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Hayao Miyazaki Comes Out Of Retirement To Make One More Film

Hayao Miyazaki is famous for his beautiful animated films Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle (an adaptation of the novel by Diana Wynne Jones), Kiki’s Delivery Service, and more. The 80-year-old filmmaker retired from his Studio Ghibli position in 2013, but recently told The New York Times Magazine he’ll be coming out of retirement to make one more film, an adaptation of a beloved novel called How Do You Live? by Genzaburo Yoshino. No details on when the film will be released, but an English translation of the book was recently released in the U.S.

Authors Of Color Speak Out Against Efforts To Ban Books On Race

Deborah Caldwell-Stone, the director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, is reporting that efforts to remove books from schools and libraries are the highest she’s seen in her twenty-year tenure. According to her, certain groups are making organized attacks by targeting books that celebrate gender and racial diversity, to the point where her office is receiving multiple reports of challenges each day, where they used to see a couple each week. Authors and artists Kwame Alexander, Sheetal Sheth, and more speak out against these challenges.

What Happened To Amazon’s Bookstore?

The New York Times took a deep dive into the ways that Amazon’s bookstore, once a foundation of its business, has evolved and gone off the rails. One such example of this is a suit that author and publisher John C. Boland brought against Amazon when he discovered that third party sellers were attempting to re-sell his titles $900+ over list price, and were claiming the release dates were in the 18th century when in reality, they were published in 2011. This is just one tactic that third party sellers use to try and garner sales, begging the question: Has Amazon lost control of their marketplace?

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Malcolm X’s Former Prison Cell to Be Library for Incarcerated People: Today in Books

Penguin Random House US Campaign Identifies 2021 Book Trends

Penguin Random House US has created a new campaign called Find Your Light to reflect on the growth of the book market this year, which saw US book sales up by 12%. Find Your Light was created in collaboration with branding and marketing agency Posture Media and features illustrations from Lynn Baik. Some highlights? Apparently, we collectively listened to the audiobook version of A Promised Land by Barack Obama for the equivalent of 4,255 years in 2021. Also, over 20 million copies of manga books sold this year, more than double any other year on record.

Malcolm X’s Former Prison Cell to Be Library for Incarcerated People

Reginald Dwayne Betts, a MacArthur Award-winning poet who himself spent eight years in prison, is planning to convert the prison cell that’s believed to be Malcolm X’s former cell into a library for incarcerated people. While most prison libraries focus on legal texts, the Malcolm X Freedom Library will include a curated mix of fiction and nonfiction books, including prison literature like Claude Brown’s Manchild in the Promised Land and John Edgar Wideman’s Brothers and Keepers. The library will also include many traditional classics, and about one-fifth of the books will be in Spanish.

Laverne Cox Joins the Cast of Netflix’s Uglies

Laverne Cox has joined the cast of the Netflix film Uglies, an adaptation of Scott Westerfeld’s bestselling novel of the same name. Cox, who is known for her roles in Promising Young Woman and Orange Is the New Black, joins the previously announced Uglies cast members Joey King, Keith Powers, Brianne Tju and Chase Stokes. The role Cox will play in the film has yet to be disclosed.

There’ve Been More Than 155 Book Challenges Since June: This Week’s Censorship News

ALA has documented 155 book challenge cases since June, but the number isn’t high enough. Here’s that story and more of this week’s book censorship news.

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Proud of Romance

Welcome to the Kissing Books newsletter. I hope your spirit is doing well.  I’m P.N. Hinton, your companion through the world of romance. Whether this is your first time or you’re a regular, I’m glad to have y’all here.

I don’t know if I mentioned it in a previous newsletter, but another thing I really dislike about ‘falling back’ an hour is that it gets darker way too early now. This is especially noticeable since I still work remotely because I’ll be sitting in my own little corner (in my own little chair) working and then look up and be like “Why the heck is it so dim in here now? Did my eyesight get worse in the last hour?” Only to realize nope my eyes are still the same level of not great; it’s just the sun starts setting earlier now.

Thanks. I hate it. But such is life. 

I’m currently reading a handful of books in a desperate and likely futile attempt to meet my reading goal for the year; The Love Hypothesis, The Book Boyfriend, and A Second Chance Road Trip for Christmas. This is in addition with a few others I have been working on for weeks. 

Wish me luck. I don’t think I’ll make it but I appreciate the encouragement. 

Romance Reflection

There was a tweet floating around last week, asking why it is embarrassing to tell people that you write romance novels. There were many responses as to how some authors answer that and they ranged from sarcastic, to funny, to honestly blunt. And, while I enjoyed the variety, it did make me more than a bit sad. 

The fact that the original poster felt they had to justify what they do for a living and lie or even hedge around it isn’t cool. I’m not sure if a partner or a friend made her feel that way but it’s something that, again, seems specific to the romance genre. I don’t hear about horror writers or mystery writers skirting around what they do. And honestly no one in any genre should.

I’ve seen the statement that romance keeps the lights on in too many places to feel that the people making said statement are exaggerating. It’s a popular genre. Period. End of discussion. It can be a lucrative career and if anyone gives you guff on it, chances are they’re just jealous because you’re in a position to get paid to do what you love and they may not be. 

Romance authors should be proud of what they do because it still takes quite a bit of skill and craft to write anything, so own it! You are an amazingly creative person and that rocks. And if someone has a problem with it? Tell them they are welcome to take the one way exit out of your life. Because you don’t need that type of negative unsupportive person in your life. At least that’s what I would do because nobody has time for all that judgement from people who claim to care about them. At the end of the day, it’s your job and you’re fortunate enough that it brings you joy. Keep on keepin’ on, my friends. 

Around the Web in Romance

Earlier this year, Julia Quinn’s father and sister were killed in a car crash. She recently announced that their family has established the Steven Cotler ‘60 Fund for the Summer Science Program in his honor. Read more about the fund and donate, if you’re so inclined, to the scholarship. At the time of their deaths she was also working on a graphic version of her novel within a novel featuring Mrs. Butterworth with her sister Violet Charles. She was able to finish the art, thanks to assistance from her other sisters, and that is still planning on being released.

Yet again more proof how much Romancelandia rocks, courtesy of a comment from a Disney Member Services Representative.

While not every book in this list is a romance, enough are that I am comfortable linking it here.

Here is a round-up of December romance reads.

Are you a fan of Beauty and the Beast? Then check out some of the books listed here!

So far we only have Day One but if you TikTok, be sure to check out Chelle Sloan’s 25 Days of Thirstmas!

Take this quiz to find out what role you would be in a rom-com! I’m…the secondary love interest and I HAVE FEELINGS ABOUT THAT!!

You can also take this quiz that attacked me slightly less and pick cookies to find out what underrated holiday movie to watch.

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New Releases

Since last Monday’s newsletter was the shopping one, I missed out on the chance to highlight the new releases. So, I’m going to include a few of them in today’s edition along with the some of the new ones this week. Prepare your checkbooks!

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Read Between the Lines by Rachel Lacey (12/1)

Gloam by Lily Mayne (12/3)

Baking Spirits Bright by Bryce Oakley (12/3) 

Yours Until Midnight by Jailaa West (12/3) 

Beautiful Submission by Ivy Wild by (12/3) 

Lighting Her Flame by Zariah Night (12/7)

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Sundae’s Best by Riley Hart (12/8)

Show Up by Renee Dahlia (12/9)

Western Waves by Brittainy Cherry (12/9) 

The Christmas Manny by Sammi Cee (12/10)

A Sensual Seduction by Serenity King (12/10)

It Happened One Winter by Christi Caldwell (12/10)


And that’s all I have for you today. I’ll be back Thursday with more romance reflections, news, and recommendations for you. Until then you can give me a follow over on Twitter under @PScribe801. Until then!

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Book Radar

Janelle Monáe Enters the World of Afrofuturist Literature and More Book Radar!

Hi Book People!

I’m still in Belfast, holding it down. And yes, we’re being as safe as possible. I hope everyone else out there is being safe as well. Seems like a good time to maybe stay inside with a warm cup of coffee or cider or mulled wine and read a few good books? I know I’ve got my mulled wine and a nice stack of reading to do. And if you’re wondering what books are coming to get excited about as we continue through these cold winter months and these weird times that are the 2020s, well, stick around. I’ve got Book Radar info for you.

Quick correction to Thursday’s newsletter: Sarah Gailey’s pronouns are they/them.

💚 Emily (it’s green for Ireland)

Book Deals & Reveals

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Here’s the cover reveal for Josh Malerman’s upcoming novel Daphne, which is available for preorder right now.

Janelle Monáe has written a collection of short stories based on the Afrofuturistic world of her album Dirty Computer. The book is called The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories from Dirty Computer, and you can read all about it here.

OMG fellow Ghostbusters fans. In November 2022, we’re getting an awesome new book about the in-depth history of the Ghostbusters movies. It’s called A Convenient Parallel Dimension: How Ghostbusters Slimed Us Forever, and here’s a cover reveal. I am nerding out right now.

Anne Rice’s Lives of the Mayfair Witches just got a series order and will join Interview with the Vampire on AMC.

Goodreads has revealed the cover of the upcoming novel from Christina Lauren, Something Wilder, which will go on sale on May 17th, 2022.

We’ve also got a cover reveal of Yassmin Abdel-Magied’s upcoming essay collection Talking About A Revolution, coming May 31st, 2022.

Jo Nesbo’s dark corporate thriller Headhunters, which was adapted in 2011 as a film starring Aksel Hennie and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, is getting a TV series adaptation, set to premiere in 2022.

Poet, essayist and author Saeed Jones recently shared the title piece from his forthcoming book, Alive at the End of the World, which is hitting shelves in 2022.

Riz Ahmed’s Left Handed Films and Lulu Wang’s Local Time are partnering to develop the comedy series The Son of Good Fortune, an adaptation of Lysley Tenorio’s novel of the same name, for Amazon.

Laverne Cox has joined the cast of the Netflix film Uglies, an adaptation of Scott Westerfeld’s bestselling novel of the same name.

Here are the 51 most read books in the 2021 Goodreads Reading Challenge. How many of them did you read this year?

Alice Sebold’s memoir Lucky is being pulled from shelves following the exoneration of Anthony Broadwater.

Oh, and it’s the beginning of December! So check out your horoscope and your book recommendations.

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!

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Prepare Your Shelves!

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Fiona and Jane by Jean Chen Ho (Viking, January 4, 2022)

I’m a sucker for a good book about complicated, dynamic, and deeply felt female friendships. And as you’ve probably guessed by the title of this novel, the gorgeous book cover, and the introduction I just gave to this book, Jean Chen Ho’s Fiona and Jane is a really, really good book about a complicated, dynamic, and deeply felt female friendship.

Fiona Lin and Jane Shen have been best friends since the second grade. Both Fiona and Jane are Taiwanese American women growing up in Los Angeles with different but equally tumultuous family lives. As with most friendships, there are moments in time when Fiona and Jane grow closer to one another, and other periods of time where they drift apart. This is a novel told in short stories about these different moments in their friendship. And while each section of this novel works as its own separate story/vignette, ultimately the entire book works as a whole to paint a vivid portrait of friendship, love, loss, and coming of age in contemporary America.

Fiona and Jane comes out from Viking on January 4, 2022, so make space for this one on your shelves and on your TBR list right now. This is Jean Chen Ho’s debut novel/short story collection, and I’m already looking forward to seeing what this author will do next.

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What I’m Reading This Week

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No Exit by Taylor Adams

Those Who Prey by Jennifer Moffett

Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor

Murakami T by Haruki Murakami

Several People Are Typing by Calvin Kasulke

The Holiday Switch by Tif Marcelo

Monday Memes

Did you miss memes last week? They’re back. This one is absolutely relatable. Do not talk to me while I’m reading. Or writing. Or just waking up. You know what? Just don’t talk to me.

Other Things That Make Me Happy

It’s December, which means this month, what’s making me the most happy is all the delicious Christmas foods I’m going to be eating. If you’re like me and you’re really annoyed that Starbucks got rid of their gingerbread latte, fear not! Last year, I discovered this recipe to make a delicious gingerbread latte at home, and it’s been getting me through the tough times.

I guess I should also take this moment to say my Nespresso machine makes me very happy. Thanks, Dad, for the birthday present last year. Yes, my dad reads this newsletter.

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

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Fun fact: my cat Murray is a skilled pole dancer.

And no, he won’t teach me his ways. I guess we just have to marvel at the wonder that is Murray and try not to ask too many questions about how or why he is the way he is.

Meow.


That’s all I’ve got for you today, friends! I hope you have a wonderful week. Be kind to yourself. Pet a cat.

💚 Emily

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We’re giving away five prize packs from Clarkson Potter to five lucky Riot readers! Each prize pack will contain: Tarot of the Divine puzzle, Book Club: A Journal, The Cheese Board Deck, The Hip-Hop Queens Oracle Deck, and Send This for Inspiration postcard set.

Enter here for a chance, or click the image below!

Check out these great and wholly unique gift ideas for the book lovers in your life! Book Club: A Journal is a beautifully designed keepsake for recording and remembering everything about book club, from titles read to wine and cheese served. Speaking of which, The Cheese Board Deck offers 50 creative ideas for styling and presenting food platters for any occasion. Rounding out the trio is an enchanting 1000-piece puzzle that features the stunning artwork of Yoshi Yoshitani’s Tarot of the Divine.

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Children’s Books for the Holidays

Hi Kid Lit Friends,

I love the holidays. New York City is at its best during December with all the beautiful lights, the huge Rockefeller tree, and the brisk weather and holiday cheer. Since I’m in the holiday mood, I thought I would share some favorite picture books for the season.

Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story by Angela Shelf Medearis, illustrated by Daniel Minter

I adore Daniel Minter’s illustrative style (Going Down Home with Daddy, a book he illustrated, won a Caldecott Honor a couple of years ago), and this book is beautifully created with linoleum block prints. In this story, seven brothers are constantly fighting, but when their father dies, the brothers are tasked with creating gold out of seven spools of thread. If they can’t accomplish this by sundown, they will live the rest of their life as beggars. Using the Nguzo Saba, or “seven principles” of Kwanzaa, the author has created an unforgettable story that shows how family members can pull together, for their own good and the good of the entire community.

Miracle on 133rd Street by Sonia Manzano, illustrated by Marjorie Priceman

Sonia Manzano from Sesame Street writes this sweet tale about the joys of an urban Christmas. On the day before Christmas, Mami brings home a delicious roast for a Christmas feast. When they discover it’s too big to fit in their oven, Jose and Papa need to find an oven big enough to cook Mami’s roast. They visit their neighbors to find a bigger oven, bringing Christmas cheer with them along the way.

Red and Green and Blue and White by Lee Wind, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky

It’s December, and the houses on Isaac and Teresa’s block are getting ready for the holidays. Isaac and his family decorate their big window for Chanukah, and across the street, his best friend Teresa and her family trim their Christmas tree. When it gets dark, Teresa’s house glows red and green and Isaac’s decorative menorah glows blue and white. But when someone throws a rock through Isaac’s window late at night, the celebratory spirit is extinguished until the whole community joins together to support Isaac and his family and celebrate the true spirit of the holidays.

The Real Santa by Nancy Redd, illustrated by Charnelle Pinkney Barlow

This sweet picture book answers the age old question: What does Santa look like? A family celebrates the Christmas season with family, representation, and holiday spirit.

The Legend of the Christmas Witch by Dan Murphy and Aubrey Plaza, illustrated by Julia Iredale (November 16, 2021, Penguin)

There are many sides to every story, and this story is about Kristoffer and Kristtorn. They lived alone in the woods until one day, Kristoffer was found by a couple and taken away to live with them while Kristtorn was left alone. She ends up finding a home with a witch who recognized her powers and tried to protect her from the world. But Kristtorn grew up and her powers grew, and she learned that the world was afraid of her. Beautiful illustrations accompany this Christmas tale.

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What are you reading these days? Let me know! Find me on Twitter at @KarinaYanGlaser, on Instagram at @KarinaIsReadingAndWriting, or email me at KarinaBookRiot@gmail.com.

Until next time!
Karina

Lalo and I had a great time watching the NYC marathon!

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Happy Horror Days!

Hey‌ ‌there‌ horror fans, ‌I’m‌ ‌Jessica‌ ‌Avery‌ ‌and‌ ‌I’ll‌ ‌be‌ ‌delivering‌ ‌your‌ ‌weekly‌ ‌brief‌ ‌of‌ ‌all‌ ‌that’s‌ ‌ghastly‌ ‌and‌ ‌grim‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌world‌ ‌of‌ ‌Horror.‌ ‌Whether‌ ‌you’re‌ ‌looking‌ ‌for‌ ‌a‌ ‌backlist‌ ‌book‌ ‌that‌ ‌will‌ ‌give‌‌ you‌ ‌the‌ ‌willies,‌ ‌a‌ ‌terrifying‌ ‌new‌ ‌release,‌ ‌or‌ ‌the‌ ‌latest‌ ‌in‌ ‌horror‌ ‌community‌ ‌news,‌ ‌you’ll‌ ‌find‌ ‌it‌ ‌here‌ in‌ ‌The‌ ‌Fright‌ ‌Stuff.

Welcome to December everyone! I’m still not quite sure where 2021 went, but it was a great year for horror, and though horror pickings get a bit slim after Halloween, there are still some fantastic horror books coming out this month that you won’t want to miss. In fact, we’ve got a delightfully varied list this month, from standalones and mid-series must haves to dark fairy tale goodness, queer horror galore, and even a media-tie in novel!

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Waif by Samantha Kolesnik (December 1)

Kicking off our list this month is Samantha Kolesnik’s newest novella, Waif, and can we just take a moment to admire that gorgeous pulp-style cover? You know I’m a sucker for clever cover design, and I just love everything about this one. Plus I think it really sells the gritty feel of the novel itself as we follow former housewife Angela on a strange, dangerous sexual journey into a treacherous underground of pornography and plastic surgery as she tries to escape the “dream” life that was killing her slowly. When Angela falls for a fetish film performer named Reena, and falls in with a queer gang called The Waifs, she finds herself forced to choose between the woman she used to be and the woman she’s becoming.

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A History of Wild Places by Shea Earnshaw (December 7)

You know I love it best of all when fairy tales go bad, and twisted, and horrific. So of course I zeroed right in on Shea Earnshaw’s forthcoming book A History of Wild Places. It begins with two unexplained disappearances: Maggie St. James, author of dark, macabre children’s books, and Travis Wren, the private investigator who was hired to look for her. Travis has a talent for locating the missing, but when his search for Maggie leads him to a mysterious commune called Pastoral that’s not supposed to exist, he too vanishes into thin air. It’s only years later that Theo, who has lived in Pastoral all his life, discovers Travis’s abandoned truck outside the border of the community and begins to question the isolated world in which he was raised. But as Pastoral’s secrets begin to unravel, Theo may find himself faced with a truth far darker and more dangerous than expected.

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The Righteous by Renée Ahdieh (December 7)

Technically, Ahdieh’s The Beautiful Quartet series is more on the dark fantasy side of the dark fiction line than the horror side, but you know I love my dark fantasy novels, so I’m playing my Basically Weened on Anne Rice Card, and declaring that if vampires, then horror. Or horror-ish, anyway. Though I guess in the case of the The Righteous, if dark, menacing fae, then horror. I mean an angry Good Neighbor will fuck you up, let’s be honest. And Pippa knows that, she does, but when her best friend Celine (heroine of the first two books) suddenly disappears, Pippa has no choice but to travel into the treacherous world of the fae and try to bring Celine back. She’s done losing everything she loves, and she’ll do what ever it takes to find Celine, even if it means dealing with the dangerously charismatic Arjun Desai.

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Shattersteel by Benjanun Sriduangkaew (December 14)

Speaking of ongoing series, if you’ve been waiting on novella number three in Sriduangkaew’s Her Pitiless Command series, your wait is almost over! Shattersteel continues the story that began in Sriduangkaew’s gorgeous dark, queer sci-fi/fantasy novella Winterglass, which you might remember from last month’s fairy tale retelling newsletter! But where in Winterglass Nuawa was a bold insurgent, determined to destroy the Winter Queen and end her reign of cold and darkness, Shattersteel finds her laid low. Her attempt to assassinate the queen has failed and now the weapon that Nuawa had so carefully turned herself into is just a tool that the Winter Queen can use. And one that the Queen would happily sacrifice to make her lover, General Lussadh, immortal at last. Unless Nuawa can stop her, and is willing to pay the cost to do so. This final attempt to kill the Queen might just succeed, but if it does, Nuawa will lose not only her soul, but Lussadh as well.

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Revenant by Alex White (December 21)

I mean, was I supposed to NOT include Alex White’s new Star Trek book? What, when I am still absolutely obsessed with their recent Alien tie-in novel, Into Charybdis, and when I’m such a Star Trek fan? Please. Now excuse me, I have to marathon Deep Space Nine so I can read this book when it comes out. When Trill Trade Commissioner Etom Prit askes Jadzia Dax to help recover his wayward granddaughter from a resort casino while on shore leave, it seems like an easy favor to do for an old friend. But the Nemi she finds when she arrives planet side isn’t the young woman she remembers, and Dax’s struggle to find the truth of what happened to Nemi will expose a terrifying web of secrets and lies.

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Fresh From the Skeleton’s Mouth

We’ve reached the last month on Nightfire’s 2021 most anticipated horror list. Have you checked out next year’s list yet? I have, and my budget spreadsheet weeps.

Off Limits Press has announced a new Hailey Piper novella in 2022! As always, I am beyond excited. Plus, bonus points, it’s a sci-fi horror novella! Just kick me out the airlock into scary space. I’m ready.

As always, you can catch me on twitter at @JtheBookworm, where I try to keep up on all that’s new and frightening.

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Read Harder 2022 – Prime The Pump Post

Let’s kick this one off with a real banger! From my band Skull Practitioners, here’s Grey No More.

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Read the New Poem by Saeed Jones: Today in Books

Riz Ahmed and Lulu Wang to Produce Comedy Series The Son of Good Fortune

Riz Ahmed’s Left Handed Films and Lulu Wang’s Local Time are partnering to develop the comedy series The Son of Good Fortune, an adaptation of Lysley Tenorio’s novel of the same name, for Amazon. The novel follows the story of an undocumented Filipino teenager in the Bay area who is working through his troubled relationship with his mother, a former B-movie action star, while also falling in love for the first time and trying to figure out how to pay back a massive amount of debt. Filipino and Korean writer, director, actor and stand-up comic Andrew Lopez will adapt the book for the screen and executive produce, alongside Riz Ahmed and Allie Moore of Left Handed and Lulu Wang and Dani Melia for Local Time.

This Black-Owned Bookstore is Delivering Books on Horseback

Harriett’s Bookshop, an independent bookstore in Philadelphia, has taken to delivering books on horseback. Jeannine A. Cook, the owner of Harriett’s Bookshop, says the idea started with her partnership with the Fletcher Street Urban Riding Club, a North Philly organization known for promoting horseback riding for inner city youth. “December 2020 I took my first ride on [horseback] in partnership with the Fletcher Street Riding Club. From there we’ve periodically found ways to bring together the world of horses and books. It is believed that Harriett Tubman stole a horse to deliver her elderly parents to freedom. There is a rich riding tradition among our ancestors and many indigenous cultures. That tradition continues with us,” Cook told Because Of Them We Can. To learn more about the bookshop, check out their website here.

Read the New Poem by Saeed Jones

Columbus poet, essayist, and author Saeed Jones recently shared the title piece from his forthcoming book, Alive at the End of the World, which is hitting shelves in 2022. The poem was released yesterday via the author’s Werk-In-Progress newsletter, but you can read the poem in full online. Jones said the poem emerged from a time when he was reflecting on the apocalyptic state of the world in 2020. “I think what I’ve learned is the apocalypse is a state of being, and it’s not a linear, one-time event,” Jones said in an interview with Alive. “Every time there’s a mass shooting, every time a cop shoots a kid and gets away with it, every time we learn about a sexual assault and it’s just paved over and someone becomes a Supreme Court justice. Those are all apocalyptic, world-ending events, or at least they should be, because that’s how meaningful they are to the people implicated.” Here is Jones’ full poem.

Why Police Shouldn’t Be in Libraries (and How to Help Change That)

Libraries are an essential public institution. They should be a safe, accessible space for everyone. So why are there police in libraries, compromising this very safety?