Hi Book Friends!
How is your Thursday going so far? Me, I’m watching Love Island: Australia and getting so pumped for the premiere of the OG UK Love Island coming in June. It’s the best thing about the summer. Anyone else a fan? Or do you just want me to shut up and talk about books? Lucky you, I’m about to talk about books. Let’s do this.
Book Deals and Reveals
Here’s the cover reveal for Where You See Yourself, Claire Forrest’s debut that includes an “unforgettable coming-of-age tale, a swoon-worthy romance, and much-needed disability representation.” This one’s out from Scholastic in April 2023.
Former model Paulina Porizkova is releasing a memoir in essays! Here’s a look at the cover. The book is out from Penguin Books on November 15th.
Another beautiful cover reveal: here’s My Last Innocent Year by Daisy Alpert Florin. It’s out from Henry Holt and Co. on February 14th, 2023.
The first full-length official trailer for Marvel’s Thor: Love and Thunder debuted last night during the NBA Eastern Conference Finals on ESPN. This trailer gives fans their first look at Christian Bale’s much-anticipated turn as villain Gorr the God Butcher.
Hogarth took North American rights to two novels by Man Booker winner Han Kang. Greek Lessons is set to be released in the U.S. in April 2023, and Human Acts is slated for April 2024.
Lupita Nyong’o has dropped out of the Lady in the Lake adaptation at Apple. She was set to star alongside Natalie Portman, Y’Lan Noel, Mikey Madison, and Brett Gelman.
A new Freckle survey asked American adults about reading habits and how they sourced reading materials and here are the results.
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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Can’t Wait for This One
The Light Pirate by Lily Brooks-Dalton (Grand Central Publishing, December 6th)
If you’re a fan of cli-fi or have been interested in reading more fiction about climate change, Lily Brooks-Dalton’s The Light Pirate is the book to put on your TBR this year. This book follows the story of Wanda, who is born during a devastating hurricane in Florida. As the state continues to slip away in the face of destructive hurricanes and rising sea levels, Wanda continues to grow and adapt to this changing world.
This book has been called the perfect read for fans of Station Eleven and Where the Crawdads Sing. Wanda’s stunning story reflects a terrifying near future that many would rather not confront. It’s a reflection on the wrath of wilderness in the face of man-made disasters. And it’s a brilliant character study.
While December seems so, so far away now, this post-apocalyptic novel will be on shelves sooner than we know it. And mark my words. This is one I could see adapted into a film or television series in the coming years.
Words of Literary Wisdom
“If we carefully regard the works of art that we consider seminal in the history of the world—works of painting, literature, dance, sculpture; all the beautiful things wrought by human hands and imagination—it is clear that what united them is time. Time purchased with hoarded and illegitimate wealth, time wrung from the muscles of Black bodies, time wrenched through a vicious alchemy from the violent arms of colonialism. Friends, we exist in a perpetual state of time debt, wherein only those who have benefited from this thieving achieve the privilege of what we so blithely call genius. Comrades, what would it mean if what was once stolen cold now be repaid?”
— The Memory Librarian by Janelle Monáe
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.
I recently finished reading Book Riot’s very own Susie Dumond’s novel Queerly Beloved. And can I just say I love that the book included a recipe for champagne cupcakes. I made them last weekend, and they were delicious. Enjoy this pic of the finished product.
But you know what’s even better? She’s been sharing additional recipes from the book on her Instagram. Like this rainbow cake, and these blueberry muffins. Can we make this a thing that more authors do? Because I love baking almost as much as I love reading. Still waiting for Susie to release her recipe for the raspberry mint cake! I want it.
And Here’s A Cat Picture!
Fun fact: did y’all know Murray is a pole dancer? He’s really good at it too! I know he’s hoping I’ll make it rain treats in this picture. But so sorry, Murray. It’s not treats time just yet.
Anyway, that’s it for Thursday’s Book Radar! I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend, if you are in the US and get time off to enjoy the holiday. And if you don’t, I hope you still find time to relax and, of course, read.