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EXIT WEST Movie News and More!

Happy Monday, book lovers! (There has to be something good about Mondays, right?) Here’s your rundown of exciting book news! Have a fabulous week, kittens. Be excellent to each other. – xoxo, Liberty


cover of Impossible Views of the World by Lucy IvesSponsored by IMPOSSIBLE VIEWS OF THE WORLD by Lucy Ives, published by Penguin Press

Stella Krakus, a curator at Manhattan’s renowned Central Museum of Art, is having the roughest week in approximately ever. Her soon-to-be ex-husband (the perfectly awful Whit Ghiscolmbe) is stalking her, a workplace romance with “a fascinating, hyper-rational narcissist” is in freefall, and a beloved colleague, Paul, has gone missing. Pulsing with neurotic humor and dagger-sharp prose, Impossible Views of the World is a dazzling debut novel about how to make it through your early thirties with your brain and heart intact.


DEALS, REELS, AND SQUEALS

dawnAva DuVernay is developing Octavia Butler’s sci-fi novel Dawn as a television series!

Anna Paquin to star in Tell It To the Bees, based on the novel by Fiona Shaw.

Exit West is going to be a movie!

Riz Ahmed in talks to play popular marvel character in Venom.

Cowboy Ninja Viking with Chris Pratt stakes out June 2019 date.

COVER REVEALS

The cover for the new John Green book was revealed on Good Morning America! (Dutton Books for Young Readers, Oct. 10)

BOOK RIOT RECOMMENDS

At Book Riot, I work on the New Books! email, the All the Books! podcast about new releases, and the Book Riot Insiders New Release Index. I am very fortunate to get to read a lot of upcoming titles, and I’m delighted to share a couple with you each week!

the tea dragon societyThe Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill (Oni Press, October 31): *Chandler Bing voice* Could this book BE any cuter? I’m thinking, nope, it could not. It has tiny DRAGONS that grow leave on their horns which people then use to make TEA. The whole concept is so adorable I could die. The world of Greta and the dragon tea makers is about as delightful and inclusive as you can get. I loved this book with the heat of a thousand suns.

stay with meStay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo (Knopf, August 22): Powerful debut set in Nigeria told from the perspectives of both a husband and wife about their marriage. Yejide and Akin have always wanted to have children, but after four years of trying, Akin takes a second wife. Furious and heartbroken, Yejide believes the only way to win Akin back is to get pregnant – but at what cost? This is THE debut of the year the was Homegoing was THE debut of last year.

AND THIS IS FUNNY.

I am not only a huge fan of Heather O’Neill’s books, but I am also in love with her Twitter account.

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Sweet Valley High Movie News and More!

Welcome to another Monday rundown of exciting book news! Hope your summer is going swimmingly. Be excellent to each other. – xoxo, Liberty


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HOW FAR DOES THE APPLE REALLY FALL FROM THE TREE?

Milly’s mother is a serial killer. Though Milly loves her mother, the only way to make her stop is to turn her in to the police. Milly is given a fresh start: a new identity, a home with an affluent foster family, and a spot at an exclusive private school.

But Milly has secrets, and life at her new home becomes complicated. As her mother’s trial looms, with Milly as the star witness, Milly starts to wonder how much of her is nature, how much of her is nurture, and whether she is doomed to turn out like her mother after all.

When tensions rise and Milly feels trapped by her shiny new life, she has to decide: Will she be good? Or is she bad? She is, after all, her mother’s daughter.


DEALS, REELS, AND SQUEALS

the rook The Rook by Daniel O’Malley is being made into a television series, with Stephanie Meyer signed on as executive producer.

The Hate U Give film adds Russell Hornsby and Lamar Johnson to its cast.

The film version of Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation gets a 2018 release date.

Anthony Bourdain is releasing a comic called Hungry Ghosts.

AMC is turning Sarai Walker’s Dietland into a series, as well as shows based on Ted Chaing’s short story Liking What You See: A Documentary and Victor LaValle’s novella The Ballad of Black Tom.

The Legally Blonde writer is working on a Sweet Valley High movie!

Film rights to Hannah Kent’s The Good People have been acquired by the production company behind Lion.

sweetbitterBrad Pitt’s production company will turn Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler into a film.

The City & The City is coming to TV in 2018. (This is apparently old news, but I just heard about it, so it totes counts.)

The Netflix adaptation of Suburra to air in autumn.

COVER REVEALS

Cosmopolitan has the first look at Alyssa Cole’s A Princess in Theory. (Feb. 27, 2018)

Angie Thomas interviewed Arvin Ahmadi in EW about his forthcoming book Down and Across, and they revealed the cover. (Jan. 30, 2018)

SNEAK PEEKS! 

death wishThe trailer for the remake of Death Wish has dropped. Did you know the original film was based on a book by Brian Garfield?

Netflix released the trailer for its new series, Mindhunter, based on the book by John Douglas. It stars Jonathan Groff, and all I kept thinking while I watched it was, “I will kill your friends and family…

BOOK RIOT RECOMMENDS

At Book Riot, I work on the New Books! email, the All the Books! podcast about new releases, and the Book Riot Insiders New Release Index. I am very fortunate to get to read a lot of upcoming titles, and I’m delighted to share a couple with you each week!

bluebird bluebirdBluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke (Mulholland Books, Sept. 12): This novel is fantastic! Instead of Jay Porter, her lawyer character, this one stars Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger. Mathews must solve two murders – a visiting black lawyer and a local white woman – that have occurred in the sleepy little town of Lark before tensions between the citizens explode into violence. A timely look at race, law enforcement, and justice.

reservoir 13Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor (Catapult, Oct. 3): This was just longlisted for the Man Booker prize, and for good reason: It’s an extraordinarily well-written look at community and tragedy. In a small English village, a girl goes missing, and doesn’t reappear. As the seasons pass by and the case is not resolved, McGregor details how the village both comes together and fractures. It’s a chronicle of 13 years of births, deaths, secrets and violence. It’s quite a stunner.

AND THIS IS FUNNY

Jomny Sun is always a delight.

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New George R. R. Martin Books Are On Their Way!

Happy Monday! I’m here again to share exciting news about books and comics. Enjoy your week! Be excellent to each other. – xoxo, Liberty PS – How is it already almost August?!?


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DEALS, REELS, AND SQUEALS

to all the boysLana Condor to star in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, based on Jenny Han’s novel.

Saladin Ahmed and Elizabeth Wein are writing Star Wars books!

Michael Bennett of the Seattle Seahawks sold his book Things That Make White People Uncomfortable.

George R. R. Martin has announced two more books. But they’re not what you think they would be.

And speaking of GRRM, Neil deGrasse Tyson has recruited him to help work on a video game!

Wonder Woman 2 is set to release Christmas of 2019!

one day she'll darkenAnd speaking of Wonder Woman, director Patty Jenkins and star Chris Pine will re-team on the new TNT drama series One Day She’ll Darken, inspired by the autobiography of Fauna Hodel.

Mystery writers Louise Penny and Lisa Jewell closed new deals with their U.S. publishers.

COVER REVEALS

Leesa Cross-Smith revealed the cover for Whiskey and Ribbons! (March 8, 2018)

See the cover reveal for Given to the Earth by Mindy McGiness! (April 10, 2018)

Happily Ever After has the exclusive first peek at The Radical Element anthology.

SNEAK PEEKS!

my friend dahmerHang on tight: Ready Player One has a trailer!

My Friend Dahmer trailer, for the film adaptation of the Derf Backderf graphic novel.

HBO shared the first image from FAHRENHEIT 451, starring Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon.

BOOK RIOT RECOMMENDS

At Book Riot, I work on the New Books! email, the All the Books! podcast about new releases, and the Book Riot Insiders New Release Index. I am very fortunate to get to read a lot of upcoming titles, and I’m delighted to share a couple with you each week!

a line in the darkA Line in the Dark by Malinda Lo (Oct. 17, 2017, Dutton Books for Young Readers): When Jess Wong’s best friend, Angie, comes out to her, she doesn’t realize Jess has more than friend feelings for her. But it’s too late for Jess to do anything: Angie is already falling for Margot Adams, a girl at a nearby school. Just as Jess is coming to terms with being permanently friend zoned, Margot’s best friend disappears, and Jess and Angie are pulled into a tangled web of secrets and lies. This one is super twisty and super fun. And HOLY CATS, THAT COVER!

the rules of magicThe Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman (Oct. 10, 2017): In case you hadn’t heard: there is a sequel to Practical Magic! Well, it’s more of a prequel, following the witchy Owens aunts as they grow up in the early 1960s. But still. It exists, two decades after the first book. And it’s GOOD! You don’t have to have read Practical Magic to follow the plot of this one, but you should! And if you’ve already read it, isn’t it time for a reread? Treat yourself to a little magic.

AND THIS IS FUNNY.

This textbook cover looks familiar…

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Trailer for a New Margaret Atwood Adaptation, and More Book Radar!

Happy Monday! I hope you have lots of great things planned. I certainly have lots of great book news for you. Enjoy your week! Be excellent to each other. – xoxo, Liberty PS – How is it already almost August?!?


Sponsored by Doubleday, publishers of The Clockwork Dynasty, the new novel by Daniel Wilson.

An ingenious new thriller that weaves a path through history, following a race of human-like machines that have been hiding among us for untold centuries, written by the New York Times bestselling author of Robopocalypse.


Deals, Reels, and Squeals

sacred gamesBollywood star Saif Ali Khan to headline Sacred Games, Netflix’s first Indian series.

Sandra Bullock to star in post-apocalyptic thriller Bird Box.

Maureen Johnson and Tim Federle to edit and contribute to a collection of essays called How I Resist: Activism and Hope for the Next Generation.

Dan Harmon is bringing Kurt Vonnegut’s The Sirens Of Titan to TV.

The political tell-alls keep coming! Just announced: New memoirs from James Comey and Joe Biden. (How long before we hear about a deal for Sean Spicer, do you think?)

Amazon picks up U.S. rights to Agatha Christie dramas.

the knife of never letting go(My boyfriend) Mads Mikkelsen is circling the villain role in Chaos Walking.

2 new Harry Potter books will be published in October.

BoJack Horseman cartoonist launching graphic novel Coyote Doggirl.

Carla Gugino to star in The Haunting Of Hill House Netflix TV series adaptation.

Noah Hawley developing Doctor Doom movie for Fox.

Jason Segel’s sci-fi series sells to Oneworld for six figures.

Cover Reveals

Teen Vogue has the exclusive first look at Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone! (March 6, 2018)

Sneak Peeks!

the snowmanPLEEEEEEEASE let The Snowman be as good as its trailer.

The first trailer for A Wrinkle in Time is out!

The new Blade Runner: 2049 trailer is up.

The trailer for Alias, Grace, the new series based on a Margaret Atwood novel.

The trailer for season 3 of Outlander as arrived!

Book Riot Recommends

At Book Riot, I work on the New Books! email, the All the Books! podcast about new releases, and the Book Riot Insiders New Release Index. I am very fortunate to get to read a lot of upcoming titles, and I’m delighted to share a couple with you each week!

bonfireBonfire by Krysten Ritter (Nov. 7, Crown): This is a really solid mystery from the star of Jessica Jones! An environmental lawyer returns to her small hometown to work on a case, but it quickly drawn back in to a decade-old scandal involving her now-missing former best friend. It reminded me a bit of Sharp Objects, my favorite Gillian Flynn.

 

the murders of molly southborneThe Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson (Oct. 3, Tor.com): If you like your science fiction on the scary side, this is the perfect book for you! Molly Southbourne learns at an early age that she’s not like other girls: she spawns new versions of herself every time she bleeds. And those versions inevitably go rogue and try to kill her, so she has to spend her days offing evil versions of herself. IT’S SO INTENSE! 

And this is funny.

GAME OF SQUIRREL.

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First Looks at the Ready Player One and A Wrinkle in Time Movies!

Hello, book lovers! It’s time for your weekly dose of bookish happenings. I don’t know what news item I am most excited about – there are soooo many good ones. Enjoy your week! Be excellent to each other. – xoxo, Liberty


Sponsored by The Cameron Brothers, a binge-worthy series by Angelin Sydney.

The Cameron Brothers Box Set features four explosive, action-packed romances that are binge-worthy.

Return to Cameron Country, Cameron of the Skies and Cameron of the Seas and the series prequel, Lifesaver in a Bikini all share one central theme: “Love makes us throw caution to the wind.”


Deals, Reels, and Squeals

who fears deathNnedi Okorafor’s Who Fears Death has been optioned by HBO, with George R. R. Martin as executive producer!

It star Bill Skarsgård joins Stephen King Hulu series Castle Rock.

Moonlight director Barry Jenkins picks James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk for his next film.

TV’s live-action Squirrel Girl has been cast!

Ernie Hudson headlines The Family Business, based on the Carl Weber novel.

Scaachi Koul’s One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter is going to be a series! (And her dad has demands.)

the secret life of beesZadie Smith to publish two new books!

Valerie Jarrett, top Obama advisor, is working on a book.

Uzo Aduba to star in Secret Life of Bees musical workshop.

Cover Reveals

Rupi Kaur debuted the cover of The Sun and Her Flowers, her second collection of poetry. (Oct. 3)

The cover for Tessa Gratton’s new book The Queens Of Innis Lear is very Game of Thrones-y. (March 27, 2018)

Here’s the new cover of Hermione Hoby’s Neon in Daylight! (Jan. 9, 2018)

Sneak Peeks!

wrinkle in timeA Wrinkle in Time first look: Oprah, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, and more.

The first official trailer for the reboot of The Tick is up!

A first look at Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One!

Book Riot Recommends

At Book Riot, I work on the New Books! email, the All the Books! podcast about new releases, and the Book Riot Insiders New Release Index. I am very fortunate to get to read a lot of upcoming titles, and I’m delighted to share a couple with you each week!

little & lionLittle & Lion by Brandy Colbert

A young woman faces difficult decisions in this marvelous new novel from the author of Pointe. Suzette returns home to Los Angeles from her New England boarding school to find her stepbrother, Lionel, has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and needs her emotional support. Af it that wasn’t making it hard for Suzette to return to school, she falls in love with the same girl her brother loves. Colbert has written a powerful story of love, illness, and family (Aug. 8, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

my absolute darlingMy Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

You’re going to be seeing this one everywhere pretty soon! Turtle is a fourteen-year-old living a sheltered life on the coast after the death of her mother. Then she meets Jacob, a teen boy who treats her with kindness, and suddenly her tortured existence with her father seems impossible to stand another minute. Turtle will use the very skills her father taught her to survive to try and escape him. It’s a really remarkable tale about a remarkable young woman. (Aug. 29, Riverhead Book)

And this is funny.

Maybe the author equivalent of dreaming of showing up school without having studied for the test.

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Nimona is Headed to the Big Screen and More Blips on the Book Radar!

Hello, book lovers! What’s happening in your orbit? I am so excited about all the glorious books headed our way this summer. And all the book news! I hope you’re having a swell July so far. Enjoy your week! Be excellent to each other. – xoxo, Liberty


Sponsored by The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy, a HMH Book for Young Readers.

Every seven years something disappears in the town of Sterling: reflections…dreams…colors. When Aila arrives, she learns the town is cursed to lose experiences that weave life together…and the theory is that Aila’s deceased mother, Juliet, is to blame.

Aila sets out to clear her mother’s name with the help of George, whose goofy charm makes him a fast friend; Beas, the enigmatic violinist who writes poetry on her knees; and William, whose pull on Aila’s heart terrifies her.

The Disappearances is a bewitching tale full of intrigue and dread that will leave you entranced.


Deals, Reels, and Squeals

nimonaSandhya Menon announced a sequel to When Dimple Met Rishi: When Ashish Met Sweetie!

I’M A SHARK: Nimona animated movie gets a 2020 release date.

Robert Kloss (author of The Alligators of Abraham, one of my favorite books), has announced his new novel!

Silicon Valley actor Jimmy O. Yang is writing a book.

Fantastic Beasts sequel reveals plot details, adds cast as shooting starts.

the hate u giveDame Angela Lansbury will star as Aunt March in Little Women for Masterpiece.

Casting call for speaking roles in The Hate U Give movie!

HEART EYES: Gerard Way’s Umbrella Academy reportedly headed to Netflix.

Cover Reveals

Brittany Cavallaro‏ revealed the cover for The Case for Jamie, the third book in the Charlotte Holmes series. (March 6, 2018)

New cover for The Obama Inheritance: Fifteen Stories of Conspiracy Noir edited by Gary Phillips. (Oct. 10)

The Lore podcast has a book coming out: The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures. EW has the cover!

 

Book Riot Recommends

At Book Riot, I work on the New Books! email, the All the Books! podcast about new releases, and the Book Riot Insiders New Release Index. I am very fortunate to get to read a lot of upcoming titles, and I’m delighted to share a couple with you each week!

the heart's invisible furiesThe Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

OHHHHHHHHHHH THIS BOOK. Boyne’s powerful, heartfelt story of the life of Cyril Avery in post-war Ireland might very well be my favorite book of 2017. The novel takes us from 1945 through 2015, as Cyril travels from Dublin to Amsterdam to NYC, searching to discover who he is, both literally and figuratively. This wonderful saga is perfect for fans of John Irving, Robertson Davies, and Donna Tartt. It’s marvelously funny, a bit bawdy, and tremendously heartbreaking. I LOVE IT SO. (Hogarth, Aug. 22)

the epic crush of genie loThe Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee

High school and the pressure to perform well was stress enough for Genie Lo. Then she finds out she’s a celestial spirit with superhuman strength. Suddenly she’s bashing hell-spawn in between applying to colleges! But if she can’t save her city from demons, there won’t be school or anything any more! This is a really fun entry in the supernatural YA market. (Amulet Books, Aug. 8)

And this is funny.

I never get tired of a This is Just To Say joke.

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Dan Brown’s New Book Gets a Cover, and More Blips on the Book Radar!

Happy holiday weekend! I hope it means you get a chance to read more. There’s lots of great book stuff to learn about today. Enjoy your week! Be excellent to each other. – xoxo, Liberty


Sponsored by The Special Ones by Em Bailey, a HMH Book for Young Readers.

Esther is one of four Special Ones: spiritual guides who live in a remote farmhouse under the protection of a mysterious cult leader. He watches them around the clock—ready to punish them if they forget who they are—while broadcasting their lives to eager followers outside.

Esther knows that if she stops being Special, he will “renew” her. Nobody knows what happens to Special Ones who are taken away for renewal, but Esther fears the worst. Like an actor caught up in an endless play, she must keep up the performance if she wants to survive long enough to escape.


Deals, Reels, and Squeals

my glory wasJ.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot developing Amy Silverstein memoir My Glory Was I Had Such Friends as a limited series.

Jacob Tobia will publish their first memoir, Sissy, with G.P. Putnam’s Sons.

The Crown’s Game author Evelyn Skye will release Circle of Shadows, the first book in a duology, in 2018.

Sissy Spacek and Jane Levy join Stephen King/J.J. Abrams Castle Rock series. And Melanie Lynskey, too!

The first book in Zoraida Córdova’s Spanish-influenced duology will be published in summer 2019!

James Renner’s True Crime Addict is getting a series adaptation, with Richard Price writing.

tales of the cityNetflix developing Tales Of The City revival with Laura Linney & Olympia Dukakis.

Tyler Perry will star in the film adaptation of Patrick McGilligan’s 2007 biography Oscar Micheaux: The Great and Only: The Life of America’s First Black Filmmaker.

Skydance trying Asimov’s Foundation as a TV series.

Cover Reveals

The cover and an excerpt for Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano. (Jan. 2, 2018)

Smart Bitches has the first look at Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton. (Feb. 6, 2018)

The cover reveal for Dan Brown’s Origin is a fancy video! (Oct. 3)

Slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo debuts novel, The Poet X. (March 6, 2018)

Behold the covers for Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust.

Sneak Peeks!

The first trailer for Thank You for Your Service, based on the book by David Finkel.

Book Riot Recommends

At Book Riot, I work on the New Books! email, the All the Books! podcast about new releases, and the Book Riot Insiders New Release Index. I am very fortunate to get to read a lot of upcoming titles, and I’m delighted to share a couple with you each week!

karma khullar's mustacheKarma Khullar’s Mustache by Kristi Wientge 

Wientge has taken the subject of body hair and turned it into a delightful Blume-esque tale about a young girl trying to figure out how to deal with the hairs that have formed on her lip just as she’s due to start middle school. Karma thinks her parents are too busy with their own problems, so she must deal with what she feels is going to be a horrifying experience all on her own. It’s a charming and funny story about friendship and family. (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Aug. 15)

manhattan beachManhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

Do I even need to say anything else here besides “OMG NEW JENNIFER EGAN NOVEL?” Okay, here’s a tiny bit about it: It’s about a woman who becomes the first female diver, working at the Brooklyn Naval Yard repairing ships. She’s also trying to learn about the disappearance of her father. I don’t think I have to tell you that it’s spectacular, but I’ll say it anyway. It’s spectacular! It is well worth the wait. (Scribner, Oct. 3)

And this is funny.

Author S. Jae-Jones shortened the descriptions of the Hogwarts Houses.

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Lilly Singh, Christopher Robin, and More Blips on the Book Radar!

Hello, book lovers! It’s Monday, but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing! There’s lots of great book stuff to learn about. Hope you enjoy your week. Be excellent to each other. – xoxo, Liberty


Sponsored by Amazon Publishing

Austin’s dreams of domestic bliss involved watching Netflix and eating hot dogs with the love of her life. But then he cheated on her. And dumped her—as if the whole thing was her fault. To maintain her pride and restore her sanity, she decides to get revenge.

Thatch, a plastic surgeon straight out of residency, knows he ruined the best thing that ever happened to him. But not all cheaters are created equal. He got himself into this messed-up situation—true—but he has his reasons for what happened, and he’d do it all again to protect Austin.


Deals, Reels, and Squeals

fahrenheit 451Lilly Singh joins the cast of the Fahrenheit 451 series.

Marisha Pessl is publishing her first YA novel!

Sony Acquires The Day The Crayons Quit.

Jeff Jackson has a new novel coming in 2018, called Destroy All Monsters.

It’s official! There will be a follow-up to The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee.

Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively in talks to star in A Simple Favor, based on the novel by Darcey Bell.

David Mamet in talks to adapt Don Winslow’s NYPD novel The Force.

Kyle Chandler will co-star with Ryan Gosling in First Man, based on James Hansen book about Neil Armstrong’s moon landing.

the house with a clockEli Roth & Jack Black in talks for The House With A Clock In Its Walls, based on the 1973 book.

Damon Lindelof to develop Watchmen for HBO. (I say include Tales of the Black Freighter or gtfo.)

Rachel Vorona Cote will publish Too Much is Just Enough with Hachette. 

Cover Reveals

THIS COVER. Check out Justina Ireland’s Dread Nation, a post-reconstruction story about zombies and racism. (April 2018)

Check out an excerpt and cover reveal from John Scalzi’s Head On, the sequel to Lock In. (April 17, 2018)

See the cover of Ashley Poston’s Heart of Iron! (Feb. 13, 2018)

Take an exclusive look at the cover for the 10th anniversary edition of The Name of the Wind. (Oct. 3, 2017)

Sneak Peeks!

christopher robinThe first trailer for Goodbye Christopher Robin has been released.

New trailer for Game of Thrones, season seven. (I don’t watch the show, but I’m gonna call spoilers just to be safe.)

Book Riot Recommends

At Book Riot, I work on the New Books! email, the All the Books! podcast about new releases, and the Book Riot Insiders New Release Index. I am very fortunate to get to read a lot of upcoming titles, and I’m delighted to share a couple with you each week!

new peopleNew People by Danzy Senna

Oooooo, this book! Senna has created an engrossing story of race and class in contemporary America. It follows the lives of Maria Khalil, a seemingly perfect couple, as they plan their wedding. But Maria is becoming increasingly fixated on a poet she barely knows, and her new infatuation could upend her whole life. It’s fantastic! You can practically hear it sizzle in your hands. (Aug. 1, Riverhead Books)

quackeryQuackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything by Lydia Kang and Nate Pedersen 

A fascinating, comic compendium of 67 outlandish, dangerous, and flat-out deadly historical medical treatments, in a time when “do no harm” was more a suggestion than a rule to follow. Leeches, lobotomies, strychnine – it’s all here. It will make you thankful you live in the 21st century. Perfect for fans of Charlatan by Pope Brock.

And this is funny.

In case you’re not already following him on Twitter, you should know author Rabih Alameddine has the strongest, most delightful gif game in town.

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Black Panther, Black Mirror, and More Blips on the Book Radar!

Hello, book lovers! I know it’s Monday, but there are still a lot of exciting things happening in the world of books. (Including an All the Books spinoff, starting this Friday!) Hope you enjoy your week. Be excellent to each other. – xoxo, Liberty

Deals, Reels, and Squeals

dumplinThe Dumplin’ movie has cast Willowdean Dickson!

Victoria Schwab has a middle grade novel, called City of Ghosts, coming in 2018.

Shioli Kutsuna joins the cast of Deadpool 2.

Nathan Fillion, Tony Hale, Sara Rue, Lucy Punch and more join the Season 2 cast of A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Glenn Close to star in zombie comedy pilot Sea Oak, based on the George Saunders short story. (THE BEST STORY.)

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge is going to be a movie! (I love her books so much. If you’ve never read her, so yourself a favor and pick up Fly By Night. A world of books and a surly goose!)

Martin Freeman to adapt Paradise Lost into “surprisingly modern” TV series.

black mirrorCharlie Brooker’s Black Mirror to spin off into books. (Who would you have write them?)

MGM has acquired the rights to produce Every Day, the feature adaptation to David Levithan’s YA novel.

Judy Greer cast in Richard Linklater’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette.

Viking is publishing Nina Stibbe’s An Almost Perfect Christmas.

Cover Reveals

The third title in the awesome Wayfarers series by Becky Chambers was just announced! (June 14, 2018)

Sandhya Menon, author of the fabulous When Dimple Met Rishi, just announced the title of her new book!‏ (Summer 2018)

Gorgeous cover reveal for Tarnished City by Vic James. (Sept. 5, 2017)

It’s the first peek at Everywhere You Want to Be by Christina James. (May 1, 2018)

There’s a cover for the new Anne Bishop book in the World of Others series. (March 6, 2018)

Sneak Peeks!

will posterMarvel released a poster and a teaser trailer for Black Panther!

The trailer for season one of TNT’s Will is up.

The first look at Don’t Come Back from the Moon, based on the novel by Dean Bakopoulos.

 

Book Riot Recommends

At Book Riot, I work on the New Books! email, the All the Books! podcast about new releases, and the Book Riot Insiders New Release Index. I am very fortunate to get to read a lot of upcoming titles, and I’m delighted to share a couple with you each week!

final girlsFinal Girls by Riley Sager (Dutton, July 11)

I’m calling it: this is going to be the biggest thriller of the summer! Quincy Carpenter is a Final Girl – the name given by newspapers to the sole survivors of horror movie-like massacres. Quincy has put her trauma behind her – until the past shows up on her doorstep in the form of Sam, another of the famous Final Girls. Sam arrives the same night as the news about the suicide of the other Final Girl breaks. Sam claims she wants to get to know Quincy and bond over their shared experiences, but can Quincy trust her? As they spend time together, Sam brings out a side of Quincy she has been hiding for years, and unearths dark memories about her night of terror – memories that may prove she was wrong about what happened. This is a super-fast, super-fun summer read!

meddling kidsMeddling Kids by Edgar Cantero (Doubleday, July 11)

This fantastically fun novel explores the idea of “What happens when Scooby-Doo and the gang grow up? And what if monsters were real all along?” The Blyton Summer Detective Club were notorious for unmasking the Sleepy Lake monster in the summer of 1977. But now it’s 1990, and things have changed drastically for the gang. They’ve drifted apart, haunted by their final night together on a case many years ago, each member more damaged than the last.  But finally tired of running from their demons, the gang will face their past – and each other – to learn the truth about their haunted experiences. This is a dark, rollicking good time, full of pop culture and in-jokes (like Zoinx River Valley.) I loved Cantero’s last book, The Supernatural Enhancements, and I loved this one!

And this is funny.

It’s funny because it’s true.

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Happy Monday, book lovers! There are a lot of exciting things happening in the world of books. (Including an All the Books spinoff!) Hope you enjoy your week. Be excellent to each other. – xoxo, Liberty

(PS – Totally unrelated to books, but I want to share the joy: My new favorite show, The Good Place, is streaming for free on NBC right now. It is SO delightful!)


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Deals, Reels, and Squeals

windfallLauren Graham will adapt YA novel Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith.

Rainbow Rowell will be penning the upcoming ongoing Runaways comic series.

Hiao Jingfang’s Hugo award-winner, Folding Beijing, to be made into a movie.

Oprah will announce her new book club pick on June 26. (Click here if you want to see what book I think it will be.)

Harry Potter prequel about Voldemort approved by Warner Bros., to be released on YouTube.

To Kill a Mockingbird to be issued as a graphic novel.

Riverheard Books will publish Little by Edward Carey in 2018. (I adore his work! His Iremonger trilogy is so freaking fantastic!)

boy erasedJoel Edgerton has scripted and will direct a film based on Garrard Conley’s memoir Boy Erased.

Ta-Nehisi Coates to write Wrong Answer, about the 2013 Atlanta high school cheating scandal, based on the New Yorker article by Rachel Aviv.

Terry Weible Murphy’s memoir, Life in Rewind, will be adapted for the screen.

Katherine Arden (The Bear and the Nightingale) sold her middle grade debut to G.P. Putnam & Sons for Young Readers. Putnam described the book, called Small Spaces, as Stranger Things meets The Walking Dead.

And in case you hadn’t heard, there’s a new Nick Harkaway novel coming down the pike.

Cover Reveals

Squeeeeee, it’s Shadowsong, the sequel to Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones! (Jan. 30, 2018)

Black Star Renegades, Michael Moreci’s galaxy-hopping debut novel, looks awesome! (Jan. 2, 2018)

Fabulous gif of the new cover of Gloria Chao’s American Panda. (Feb. 6, 2018)

Alex R. Kahler on his new book, Runebinder, plus the fantastic cover. (Nov. 14, 2017)

Beverly Jenkins has a new book coming next year: Tempest! (Jan. 30, 2018)

And speaking of romances, here’s Gentlemen Prefer Heiresses by Lorraine Heath. (Aug. 22, 2017)

New Anne McCaffrey Pern covers revealed. (After August 1)

The fabulous cover (and an excerpt) of The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert. (Jan. 30, 2018)

Sneak Peeks!

New TV spots for Stephen King’s The Dark Tower.

Marvel unveiled a new poster for Black Panther!

Book Riot Recommends

At Book Riot, I work on the New Books! email, the All the Books! podcast about new releases, and the Book Riot Insiders new release index. I am very fortunate to get to read a lot of upcoming titles, and I’m delighted to share a couple with you each week!

see what I have doneSee What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt (Atlantic Monthly Press, August 1)

It will surprise zero people to learn that I am obsessed with the Lizzie Borden and the axe murders of 1892, so when I heard there was a new novel about the case coming next year, I squealed and squealed. If you don’t know Lizzie Borden, she was the OJ Simpson of her time: famously accused of killing her father and stepmother, then acquitted after the century’s biggest trial, despite the overwhelming public opinion that she was guilty. (Basically, a jury of twelve men let her go because they didn’t believe women were capable of such brutal crimes back then. Which really works in your favor when you’ve just axed two people to death.) This novel is like a crazy murdery fever dream, swirling around the day of the murders. Schmidt has written not just a tale of a crime, but a novel of the senses. There is hardly a sentence that goes by without mention of some sensation, whether it’s a smell or a sound or a taste, and it is this complete saturation of the senses that enables the novel to soak into your brain and envelope you in creepy uncomfortableness. It’s a fabulous, unsettling book.

a twenty minute silenceA Twenty Minute Silence Followed by Applause: Essays by Shawn Wen (Sarabande Books, July 11)

I will be completely honest: A book of essays about famous mime Marcel Marceau would probably not be something I would pick up on my own in a store. But luckily I read books for a living, and this wonderful essay collection crossed my path! Radio producer Wen became fascinated by mime, an art you can’t put on the radio. This led her to meticulously research the world-famous mime Marceau, whose incredible life she has beautifully detailed in this haunting collection. He was so much more than just a man trying to get out of in an invisible box.

And this is funny.

Two of our favorite bookish Twitter accounts have a chat.