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Canadian Librarian Responds To Threats Against Drag Story Hour by Adding Second Event

This Pride month has been a difficult one for U.S. libraries: white supremacists have stormed Drag Queen Story Hours, libraries have been defaced with the word “groomer” for carrying LGBTQ children’s books, Pride displays have been censored and stolen, and the systematic challenging of LGBTQ books by rightwing groups like “Moms for Liberty” continues. While Canada has a different political climate, American culture has an enormous amount of influence there, especially with the rise of social media. Canada has had its own anti-vaccine movement, for instance, called the “Freedom Convoy” — the name alone shows how much American cultural influence...

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2022 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winners

The 2022 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners were announced today. The awards began in 1967 and are a result of a partnership between The Horn Book, Inc. and the Boston Globe. The winners of the awards, which “celebrate excellence in children’s and young adult literature,” are all U.S. editions of books that were published between June 2021 and May 2022. They were chosen by a panel of three judges. The winners and honor books for the three categories are as follows: PICTURE BOOK AWARD WINNER Ain’t Burned All the Bright by Jason Reynolds; illustrated by Jason Griffin (Caitlyn Dlouhy Books/Atheneum Books...

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LGBTQ Book Sales Surge in U.S., Especially in YA

NPD BookScan recently shared a report showing an LGBTQ book sales surge in the U.S. The sales of LGBTQ fiction in 2021 was 5 million, twice as much as they were in 2020. The surge has only continued in 2022, with a 39% increase so far. The increase has been led by young adult novels, specifically books like They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera, which had the biggest gains, and Hearstopper by Alice Oseman. Though the increase hasn’t been as big, LGBTQ book sales have also risen for adult fiction, with books like The House In The...

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Persuasion Trailer Starring Dakota Johnson Shows New Take on Jane Austen Classic

Netflix’s new Persuasion trailer features Dakota Johnson as Anne Elliot from Jane Austen’s 1817 novel Persuasion, but with a twist. The original novel follows Anne Elliot eight years after her family convinced her to break off her engagement to Frederick Wentworth. Now that Anne’s family is renting to Frederick’s sister and her husband, Anne and Frederick are thrust back together and Anne is second-guessing her decision years back. While her family wants her to marry William, a cousin who will inherit her father’s estate, she has to decide what she wants for herself. [embedded content][embedded content] Although the story seems to...

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72 of the Most Popular New Books on Goodreads Right Now

Goodreads has revealed the most popular and best reviewed new books of the year so far. To compile the midyear list, the Goodreads’ editorial team analyzed the TBRs of more than 140 million members. The rankings were determined not only by which books were added to wish lists the most, but also by which books received a rating of 3.5 stars or more. Included in the list are YA and adult books, books by familiar names as well as a few debut authors, and a breakdown by genre. Here are the results: Today In Books Newsletter Sign up to Today...

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Audiobook Sales Up for 10th Straight Year

Publishers have reported that audiobook sales are up for the 10th straight year. Details of the increase come from the Audio Publishers Association’s (APA) Sales Survey conducted by InterQ. The survey shows how audiobook revenue in 2021 was $1.6 billion, marking a 25% increase and the tenth straight year of double digit growth. There were around 74,000 audiobooks sold in 2021, which is 6% more than in 2020. Going by percentage of sales, science fiction and fantasy was the most popular genre, closely followed by mystery/thrillers/suspense, romance, and fiction. The children’s and young adult categories also experienced increases, but the...

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A Group of Louisiana Libraries Block Cultural Displays

It was announced Tuesday that a group of Louisiana libraries will block cultural displays that highlight specific groups. The announcement comes just as Pride Month kicked off at the beginning of June. This means that Pride Month— as well as other cultural celebrations like Black History Month, Women’s History Month, Cajun heritage, and Native American History Month— will no longer be highlighted in library displays in Lafayette County in Louisiana. Library Director Danny Gillane stated the action was taken to protect the libraries’ collection, saying “I’m doing this because everything’s a fight, and if I put these books out right...

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New Children’s Book by Channing Tatum Inspired by His Daughter

The One and Only Sparkella Makes a Plan, which just published yesterday, is the second children’s book by actor Channing Tatum. It follows Sparkella as she prepares for her first sleepover with friend Tam. Tatum got the inspiration for the glittery and sparkly character Sparkella from his 9-year-old daughter Evie. The picture book series overall is about a young girl building self-esteem and the relationship she has with her father. Channing Tatum is also set to star as Sparkella’s father in the adaptation of the first book in the series, The One and Only Sparkella. Find more news and stories of...

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R.L. Stine is Releasing New Horror Stories for Kids This Summer

R.L. Stine is best known for his kids’ horror series, Goosebumps, and his teen horror series, Fear Street. He’s written hundreds of books, most of them in the horror genre, and they’ve seen massive success. While the original Goosebumps series ran from 1992 to 1997, there are still new books coming out in the spin-off series, such as Goosebumps SlappyWorld. Goosebumps was adapted into a movie, starring Jack Black as a fictional version of the author, in 2015. A sequel came out in 2018. In 2021, the Fear Street series was adapted into a trilogy of movies on Netflix. Despite...

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1984 is Banned in Belarus, Bookstore Owner Detained for Carrying It

Belarus, an Eastern European country bordering Russia and Ukraine, has banned the sale of 1984 by George Orwell as of May 19, 2022. While the book was written in 1949, it was not translated into Belarusian until 1992, and it was republished in Belarus by Yanushkevich Publishing House in 2020. Yanushkevich Publishing House recently opened a bookstore in Minsk, the capital of Belarus. They were visited by pro-government journalists, and later police, who confiscated 200 books (including from their apartment) and detained the publishers, Andrei Yanushkevich and Nasta Karnatskaya. The publishing company had previously had equipment confiscated by the government...

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