Hello all, Stephanie here!

I’ve talked in the past about how stories can be used to relax or inspire, but I think stories are a great way through which to process your feelings as well. For example, former U.S. vice president Joe Biden released his new memoir earlier this week, Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose. As he states in an interview with The New York Times, Biden uses his book to discuss the death of his son Beau. Reading a memoir such as this might not be the best way for all readers to experience and process through their grief. However, writing a book about your grief, even if it’s not going to ever be seen by anyone else, is still a beneficial personal exercise.

Of course, it’s also important that some stories are heard and seen by as many people as possible, especially when they speak to current events. For me, this immediately brings to mind George Orwell’s 1984. The influential dystopian novel has recently been adapted for Broadway, but it unfortunately won’t be eligible for this year’s Tony Awards since nominators were unable to view the show. On a more encouraging note, I’m also reminded of MahonganyBooks, a new bookstore dedicated to books “written for, by, or about people of the African Diaspora.” The bookstore will open later this month in Washington, D.C.

MahoganyBooks owners Ramunda and Derrick Young with their daughter. Photographer unknown.

Obviously, one of the best ways for a book to be shared with more people is to have that book adapted for a movie. That’s what is happening for the modern children’s classic The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch, an “upside-down” fairytale in which a princess dons a paper bag to fight a dragon that has attacked her castle, burned all her clothes, and snatched her princely fiancé. Originally published in 1980, the new book adaptation will be jointly produced by American actress Elizabeth Banks and Australian actress Margot Robbie, with Banks to direct and Robbie to potentially star. If you’re interested, here’s a swear-y, NSFW retelling of the story from The Toast.

“The Paper Bag Princess” by Robert Munsch. Illustrated by Michael Martchenko. Annick Press, 1980.

Happy Thursday!