Hello all, Stephanie here! There’s been a lot of exciting book announcements this past week, particularly for PoC! Check out all the latest news below.
Margaret Atwood Continues Controversial Support
In a recent essay, The Handmaid’s Tale author Margaret Atwood defended her signing of a petition in support of Canadian author Steven Galloway. Galloway has been accused of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and bullying last year, which subsequently resulted in his termination as chair of the University of British Columbia (UBC)’s creative writing program.
Atwood and more than 60 other Canadian authors initially signed this petition, addressed to UBC, in order to advocate for due process in Galloway’s case. As of this Book Beat, more than 10 writers have since removed their name.
New Book Releases
AHHHHH IT'S BOOK DAY
— Ijeoma Oluo (@IjeomaOluo) January 16, 2018
In happier news, two books tackling racism were released on Tuesday by female authors of color. The first is the nonfiction book So You Want to Talk About Race by The Establishment editor-at-large Iljeoma Oluo, which discusses all the personal ways in which white privilege and systematic racism are fought over in households across the country.
Th debut author Samira Ahmed was inspired by Star Wars to write this week’s second new diverse release, Love, Hate & Other Filters. It’s a YA novel about a 17-year-old Muslim girl who struggles against racism, growing up, and overly protective parents.
Sounds like great reasons to place holds on both books at the library to me!
Production company 3AD, founded by Lost and Hawaii Five-0 actor Daniel Dae Kim, is partnering with playwright David Henry Hwang to develop a television adaptation of The First Rule of Ten by Gay Hendricks and Tinker Lindsay. Hwang is most known for his Tony-winning play M. Butterfly, a critical parody of the short story/opera Madame Butterfly.
Celeste Ng’s 2014 debut psychological thriller Everything I Never Told You has been picked up by LD Entertainment for a film adaptation. This New York Times bestseller focuses on a mixed-race family in 1970s Ohio, whose inner conflicts are only exacerbated when their eldest daughter’s body is found in a lake under mysterious circumstances.
Meanwhile, the controversial smash hit Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House has been acquired by Endeavor Content to be developed into a television series. As mentioned in last week’s Book Beat, this biographical examination of the Trump administration has been quite a media sensation since The Guardian posted unauthorized excerpts recently. And now that the book’s subject has taken to Twitter to express his disapproval, it looks like there’s no end in sight for this book’s popularity. Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff will serve as the executive producer on the project. Endeavor is currently shopping the series, and I can’t wait to see which network picks it up.
The Hate U Give Goes Back to School
Finally, Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give was restored to its rightful place on library bookshelves in the Katy, Texas school district. The district initially pulled the critically acclaimed YA novel due to its “pervasive vulgarity,” a strange point of contention given the current social importance of its plotline about a black teen reacting to the police shooting death of her unarmed best friend.
Nevertheless, students can now check The Hate U Give out with parental permission from their schools… though, at this point, it’s probably easier to get copies from the numerous Little Free Libraries in the area which have a robust supply of copies. Support your local libraries and the hardworking volunteers who make sure everyone has access to good books.
And if you’re looking for more Thomas related news, the movie adaptation of The Hate U Give finally commenced late last year. Hopefully, we’ll see a release date for this highly anticipated film very soon.