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The Bram Stoker Awards Announces Its 2020 Nominees

The Horror Writers Association has announced the finalists for the 2020 Bram Stoker Awards. Members of the association will be able to vote from March 1st through March 15th. The winner of the award will be announced during this year’s virtual StockerCon 2021, which will be held May 20th through May 23rd.

Victor LaValle Coming Out With New Comic Book Series

Novelist Victor LaValle is publishing a new comic series with artist Jo Mi-Gyeong. The five-issue series, published by Boom Comics, will be released in May. LaValle said, “This a story, inspired by young folks like Mari Copeny, Elsa Mengistu, Greta Thunberg and so many more, of how an eleven-year-old girl, EVE, and her android teddy bear try to do the seemingly impossible: save the planet, save us.”

Anthony Bourdain’s Crime Novel Gone Bamboo Becoming a TV Series

Anthony Bourdain’s 1997 thriller novel Gone Bamboo is now slated to become a television series. Producers Webster Stone and Robert Stone have acquired the rights to the novel, which is set on the island of St. Martin and follows an assassin named Henry Denard.

Black, Latinx, and Millennial Readers Are The Backbone of The Book World

New research shows Black, Latinx, and Millennial readers are buying and engaging with books more than other groups.

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ARE YOU THERE, GOD? IT’S ME MARGARET Movie Casts Rachel McAdams and Abby Ryder Fortson: Today in Books

ARE YOU THERE, GOD? IT’S ME MARGARET Movie Casts Rachel McAdams and Abby Ryder Fortson

The film adaptation of Judy Blume’s iconic novel Are You There, God? It’s Me Margaret has cast Abby Ryder Fortson as Margaret Simon. You might recognize Fortson from the Ant-Man movies or from HBO’s Togetherness, but this will be her first starring role. Rachel McAdams will play Margaret’s mother, Barbara. More details about the film are forthcoming.

Montreal’s Black Girls Gather Book Club Brings Attention to Underappreciated Literature

A Montreal book club called Black Girls Gather is doing its part to bring attention to underappreciated Black and African authors. The club met online on Sunday to discuss African literature. They were joined by authors Rebecca Fisseha and Sarah Raughly, among others. Young book club members said they found the meeting very empowering. “I know more about myself,” said 19-year-old Jessica Williams Daley. “I feel stronger, I feel like I’m not alone.”

Brian Stelter’s HOAX Getting Major Update for June Paperback Release

For the upcoming paperback release of Brian Stelter’s Hoax: Donald Trump, Fox News, and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth, the author felt like his book needed a major update. For the paperback version, which will be published in June, Stelter will be adding around 20,000 words to the 95,000-word hardcover edition to reflect the end of Trump’s presidency.

8 of the Best Libraries to Visit Post-Pandemic

Dreaming of future travels? Here are 8 wonderful libraries to visit post-pandemic.

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Why Stacey Abrams Isn’t Using a Pen Name For Her New Legal Thriller: Today in Books

Stacey Abrams On Her New Thriller ‘While Justice Sleeps’ And Why She Stopped Using A Pen Name

In case you haven’t heard, politician, activist, and writer Stacey Abrams has a new legal thriller out this year! While Justice Sleeps is a novel about a young woman who finds herself the guardian of a Supreme Court Justice who has fallen into a coma, and must navigate the dark waters of D.C. politics. It’s not Abrams’ first book, but it is her first work of fiction released under her own name and she opens up about why she made that decision. The book is available for preorder and will be out in May.

National Book Award Winner Charles Yu Establishes Prize For Young Taiwanese American Creative Writers

Charles Yu, who won the National Book Award for Interior Chinatown, has established the Betty L. Yu and Jin C. Yu Creative Writing Prizes, named after his parents. The prizes are open to high school and college students and will be judged by Yu and Shawna Yang Ryan. Winners will receive a cash prize and be considered for mentorship and publication opportunities.

Casting Update For Netflix’s The School for Good and Evil

If you’re eagerly anticipating the Netflix adaptation of Soman Chainani’s The School for Good and Evil, then here’s some fun news: Kerry Washington and Charlize Theron have signed on to play Professor Dovey and Lady Lesso, respectively!

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Rick Riordan Presents Moves into YA Fiction with Daniel José Older: Today in Books

Rick Riordan Presents Moves into YA Fiction with Daniel José Older

Author Daniel José Older has negotiated a two-book deal with Disney Publishing Worldwide imprint Rick Riordan Presents. Rick Riordan’s imprint is dedicated to publishing works that are retellings of mythology from around the world. Older’s books will be the first YA titles published by the imprint. Older’s urban fantasy duology, Outlaw Saints, is about a teen who must save New York City from being destroyed by an ancient evil force. The first novel, Ballad & Dagger, is expected in May 2022 and the second in May 2023.

Hulu Announces Cast for Adaptation of Sally Rooney’s Conversations With Friends

The cast of BBC Three and Hulu’s adaptation of Sally Rooney’s Conversations with Friends has been announced. The four lead roles will be played by Alison Oliver, Sasha Lane, Joe Alwyn, and Jemima Kirke. The 12-part series will be directed by Lenny Abrahamson, who also directed six episodes of the adaption of Rooney’s Normal People.

Kazuo Ishiguro joins PEN Out Loud and Jia Tolentino for Digital Event on March 4

On March 4, Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro joins PEN Out Loud and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop to discuss the author’s new novel Klara and the Sun. The New Yorker staff writer Jia Tolentino will join Ishiguro to discuss the novel, his first since he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Recent and Upcoming Nonfiction Comic Releases

Comics aren’t just for superheroes and sci-fi/fantasy worlds. Here are some exciting recent and upcoming nonfiction comic releases.

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Lupita Nyong’o’s SULWE Adapted Into an Animated Musical: Today in Books

Netflix Announces Animated Musical Adaptation of Lupita Nyong’o’s Sulwe

Netflix has announced its adaptation of Lupita Nyong’o’s #1 New York Times bestselling book Sulwe. The film version of the children’s book will be an animated musical. Lupita Nyong’o, who will be a producer on the project, said, “Sulwe is a mirror for dark-skinned children to see themselves, a window for those who may not be familiar with colorism, to have understanding and empathy, and an invitation for all who feel different and unseen to recognize their innate beauty and value. I am thrilled that the book is being adapted into an animated musical that we hope inspires children all around the world to celebrate their uniqueness.”

Aspen Words Chooses 5 Finalists for 2021’s Literary Prize

Aspen Words has chosen three novels and two story collections—from a longlist of fifteen books—as finalists for this year’s Aspen Words Literary Prize. The $35,000 prize is awarded to honor fiction that “illuminates vital contemporary issues.” The finalists this year are: The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich, Against the Loveless World by Susan Abulhawa, The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans, Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam, and If I Had Two Wings by the late Randall Kenan. The winner will be announced at a virtual ceremony on April 21.

Tennessee Librarian Fired for Allegedly Burning Books by Donald Trump and Ann Coulter

Cameron Dequintez Williams, a librarian from the Chattanooga public library in Tennessee, was fired after allegedly burning books written by Donald Trump and Ann Coulter. Williams argues that he was unfairly terminated, and that he was following library instructions to remove any “old, damaged or untruthful books.” The library argues that Williams’ alleged behavior constituted is an act of censorship.

Dark Academia Fans: Check Out this Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Auction

Love dark academia stories? Missing the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina series? Now you have a chance to bring a piece of Sabrina home!

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Author Brit Bennett Makes The Cover of Time 100 Next: Today in Books

Author Brit Bennett Makes The Cover of Time 100 Next

Time has announced their 2021 Time100 Next List, highlighting 100 of the most influential people who are currently shaping the future. Brit Bennett, author of The Vanishing Half and The Mothers, is among the influential politicians, activists, philanthropists, medical heroes, artists, and others honored this year in the issue. You can check out Brit Bennett’s Time cover and Tayari Jones’ words about the author on the Time website.

Mindy Kaling Adapting Sanjena Sathian’s Novel Gold Diggers

Sanjena Sathian’s novel Gold Diggers is being adapted for television. Mindy Kaling is set to executive produce the project through her production company Kaling International. Sathian will co-write the adaptation. Production is currently looking for potential showrunners and co-writers.

We Need Diverse Books Launches Black Creatives Fund

As part of an initiative to bring more diverse voices to the publishing industry, We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) has launched the Black Creatives Fund. In partnership with Penguin Random House, the Black Creatives Fund will support a series of programs designed to get more Black voices published.

Annotation: How to Get the Most Out of Your Books

Looking to step up your reading game? Annotating might be the answer. Find out more about how annotations can help you get the most out of your book.

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New THREE MUSKETEERS Movie Stars Vincent Cassel, Eva Green, and Oliver Jackson-Cohen: Today in Books

New THREE MUSKETEERS Movie Stars Vincent Cassel, Eva Green and Oliver Jackson-Cohen

Alexandre Dumas’ beloved 1844 novel The Three Musketeers is getting a fresh film adaptation, starring Vincent Cassel, Eva Green, and Oliver Jackson-Cohen. Matthieu Delaporte and Alexandre de la Patellière wrote the two-part film adaptation, and Martin Bourboulon will direct both. The two movies are expected to be released back-to-back.

Get a First Look at the Artwork for V.E. Schwab’s Upcoming Super Hero Comic ExtraOrdinary

Author V.E. Schwab is publishing a new comic set in the period between her novels Vicious and Vengeful. The super hero comic is entitled ExtraOrdinary, and now you can get an exclusive look at the artwork from the first issue. ExtraOrdinary is launching in May with special issue No. 0, and a four-part series will follow.

McBride Sisters Collection Launches New Black Girl Magic Wine & Book Club

McBride Sisters Collection, the largest Black-owned wine business in the country, is teaming up with Simon & Schuster to launch the Black Girl Magic Wine and Book Club, which aims to celebrate Black women authors. For the first Black Girl Magic Wine and Book Club, the book will be The Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton. Membership in the book club gets you two bottles of wine, an advanced copy of the book, and access to an exclusive Q&A session with the author.

AudioFile SYNC Brings More Free Audiobooks to Teens This Summer

Starting April 29, AudioFile is launching its twelfth summer of SYNC, a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+. Each week, two thematically-paired audiobooks will be made available for teens. The audiobooks given away during this program are free for the listeners to keep, forever.

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BRIDGERTON Announces Simone Ashley as Female Lead of Season 2: Today in Books

Simone Ashley Announced as Female Lead of Bridgerton Season 2

Big news for Bridgerton fans: Season 2 has found its Kate. Actress Simone Ashley (Sex Education, Because the Night) has been cast as the female lead of the second season of the popular Netflix show. This season will follow the eldest Bridgerton sibling, Anthony (Jonathan Bailey), as he searches for a suitable wife. Season 2 will be based on the second book of Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series, The Viscount Who Loved Me.

Actress Evanna Lynch Coming Out With a Memoir in September

This week, actress Evanna Lynch announced on Instagram that she would be coming out with a memoir on September 14. The cover and title of the book have yet to be announced, but Lynch said that information would be forthcoming in the next couple of months. On Instagram, Lynch wrote, “In one way, this book is a memoir about my struggle with an eating disorder. However, it’s not really a book about thinness and eating, it’s about rebuilding yourself after, literally recovering yourself.”

Cypress Hill Tells Their Story in a Graphic Novel

It’s been 30 years since Cypress Hill released their self-titled debut album, and the hip hop group is commemorating the anniversary by releasing a graphic novel about their story, entitled Cypress Hill: Tres Equis, in partnership with Z2 Comics. The book is co-written by Noah Callahan-Bever and Gabriel Alvarez, and co-illustrated by Felix Ruiz, Jefte Palo, Juan Gedeon, Damion Scott, Angel Hernandez and Paris Alleyne. Cypress Hill: Tres Equis is expected to be released in August of this year.

The 2021 Summer Scares Horror Winners Are Here

In celebration of National Library Lover’s Day, the Horror Writers Association (HWA), in partnership with United for Libraries, Book Riot, and Booklist, is delighted to announce the third annual Summer Scares Reading List. The full list of adult, young adult, and middle grade titles can be found here.

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Librarians Name Their Top LGBTQIA+ Books of the Year: Today in Books

Librarians Name Their Top LGBTQIA+ Books of the Year

Every year, the American Library Association’s Rainbow Roundtable chooses their top 10 books of the year featuring LGBTQIA+ stories. This year, the roundtable considered 312 books, both fiction and nonfiction. Their top 10 selections, entitled the Over the Rainbow Book List, have been announced.

Comedian and Writer Quinta Brunson Announces the Title of Her Debut Book

Quinta Brunson, a comedian and writer who has worked on shows such as A Black Lady Sketch ShowLazor Wulf, Netflix’s Big Mouth, has announced the title of her upcoming debut book: She Memes Well. On Instagram, Brunson wrote, “I’ve been a meme so many times it was worth writing a book about it (and so many other things). Excited to reveal the cover of my book: She Memes Well! Out June 15th.” She Memes Well is now available for preorder.

Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club Launches Digital Cooking Series Hosted by Christina Milian

Reese’s Book Club, in partnership with KitchenAid, is set to launch a new four-episode digital series hosted by Christina Milian. The series, Eat the Book, will feature authors of popular Reese’s Book Club books along with female chefs who will bring a favorite moment from the books to life through a delicious recipe. The featured authors will be Tembi Locke (From Scratch), Jasmine Guillory (The Proposal), Delia Owens (Where the Crawdads Sing), and Amanda Eyre Ward (The Jetsetters). The series debuts on Thursday, February 18.

Second Annual Ripped Bodice Awards for Excellence in Romantic Fiction Announced

The Ripped Bodice Bookstore in Culver City, California has announced the 12 Ripped Bodice Award winners for Excellence in Romantic Fiction. Each recipient receives a prize of $1,000, with an additional $100 donated to the charity of each winner’s choice.

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Mass Market Paperbacks Go Big: Today in Books

Listen To Writing Into The Wound Audiobook By Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay has written a Scribd Original audiobook exclusively available on their platform that explores writing about trauma. In it, she discusses how she explored her own sexual assault and trauma in her memoir Hunger, and the public reaction to the release of that book. It’s about sharing, processing, and healing through writing, and it might be enough to convince us to sign up for Scribd.

Justice Department Drops Lawsuit Against Melania Trump’s Ex-Friend Over Her Scathing Tell-All

A tell-all called Melania and Me by Stephanie Winston Wolkoff that was published last year has been the cause of a lawsuit filed by the DOJ, but as of this week that case has been dropped. Wolkoff insisted she did nothing wrong by writing and releasing her story, although the DOJ previously alleged that she had broken an NDA with the Trump family. The DOJ, which has seen a significant turnover since President Biden took office, decided to dismiss the case without prejudice.

Harlequin Introduces Larger Mass Market Paperback

The beloved mass market paperback (small, inexpensive, easily portable and often found in supermarkets) is growing. Harlequin quietly introduced that Mass Market Paperback Max, which is slightly larger, has better quality paper, larger font, and more white space. It’s released a handful of titles in this format each month at $9.99, and the publisher plans to release even more titles in the format this fall–all standalone titles. Titles that are a part of a series will remain in the standard size.