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

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

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

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

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

Paul McCartney’s New Book Will Feature Previously Unreleased Lyrics

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

9 Books By Women from Afghanistan to Read Right Now

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

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Officials Tear Out Yearbook Pages, Prompt Censorship Claims

School officials at an Arkansas high school have seized and torn out pages in the school’s 2020-2021 yearbook, citing “community backlash” as the reason for removing spreads that reference George Floyd’s murder, COVID-19, and the U.S. Capitol riot. The school’s journalism and English teacher resigned in protest, and the SPLC requested documentation of the so-called “community backlash,” which the school could not provide.

Jill Murphy, Children’s Author And Illustrator, Dies Aged 72

Jill Murphy, the author and illustrator best known for her book series which launched with The Worst Witch and her picture book Peace at Last, has passed away at age 72. During her long career, she published over 30 books and won numerous awards.

The Romance Novel Sales Boom Continues

While book sales have fluctuated since the onset of COVID-19, one constant appears to be the increase in romance book sales. There are many reasons for this, but most notably is that romance novels provide great escape and stress relief, and the genre has been finding new readership in the last year. From March 2020-March 2021, romance novels sold approximately 47 million copies in all formats, and increase of 24%.

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

Acclaimed Novelist Walter Mosley is Taking On The Thing in November

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Black Panther 2 Will Introduce Ironheart Star Dominique Thorne

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

Prince Harry Donating Proceeds from Upcoming Memoir to Charity

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

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

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

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

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

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

Anthony Mackie Will Carry the Shield in Captain America 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bridgerton‘s Phoebe Dynevor to Star in EXCITING TIMES Adaptation

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

What is an ISBN?

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

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Stephen Graham Jones Wins Multiple Shirley Jackson Awards: Today in Books

Megan Rapinoe Announces Literati Book Club

Professional soccer player and activist Megan Rapinoe has announced an exclusive book club with Literati. Rapinoe’s book club, called The Call In, will feature books that tackle important issues impacting the world today, like racism, immigration, transgender rights, body positivity, addiction, and more. “Reading is a powerful educational tool that allows us to connect directly to someone’s experience—even through fiction. I want this book club to open readers’ minds and hearts to one another, and I want everyone to see and feel how truly connected we all are,” says Rapinoe. “I hope readers will be inspired by the authors and stories that I select. I hope that people who join my club will create change in their own lives as a result. My call to action is for each of us to shift the ground that is beneath us.” Rapinoe has chosen the club’s first book for September: #MeToo founder Tarana Burke’s Unbound: My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement.

Stephen Graham Jones Wins Multiple Shirley Jackson Awards

The winners of the Shirley Jackson Awards have been announced! Author Stephen Graham Jones has won multiple awards this year: The Only Good Indians won for best novel, and The Night of the Mannequins won for best novella. The Shirley Jackson Awards are voted upon by a jury of professional writers, editors, critics, and academics. In a pre-recorded ceremony on Sunday, August 15, all of the winners were announced. The other winners were The Attic Tragedy by J. Ashley-Smith for best novelette; “Not the Man I Married” by R. A. Busby for best short fiction; Velocities: Stories by Kathe Koja for best single-author collection; and Black Cranes: Tales of Unquiet Women, edited by Lee Murray & Geneve Flynn, for best edited anthology. You can watch the full ceremony here.

Judy Blume’s Forever is Finally Becoming an Audiobook

Forty-six years after its original publication, Judy Blume’s cult classic Forever is finally becoming an audiobook. The new audiobook will be narrated by actress Caitlin Kinnunen, and it will be available on September 14. Kinnunen was hand-picked by Judy Blume herself to narrate the novel, after the author heard Kinnunen’s narration on another audiobook. “Getting to read this beautiful book by Judy Blume is a true honor,” says the Tony Award-nominated actress. “Her work is timeless and this story is still as impactful as the day it was first published. I cannot wait for today’s generation to discover these characters and fall in love with them for the first time.”

6 Myth Retellings on Audiobook

Love mythology? Here are six ancient Greek mythology retellings that span the globe, from modern day Korea and Nigeria, back to ancient Greece. And they’re all available on audio!

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AMC’s INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE Has Cast Its Lestat: Today in Books

Nnedi Okorafor Reveals Title for 3rd Book in the Nsibidi Scripts Series

On Twitter last week, author Nnedi Okorafor revealed the title and release date for the third book in her Nsibidi Scripts Series. The first book in the series was entitled Akata Witch, the second was Akata Warrior, and the newest one? Akata Woman. The release date for Akata Woman is January 18, 2022, and Okorafor says a cover reveal is coming soon.

AMC’s Interview with the Vampire Has Cast Its Lestat

AMC has cast Sam Reid in its upcoming adaptation of Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire. You might recognize Reid from his work in The Astronaut Wives Club or The Newsreader. AMC’s new reboot of Interview with the Vampire is from showrunner Rolin Jones (Perry Mason). The pilot will be directed by Alan Taylor, who helmed Game of Thrones. The first season will be eight episodes and is set to debut in 2022.

Ashley C. Ford Starts A Newsletter

Ashley C. Ford, the New York Times bestselling author of the memoir Somebody’s Daughter, announced on Instagram that she will be starting a newsletter. Ford wrote, “I’m starting a newsletter! It’s called Somebody’s Notes, and I’m so excited about it. I always said I never would unless I had someone to help me, and now I do, so here we are. If you want to subscribe and hang out, come on down. I’d love to have you 💙 Link in my bio!” You can subscribe to the newsletter here.

A Deep Dive Into the Marvel Comics Universe: How Big Is It?

Marvel comics have been around for 82 years. Do you know how big the Marvel Comics universe is? How many Marvel comics there are? Here’s a deep dive into the universe of Marvel Comics.

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Amanda Gorman and Penguin Random House Launch Poetry Award: Today in Books

Here’s A First Look at Harvey Fierstein’s “Juicy” and “Scary” Memoir

Actor, playwritght, and gay rights activist Harvey Fierstein’s memoir I Was Better Last Night hits shelves in March 2022, but you can get a first look at the memoir right now. The upcoming book will follow Fierstein’s career, starting with his early days doing community theater in Brooklyn. Fierstein’s memoir promises to be sexy, romantic, and of course, funny. Plus, he’s sharing stories that he hasn’t even told his closest friends. Fierstein told Entertainment Weekly in a statement, “Well, here is the outrageous, juicy, scary, and mostly true result of my efforts. Actors and writers use their talents to hide who they really are. With this memoir I guess I am saying farewell to all of that. This is me.”

Amanda Gorman and Penguin Random House Launch Poetry Award

Poet Amanda Gorman is partnering with Penguin Random House to launch the Amanda Gorman Award for Poetry, a new creative writing award that will focus on poetry for public high school students. The new award will recognize a student for an original literary composition in English for poetry. The first place prize is $10,000. Gorman stated, “I’m honored to be partnering with Penguin Random House on their poetry award for high school students. As someone who found my love of writing at a young age, I want to continue to foster that same love in the next generation of great poets.” To apply and to read more about eligibility and rules, click here. Submissions open on October 1, 2021, and close on February 1, 2022. Penguin Random House will announce the winners in June 2022.

Scholastic Books to Release Friends Children’s Book Series

Why wait ’til you’re older to have Friends be there for you? Scholastic Books is releasing a series of children’s books based on the Friends television series. The books will feature chibi style versions of everyone’s favorite Friends characters. Life is Better with Friends, the first book in the new series, was written by Micol Ostow and illustrated by Keiron Ward. The book releases in October, but you can preorder now!

Today’s North American Manga Market: the Wins, the Losses, and Everything Else

North America is experiencing a manga boom. And with so many titles now available, there’s no better time than right now to start reading manga. Here’s a look at the industry’s history with manga and its future.

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Hanif Abdurraqib, Sam Byers, and Salena Godden Shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize: Today in Books

Author Kelly J. Ford Lands New Book Deal for Queer Suspense Bad As All That

Kelly J. Ford, author of Cottonmouth, has landed a new two-book deal with Thomas and Mercer. The first book, set for publication in summer 2022, is a queer suspense novel entitled Bad As All That. It’s the story of a woman to returns to her hometown in Arkansas twenty-five years after the mysterious disappearance of her violent stepfather. But is she ready to face the potentially deadly consequences? Kelly J. Ford tweeted the news on Thursday, promising, “More messy queers coming your way!”

Hanif Abdurraqib, Sam Byers, and Salena Godden Shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize

Hanif Abdurraqib, Sam Byers, and Salena Godden are among those shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize honoring “forward-thinking and fearless” literature. The six-book shortlist includes the following works: Byer’s Come Join Our Disease; poet Godden’s first foray into fiction Mrs. Death Misses Death; Jenni Fagan’s Luckenbooth; Doireann Ní Ghríofa’s genre-bending A Ghost in the Throat; Sea State by Tabitha Lasley; and A Little Devil in America by Hanif Abdurraqib. The winner will be awarded a £5,000 cash prize and the chance to attend a writing retreat at Burn’s cottage in the Scottish Borders. This year’s winner will be announced at Durham Book Festival on October 14th.

John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats Announces New Novel

The Mountain Goats frontman John Darnielle has announced his third novel, Devil House, which is set to be published on January 25, 2022. The novel follows the story of true crime writer Gage Chandler, who’s had one successful book that’s been adapted as a film. But now he’s been given a huge opportunity: the chance to move into a house the locals call “The Devil’s House” and to write about the grizzly murders that happened there. Regular and signed copies are now available for preorder.

Flirty Before Age 30: Nine Sweet New Adult Romances

Looking for a fun, light summer read? Try these nine sweet new adult romance books.