A Preview of Tahereh Mafi’s New Novel and Other Bookish News

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Enjoying this new series? I’ll be back next week with the latest rumblings in the literary world!

-Check out this preview on EW for author Tahereh Mafi’s first contemporary fiction novel, A Very Large Expanse of Sea, based on her own life and experiences as a Muslim-American growing up post 9/11. And damn, I just have to say, that preview is powerful.

-How to DIY your own built-in bookshelves: check out this tutorial from Zillow.

-Author Elizabeth Gilbert takes us inside her home office on Apartment Therapy.

-Barnes & Noble to create a middle grade graphic novels section in their stores.

-In case you think your novel idea is too weird, this man just won a hefty prize for his one-sentence novel.

-Not sure which Stephen King novel you should read? There’s an app for that.

Stranger Things Adapted For Fiction and Other Bookish News

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Enjoying this new series? I’ll be back next week with the latest rumblings in the literary world!

* Love the Netflix show Stranger Things? There’s a few books based on the hit show headed your way this fall. Check it out here.

* NPR reported that in the last half a decade, the number of U.S. adults who are reading poetry has nearly doubled. This doesn’t surprise me as my Featured Poems posts are usually well received! Read their report here.

* Check out these new releases by Simon Teen that are slated for release in Spring 2019.

* Entertainment Weekly compiled a list of their 10 best books of 2018.

* Buzzfeed created a list of 27 YA books to read beside the pool this summer.

18 Great Dystopian Novels and Other Bookish News

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Enjoying this new series? I’ll be back next week with the latest rumblings in the literary world!

* Buzzfeed put out a list of 18 great dystopian novels and I have to agree…I’ve read most on the list!

* Check out Nylon’s list of the best books of summer 2018 here.

* Female authors share the books they read when they’re angry.

* For the non-fiction readers, Forbes has a list of “15 Inspirational Books to Read For Success in Work and Life”.

* If it’s not clear by now, I like lists organized under the obscurest of headings. This one from Business Insider wins this week: 12 Books Famous Scientists Think You Should Read.

* Finally, just for fun: a handy novel pitch generator. Try it out here.

Best Books to Bring to the Beach This Summer and Other Bookish News

 

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* Pop Sugar has put together their own list of the 25 best new books to bring to the beach this summer!

* Time Magazine interviewed Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith here.

* The 2018 O’Henry Prize Stories were announced. You can see the full list of winners here.

* I read this opinion piece by novelist Jessica Knoll in The New York Times a few weeks ago and I absolutely loved it! Read it here.

* If you love a A Wrinkle in Time (I’ll admit, I have not read this), I stumbled across this awesome list of 9 other diverse sci-fi and fantasy books you should read.

* Last, but not least check out the longlist for the Best Translated Book Awards ahead of the announcement of the finalists next week.

Enjoying this new series? I’ll be back next week with the latest rumblings in the literary world!

Happy Release Day to War Storm and Other Bookish News

* War Storm by Victoria Aveyard is out today and I can’t wait to find out how the Red Queen series concludes! Check out the blurb for the book here.

* Parade Magazine has put together a list of “The Top 25 Hottest Books of Summer”. I’m most intrigued by A Study in Honor by Claire O’Dell and The President is Missing by James Patterson and Bill Clinton (yes, THAT Bill Clinton!)

* See the six books on the 2018 Arthur C. Clarke Award shortlist here.

* A little bit old, but author Celeste Ng recommends 27 books she loves here. I spy Exit West!

* Fancy a writer’s residency? Check out these eleven unusual options.

* Want to fall in love with a new author? Check out The Guardian’s list of fifty fresh voices in literature.

* The 2018 Hugo Award Finalists have been announced! You can find the list of honorees on Tor’s website.

* Authors Neil Gaiman and N.K. Jemisin talk comics and queer characters on Literary Hub

Looking For Alaska is being made into a Hulu TV show and author John Green took to Reddit to answer questions about the new project.

* Last, but not least, Buzzfeed has a list of 21 new books to read this spring.

Enjoying this new series? I’ll be back next week with the latest rumblings in the literary world!