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HBO Releases MY BRILLIANT FRIEND Season 3 Teaser Trailer: Today in Books

Al Roker Options The Personal Librarian for Limited Series

Al Roker Entertainment has optioned best-selling novel The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray for a limited series. The novel tells the story of J.P. Morgan’s personal librarian, Belle da Costa Greene, a Black woman with light skin who was forced to pass as white. The Personal Librarian is a favorite in our household, and it demonstrates historical fiction at its best,” said Al Roker. “We are always looking to work on projects with purpose and this story is relevant now more than ever. The female lead lives in secrecy and goes to the ends of the earth to hide her identity and protect her family in a very racist world and we look forward to bringing this story to more households. It also excites me whenever I can work with my wife on a project we both think is important.”

HBO Releases My Brilliant Friend Season 3 Trailer

HBO has released the first teaser trailer for season 3 of My Brilliant Friend, which premieres on HBO Max on February 28th. The third season will be eight episodes and will adapt Elena Ferrante’s novel Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay. The series stars Gaia Gerace as Lila and Margherita Mazzucco as Lenù.

Tennessee School District Bans Art Spiegelman’s Graphic Novel Maus

A Tennessee school board has removed the Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel Maus from an eighth-grade language arts curriculum due to concerns about profanity, nudity, and Holocaust depictions. In an interview with CNBC, Maus author Art Spiegelman said, “I’m kind of baffled by this,” and described the school board’s actions “Orwellian.” Author Neil Gaiman also spoke out against the ban in a tweet: “There’s only one kind of people who would vote to ban Maus, whatever they are calling themselves these days.”

2022 PEN America Literary Awards Finalists Announced

The 2022 PEN American Literary Award Finalists have been announced! This year’s awards will confer $350,000 to writers and translators in eleven different categories that include fiction, nonfiction, poetry, biography, essay, science writing, literature in translation and more.

Read Harder 2022

Read Harder Task #19: Read a Horror Novel by a BIPOC Author

Alright. I’m just going to come out and say it. Horror is the best genre out there. Good horror is thought-provoking, emotional, propulsive, and unforgettable. And I just can’t get enough of it. It was hard to narrow it down when it came to choosing which books to share with you for this challenge. But these are some of my personal favorite horror novels for this Read Harder 2022 Challenge: Read a Horror Novel by a BIPOC Author.

What was the first horror novel you read? For me, it was Stephen King’s It. For a lot of readers, King was probably one of their first introductions to the world of horror fiction. And that’s great and all, but there’s so much more horror fiction out there, and so many incredible horror books from BIPOC authors. Here are eight horror books that do all the good things that horror books should—they’re thought-provoking, emotional, propulsive, and unforgettable. Even if you’re a person who normally shies away from horror stories, I promise these are worth the risk of being a little scared.

Make sure to get your own Read Harder Book Journal from Book Riot to track your reading for the year!

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The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

Speaking of unforgettable reads, Stephen Graham Jones’ The Only Good Indians is one that I’ll never be able to get out of my mind, and one I can’t stop recommending to people, which is why it’s #1 on a list that’s otherwise in no particular order. When four Blackfoot Indian men go hunting, they end up doing something that will haunt them forever. Quite literally. Now there’s a supernatural entity that’s hunting them, hellbent on revenge.

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White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson

If you love YA horror, please do yourself a favor and read White Smoke. When teenager Marigold moves with her family from California to the Midwestern city of Cedarville, everyone thinks it’s a chance for them to start over. But in horror language, we know what moving to a new house for a chance to start over means. It means the house is haunted, right? As soon as Marigold and her family move in, things seem off. The neighborhood is practically deserted, and they keep hearing weird sounds (and smelling weird smells) throughout the house. Is it just Marigold’s mind playing tricks on her, or does the house really want them out?

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Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon

Sorrowland is horror meets sci-fi meets Afrofuturism meets wilderness survival tale. Vern is seven months pregnant when she escapes from the strict religious compound where she was raised. Now she finds herself alone in the wilderness, caring for her twin children, unable to trust anything in the world around her. But the religious compound she fled from isn’t willing to let her go that easily. And she feels herself going through unsettling changes.

Cover of The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson

The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson

The Year of the Witching is a dark fantasy/horror novel set in the puritanic lands of Bethel where Immanuelle Moore’s very existence is blasphemy because she is proof of her mother’s tryst with an outsider of another race. But her mother was hiding even more secrets than Immanuelle could have imagined, and something is calling her out to the woods surrounding Bethel.

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Empire of Wild by Cherie Dimaline

Empire of Wild is inspired by the traditional Métis story of the Rogarou, a legendary werewolf-like creature. Joan’s husband Victor has been missing for over a year, but Joan refused to give up hope and keeps searching for him. Then one day in a Walmart parking lot, there he is. At first she’s relieved to see him, but he insists he is not her husband and that he does not recognize her at all. He says he is the Reverend Wolff and that he only wants to bring people to Jesus. But of course, it turns out that’s not his only mission.

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White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi

Looking for more haunted house-y type stories? Okay, you’ve got it. Here’s White is for Witching, a story about the Silver family, who moves to a mysterious house on the cliffs near Dover in the hopes of starting up a bed-and-breakfast. The matriarch of the family has gone missing, and the daughter, Miranda, feels the spirits within the strange house and the women who haunt the walls. And they are quickly pulling her in.

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Fledgling by Octavia Butler

What would a horror novel list be without at least one vampire story? Although I guess calling Fledgling a vampire story is oversimplifying things… by a lot. Shori is 53 years old, but on the outside, she looks like a young girl. When we first meet her, she has no memory of who she is and she’s exhausted and hungry. But when she’s picked up by a man named Wright, together the two begin to uncover the secrets of her past and a world of vampire-like creatures that are unlike anything you’ve ever read about before.

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Beloved by Toni Morrison

Beloved is the most haunting ghost story you will ever read. This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is the story of Sethe, who was born into slavery but escaped to Ohio. Still, eighteen years later, living with her daughter Amy, Sethe still does not feel free. She’s haunted by the memories of her past and the horrifying things she had to endure to find freedom. Then a teenaged girl who calls herself Beloved shows up at her doorstep, and all of Sethe’s horrors of the past come to meet her in her present.

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And those are my recommendations! Want even more? Here are 20 horror books by authors of color. I’m so excited to read some good horror with everyone this year. Good luck with the Read Harder challenge!

Click here for the full Read Harder 2022 task list, and for previous recommendations, click here.

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Authors Name Their Most Anticipated Books of 2022 and More Book Radar!

Dear Book Friends,

Not to brag, but… I’m writing this to you with a cat in my lap. I’m really loving the winter weather because it means the cats are getting snugglier. For my cat people out there, I hope you’re getting lots of cat cuddles as well. And for my non-cat people, uh… you should like cats. They’re great. Anyway, as you’re reading this, maybe head over to Purrli and put some cat purrs on in the background so you get the full experience of what I was hearing while I was writing this. And now for books!

❤️ Emily

Book Deals and Reveals

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Last week, Publisher’s Weekly revealed the cover of bestselling author Brittney Cooper’s children’s book Stand Up!

The authors of some of your favorite books of 2021 have picked their most anticipated books of 2022. Check out these recommendations from Zakiya Dalila Harris, Kathy Wang, Katie Kitamura, and others.

Here’s the cover reveal for Rachel Griffin’s YA novel Wild is the Witch, out from Sourcebooks in August.

Entertainment Weekly has an exclusive excerpt and cover reveal of Stephen King’s upcoming fantasy novel Fairy Tale

Amazon Publishing’s Thomas & Mercer imprint acquired Zoje Stage’s Mothered at auction. The psychological horror novel is set for release in February 2023. has announced their first ever guest editor, R.F. Kuang, author of the Poppy War trilogy.

Hulu has given a series order to Saint X, a drama based on Alexis Schaitkin’s 2020 novel of the same name.

Disney+ has given a series order to Percy Jackson and the Olympians, based on author Rick Riordan’s best-selling series of the same name.

Here’s the teaser trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s adaptation of Pinocchio. The movie will be available on Netflix in December.

Here are the GLAAD Media Awards nominees for fair, accurate and inclusive LGBTQ representation in comic books and graphic novels.

The winners and honors of the 2022 ALA Youth Media Awards have been announced! Here’s who took home the awards and honors.

Make sure to get your own Read Harder Book Journal from Book Riot to track your reading for the year!

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!

Can’t Wait for This One

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The Last Housewife by Ashley Winstead (Sourcebooks, August 16)

First of all, here’s another cover that I’m completely obsessed with. Really, can I hang this on my wall somewhere? Because it’s gorgeous. Second of all, I’ve heard such wonderful things about Ashley Winstead’s 2021 novel In My Dreams I Hold A Knife, but no, I have not read it yet. Should I pick that one up while I wait for this one? Let me know. Oh, and third of all, Ashley Winstead has not one but TWO books coming out this year. I am so jealous of people who can write this much. Teach me your ways, Ashley Winstead.

The first novel coming from Winstead this year is a romance novel, Fool Me Once, which will hit shelves in April. And yes, I have that one on my to-read list as well. But for now, let’s focus on this culty thriller novel we can expect out in August. Because aside from having a stunning cover, this book also sounds really, really phenomenal.

While in college in New York, Shay Evans and her friends got involved in a cult. By her senior year, Shay and her friend Laurel were the only ones who were able to get out. Now eight years have passed, and Shay is trying to live a normal domestic life in a Texas suburb. But when news reaches her that Laurel has died, Shay begins to suspect that she hasn’t been able to leave the cult behind entirely. This suspenseful thriller is going to be perfect for those fascinated by cult stories and true crime podcasts.

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Words of Literary Wisdom

content warning: The quote below contains a derogatory queer term. It is not used in a way to cause harm but to point out the dissonance between how things were and how we remember them, but I wanted to point it out.

“Rampant nostalgia has romanticized the nineties, buffing over its rough spots, looking past lingering wounds… After the spirit of the riot grrrl got co-opted by marketing, the slogan “girl power” became plastered on T-shirts and stickers, endorsed by the Spice Girls, sold on billboards and ads. Meanwhile the media routinely described the nation’s First Daughter as “homely” and “ugly,” SNL lampooned Janet Reno as a big ugly dyke, and the entire nation, it seemed, collaborated in slut-shaming and fat-shaming Monica Lewinsky. Lilith Fair was dismissed as an ‘estrogenfest’ of ‘feminazis.’ The few characters of size on television included Roseanne, who was derided as disgusting by mainstream America, and Oprah, who was eternally losing weight.”

Margaret and the Mystery of the Missing Body by Megan Milks

What’s Up in the Book Community?

My iPhone is constantly telling me I spend too much time staring at my screen, which is honestly so rude. But this means I spend a lot of time scrolling around the online book community: BookTube, Bookstagram, BookTok, BookLinkedIn (JK. That’s not a thing… I don’t think). You get the idea. Don’t have the time, energy, or the will to do all of that yourself? No problem. I got you. In this weekly section of Book Radar, we’ll take a look at something cool, interesting, and/or newsy that’s going on in the book community.

If you enjoyed having the opportunity to attend virtual book festivals over the past few years, that’s not going anywhere in 2022. While the Savannah Book Festival will be an in-person event this year, they are including some virtual events that you can attend at home. These events will feature authors David Guterson, Laura Dave, Hala Alyan, and Alice Waters. Check out the festival’s website for a full schedule of virtual and in-person events.

Your Weekend Reading Soundtrack

It’s cold, so now’s the time to read while sitting next to a warm fire. And if you don’t have a fireplace in your house, don’t worry. I don’t either. Instead, how about we listen to these ambient fire sounds and throw on a heated blanket? Hey, we gotta work with what we have.

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

black cat next to a blanket that reads "Books! I Need More Books!"

Phantom has a very special message for you today, and it’s this: Yes, you do need more books. It’s 2022, and we’re not denying ourselves the things we love anymore. Thank you, Phantom. We love you and appreciate you.

And that’s it for today! I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you back here next week hopefully!

❤️ Emily

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Chukwudi Iwuji Teases New GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 3 Character: Today in Books

Toni Collette and Bella Heathcote to Star in Upcoming Thriller Series Pieces of Her

Netflix has released the first images of Pieces of Her, an upcoming thriller series based on Karin Slaughter’s novel of the same name. The series stars Toni Collette and Bella Heathcote as mother and daughter. The images Netflix has released show both Collette and Heathcote in their roles. They also feature many members of the supporting cast, which include Jessica Barden, Jacob Scipio, Joe Dempsie, Aaron Jeffery, Omari Hardwick, Gil Birmingham, David Wenham, Calum Worthy, Nicholas Burton, and Terry O’Quinn. Pieces of Her will be released exclusively to Netflix on March 4.

Chukwudi Iwuji Teases New Guardians of the Galaxy 3 Character

Many of our favorite characters from the Guardians of the Galaxy universe will be back for Volume 3, but of course, the third film will introduce new characters as well. And Peacemaker actor Chukwudi Iwuji is teasing some of the details of his character in the new Guardians of the Galaxy film. While the name of the character has not been announced yet, Iwuji says he would describe his character as “Powerful. Extremely powerful. Complex…James and I were talking about it, but he’s certainly one of, if not the most complex characters we’ve seen in the freaking Marvel universe. So he’s deeply complex and deeply powerful, and I hope intriguing. I hope I bring that to it.” Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will hit theaters on May 25, 2023.

Here’s A First Look at The Man Who Fell to Earth Graphic Novel

A graphic novel adaptation of the David Bowie-helmed science fiction movie The Man Who Fell to Earth is coming out this Fall. Here’s a first look at the cover, images from the graphic novel, and some plot details. The book will be written by Dan Watters (Cowboy Bebop) with art by Dev Pramanik (Dune: House Atreides).

United States Artists Announces the 2022 Class of Fellows

Earlier today, the United States Artists (USA) announced its 2022 Class of Fellows. The Class of Fellows is the largest it’s ever been, including six writing fellows who will each receive $50,000 to support their artistic work.

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R.F. Kuang is’s First Guest Editor: Today in Books

Black Lawmakers Walk Out As Mississippi Senate Passes Anti-Critical Race Theory Bill

Last Friday, Mississippi’s Black state senators walked out of a vote in protest of a Republican-backed bill that would ban “critical race theory” in schools. The bill states “that any sex, race, ethnicity… is inherently superior or inferior” or that “individuals should be adversely treated on the basis of their sex, race, ethnicity.” Democratic lawmakers expressed concern that these rules could stifle the discussion of racism in the classroom. All 14 Black state senators withheld their votes when they walked out. The bill ended up passing 32-2, with two white Democrats voting against it. The bill will now advance to the Mississippi House, which is also controlled by Republicans. If it passes there, it will go to Republican Governor Tate Reeves, who has vowed to keep “critical race theory” out of schools.

Saint X Gets Series Order at Hulu

Hulu has given a series order to Saint X, a drama based on Alexis Schaitkin’s 2020 novel of the same name. The novel is being adapted for television by Leila Gerstein (Hart of Dixie, The Handmaid’s Tale), and it will be directed by Dee Rees (Mudbound, Pariah). Saint X is told from multiple perspectives, examining the mysterious death of a young woman on a Caribbean vacation. Gerstein and Rees will also executive produce the eight-episode adaptation of Saint X with author Schaitkin, Stephen Williams, Anonymous Content and DreamCrew Entertainment.

R.F. Kuang is’s First Guest Editor has announced their first ever guest editor, R.F. Kuang, author of the Poppy War trilogy. writes that Kuang “will be curating a limited series of essays to broaden the horizon of voices represented on and forge new pathways for the future of SFF. We are thrilled to have her aboard!” You can read an interview with Kuang about her plans with here.

8 Most Anticipated YA Contemporary Reads for Winter 2022

These books are some of the most exciting young adult contemporary reads coming out in the first few months of 2022.

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Read an Excerpt from Stephen King’s FAIRY TALE: Today in Books

Here’s a Teaser Trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

Here’s the first teaser trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s stop-motion musical update to Carlo Collodi’s classic tale “Pinocchio.” The voice cast for Pinocchio includes Ewan McGregor, David Bradley, Tilda Swinton, Christoph Waltz, Finn Wolfhard, Cate Blanchett, John Turturro, Ron Perlman, Tim Blake Nelson, Burn Gorman, and introducing Gregory Mann as Pinocchio. The film will be available to steam on Netflix in December, 2022.

Read an Excerpt from Stephen King’s Fairy Tale

Entertainment Weekly has an exclusive excerpt from Stephen King’s upcoming fantasy novel Fairy Tale. The novel tells the story of Charlie Reade, a 17-year-old boy who inherits keys to a parallel world where good and evil are at war. Fairy Tale will be available everywhere you get books on September 6th.

OUT Maine Donors Send 900 Books to Maine School Libraries

OUT Maine, an organization that serves LGBTQ+ youth in Maine, has created the Read the Rainbow campaign, which aims to increase visibility of LGBTQ+ people and celebrate diversity within the community. Donated book sets are based on age-appropriate reading levels: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.  “These past two months, I had multiple middle-grade students ask for books with queer characters/storylines,” said Taylor Leach, the Library Media Specialist at Vinalhaven School. “Between the resources provided on their website and the Read the Rainbow Program, OUT Maine has allowed me to provide what our students want and need and meet these requests from our students.” So far, the program has donated over 900 books. If you want to see how you can help, visit

The 2022 ALA Youth Media Awards: See Who Took Home the Newberry, Caldecott, Printz, and More!

The winners and honors of the 2022 ALA Youth Media Awards have been announced! Here’s who took home the awards and honors.

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LORD OF THE RINGS Amazon Series Reveals Full Title and Plot Details: Today in Books

Chloe Gong Announces New These Violent Delights Spin-Off Series

Chloe Gong, author of the bestselling These Violent Delights duology, has announced a new spin-off duology focusing on the “prickly-but-passionate” Rosalind Lang. The first novel in the series Foul Lady Fortune will be published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on September 27th. “Even before I finished writing my debut, the seeds of this spin-off were taking root,” Gong told PEOPLE in a statement. “Rosalind was a character who had such a compelling background, who made terrible mistakes that I wanted to explore, but she remained in the background because it wasn’t her story…Now she gets her time in the spotlight: to fall in love (and be loved back!), to fight for what she believes in, and I’m so proud of how she shines.”

Lord of the Rings Amazon Series Reveals Full Title and Plot Details

In a new video, Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series has unveiled its full title in a new video. The 1-minute video shows molten metal filling grooves in wood while a voice says, “Three rings for the Elven kings under the sky. Seven for the dwarf lords in their halls of stone. Nine for mortal men, doomed to die. One for the dark lord on his dark throne in the land of Mordor where the shadows lie.” Then, the full title of the show is revealed: The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. “This is a title that we imagine could live on the spine of a book next to J.R.R. Tolkien’s other classics,” said showrunners J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. “The Rings of Power unites all the major stories of Middle-earth’s Second Age: the forging of the rings, the rise of the Dark Lord Sauron, the epic tale of Númenor, and the Last Alliance of Elves and Men. Until now, audiences have only seen on-screen the story of the One Ring –but before there was one, there were many… and we’re excited to share the epic story of them all.” The epic fantasy series will debut on Amazon on September 2nd, 2022, with new episodes coming out weekly.

Here Are the Finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Awards

The National Book Critics Circle has announced its finalists for the publishing year 2021. In total, there are 30 finalists across six categories—autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, general nonfiction, and poetry. Finalists for the Leonard Prize for best first book have also been announced. The awards will be presented on March 17, 2022, in a virtual ceremony that will be free and open to the public.

Male Characters Still Outnumber Female Characters in Children’s Books

A new study found that in children’s books featuring a single main character, male perspectives still outnumbered those with female perspectives

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Chloe Gong Announces THESE VIOLENT DELIGHTS Spinoff Series and More Book Radar!

Happy Monday, Book Friends!

What a weekend. I am tired. I’ve watched a ton of movies, and I tried my best to squeeze in reading time in between. I tell you it’s a rough life. But it’s Monday and it’s time to get back to work, so here’s all the book stuff.

❤️ Emily

Book Deals and Reveals

Foul Lady Fortune by Chloe Gong book cover

These Violent Delights author Chloe Gong has announced a new spinoff series, Foul Lady Fortune, featuring Rosalind. It’ll be out on September 27th.

Amazon’s highly-anticipated Lord of the Rings series has revealed plot details and the title of the show: The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. Find out more here!

Scream meets Happy Death Day in Danielle Valentine’s new YA slasher thriller from Penguin Teen, How to Survive Your Murder. Get a sneak peek and the cover reveal here. This one’s coming out on August 30th, 2022.

In March 2022, Sailor Moon is turning 30, and the official Sailor Moon YouTube channel has announced a 30th anniversary project with a series of events, collaborations, and more!

Celest Ng has announced that her new novel Our Missing Hearts is coming out on October 4th! You can read more about it here.

More big book release news for the fall: Booker prize-winning author Ian McEwan has a new novel coming out in September.

Here’s another YA cover reveal: Kate Murray’s debut YA fantasy We Who Hunt the Hollow. This novel’s out from Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing in April.

Sourcebooks has inked a deal with Ebony Magazine Publishing to publish Ebony-branded books. The goal is to release four to eight books a year under the partnership.

Netflix tweeted a bunch of new images offering a sneak peek at season 2 of the popular show Bridgerton, coming to the streaming service on March 25th.

Matt Reeves’ The Batman is set to be the longest-ever film about the DC superhero. This film is boasting a nearly three-hour runtime.

Mystery Writers of America has announced the nominees for the 76th Annual Edgar Awards

And last but not least… Here are 22 books you should get excited about reading in 2022!

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!

Prepare Your Shelves!

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The Paradox Hotel by Rob Hart (Ballantine Books, February 22)

The Paradox Hotel is going to be a book that’s going to ring a lot of bells for a lot of people. Time travel. Locked room mystery. Ghosts. Truly this book has a little something for everyone, If you’re not normally a sci-fi reader, this novel is compelling enough on a mystery/thriller level. If you don’t normally pick up whodunits, the sci-fi/fantasy elements in this will grab you and keep you reading. Anyway, you get the idea!

The Paradox Hotel is not your average, run-of-the-mill hotel. This is the place where super wealthy people come to stay on their way towards the most exciting new kind of tourism: time travel. The Paradox Hotel is close to the time port where people can pay to take “flights” to different times in the past. Of course, being so close to a time port means sometimes strange things happen in the hotel. Clocks run backwards. Ghosts roam the halls.

But as a blizzard rolls in towards the hotel, everything is about to get stranger. The time port is having an odd reaction to the weather changes, and flights have been delayed until further notice. Now everyone is stuck at the hotel. And now… there is a murderer on the loose.

Or is there? For some reason, only January Cole, who runs security at the hotel, can see the dead body. And as guests at the hotel become targets, the killer seems to be invisible. It may all seem impossible, but anything is possible at the Paradox Hotel, where time is turned inside out and the past is waiting around every corner.

What I’m Reading This Week

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Empire of Wild by Cherie Dimaline

Let’s Get Physical by Danielle Friedman

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

Those Who Prey by Jennifer Moffett

The Maid by Nita Prose

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

Monday Memes

True story. I bought Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi three times because I was so excited about reading it, and also I forgot that I’d already bought it. Three times. So this meme is for me and anyone else who can relate.

Other Things That Make Me Happy

You might be wondering why I’m reading Black Leopard, Red Wolf again. Or, I don’t know, maybe you don’t notice these things and that would be totally normal too. But I thought I should explain. Way back when that book first came out, I made my husband Ben buy it because I was 100% certain he would love it even though I hadn’t read it yet, just because I like Marlon James’ other work and I know how Ben feels about fantasy. He read it and loved it (hey, I’m good at recommending books). But that was a while ago!

Now with Moon Witch, Spider King coming out in a few months, it’s time for Ben to get a little refresher on the first book in the series. And I like it when people read to me. So we’re going to read the book together. He’s going to read it aloud and I’m going to relax and listen.

I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid, my parents used to read to me every night before bed, and it was really nice! I don’t know why we as adults don’t do this for each other. I guess we have audiobooks, but there’s something really fun and communal about reading to each other every now and then. Sure, it’s probably going to take us a long time to get through the book this way, but we’ll get to savor it and spend some time together. Is this weird? I think it’s going to be fun. Anyway, maybe give it a try if it sounds appealing to you!

And Here’s A Cat Picture!

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So you know how I said I’ve been doing yoga at home this month? Well, I haven’t been doing it alone. I usually have at least one cat friend join me. For this day of yoga, we’ve got Murray. What would we call this yoga pose he’s doing? Stripey orange kitty pose? Let me know if you have any ideas.

And that’s all I’ve got for you today! I hope your day is wonderful. Stay hydrated. Wear SPF. Remember to get up and move around a little bit, if you can!

❤️ Emily

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Mia P. Manansala Announces 3 More Books in TITA ROSIE’S KITCHEN Mystery Series: Today in Books

Literati Acquires Follett Book Fairs

Subscription book box and online book club company Literati has acquired Follett Book Fairs. Follett first launched the book fairs for PreK-8 schools in 2017, but after the spread of Covid-19, several fairs were canceled. Last September, Follett announced that it would be closing down the fairs because it could not sustain the losses caused by the pandemic. Now, the fairs will now be rebranded Literati Book Fairs and will continue to service schools around the country. “The appeal for us was the high quality of the product,” said Jessica Ewing, founder and CEO of Literati. “Their product was really high quality and I liked that the focus of the fair was on books and not on non-book products or toys.” The fairs are already up and running in select schools in the Midwest, and schools in the Southeast can also book now for the 2022-2023 school year.

Mia P. Manansala Announces 3 More Books in Tita Rosie’s Kitchen Mystery Series

In a tweet posted earlier this week, author Mia P. Manansala announced that Berkeley has purchased the next three books in the Tita Rosie’s Kitchen Mystery series. Manansala wrote that she was thrilled and thanked her agent and editors for their “endless support & guidance.” The first book in the series Arsenic and Adobo was released in 2021. The second novel Homicide and Halo Halo will be out in February of this year.

Grassroots Organizations Work to Get Books to Incarcerated People

Abolition Apostles, Noname’s Radical Hood Library, the Inside Books Project, Books Through Bars, and many other grassroots organizations across the country are working to get books to incarcerated people. Grassroots organizers say they hope to build relationships with incarcerated people through these book-giving programs. Daniel Schaffer, a collective member of NYC Books Through Bars, said, “It’s very much a mental health issue. Even just getting a piece of mail, a package, can be a highlight of your day, your week, your month.” The benefits of reading while incarcerated are well documented, but many of the new rules and censorship in prisons has made it more difficult for these organizations to get books to the people who need them. Visit these organizations’ websites to find out more about how you can help.

How Are Censors Encouraging Others to Join Their Campaigns?

Here’s all of this week’s book censorship news from across the USA.

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Sailor Moon Launches 30th Anniversary Project

In March 2022, Sailor Moon is turning 30, and the official Sailor Moon YouTube channel has announced a 30th anniversary project with a series of events, collaborations, and more! There are plans for a Sailor Moon museum opening for a limited time at some point in 2022. The exhibits will look back on Naoko Takeuchi’s original manga, the anime, musical adaptations, merchandise, and more. There will also be tons of new Sailor Moon merchandise available, including collaborations with Sanrio, Premico, Uniqlo UT, Anna Sui, and Samantha Thavasa.

Celeste Ng Has A New Novel Out October 4th

Celeste Ng, author of Everything I Never Told You and Little Fires Everywhere, made a big announcement on Twitter earlier today: her new novel Our Missing Hearts is coming out on October 4th! The novel will tell a story of a dystopian world that’s not so different from the world we live in today. In this future version of America, laws have been written to preserve “American culture” in the wake of years of economic instability and violence. You can read more about Ng’s upcoming book here.

Marvel Releases First Trailer for Moon Knight

Earlier this week, Marvel released the first trailer for the upcoming Disney+ show Moon Knight, starring Oscar Isaac. The Disney + series takes inspiration from the modern Moon Knight comics, which tells the story of Marc Spector’s struggle with a dissociative identity disorder. The series will be set in Egypt in both modern and ancient times. Isaac, who plays Marc Spector, has said of the series, “we’re making something that’s quite different, and that doesn’t follow the same … logic of what a lot of superhero films do.” You can watch Moon Knight on Disney+ starting on March 30th.

Mystery Writers of America Announces the 2022 Edgar Award Nominations

Mystery Writers of America has announced the nominees for the 76th Annual Edgar Awards. The award categories include best novel, best short story, best television episode teleplay, and more. Winners will be announced April 28, 2022.