Unmissable Weekly: August 27, 2017

Bookish and Awesome’s weekly round-up of buzz-worthy news, lists, and/or think pieces from around the bookternet in bite size. Click on the links to be directed to the full articles.

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You don’t need me to tell you the importance of continuing to read diversely, and to make sure that we as a bookish community are amplifying diverse voices and experiences through reading and sharing the stories of minority groups. The best part? Each of these books is as unique as the authors who wrote them and the communities they represent, from Puerto Rico to Cuba, New York to Texas. Because not all people in the Latinx community sound the same, have the same traditions or experiences, you are guaranteed books that will bring to light so much of what makes these exciting and super talented Latinx authors ones to watch.

Here are 13 Upcoming YA Books by Latinx Authors to Start Getting Excited About Right Now. (First on the list is Bookish and Awesome favorite Adam Silvera!)


According to The Hollywood Reporter, Girl Meets World star Sabrina Carpenter has officially joined the cast of the upcoming film.

Carpenter, who’s been focusing on her music career since wrapping on Girl Meets World, is set to play a character named Hailey in the forthcoming film. Hailey is described as one of Starr’s (Stenberg) friends from the prep school she attends.

It’s been a pretty big week for casting news with regards to The Hate U Give. Carpenter aside, we learned on Wednesday (August 23) that Insecure star Issa Rae had also joined the cast.

On this week’s movie news: The Hate U Give casts two more characters.


There are few better forms of publicity than landing a spot on the coveted New York Times bestseller list. It’s especially notable when a debut, by a largely unknown author, pulls off such a feat. But for Lani Sarem, whose new novel Handbook for Mortals hit #1 on the newspaper’s YA hardcover list, it’s been a brief, controversial perch at the top. Her achievement caused a firestorm on social media, with members of the young adult writing community claiming the book’s sales had been manipulated to force it onto the list. The outcry resulted in the Times backtracking, and removing the title from its list.

Handbook for WHAT?


Flame Con is a New York convention with a focus on LGBTQIA creators and stories. There are panels, there are improv groups, there is singing.

Most importantly, though, there are books. Tables and tables of glorious books. And, chances are, most of them aren’t ones you’ve heard of.

For when you need to sate your need for LGBT indie books.

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