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Grady Hendrix Novel ‘My Best Friend’s Exorcism’ Getting A Movie Adaptation With Elsie Fisher Starring

Fans of Grady Hendrix, rejoice! His hit novel My Best Friend’s Exorcism, is going to be a movie, and casting is set with production already underway! The story follows two teenage girls whose friendship is tested when one of them becomes possessed by a demon. It’s set in 1988, during “Satanic Panic” and it’ll be sure to appeal to fans of Stranger Things as well as Hendrix readers!

Amanda Gorman ‘Humbled And Honored’ To Debut At No. 1 On USA TODAY’s Bestseller List, A Poetry First

National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman continues to break records by debuting at the the number one slot on USA Today’s bestseller list, a feat not accomplished by anyone else in nearly 20 years. A print edition of The Hill We Climb, which contains the poem she performed at Joe Biden’s inauguration earlier this year, is now available with a foreword by Oprah Winfry.

Kennedy Ryan’s ‘Hoops,’ ‘All the King’s Men’ Acquired By Traveling Picture Show Company

Romance series getting picked up for adaptation is a thing we love to see, and two of Kennedy Ryan’s series are getting the limited series treatment! In her All the King’s Men series, a group of women are dedicated rot electing officials who support causes they’re passionate about, including social justice and racial justice. The Hoops series (start with Hook Shot) is a series of romances set in the world of NBA. Both series star strong, nuanced women of color, which will hopefully contribute to some much-needed representation on small screens.

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Watch Trailer for LOCKE & KEY/SANDMAN Crossover Comic: Today in Books

The 21st annual Young Lions Fiction Award Finalists Have Been Announced

The New York Public Library has announced the 2021 Young Lions Fiction Awards Finalists. Founded in 2001 by Ethan Hawke, Jennifer Rudolph Walsh, Rick Moody, and Hannah McFarland, the Young Lions Fiction Award celebrates the works of talented young authors. The finalists this year are Little Gods by Meng Jin, Pew by Catherine Lacey, Temporary by Hilary Leichter, Real Life by Brandon Taylor, and How Much of These Hills is Gold by C Pam Zheng. Have thoughts on who you’d like to see win? Join the conversation on social media using #NYPLYoungLions.

Watch Trailer for Locke & Key/Sandman Crossover Comic

The comic book crossover of many comic lovers’ dreams, Locke & Key/Sandman: Hell and Gone, is launching later this month. But you can watch a trailer for the Locke & Key/Sandman Crossover Comic right now. The comic book series is written and illustrated by Locke & Key creative team Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, with the blessing of Neil Gaiman, co-creator of The Sandman.

Brooklyn Public Library Launches “Whispering Libraries”

Brooklyn Public Library has launched “Whispering Libraries” throughout Brooklyn. The program, which can be found near all 10 branches of BPL, is a curated listening experience that is meant to reflect the spirit of the neighborhoods that each branch serves—Bay Ridge, Brownsville, Bushwick, Clarendon, Flatbush, Kensington, Kings Highway, New Utrecht, Park Slope, and Sheepshead Bay. Additionally, the program will include a special program at BPL’s Center for Brooklyn History. The project launched on April 1st and will continue into the summer months. Find out more information about the project here.

Dead Women Poets Are Not Your Punchline

Sylvia Plath and other women poets like her have become a sort of cultural joke, symbolizing angsty teen girls who take themselves too seriously. It’s time to face our biases and reclaim these poets’ complicated literary legacies.

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Stacey Lee’s THE DOWNSTAIRS GIRL Developed As Series: Today in Books

Camilla Duchess of Cornwall Launches Second Season of Instagram Book Club

Camilla has always loved reading, and earlier this year she launched her Instagram book club to share her enjoyment of books with others during lockdown. Now, she’s announced a second season of her Instagram book club, which includes the following books: The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman, Girl by Edna O’Brien, A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, and The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain. Season 2 begins Friday, April 16th, and you can follow along over at Instagram at The Reading Room.

Stacey Lee’s The Downstairs Girl Developed As Series

Bound Entertainment is collaborating with author Stacey Lee to develop her novel The Downstairs Girl into a series. Lee will serve as an executive producer on the project alongside Ha and Jamie Lai. In a statement, Lee said, “The Downstairs Girl was a treat to write, and I’m honored to collaborate with Bound Entertainment to bring it off the page and onto the screen!”

Loyalty Books Announces Virtual Reading & Fundraiser in Support of AAPI Community

Save the date! On Saturday, April 17, Loyalty Books is hosting a virtual reading and fundraiser in support of the AAPI community. While they’re still finalizing their full lineup, they have announced that readers will include Nicole Chung (All You Can Ever Know), Preeti Chhibber (Marvel Avengers Assembly), Cinelle Barnes (Monsoon Mansion), Cat Chow (Seeing Ghosts), and R.O. Kwan (The Incendiaries). All ticket funds will go to Advancing Justice | AAJC. Profits from book sales linked to the event will go to Red Canary Song and Stop Asian Hate. The event will be held virtually via Crowdcast, and you can sign up here.

2021 PEN America Literary Award Winners Announced

The winners of the 2021 PEN America Literary Awards were announced on Thursday. Check out all the winners, get all the details about the awards, and/or watch the full online ceremony here!

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25 Stephen King Short Films to be Shown at Virtual Festival: Today in Books

The 2nd Annual National Antiracist Book Festival will be Held Saturday, April 24

Boston University’s Center for Antiracist Research will be holding its 2nd Annual National Antiracist Book Festival on Saturday, April 24. This virtual book festival “is the first and only book festival that brings together, showcases, and celebrates the nation’s leading antiracist writers and helps to prepare the writers of tomorrow.” Events will take place all day, including topically-organized panels featuring writers such as Pulitzer Prize finalist Tommy Orange (There There), New York Times bestselling author Kiley Reid (Such a Fun Age), co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter Alicia Garza (The Purpose of Power), and many more. There will also be writers workshops facilitated by leading book editors and literary agents. For a full list of events and registration details, check out the event page.

25 Stephen King Short Films to be Shown at Virtual Festival

The Stephen King Rules Dollar Baby Film Festival will be streaming 25 short films adapted from the works of prolific author Stephen King. The virtual event is entirely free and will run from April 23rd to the 25th. The films include adaptations of King’s short stories, such as “Popsy,” “The Woman in the Room,” and “The Last Rung on the Ladder.” Additionally, the festival will include exclusive interviews and discussions with the filmmakers. You can find the full schedule on the Barker Street Cinema website.

Dear Netflix: Adapt These Queer Black Multicultural Romances

Dear Netflix: Please adapt these romance novels by and about queer Black people. We need them right now. Please and thank you.

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Viet Thanh Nguyen’s THE SYMPATHIZER is Being Adapted into a TV Series Directed by Park Chan-wook: Today in Books

Deesha Philyaw Wins 2021 Pen/Faulkner Award

Deesha Philyaw’s debut short story collection, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, has won the 2021 Pen/Faulkner Award. Philyaw’s book selected from among 419 eligible novels and story collections written by American authors in 2020 and submitted by 170 publishing houses. Pen/Faulkner Award judge and author Alexi Zentner said in a prepared statement that The Secret Lives of Church Ladies is “a book that combines the curious agility of the best short fiction with the deep emotional coherence of a great novel.”

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer is Being Adapted into a TV Series Directed by Park Chan-wook

Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook, director of Oldboy and The Handmaiden, will now be offering up his talents to adapt Viet Thanh Nguyen’s debut novel The Sympathizer into a television series. The author announced on Twitter Tuesday that A24 has optioned his novel for television, and that he was delighted by the choice of director: “His Oldboy was a big influence on The Sympathizer, and I can’t imagine a better person to direct this TV adaptation with @rhombusmedia!”

Decatur Book Festival Announces Return of Popular Virtual Author Series

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival Presented By Emory University and Georgia Center for the Book has announced that this year the festival will see the return of the popular virtual author series Joshilyn Jackson Reads. The virtual series of nine panel discussions will kick off on May 4 with Birmingham-based author Gin Phillips, who will be joining Jackson to discuss Phillips’ novel, Family Law. For a full list of events and to register for the virtual author series, visit www.decaturbookfestival.com.

Lil Nas X, Unapologetic Queerness, and the Books I Wish Upon My Past Self

The outcry against Lil Nas X’s unapologetic queerness prompts Book Riot contributor Mikkaka Overstreet to write to her teen self about the books that might have helped.

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Books By Ibram X. Kendi, Jason Reynolds, and Angie Thomas Among Most Objected to in 2020: Today in Books

Tessa Thompson to Produce Adaptations of Who Fears Death and The Secret Lives of Church Ladies with New Production Company

Tessa Thompson has launched her new production company Viva Maude. Now she’s moving into production with a first-look deal with HBO and HBO Max for adaptations of Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor and The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw. Thompson said, “I’m beyond thrilled to officially launch my production company, Viva Maude, which has been a real passion project and labour of love over the last few years. I’m elated to begin this partnership and to bring entertaining and impactful television projects to my friends and collaborators at HBO and HBO Max.  Together we are committed to developing interesting and inclusive stories with inventive creators and to discover new voices and visionaries.”

Books By Ibram X. Kendi, Jason Reynolds, and Angie Thomas Among Most Objected to in 2020

On Monday, the American Library Association reported more than 270 challenges to books in 2020. Topping the list was George by Alex Gino, a book that was under fire for its LGBTQ content and “not reflecting the values” of the community. Other books making the top ten included Stamped: Racism, Anti-Racism, and You by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds, Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give, and John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men.

Anisfeld-Wolf Award Winners Announced

The Anisfeld-Wolf Award winners were announced Monday. The award honors books that, according to jury chair Henry Louis Gates Jr., “bring us fresh insights on race and the human condition.” Deacon King Kong by James McBride took the prize for fiction this year. For nonfiction, there were two co-winners: Natasha Trethewey’s Memorial Drive and Vincent Brown’s Tacky’s Revolt. Victoria Chang’s Obit was honored in poetry. The Anisfeld-Wolf Awards were established in 1935 and are managed by the nonprofit Cleveland Foundation.

Beginner Mistakes to Avoid During a 24 Hour Readathon

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon is coming up on April 24! Planning on joining in? Here are some beginner mistakes to avoid during a 24 hour readathon.

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Keke Palmer Turns Instagram Videos Into Amazon Original Stories: Today in Books

Lord of the Rings Soviet TV Adaptation Rediscovered

A Soviet television adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings was rediscovered last week and posted on YouTube. The 1991 film Khraniteli is based on the first book in Tolkien’s series, The Fellowship of the Ring, and it is thought to be the only adaptation of the books made in the Soviet Union. But few remembered the existence of this film adaptation before 5TV posted the film to YouTube last week. You can watch part 1 of Khraniteli here, and part 2 here.

Keke Palmer Turns Instagram Videos into Amazon Original Stories

Keke Palmer is heading into the world of fiction with a collection of short stories Amazon Original Stories will publish, based on Palmer’s original Instagram characters and sketch comedy videos. Palmer will play each role in the Audible audiobook. In an interview with Variety following the announcement, Palmer said, “I’m just really excited for everyone to see it and jump into these stories. And really, I’m just excited for them to see it come off the page, and see the kind of world that I decided to create with these characters and the types of themes.”

Real Estate Tycoon Ari Rastegar Co-Authoring Book with 11-Year-Old Podcaster

Real estate tycoon Ari Rastegar’s next big project is a book he’s co-authoring with a young podcaster. Eleven-year-old Paolo Ben Salmi met Rastegar after asking him to appear on his podcast “Life According To Paolo” to talk about how he overcame a stutter and a lisp. From there, the pair hit it off and are now planning on writing a book together that will focus on health and wellness topics geared towards kids.

9 Horror Short Story Collections to Keep You Up at Night

The weather outside might be getting warmer, but the season for horror stories never ends. Here are 9 of the best horror short story collections to keep you up at night.

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Tennessee Bill to Ban LGBTQ+ Books from Schools One Step Closer to Law: Today in Books

Mena Suvari Writes Memoir About How She ‘Lost Herself To Sex, Drugs, And Bad, Often Abusive Relationships’

Actress Mean Suvari has written a memoir called The Great Peace, which will release from Hachette in July. The actress, who is known for her roles in American Pie and American Beauty, writes about growing up in the 1990’s and coming of age amongst the pressures of Hollywood.

‘Bridgerton’ Breakout Regé-Jean Page Will Not Appear in Season 2

Sad news for fans of the Duke of Hastings from Bridgerton: Regé-Jean Page will not appear in season 2. Although each season of the hit Netflix show is expected to focus on a different Bridgerton sibling and their romance, fans hoped to catch glimpses of Page after his happily ever after, but it’s not to be. The next season will focus on oldest Bridgerton sibling, Anthony, and his search for his viscountess.

Republicans’ Bill to BAN BOOKS That Even Mention LGBT People From Tennessee’s Schools Passes Subcommittee

In a worrying turn, a Republican bill in Tennessee that would ban all books that even mention LGBTQ+ people from schools has passed out of a subcommittee. The bill is now headed the to house. Tennesseans can and should contact their state representatives to protest this censorship, and all readers should be on the lookout for similar bills appearing in their own states.

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NPR Wants Your Mini Poems for National Poetry Month: Today in Books

Get a First Look at Lauren Groff’s New Novel Matrix

Matrix is Lauren Groff’s first novel since her 2015 bestseller Fates and Furies. Needless to say, Groff’s latest is highly anticipated. And while the book doesn’t come out until September, you can now get an exclusive first look at the novel at Elle.com. Matrix is a historical novel set in the 12th century. It follows the real-life story of poet Marie de France, who at 17 was cast out of the French royal court and sent to England to work as the new prioress of an ailing abbey.

Cincinnati Firefighter Writes Children’s Book to Empower Young Girls

Cincinnati firefighter Mario Jackson has written a children’s book aimed at inspiring and empowering young girls. The book, entitled Nya the Great and Her Visit to the Fire House, shows kids what a day in the life of a firefighter is like, but more importantly, it shows young girls that women can be successful. Jackson, a father to daughters aged 7 and 13, said, “I realized that there isn’t a lot of representation for women, especially women of color, in jobs that are usually male-dominated…I just wanted to give them something to let them know that you can do this job, probably better than I can, and don’t be afraid to do it just because you’re a woman.”

NPR Wants Your Mini Poems for National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month, and to celebrate, NPR wants you to submit your original mini poems. On Twitter, you can tweet your poem, in 140 characters or less, with the hashtag #NPRpoetry. And this year for the first time, you can also submit your poem via TikTok. Just post your poem to your TikTok page using #NPRpoetry, and remember to keep it to no more than 15 seconds. Each week for the rest of April, a professional poet will join All Things Considered to talk about the poetry submissions that caught their eye. Now get to submitting!

Meet the Winners of the 2021 Windham-Campbell Prize

The winners of the 2021 Windham-Campbell Prizes were announced last week. Here are all the winners in non-fiction, fiction, poetry, and drama.

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BRIDGERTON Star Regé-Jean Page Will Not Be Returning for Season 2: Today in Books

Mena Suvari’s Memoir to be Published in July

American Beauty and American Pie actress Mena Suvari is publishing a memoir with Hachette Books about how coming of age in Hollywood led to losing herself “to sex, drugs, and bad, often abusive relationships.” Suvari’s The Great Peace: A Memoir is coming out on July 27.

Bridgerton Star Regé-Jean Page Will Not Be Returning for Season 2

Bridgerton fans, unfortunately the television series’ breakout star Regé-Jean Page will not be back to reprise his role of Simon Bassett, duke of Hastings, in season 2. Netflix and Shondaland announced the sad news via a note from Lady Whistledown on Instagram. In an interview with Variety, Page explained that only signing on for one season was part of the appeal of the role: “I get to come in, I get to contribute my bit and then the Bridgerton family rolls on.” Season 2 will follow the events of the second novel in the Bridgerton series, The Viscount Who Loved Me.

ALA Asks Biden Administration Not to Overlook Libraries in Infrastructure Plan

In a statement this week, American Library Association leaders expressed disappointment that Biden’s American Jobs Plan currently leaves out specific funding for libraries. In a press release, ALA President Julius C. Jefferson, Jr., said, “ALA welcomes President Biden’s focus on modernizing our nation’s infrastructure, including educational facilities. However, we are deeply concerned that the administration’s infrastructure plan fails to include funding for library facilities and would provide only half the level of grants for school facilities that was approved by the House last year.” ALA officials urge library advocates to contact their local lawmakers about the Build America’s Libraries Act, a bill that would provide $5 billion to support long term improvements to public library facilities, and the Reopen and Rebuild America’s Schools Act, which would provide $100 billion in grants for K-12 school facilities, including school libraries.

Poems About the Weather to Celebrate National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month, and it’s spring! So it’s the perfect time to celebrate by reading poems about the weather.