Unmissable Weekly: June 25, 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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Bloomsbury and Pottermore will publish two new books this autumn for the British Library exhibition “Harry Potter: A History of Magic”, opening on 20th October.

“Previously unseen material from the Bloomsbury archive and J K Rowling” is promised for both titles, with Rowling’s original drafts for the books set to be on display in the exhibition for the first time.

Harry Potter: A History of Magic, a £30 hardback with full-colour illustrations, will be the official book of the exhibition, while paperback Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic (£12.99) will be “aimed at a family audience”.

And the story of the boy who lived lives on (what?).

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In an attempt to help those that were displaced and/or otherwise harmed by the fire that consumed Grenfell Tower just a week ago, a large number of authors have donated signed items, Skype calls, and other in demand experiences to an auction that will go to benefit those families through the British Red Cross London Fire Relief Fund.

Once again, it is proven that book people are the best people.

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With just about every major character – Jon Snow, Cersei Lannister, Arya Stark, Daenerys Targaryen, Tyrion Lannister, Jaime Lannister and some dragons, to point out a few – making appearances, the new trailer foreshadows the unification of the various battling clans as they join forces.

The latest Game of Thrones trailer used Ramin Djawadi’s ‘Light of the Seven’ and I am not okay. Also? “Unification” is highly doubtful.

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Penguin’s Dutton imprint has announced plans to publish a new novel by YA author John Green on October 10, Turtles All the Way Down. This will be his first novel since The Fault in Our Stars (Dutton, 2012), which has sold 23 million copies worldwide. The book follows 16-year-old Aza Holmes as she investigates the disappearance of a fugitive billionaire, while coping with mental illness. Dutton has planned a first print run of 1.5 million copies.

This seems to me a pretty bizarre title but it doesn’t matter because WE ARE GETTING A NEW JOHN GREEN BOOK!

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Unmissable Weekly: June 18, 2017

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This is Unmissable Weekly: Movie Casting Edition.

Jessica Chastain is in talks to join Simon Kinberg’s “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” as the villain Lilandra.

Lilandra is the empress of an alien empire called the Shi’ar, who leads the quest to imprison and execute Dark Phoenix, leading her into conflict with the X-Men.

Not that I’m not already excited for Dark Phoenix.

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Angourie Rice will star in MGM’s romance movie “Every Day,” an adaptation of David Levithan’s novel with Michael Sucsy directing.

Production will begin next month in Toronto. Jesse Andrews, who wrote “Me And Earl and the Dying Girl,” has adapted the script.

Me: One of my first YA loves is getting a female lead!
Article: Oh, but also, “an entity named A, who inhabits a new body of another teenage boy each day.”
Me: WHAT.

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Danielle Macdonald, the breakout star of Sundance movie Patti Cake$, has booked her next starring role.

The Australia native will star opposite Jennifer Aniston in comedy-drama Dumplin. The film, helmed by The Proposal and Step Up director Anne Fletcher, is based on Julie Murphy’s 2015 YA novel that follows Willowdean Dickson (Macdonald), who was given the nickname “Dumplin'” by her former beauty queen mom (Aniston).

Dumplin’ finds its Willowdean.

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The Flash actor Keiynan Lonsdale will appear in Fox 2000 YA drama Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda, the Greg Berlanti-helmed film adaptation based on Becky Albertalli’s novel. It centers on a young gay teen, Simon (Nick Robinson), who takes a novel approach to coming out to his classmates.

This is a spoiler but AAAAAHH—Simonites all over the world had been waiting forever for this announcement/confirmation and it’s HERE!

NOTE: Unmissable Weekly will now appear every Saturday night (EST)/Sunday morning (HKT), instead of its initial Friday runs.

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Unmissable Weekly: June 9, 2017

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To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee’s classic story of racism in the southern states of the US, which has sold more than 40m copies since it was first published in 1960, is to be turned into a graphic novel. Unexpectedly, the move has been encouraged by the late author’s estate.

The graphic novel will be illustrated by Fred Fordham, the artist behind Philip Pullman’s recent first venture into the form, The Adventures of John Blake: Mystery of the Ghost Ship.

Of course it’s endorsed by her estate. Of course this is sure to sell.

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In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Pottermore invites fans old and new to join the Wizarding World Book Club – a free, online club to examine and debate every book in the Harry Potter series. 

The Wizarding World Book Club kicks off in June, and to take part you just need to read (or re-read) a Harry Potter book each month – or more, as the books get longer. You can then join in a conversation about it on Twitter, or simply check Pottermore to learn more about each story.

I keep forgetting Pottermore is still a thing. But yaaay to all the Potterheads! Here’s another way to celebrate the books, whether you’re reliving your Hogwarts adventures or being sorted for the first time.

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More important, the book world still frequently fails to make its spaces welcoming and inclusive of people of color, especially black women, or relegates them to token events addressing diversity or race in literature. Preceding the established festival with an event for black women provides a counterbalance to the whiteness of most shared literary spaces, an opportunity for black girls and women to celebrate their nerdy sides in a sisterly atmosphere.

Well-Read Black Girl is getting a literary festival!

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“In the press at large, everybody said, ‘there are four spinoffs’ and they assume that it means each one is happening and we’re going to have a new Game of Thrones show per quarter. That’s not what’s going on,” explained Bloys. “The idea is not to do four shows. The bar set by [showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss] is so high that my hope is to get one show that lives up to it.”

Because it’s 2017 and Unmissable Weekly is still all about Game of Thrones.

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Unmissable Weekly: June 2, 2017

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Marvel’s Runaways may be making the jump to television, but now they’ll also be returning to their comic book roots — and each other. EW can exclusively reveal that Eleanor & Park author Rainbow Rowell will be penning the upcoming ongoing comic series, joining Kris Anka who is the artist on the series.

Time to dip your toes in comics, kids!

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Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice gets transported to the American South in “Before the Fall,” a modern, gay-themed “reimagining” of the literary classic.

HuffPost got an exclusive first look at the film, which hits iTunes, Amazon and other streaming services May 30, via the featurette above. Written and directed by Byrum Geisler, “Before the Fall” follows Ben Bennett (Ethan Sharrett), an attorney in Virginia whose genteel world is turned upside down when rough-talking factory worker Lee Darcy (Chase Conner) comes to town.

This Pride and Prejudice fan is SO here for this.

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Fans will recognize in the tale of Beren and Lúthien, published on Thursday, elements that would make up J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Simarillion” – also published posthumously in 1977.

The new volume depicts myths and legends of Tolkien’s First Age of the world and shows how his universe evolved and expanded over the years.

Attention Middle-earth nerds! This just came out yesterday.

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The Handmaid’s Tale, the 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood envisaging a hellish dystopia where the US is ruled by an ultra-far-right regime that treats women as chattels, has rocketed to the top of the bestseller charts after the UK broadcast of the first episode of the TV adaptation.

Channel 4 aired the debut episode of the series, starring Elisabeth Moss and Joseph Fiennes, at 9pm on Sunday, and within hours the paperback of the Canadian author’s novel had reached number one in the Amazon charts.

I don’t know why I still haven’t picked this up yet—maybe because I’m an idiot—but Offred’s story seems to become more relevant and timely with each passing day.

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Unmissable Weekly: May 26, 2017

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Neil Gaiman, bestselling author of American Gods and Neverwhere, has offered to stage a dramatic reading of Dr Seuss’s Fox in Socks, if fans pledge $1m (£769,000) to help refugees. The British author made the offer after accepting a previous challenge to read out the menu of a US dessert chain in exchange for $500,000-worth of pledges to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

Neil Gaiman. Award-winning artist. Top-notch human being.

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An 11-year-old boy called Malcolm Polstead – who lives in an inn on the banks of the river Thames in Oxford – will be at the centre of the first volume of Philip Pullman’s hotly anticipated new trilogy. The Book of Dust will be a companion trilogy to his global bestselling series His Dark Materials. Details of the first instalment, La Belle Sauvage, were revealed on Friday by Pullman’s publishers Penguin Random House Children’s and David Fickling Books.

It appears La Belle Sauvage will shift between Lyra’s birth and a period of 10 years after the denouement of The Amber Spyglass.

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An insider account of the HIV/Aids epidemic hailed by Edmund White as “epoch-making” has scooped a major prize for LGBTQ+ writing. David France’s How to Survive a Plague tells the story of how a grassroots movement of activists, some of whom faced their own struggle with the illness, forced through legal and scientific change that turned HIV from an almost certain death sentence to a manageable disease where drugs are available.

Congratulations, David France, for winning the Green Carnation award!

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“Enemies to the East. Enemies to the West. Enemies to the South. Enemies to the North. Whatever stands in our way, we will defeat it.” HBO has dropped the official trailer for the highly anticipated Season 7 of Game of Thrones.

This looks EPIC. But, serious question: who among your favorites will have to go next?

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Unmissable Weekly: May 19, 2017

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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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