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Winston Duke Reacts to BLACK PANTHER Fans Who Wanted Chadwick Boseman to be Recast: Today in Books

Walking Dead Showrunner Angela Kang to Lead Marvel’s Silk

Walking Dead showrunner Angela Kang has moved her overall deal from AMC to Amazon and has signed on to oversee Marvel’s Silk: Spider Society. This project is the first in an expected slate of Marvel TV series based on the Sony Pictures universe. Silk is executive produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse). “I’m beyond thrilled to be joining the Amazon Studios family for this next chapter of my career,” Kang said in a statement. “I look forward to working with the executive team on diverse, character-forward, watercooler shows for a global audience and am so excited to dive in to my first challenge — bringing Korean American superhero Silk to life on screen.” A release date for Silk has not yet been announced, but the series will air first domestically on MGM+ and then globally on Amazon’s Prime Video platform.

Shakespeare Portrait Said to be Only One Made in His Lifetime on Sale for £10m

A portrait of William Shakespeare is currently on sale for more than £10m and is being displayed in London. The portrait is said to be the only signed and dated image of William Shakespeare created during his lifetime. It was painted by Robert Peake, court painter to King James I, and is signed and dated 1608. The artwork went on display on Wednesday at Grosvenor House hotel in west London.

Winston Duke Reacts to Black Panther Fans Who Wanted Chadwick Boseman to be Recast

Winston Duke has a response for Black Panther fans who wished for the recasting of King T’Challa following the 2020 death of Chadwick Boseman. Duke, who stars as M’Baku in the new film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, said in an interview with Esquire, that these fans “center their own need for a character when none of this would be possible if the people who brought this to life didn’t participate, from behind the scenes to in front of it.” Duke went on to say, “There’s no way that the saga and interpretation of T’Challa, King of Wakanda, will end. He is canon. So trust that it’ll come. But allow this to be a human experience.”

Children’s Author Marcus Sedgwick Dies

Celebrated children’s writer Marcus Sedgwick, who was nominated for more than 30 awards, has passed away unexpectedly. He wrote Midwinterblood among many other beloved books.

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Bernie Sanders to Publish Book Outlining Vision for “Political Revolution”: Today in Books

BookTok Erupts Over FBI Takeover of Z-Library

The FBI’s takedown of Z-Library, one of the world’s largest repositories of pirated books and academic papers, has the entire BookTok community talking. “I have never seen authors and readers go head-to-head the way they did that week,” said BookTok content creator Lexi Hardesty, who is also a student at the University of Kentucky. According to Hardesty, some BookTokers were even comparing the shutdown of the Z-Library website to the mythical burning of the library of Alexandria in 48 BCE. On the other hand, authors across BookTok have expressed their relief. “Piracy costs us our sales, specifically for marginalized authors; it adversely impacts public libraries; and it hurts the publishing industry,” said Nisha Sharma, BookToker and author of Dating Dr. Dil. “Essentially when you mourn Z-Library, you are mourning the end of theft.” Following the takedown of Z-Library, the FBI revealed that the people behind the website were two Russian nationals, Anton Napolsky and Valeriia Ermakova. Napolsky and Ermakova have been charged with criminal copyright infringement, wire fraud, and money laundering.

Bernie Sanders to Publish Book Outlining Vision for “Political Revolution”

Former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is publishing a book outlining “a vision of what would be possible if the political revolution took place.” Penguin Random House will publish It’s OK to Be Angry About Capitalism in February 2023. The publisher says that the book will look at what happens if “we would finally recognize that economic rights are human rights, and work to create a society that provides them.”

Kristen Stewart to Make Feature Directorial Debut with The Chronology of Water Adaptation

Kristen Stewart is taking on her first full-length directorial project with the adaptation of Lidia Yuknavitch’s memoir The Chronology Of Water. Stewart also co-wrote the adaptation with Andy Mingo. Imogen Poots will star in the film. “This project has been cooking for five years with the help of Scott Free, whom I could not be more privileged to have as partners and friends,” said Stewart in a statement. “Imogen Poots will carry this movie and the staggering weight of Lidia’s life. She can hold it. I am beyond lucky to have her.”

The Best Books of 2022, According to the Washington Post

The Washington Post‘s Best Books of 2022 has a mix of fiction and nonfiction titles, and are about everything from colonialism to friendship.

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Zoë Kravitz Says BIG LITTLE LIES Season 3 Isn’t Happening: Today in Books

Michelle Obama Launches Book Tour with Warning to Paparazzi

This week Michelle Obama started her tour to promote her new book The Light We Carry, and she wants photographers and the news media to know that her daughters remain off-limits. Obama says her daughters, who share an apartment in the Los Angeles area, are frequently stalked by the paparazzi. The former first lady told People, “my girls are not asking to be in the limelight. They are not social media stars. They are not looking to be followed by the paparazzi just because their mom wrote a book…And I hope the media hears me when I am saying this.”

Recently Discovered Wind in the Willows Illustration to be Sold at Auction

An original illustration from Kenneth Grahame’s classic The Wind in the Willows was recently discovered hanging in a country house, and now it is being sold at auction. The illustration was done in pencil and ink by EH Shepard, who also illustrated Winnie-the-Pooh. “Drawings such as these rarely come to the market especially having been hidden from view for so long,” said Nicolas Martineau, director at Cheffins. “During his later years Shepard was to witness his drawings, especially those from the Winnie-the-Pooh books, sell for considerable sums of money, yet of the almost 100 books that he illustrated, the drawings for The Wind in the Willows were said to have been Shepard’s favourites.” In 2018, an original map of Winnie-the-Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood drawn by Shepard sold at auction for £430,000 ($511,624), setting a world record for a book illustration.

Zoë Kravitz Says Big Little Lies Season 3 Isn’t Happening

Zoê Kravitz, one of the stars of HBO’s Big Little Lies, based on the book of the same name, has confirmed that the series will not be returning in the wake of the director and executive producer’s Jean-Marc Vallée’s death. Kravitz told GQ, “We talked about doing a Season 3 a lot. Unfortunately, Jean-Marc Vallée, our incredible director, passed away this last year. It’s heartbreaking. I can’t imagine going on without him. He really was the visionary for that show. Unfortunately, it’s done.”

How to Support the HarperCollins Union During Their Strike

The HarperCollins Union’s demands are for better pay, diversity initiatives, and more security for unionized workers.

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LeVar Burton Narrates New CHRISTMAS CAROL Audiobook: Today in Books

Mary J. Blige Announces New Children’s Book

Mary J. Blige has written a new children’s book that is available for preorder today. Blige announced the project on Instagram, writing, “Mary Can! is an inspirational and motivating story about a young girl who proves that anyone can make their dreams come true if they just believe in themselves. It’s such a personal story for me, based off my own experiences as a child and even as an adult…My hope with this book is that it instills in kids from an early age that they can do anything they aspire to do. There are no limits to what they can accomplish!” Mary Can! is illustrated by award-winning illustrator Ashley Corrin Webb. The book comes out on March 28th, preorder it here.

LeVar Burton Narrates New Christmas Carol Audiobook

Everyone’s favorite bookish celebrity LeVar Burton has announced that he is narrating a new audiobook version of Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol. The audiobook is available exclusively from Apple Books. You can download the book for free here.

500 Words Added to the Scrabble Dictionary

500 new words and variations have been added to Scrabble’s official dictionary. Out this month, the seventh edition of The Official Scrabble Player’s Dictionary will add these new words to more than 100,000 words of two to eight letters already included. Now in the dictionary, you’ll see words like stan, sitch, convo, zedonk, dox, and fauxhawk, among many others. According to Merriam-Webster’s editor-at-large, Peter Sokolowski, “fauxhawk” is potentially the highest-scoring word of the new additions. While Sokolowski shared many of the new words with The Associated Press, you’ll have to get the new dictionary if you want to hunt down all 500.

2022 National Book Award Winners Announced

Winners of the 2022 National Book Awards were announced in a live awards ceremony on November 16. Check out the winners and the highlights.

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New PRINCESS DIARIES Movie in the Works at Disney: Today in Books

Emily Henry Gives A Sneak Peek of New Novel Happy Place

Emily Henry, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Book Lovers, People We Meet on Vacation, and Beach Read, is giving fans a sneak peek of her upcoming novel Happy Place. The book follows the story of a couple who broke up months ago, but have to pretend to still be together for their annual weeklong vacation with their best friends. You can read an excerpt of the novel and see the cover over at Entertainment Weekly. Happy Place will be published by Berkley on April 25, 2023.

New Princess Diaries Movie in the Works at Disney

Disney is returning to the world of Princess Diaries with a new film written by Aadrita Mukerji. Sources say the new movie will be a continuation of the Anne Hathaway-led series of films rather than a reboot. While Hathaway does not have a deal to return, the Academy Award-winning actress has expressed her support of the project. 2001’s The Princess Diaries was based on the novel by Meg Cabot and starred Hathaway and Julie Andrews. In 2004, Hathaway returned for Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. Debra Martin Chase, who produced the first two Princess Diaries films, is returning to produce this new project.

Publishing Fundraiser Supports Raphael Warnock for Georgia’s Senate Race

Publishing Folks for Raphael Warnock is holding a fundraiser in support of Georgia Democrat Raphael Warnock’s senatorial campaign. Warnock is going into a run-off race, facing off against Herschel Walker in Georgia on December 6, 2022. From today until November 18th, the fundraiser will be auctioning off portfolio reviews, editorial critiques, handmade items, original illustrations, signed books, and more. All proceeds will go directly to Warnock’s campaign. 

Helena Bonham Carter Named London Library’s First Female President

The 180 year old private library, the first lending library in London, will welcome Helena Bonham Carter as its first female president.

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Something from Tiffany’s Releases Official Trailer

Amazon Prime Video has released the official trailer for their upcoming holiday film Something from Tiffany’s, based on Melissa Hill’s novel of the same name. The movie is produced by Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine and stars Zoey Deutch, Ray Nicholson, Kendrick Smith Sampson, and Shay Mitchell. Prime Video describes the film as a story of “a simple mix-up of gifts” that causes two couples’ paths to cross. This leads to “a series of twists and unexpected discoveries that lead [the couples] where they’re truly meant to be.” Something from Tiffany’s arrives on Prime Video on December 9th.

“Moon Girl Magic” Music Video Features Never Before Seen Clips from Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur

As excitement builds around Marvel’s new animated series Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, a brand new music video has been released, featuring the extended version of the main title song, “Moon Girl Magic.” The song is written and produced by three-time Grammy Award winner Raphael Saadiq, who also serves as the series executive music producer. The video for “Moon Girl Magic” features lots of never before seen clips from the upcoming show. Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur is coming to the Disney Channel on February 10th. It will be available later on Disney+.

It’s Time to Vote in the Goodreads Choice Awards 2022

The first round of the Goodreads Choice Awards is open for all Goodreads users. Right now, head to Goodreads to vote for your favorite books of 2022 in multiple categories, including Fiction, Mystery/Thriller, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi, and many others. You can vote in the opening round from November 15th to November 27th. The final round will run from November 29th to December 4th. Winners will be announced on December 8th.

Keller Schools Ban Books About Trans and Nonbinary People

Keller Independent School District in Texas has banned all books about transgender and nonbinary people from schools.

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Sandra Oh, Kieu Chinh, and Nguyen Cao Ky Duyen Join HBO’s THE SYMPATHIZER: Today in Books

Michelle Obama Discusses New Book The Light We Carry on NPR

Ahead of the release of Michelle Obama’s new book The Light We Carry, which comes out on Tuesday, the former first lady gave NPR listeners an exclusive first listen to the audiobook, read by Obama herself. Obama also guested on NPR’s All Things Considered to talk about her book, what it was like supporting her husband as president, and her feelings about the 2016 election. “It still hurts,” she says. “It shook me profoundly to hear the man who’d replace my husband as president openly and unapologetically using ethnic slurs, making selfishness and hate somehow acceptable.” You can hear her interview on Tuesday, and it will be available for download from NPR’s podcast Book of the Day Wednesday.

Aaron Carter’s Book Publisher Delays Memoir Release Date Following Backlash

Ballast Books, Aaron Carter’s book publisher, has delayed the release of the late pop star’s memoir following backlash from his management and ex-girlfriend Hilary Duff. Scott Atherton, the attorney who represents Ballast Books, said in a statement, “Out of respect for the Carter family, my client has decided to defer the further release of the book at this time. Mr. Carter was not just a celebrity but also a father, a brother, a son, and a friend to many still grieving for him.”

Sandra Oh, Kieu Chinh, and Nguyen Cao Ky Duyen Join HBO’s The Sympathizer

Sandra Oh, Kieu Chinh, and Nguyen Cao Ky Duyen are joining HBO’s The Sympathizer, a series based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Viet Thanh Nguyen. The drama series is starring and executive produced by Robert Downey, Jr. Oh, Chinh, and Nguyen will all have recurring roles. Park Chan-wook (Oldboy) and Don McKellar (Last Night) will serve as co-showrunners on the project. McKellar will also be directing.

Libraries vs. the Cost of Living Crisis

Llibraries are well-placed to help people deal with some aspects of financial pressure. One Rioter shares how libraries are helping in the cost of living crisis.

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Judy Blume’s FOREVER is Coming to Netflix from Mara Brock Akil: Today in Books

Read with Jenna Reveals Cover of New Megan Abbott Novel Beware the Women

Read with Jenna, The Today Show‘s Jenna Bush Hager’s book club, has revealed the cover of Megan Abbott’s new novel Beware the Women. On Instagram, Hager wrote, “If you loved The Turnout, this is one you won’t want to miss.” Abbott’s new novel is set to release on May 30, 2023, and it’s available to preorder now.

Universal Nabs Rights to Bangles Singer Susanna Hoffs’s Debut Novel

Universal Pictures has acquired the movie adaptation rights to The Bangle co-founder Susanna Hoffs’s debut novel. Hoffs’s romantic debut is entitled This Bird Has Flown, and it follows the story of a washed-up pop singer who falls in love with a British literature professor. Liza Chasin and Bruna Papandrea are set to produce the project under their 3Dot Productions and Made Up Stories banners.

Judy Blume’s Forever is Coming to Netflix from Mara Brock Akil

Judy Blume’s iconic 1975 young adult novel Forever is set to become a Netflix series. The streaming platform has given a series order to the project, which comes from writer and showrunner Mara Brock Akil (Girlfriends, Being Mary Jane). “Judy Blume’s ability to capture the real emotions we experience during the various rites of passage of our youth influenced my life choices and writing voice,” Akil said in a statement. “I’m honored to reimagine one of my favorite books, Forever. I am thrilled to have the opportunity of a lifetime to partner with a childhood icon and bring this story to my Netflix home.” The series will tell the epic love story of two Black teenagers who learn about romance and themselves through being one another’s firsts. Akil will serve as showrunner on the series. She will also executive produce alongside Blume, Story27’s Susie Fitzgerald, and Erika Harrison.

The Best Bookish Discord Communities

Curious about the world of bookish Discord communities? We’ve got a roundup of great places to hop in and find your literary kin.

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HarperCollins Union Workers Go On Strike Over Pay “For As Long As It Takes”: Today in Books

Riley Sager’s The Only One Left Cover Revealed

Dutton Books has revealed the cover of Riley Sager’s upcoming Gothic horror novel The Only One Left, which will be out in June 2023. The novel follows Kit, a young caregiver who is haunted by her own dark past. Kit has been assigned to work for the infamous Lenora Hope, a woman accused of massacring her family decades earlier. Now Lenora is in a wheelchair and can only communicate through writing. One night, she writes to Kit, “I want to tell you everything. Things I’ve never told anyone else.” But is Lenora telling Kit the whole truth? And what will her story reveal? You can preorder this book now.

Here’s the New Trailer for Netflix Animated Feature A Christmas Carol

Netflix’s animated adaptation of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol has a new trailer and a release date. The animated feature is set to debut on Netflix on December 2nd. A Christmas Carol stars Luke Evans as Scrooge. The film also stars Olivia Colman, Jessie Buckley, and Jonathan Pryce. According to the synopsis, the animated film is a “supernatural, time-traveling, musical adaptation of the definitive Christmas story.” The songs for the movie are produced, arranged, and scored by Jeremy Holland-Smith with music and lyrics from Leslie Bricusse. The film is directed by Stephen Donnelly.

HarperCollins Union Workers Go On Strike Over Pay “For As Long As It Takes”

HarperCollins union workers have gone on indefinite strike over low wages and diversity. The publishing industry is infamous for its low pay and overwhelmingly white staff. Now workers at HarperCollins, the only member of the “big four” publishing houses to have a union, have authorized an indefinite strike. Work stopped at the downtown Manhattan offices on the morning of November 10th. “We’re willing to stay out as long as it takes,” said Stephanie Guerdan, who has worked in the children’s book department of HarperCollins Publishers for six years. “After about a week, the company is really going to feel the loss of all our essential labor. I’ve talked to friends who are not in the union, and their assessment of it has been, ‘I don’t think the company knows what’s going to hit them.'”

This is the Best Book of the Year, According to Barnes & Noble Booksellers

In addition to their top book of the year, Barnes & Noble booksellers also selected a winner for a new award for speculative fiction.

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Kevin Conroy, the Voice of Batman, Has Died: Today in Books

Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw to Launch Horror Audio Series on Spotify

Filmmaker Jordan Peele is launching an audio-only horror series with Monkeypaw Productions. The series, entitled Quiet Part Loud, will be exclusively available on Spotify on Tuesday, November 15th. The 12 short-form episodes will all be available at once. The series is written by Mac Rogers and Clay McLeod Chapman, author of Ghost Eaters and Whisper Down the Lane. It stars Tracy Letts, Arian Moayed, Christina Hendricks, and Taran Killam.

Hilary Duff Slams Book Publisher for Releasing Aaron Carter’s Unfinished Memoir

Following the death of pop star Aaron Carter, fellow Disney alum and former girlfriend Hilary Duff slammed Carter’s book publisher Ballast Books for announcing its plans to release his unfinished memoir. Duff said in a statement, “It’s really sad that within a week of Aaron’s death, there’s a publisher that seems to be recklessly pushing a book out to capitalize on this tragedy…To water down Aaron’s life story to what seems to be unverified click-bait for profit is disgusting. In no way do I condone shedding any light on what is so obviously an uninformed, heartless, money grab.” The book in question was written by Andy Symonds based on his three years interviewing Aaron Carter, who died at age 34 on November 5th. The book is set to be released on November 15th.

Kevin Conry, the Voice of Batman, Has Died

Warner Bros. has issued an official statement on the death of Kevin Conroy, “the most beloved voice of Batman in the animated history of the character.” Co-star Mark Hamill said of Conroy, “Kevin was a brilliant actor. For several generations, he has been the definitive Batman…I couldn’t have done it without him. He will always be my Batman.” Conroy is survived by his husband Vaughn C. Williams, sister Trisha Conroy, and brother Tom Conroy. Memorial services have yet to be announced.

There Are Not Two Sides to the Holocaust: This Week’s Book Censorship News

What it means to represent and meet community needs in school and public libraries. That, plus this week’s book censorship news.