Avatar: The Last Airbender universe to expand with new novels.

Gillian Flynn drops news of another book.

And Daniel José Older is working on a third Shadowshaper book.

the devil all the timeThe Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock is going to be made into a film.

Henry Cavill will star in the Netflix adaptation of The Witcher.

The BBC is developing the classic murder mystery novel The Beast Must Die.

Mrs. Doubtfire (which, believe it or not, was a novel first) is being made into a musical.

Black Sails star Luke Arnold is publishing a fantasy series.

Cover Reveals

YAY YAY YAY! Here’s the first look at Aru Shah and the Song of Death (Pandava Series) by Roshani Chokshi (Rick Riordan Presents, April 16, 2019)

Here’s the first peek at the cover of To Night Owl From Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer (Dial Books, February 12, 2019)

Here’s the first look at the cover of Glimmer of Hope, the book the March For Our Lives founders wrote. (Razorbill, October 16)

Sneak Peeks

the children act posterHere’s Emma Thompson and Stanley Tucci in the trailer for The Children Act, based on the novel by Ian McEwan.

And here’s Cate Blanchett and Jack Black in the trailer for The House with the Clock In Its Walls.

Watch the first teaser trailer for HBO’s adaptation of My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante.

And speaking of HBO, here’s the first trailer for Miss Sherlock.

Here’s the first look at Netflix’s adaptation of The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.

Here’s a look at the cast of Deadly Class.

Book Riot Recommends 

At Book Riot, I work on the New Books! email, the All the Books! podcast about new releases, and the Book Riot Insiders New Release Index. I am very fortunate to get to read a lot of upcoming titles, and learn about a lot of upcoming titles, and I’m delighted to share a couple with you each week so you can add them to your TBR!

Loved, loved, loved:

as long as we both shall liveAs Long as We Both Shall Live by JoAnn Chaney

Ohhhhhhhh, this was just as wonderful as I hoped it would be! I am a HUGE fan of her last novel, What You Don’t Know. This one is about two detectives working hard to prove that a man murdered both his wives. Chaney tells you in the first few pages who is going to die and I STILL got all anxious waiting to find out what happened. That’s great storytelling.

Excited to read:

question markQuotients by Tracy O’Neill

I actually know nothing about this book except that it exists and is coming out in 2019. In the meantime, I may reread her novel The Hopeful, which is fantastic. You should too.

What I’m reading this week.

the tiger fluThe Tiger Flu by Larissa Lai

These Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lepore

The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock: A Novel by Imogen Hermes Gowar

Miracle Submarine: A Novel by Angie Kim

Sorry by Zoran Drvenkar, Shaun Whiteside (Translator)

And this is funny.

Meow, meow meow meow, meooooooow.

Trivia answer: N.K. Jemisin.

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CRAZY RICH ASIANS Movie Sequel is a Go and More Book Radar!

Happy Monday, book lovers! It has been another slowish news week, but news will take off in the publishing world again in the next few weeks, because fall book season is WILD. Until then, I still have a couple of great things to share with you. Because I love you and I like you. Enjoy your upcoming week, and be excellent to each other. – xoxo, Liberty


Sponsored by Epic Reads

When the wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street, Zuri wants nothing to do with their two teenage sons, especially the judgmental and arrogant Darius. Yet as Zuri and Darius are forced to find common ground, their initial dislike shifts into an unexpected understanding…and something more.  But with family problems and college applications hovering on the horizon, Zuri fights to find her place in Bushwick’s changing landscape, or lose it all.

Starring all characters of color, American Street author Ibi Zoboi skillfully balances cultural identity, class, and gentrification against the heady magic of first love in her vibrant reimagining of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.


PS – Don’t forget we’re giving away 16 of the great books mentioned on the Recommended podcast! Enter here by August 31st for a chance to win.

Here’s this week’s trivia question: What famous writer had several butterflies named after his characters? (Answer at the bottom of the newsletter.)

Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

china rich girlfriendHollywood is going ahead with the Crazy Rich Asians sequel.

Dopesick by Beth Macy, about America’s opioid crisis, is being made into a show for Fox.

Snoop Dogg is publishing a cookbook called From Crook to Cook.

iO9 has a list of every Ursula K. Le Guin adaptation in the works.

Eve Ewing is writing Ironheart for Marvel.

Cecelia Ahern’s upcoming story collection, Roar, is going to be a television series.

Andrea Tang has sold the rights to her novel about sentient mechanical dragons. That’s right: SENTIENT. MECHANICAL. DRAGONS.

HBO has picked up another series based on a Tom Perotta book: Mrs. Fletcher, starring Kathryn Hahn.

Three new Harry Potter books (as in about Harry Potter) are coming this October.

kill creekShowtime is developing a series based on Kill Creek.

Jurassic Park screenwriter David Koepp sold the rights to his first novel, Cold Storage, to Paramount.

And the adaptation rights to two upcoming books, The Revenge of Magic and Star-Crossed: A Novel, have been snagged by Stampede.

Apple orders a series based on Issac Asimov’s Foundation novels.

Dylan Farrow is writing two YA fantasy novels.

Cover Reveals

Riverhead released the first look at Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi, the upcoming Helen Oyeyemi novel. (Riverhead Books, March 5, 2019)

And here’s the first look at N.K. Jemisin’s upcoming story collection How Long ’Til Black Future Month? (Orbit, November 27)

Sneak Peeks

There’s a new trailer for The Hate U Give.

Book Riot Recommends 

At Book Riot, I work on the New Books! email, the All the Books! podcast about new releases, and the Book Riot Insiders New Release Index. I am very fortunate to get to read a lot of upcoming titles, and learn about a lot of upcoming titles, and I’m delighted to share a couple with you each week so you can add them to your TBR!

Loved, loved, loved:

a friend is a giftA Friend is a Gift You Give Yourself by William Boyle (Pegasus, March 5, 2019)

Imagine if Charles Portis wrote a mash-up of Two Days in the Valley and The Sopranos: You’d have this book, a smart, gritty crime novel about loss, second chances, and the Mafia. Mob widow Rena (rightfully) knocks her disgusting neighbor on the head with an ashtray and steals his car, setting off a chain of events that sends her in the direction of other people’s comeuppances and coincidences. It’s dark and funny, just the way I like them.

Excited to read:

the memory policeThe Memory Police: A Novel by Yoko Ogawa, Stephen Snyder (translator) (Pantheon, May 14, 2019)

This is being called an Orwellian novel about state surveillance on an unnamed island. I don’t know much more, but I love The Housekeeper and the Professor and Revenge, so I am looking forward to getting my hands on this one. Keep an eye on the release date – the e-book version is listed as August, so I don’t know which one is actually right. Let’s hope it’s May!

What I’m reading this week.

the greatest love story ever toldThe Greatest Love Story Ever Told by Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman

Seventeen: A Novel by Hideo Yokoyama, Louise Heal Kawai (Translator)

The Golden State by Lydia Kiesling

Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

Grand Theft Horse by G. Neri and Corban Wilkin

And this is funny.

This one made me actually LOL.

Trivia answer: Vladimir Nabokov.

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Hannah Gadsby Has a Memoir on the Way and More Book Radar!

Hello, fellow book dragons! It’s time for another round of “OMG I want to read that and that and that!” The news was a little slow this week, but I’m happy to bring you a few interesting bookish news tidbits. Enjoy your upcoming week, and be excellent to each other. – xoxo, Liberty


Sponsored by Epic Reads

Kristen Ciccarelli’s epic ISKARI fantasy series continues in THE CAGED QUEEN, the companion to her bestselling debut, THE LAST NAMSARA. Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and Renee Ahdieh.

Enter a lush, intricately woven world of deception, dangerous magic, (and dragons!) that fantasy fans won’t be able to resist. With formidable heroines, forbidden romances, and page-turning action – both books in this series will have you captivated until the very last page!

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PS – Don’t forget we’re giving away 16 of the great books mentioned on the Recommended podcast! Enter here by August 31st for a chance to win.

Here’s this week’s trivia question: Which of Shakespeare’s plays features a sorcerer named Prospero? (Answer at the bottom of the newsletter.)

Deals, Reals, and Squeals!

roomies christina laurenHave we already discussed how Roomies is going to be a film?

Hulu renewed Castle Rock for a second season.

Lee Daniels has optioned The Spook Who Sat By The Door.

Hannah Gadsby is writing a memoir!

Nine Lives by Ursula K. Le Guin to become a feature film.

Rick Riordan Presents will publish Paola Santiago and the Drowned Palace by Tehlor Kay Mejia in 2020.

Watchmen has officially been picked up by HBO.

Netflix renewed Anne with an E for a third season.

Angel of Darkness will continue The Alienist‘s second season.

Ashes in the Snow, the film adaptation of Shades of Gray, is coming to the US.

Ann Friedman and Aminatou Snow are writing a book about the importance of friendship.

Keanu Reeves is getting in the publishing business.

Cover Reveals

Here’s the first look at I Miss You When I Blink, Mary Laura Philpott’s upcoming book of essays. (Touchstone, April 2, 2019)

Josh Malerman revealed his upcoming novel Inspection. (Del Rey, April 23, 2019)

Sneak Peeks

chilling adventures of sabrinaHere are new photos from the upcoming Sabrina the Teenage Witch series.

Death and Nightingales: Here’s the first look at the BBC drama starring Jamie Dornan and Matthew Rhys.

Book Riot Recommends 

At Book Riot, I work on the New Books! email, the All the Books! podcast about new releases, and the Book Riot Insiders New Release Index. I am very fortunate to get to read a lot of upcoming titles, and learn about a lot of upcoming titles, and I’m delighted to share a couple with you each week!

Loved, loved, loved:

snazzy cat capersSnazzy Cat Capers by Deanna Kent,‎ Neil Hooson (Illustrator) (Imprint, September 18)

A literal cat burglar! Ophelia von Hairball V is an international jewel thief trying to impress the FFBI. (That’s the Furry Feline Burglary Institute.) Can she can steal the giant Himalayan diamond and win their top award, or does something about this job smell fishy? I mean, really, what’s not to love???

Excited to read:

question markSymptoms of a Heartbreak by Sona Charaipotra (Imprint, May 21, 2019)

I am a big fan of Charaipotra’s collaboration with Dhonielle Clayton on the Tiny Pretty Things series, and I am also really excited to see what she does for her first solo book!

What I’m reading this week.

born to be posthumousBorn to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey by Mark Dery

Unmarriageable: A Novel by Soniah Kamal

The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson

Hadriana in All My Dreams by René Depestre, Kaiama L. Glover (Translator)

Terra Nullius by Claire G. Coleman

And this is funny.

“So close, so close, so close!

Trivia answer: The Tempest.