Unmissable Weekly: January 21, 2018

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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“Sulwe,” which means “star” in Ms. Nyong’o’s native language, Luo, is the story of a 5-year-old girl growing up in Kenya. In the book, Sulwe has the darkest skin color in her family, a fact that makes her uncomfortable and determined to find a way to lighten her skin. As the story unfolds Sulwe embarks on a whimsical adventure in the night sky that, coupled with advice from her mother, helps her see beauty differently.

Lupita Nyong’o to publish a children’s book that will touch on her own experience with complexion, self-image, and acceptance.

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A hardback first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone worth about £40,000 was one of a number of rare books stolen during a burglary.

The book, J.K Rowling’s maiden novel of the globally successful series, was stolen from SN Books in Thetford, Norfolk, between 8 and 9 January.

There’s a literal book thief in England.

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“If you’re a writer and you have young people in your life,” Junot Díaz told PW, “they naturally demand that you write them books.” For years, Díaz had nothing to share with his goddaughters, nieces, and nephews. “I always had the sense that they thought I was something of a fraud,” he said.

Now all of that is about to change with his latest effort: a picture book, illustrated by Leo Espinosa, which tells the story of Lola, an immigrant from the Island, who is growing up in New York City. When her teacher asks the class to draw a picture of where they’re from, Lola can’t remember the Island. So she interviews the people in her neighborhood to find out about it.

Junot Díaz’s upcoming debut children’s book, Islandborn, will reflect the Dominican expat community in the U.S. that surrounds the author.

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Call Me by Your Name has been met with plenty of love from critics and awards bodies in the few months since it was released in select cities. Now, finally, the Oscar contender has made it to theaters nationwide. Whether you were one of the lucky few to catch the film already, or are planning to head to your local theater this weekend, here are 10 great LGBTQ books to read after the credits finish rolling.

Of which I’ve only heard about exactly two. The list also mostly features gay characters.

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