Hello book nerds! Emily here, excited to take over Book Beat for the first time and share some fun literary news.

Love, Simon Trailer Released

First up, I wanted to share something I know a lot of YA enthusiasts have been waiting for: the Love, Simon trailer! For book nerds who haven’t kept up with YA news lately, Love, Simon is the film adaptation of Becky Albertalli’s Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda. The movie dropped its first trailer this week and incited all kinds of feels for me. If you haven’t seen it yet, take a minute and check it out below:

The response has been largely positive, with many fans on Twitter praising it for being adorable and causing a lot of tears. As with many adaptations, there have also been concerns over potential deviations from the book’s plot. Among these were questions about the character Leah saying she’s straight at the end of the trailer. Albertalli herself stepped in to clear up the concerns over that one, saying that that section is a fantasy sequence.

She later posted a thread in response to the flood of tweets, emails, and other messages she received about the trailer, in which she admits to feeling anxious because of all the demands for information.

Book nerd friends, I know we all want the most out of the movie adaptations for our favourite stories, but let’s spare our lovely authors some stress. By all means, tell them you’re excited, but maybe don’t tag them in every comment you make. Instead, discuss your hopes and concerns with friends or other fans (like maybe in the comment section below).

Amazon’s New Imprint

Also announced this week was a new imprint from Amazon Publishing. Amazon Original Stories will publish short fiction and short nonfiction books that can be read in a single sitting. According to Bustle, the word limit for this imprint’s books will be from 5000 to 20000 words. Julia Sommerfeld, editorial director of Amazon Original Stories, says the goal of the new imprint “is to champion stories, essays and reporting by the premiere storytellers of our time and to introduce unforgettable new voices to Prime and Kindle Unlimited Members.” The first titles include The Sign of the Beast by Joyce Carol Oates and Crown Heights by Colin Warner and Carl King. Works by some exciting authors, including W. Kamau Bell, Eddie Huang, and Janice Y.K. Lee, are planned for 2018. So if you’re busy or already invested in Amazon products and publishing, you might have some cool options coming your way.

Holiday Gifting Recommendations

Now that Americans are finished with Thanksgiving, we’re starting to see more and more holiday-related book happenings. Penguin Random House has once again opened its Penguin Hotline to supply “thoughtful book recommendations for you and yours.” U.S. residents can submit their names and information to the website, including age and interests, and Penguin Random House employees will respond with individualized recommendations. This might be an interesting option if you need to find gifts this holiday season.


Finally, I think I would be remiss if I didn’t say happy end of November to all the writers who participated in NaNoWriMo this year! As a participant myself, I’d like to say congratulations to those who can claim their win today, as well as to the writers who may not have written 50000 words but still took some time this month to put pen to paper, hands to keyboard, or vocal cords to voice-to-text generator. We did it! Now, who’s up for editing?

Happy Thursday!