Author: Angel Cruz

The Thursday Book Beat: J.K. Rowling Criticized for Appropriation of Native Culture for New Pottermore Stories

Another week, another set of book news. This time, I’m bringing you the headlines with late afternoon sunshine coming through the window, a very welcome change! This week, we’ve got author Meg Rosoff emerging once again from her tower to call out “diversity and race activists” for not protesting Donald Trump and his racist comments. Except that’s definitely not what’s happening in this universe, so I’m not sure which “activists” Rosoff is addressing. Continuing the rather concerning take on diverse worlds, J.K. Rowling announced a four-part mini story series on Pottermore called “Magic in North America” as part of...

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The Thursday Book Beat: Sarah Shahi Cast as Nancy Drew

Hello readers! Much like the snow that blanketed Toronto last night and delighted my puppy, there’s been a rather interesting wave of bookish news this week. Let’s get started! It is with huge sadness that we can confirm the death of our much loved author and friend, Louise Rennison. — HarperCollinsUK (@HarperCollinsUK) February 29, 2016 HarperCollins UK broke the sad news of Louise Rennison’s death on Monday. Rennison was only in her sixties and was known for The Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series. She based Georgia’s adventures on her own life and was, by all accounts, a delightful author...

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The Thursday Book Beat: Simon & Schuster Creates Imprint for Muslim Characters and Stories

It’s been a rollercoaster week of book news, everyone, and one of the lowest points has been the death of beloved American author Harper Lee. Few can deny the influence that To Kill a Mockingbird has had on modern American society, and the ways in which 2016 isn’t that much different from 1960s Alabama still makes it a book that can spark discussions. TKAM was the first book I ever read that really laid out race relations in the South, and it has stayed with me through criticism and praise alike. It may be a polarizing novel, but Lee’s...

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The Thursday Book Beat: Judy Blume Encourages Parents to Help Their Kids Love Books

Welcome back readers! This week, our book news is peppered with some big names doing incredible things. Sci-fi readers and fans of legendary author Ursula K. Le Guin have more than funded a Kickstarter to produce a documentary on Le Guin’s life. Director Arwen Curry is a Le Guin fan herself, and has spent a substantial amount of time filming footage with the author. The production’s $800,000 budget had been helped tremendously by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Curry turned to Kickstarter hoping to raise another $80,000 towards “closed captioning for the hearing impaired,...

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The Thursday Book Beat: New Harry Potter Book Sends Readers into a Frenzy

Welcome to another edition of Book Beat! We’ve got a lot to talk about this week, dear readers, and first on that list is none other than NEW HARRY POTTER BOOK OMG!! J.K. Rowling announced yesterday that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child wouldn’t just be available for consumption as a play, but that readers could pick up a hardcover copy of the script on July 31, 2016. It’s a decision I know I’m not alone in welcoming: many fans would be unable to see Cursed Child in London because of extravagant travel expenses and ticket prices. The release of the script...

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