Unmissable Weekly: May 19, 2017

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

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When Ta-Nehisi Coates and Yona Harvey’s Black Panther & The Crew launched earlier this year, it proved that big publishers like Marvel can, in fact, still tell timely stories about real world issues, like how police brutality devastates black communities. But now, after a mere two issues, Marvel has cancelled the series.

Oh boy, weeks after Marvel’s VP of Sales David Gabriel blamed women and diversity for the company’s dip in sales… Now THIS.

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As a Colorado community mourns the loss of seven students who recently killed themselves, a school district official ordered librarians to temporarily stop circulating a book that’s the basis for Netflix’s popular new series “13 Reasons Why,” which some critics say romanticizes suicide.

Others would call this censorship.

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Have you ever been inspired by a friend’s book collection and wanted to immediately add a slew of her books to your Want to Read list? Or, maybe you’d like a way to quickly check a book’s ratings on Goodreads as you browse through the stacks at your local bookstore or library?

Well, now you only need to point your phone at a book to add it to your Want to Read list, rate it, or see its Goodreads’ reviews. Goodreads recently added a fun new feature to our iOS smartphone app: The ability to scan book covers and barcodes. And as a bonus, several of our readers also seem to like the sparking blue dots feature for their selfies!

Very neat, Goodreads.

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And there’s more. We had four scripts in development when I arrived in LA last week, but by the time I left we had five. We have added a fifth writer to the original four. No, I will not reveal the name here. HBO announced the names of the first four, and will no doubt announce the fifth as well, once his deal has closed. He’s a really terrific addition, however, a great guy and a fine writer, and aside from me and maybe Elio and Linda, I don’t know anyone who knows and loves Westeros as well as he does.

So you thought there will be four Game of Thrones spinoffs? WRONG. There are five and GRRM prefers you call them “successor shows.”

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Unmissable Weekly: August 7, 2015

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Claiming that success in the industry is merit-based and gender-irrelevant while simultaneously using your position as an established male creator to literally shout down women’s voices is willful ignorance. It isn’t eccentric; it isn’t cute, and it isn’t excused by the generation you’re from or the comic world you came up in. Unfortunately, it’s also not uncommon.

I don’t know about you but this Bill Willingham sounds like a jerktastic dude.

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Last fall, after he’d just found an unpublished story by John Steinbeck, Gulli told NPR’s Arun Rath that he’d actually been looking for one by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Now, he’s tracked it down — and he joined Rath again to talk about the find.

And so we carry on, eyes against the evident, uncovering ceaselessly the unpublished works of famous American writers.

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[Max von Sydow] has joined the sixth run of HBO’s Game of Thrones as the Three-Eyed Raven, a character who last appeared in the season 4 finale and was played by a different actor (Struan Rodger).

Because it isn’t Unmissable Weekly without a Game of Thrones story.

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In the Holocaust, over 6 million Jews, and more than 17 million people in total were killed by the Nazis. In For Such a Time, the hero is redeemed and forgiven for his role in a genocide. The stereotypes, the language, and the attempt at redeeming an SS officer as a hero belittle and demean the atrocities of the Holocaust. The heroine’s conversion at the end underscores the idea that the correct path is Christianity, erases her Jewish identity, and echoes the forced conversions of many Jews before, during, and after the Holocaust.

Admittedly, I am not the best person to speak about this. But I want to educate myself. And only by opening dialogues can we hear. And we need to listen. We need to keep talking.

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Unmissable Weekly: July 31, 2015

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The Wrap reported Wednesday afternoon that Nicola Peltz and Courtney Eaton are testing for the titular role of Alaska. As we reported last week, Anya Taylor-Joy and Immy Waterhouse are also up for the part.

It looks like the search for Alaska is drawing to a close.

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Some Girls Are is not smut. Some Girls Are is not trash. It’s not a problem when someone chooses not to read any of my books, whatever their reasons, but it is problematic when that choice has been taken away from those who might feel differently.

It will never cease to amaze—and at the same time appall—me how one parent takes it upon him/herself to censor what a class or school can or cannot read.

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This certainly isn’t the first time Little Women has been adapted for the screen, the most recent version being Gillian Armstrong’s feature starring Winona Ryder and Christian Bale, but you’ve never seen the March sisters like this before. The logline describes Jolly’s script as “a hyper-stylized, gritty adaptation,” in which the sisters “band together in order to survive the dystopic streets of Philadelphia.”

This seems inspired by Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, don’t you think? It’s interesting how writers continue to adapt beloved stories to reflect today’s sensibility.

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A Game of Thrones: Get into the Books is an interactive iPhone and iPad app that acts as a “bridge” between the books and the TV series by offering you 40 extracts from the books based on the key moments.

It even lets you avoid spoilers. That is if you’ve managed to avoid them this long, in which case Bravo! Brava! to you.

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Unmissable Weekly: July 24, 2015

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How easy it must be for Brooks to focus on tomorrow, to write in earnest that we can “abandon old wrongs and transcend old sins for the sake of better tomorrow.” Those untouched by the pangs of history find it easier to dismiss, I suppose. But Coates is talking about the present as much as he is the past. Brooks, despite making the appropriate gestures, is blind to this part of Coates’ argument. He does not—and apparently cannot—see how our past defines our present and constrains our future.

Pro tip: you do not call out a black man living in Baltimore, chronicling his own life, on whether or not he really understands “the black male experience.” Especially when you’re a privileged white man writing for America’s most prominent paper.

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Disney acquired the movie rights preemptively and is in talks with Michael Costigan to produce the film. HarperCollins is scheduled to publish the Texas-set novel through its Balzer + Bray imprint on Sept. 15.

I want Melissa McCarthy to star in this one! But, obviously, she’s 44. So. Just, I am excited for Dumplin’ and I feel like a book getting optioned before it’s even published—and then how media talks about it—is a good indication of how much trust people with power over these things put into a project.

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“What sets Ryan apart, not only did he read to the children, he saw a need in the community, which was books in the homes, and he did something about it,” said Jan Pedden of the Redwood City Public Library.

THIS MAKES MY HEART SING.

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The classic children’s author died on Sept. 24, 1991 at the age of 87. At the time, his widow, Audrey Geisel, was renovating their home in La Jolla, California, outside San Diego, and placed some of his work in a box. Years later, in 2013, she and his long-time assistant, Claudia Prescott, decided to have his drafts and sketches in the box appraised and discovered a project that would become his 46th book.

At this point, I’d be more shocked if we didn’t hear more about discovered manuscripts by beloved authors—dead or not.

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In January, James Franco penned an ode to his friend and muse Lana Del Rey, concluding his V Magazine tribute to the singer by writing, “I wanted to interview Lana for a book and she said, ‘Just write around me; it’s better if it’s not my own words. It’s almost better if you don’t get me exactly, but try.'” That suggestion turned into an actual book as Franco revealed the actor has co-written Flip-Side: Real and Imaginary Conversations With Lana Del Rey. The 100-page book will be released March 15th, 2016 via Penguin Random House.

Well, this would be a fascinating read, if anything else.

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And of course, there’s the parachutes that appear toward the end of this footage. Readers all know what this scene entails. Looks like the fourth installment in the “Hunger Games” movie franchise is going to be fairly dedicated to the original material. And it’s going to be brutal.

This sure promises EPIC.

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Unmissable Weekly: July 17, 2015

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Waddup you fantastic bookworms? Today, I’m introducing a new feature and, as the tag line explains, it’ll be a weekly round-up of bookish news (including ones about movie adaptations) I think you shouldn’t miss. Grab your coffee or tea and let’s get started.

“I can’t say a lot but I am back this season, and it’s going to get particularly interesting with Bran. He has some interesting visions,” [Isaac Hempstead-Wright] teased.

At least there’s one Stark returning on Game of Thrones next season.

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The pages, she said, appear to be the original manuscript of Mockingbird. And Watchman itself, she writes, was sitting “underneath a stack of a significant number of pages of another typed text”.

What now, are we going to have a complete third Harper Lee novel?

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The Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Deluxe Illustrated Edition will be exclusively available on Bloomsbury.com beginning in November and features a “pull-out double gatefold of Diagon Alley” plus “intricate foiled line art by Jim Kay on a real cloth cover and slipcase; gilt edges on premium grade paper; head and tail bands and two ribbon markers.”

I’m sure everyone’s excited about this BUT there’s one little detail you should know before hitting those pre-order buttons: this Deluxe Edition costs £135 ($210) after Bloomsbury.com’s 10% discount.

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More than 250 Italian authors have written to the mayor of Venice asking him to remove their books from the city, in an act of solidarity with the writers who have seen their picture books about same-sex families pulled from Venice’s schools.

Not only is this incredibly appalling, it is also ignorant.

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