Help Send 1000 Books By Authors of Color To Milwaukee Public Schools

Nyesha Stone is a Milwaukee journalist with her independent media company Carvd N Stone. But it wasn’t until a college journalism class that she finally came face-to-face with fellow authors of color, including books like The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

This exposure was at once exciting for her as well as a reminder of how disconnected she was from her own history and from seeing her own experiences reflected in the books she read.

Nyesha Stone, with three books by authors of color. Photo used with permission of Stone.

Nyesha Stone, with three books by authors of color. Photo used with permission of Stone.

While covering the Girls Day Summit at Milwaukee’s Alverno College, Stone had the opportunity to meet Marley Dias. Now 14, Marley was the founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks, which put over 9,000 books featuring black girl main characters into the hands of young readers.

Stone was inspired to do something similar, right in her own town of Milwaukee.

The Authors of Color Book Drive aims to get 1,000 books by authors of color into Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS). Stone is a former MPS student and wants to not only give back, but to raise awareness that these books are out there and that young readers of color deserve to see themselves in books.

Carvd N Stone makes it a mission to give back to low income communities in addition to covering news that can too often be overlooked, and this project gives Stone the opportunity to marry both.

Milwaukee’s 88Nine writes up a bit more about Nyesha and her project, providing addresses for both local drop off locations for those wishing to make in-person donations. But for those who aren’t local or don’t have copies of books by authors of color handy, we’ve made it possible to send donations directly to the project and help Nyesha donate 1,000 books by authors of color to MPS.

To Donate

Click here to access the Amazon Wish List of books for the Authors of Color Book Drive. When you add a book to your cart and go to check out, make sure that you select “Nyesha Stone, Carvd N Stone Inc.’s Gift Registry Address” for the shipping address. This ensures the items will be sent to her address, rather than your own.

Link: Amazon Wish List of books for the Authors of Color Book Drive

Don’t want to use Amazon?

You can be in touch with Nyesha directly for the address to which to send donations either curated personally or from other vendors. Likewise, she will accept cash donations to purchase additional titles for the project.

She can be reached at carvdnstone.cns@gmail.com.

The book drive runs through June 1.

Book Your Dream Literary Escape Today For $17 Through Airbnb

In honor of World Book Day 2019, Airbnb announced a sweet deal for book lovers: you can book a dream literary escape to one of several bookish places for a mere $17 (plus taxes and fees). Ten hosts have offered up the deal, with stays available May, June, and July.

Check out the incredible home options for your dream literary trip. If any of these catches your fancy and you’ve got flexible travel in the next three months, book it immediately. The deal lasts today only. Click through to the listing to find the specific date ranges the deal is good for, as each home has a different availability.

Even if you don’t snag one of these deals today, put them on your literary bucket list for future bookish travel because they are good.  More, many of them are reasonably priced all year long.

 

If you love . . .

The great Gatsby

Try out the home in Bridgehampton, New York, where you’ll not only be on Long Island, but you’ll have access to a heated salt water pool and more.

 

Big Little Lies

You’ll want to plan for a trip to Palm Beach, Australia and luxuriate in the beautiful beach views and the lighthouses.

 

Pippi Longstocking

This one is for the kid in every adult, as well as every kid, period. Head to Älmeshult, Sweden, and soak in the area that inspired the setting for Pippi’s story.

 

The notebook

If you’re looking for a romantic getaway and cannot get enough of stories like those of Nicholas Sparks, this beach-set cottage in New Bern, North Carolina, is calling your name.

 

Pride and Prejudice

For Austenines, this getaway in Chawton, England, the setting that inspired the classic Pride and Prejudice would be a dream come true. Although not Austen’s personal home, legend has it she did visit it. But author-connection to the home or not, the setting is the real sell.

 

Charlotte’s Web

Another childhood favorite you can throw yourself into comes with this home in Cherryfield, Maine, where you’ll get to chill in an old but charming barn. This is one for those who really want to connect with nature, as there are orchards, fruit bushes, and plenty of wildlife.

 

Interview With A Vampire

Naturally, this one is in New Orleans. This house was originally built for free women of color and has an incredible history attached to it beyond its literary similarity.

 

The Handmaid’s Tale

Maybe you don’t want to live in Gilead, but this unique stay in Newton, Massachusetts, would make for a grand place to catch up on your Atwood reading and/or the Hulu adaptation of her classic.

 

NW

Zadie Smith fans, check out this sweet little spot in North West London that’s rife with Victorian details, a gorgeous nearby park, and plenty of space to curl up with a delicious read.

 

 

Outlander

Last, but certainly not least, indulge in your love of all things Outlander in this incredible lodge in Scotland. Seriously. This place is spectacular.

 


Want more great bookish stays? Check out these 10 literary themed hotels and book yourself your dream vacation. 

Millennials and Generation Z Drive Audiobook Listenership

“In an oversaturated new media market, one medium is tried and true – books. Contrary to popular belief, technology hasn’t hindered a good story. Rather, it has helped an increasingly busy society continue to consume books, in a world full of always-on distractions. Reading technology has given people the option to choose the format that can be seamlessly integrated into their traditional reading habits,” begins a new report from Rakuten OverDrive exploring the effects of technology on U.S. book consumption.

The report, released this week, highlighted the popularity of audiobooks as a tool for reading, particularly among adults. OverDrive surveyed over 730 adults in February of this year, diving into their reading lives and where and how technology has impacted it.

For those working with books, the results are not surprising, but rather validate the reality of audiobooks continuing to be not only a growing market, but a way for many to enjoy reading while juggling many other tasks in their daily life. OverDrive reports that one in three adults listen to audiobooks, spending at least three hours a week listening. Almost a quarter of those who listen do so at seven or more hours a week.

Audiobook consumption is most common among younger adults, who tend to listen while taking part in other tasks. The ease and availability of audiobooks to be taken along via a personal device makes this a more common choice than print or ebooks for multitasking and reading.

Over half of audiobook listeners tune in while completing tasks around the house, including cooking and chores, and 40% tune into a book when exercising or driving. Still others (roughly 45%) use audiobooks as a means of passing time while waiting in lines, in doctor’s offices, and similar activities.

Audiobook listenership by age groups

It comes as little surprise that Gen Z and Millennials are among the most likely to listen to books on audio, with 48% of audiobook consumers. Technology being such a constant part of their young lives and dominating their adulthood suggests that using personal devices to tap into more reading is only nature.

Baby Boomers and Gen X listeners make up only about a quarter of audiobook selectors.

Libraries have only helped make the use of audiobooks easier, as many listeners consider them a reliable source for acquiring new titles to read. The desire to support local libraries, as well as the ease and convenience of borrowing while on the go, were cited among reasons that 33% of audiobook listeners choose to borrow.

When do readers choose audio over print or digital reading? According to the report, 45% percent listen to relax or unwind, followed by those who listen while working on mindless tasks, passing time, or when they can’t find time for another format. This, of course, fits with the findings noted earlier, that ease and convenience of a personal device allows for multitasking.

Other responses express a desire for seeking a more immersive experience, as well as a desire to better comprehend the text. Likewise, audiobooks are an opportunity for sharing a reading experience with another person.

“With the broad adoption of the smartphone, tablets and AI assistants – it’s clear why audiobooks have grown in popularity in recent years. Through the rise of audiobooks, consumers have been reconnected with reading because of one major factor – its ease of use,” the report stated.

Spokane Eliminates School Librarians, Continuing Trend of Disappearing School Libraries

“The district may not value or understand what I do as a school librarian, but the students sure do. More than anything, I’m devastated for them. They deserve so much better,” said YA author and school librarian Stephanie Oakes, who learned that her job was being eliminated.

Where states like Michigan are working toward mandating school librarians, other states are finding themselves removing them all together. This week, Spokane, Washington, officials announced that librarians would be laid off at the end of the school year.

This decision by Spokane Public Schools mirrors decisions made in the last few years in Chicago, as well as those more broadly. Ed Week reports in an article from 2018 that over 9,000 school library jobs have been eliminated in the last ten years. That, of course, doesn’t account for Spokane’s recent eliminations, nor does it account for the considerations happening. Seattle’s public school district, struggling with their own budget, is considering changing all full-time school librarians to part-time in the new school year as well.

Arlington Public Schools, outside Washington, D.C., is proposing the elimination of school library assistants in the coming year, while Antioch Unified School District in the East Bay area of California proposes eliminating school librarians to save district cash. Similar proposals for school librarian positions being eliminated can be seen at the El Paso School DistrictOxnard School District in California, and more.

Eliminating school librarian positions—and school libraries as a whole—is detrimental to students. Numerous studies show a link between student access to staffed media centers and higher student achievement. Keith Curry Lance and Debra E. Kachel, in their meta-analysis of studies published in the Phi Delta Kappa, note:

“Data from more than 34 statewide studies suggest that students tend to earn better standardized test scores in schools that have strong library programs. Further, when administrators, teachers, and librarians themselves rated the importance and frequency of various library practices associated with student learning, their ratings correlated with student test scores, further substantiating claims of libraries’ benefits. In addition, newer studies, conducted over the last several years, show that strong school libraries are also linked to other important indicators of student success, including graduation rates and mastery of academic standards.”

They continue by noting these studies were controlled for important factors including student-teacher ratio, student demographics, school funding levels, and more, noting that “the benefits associated with good library programs are strongest for the most vulnerable and at-risk learners, including students of color, low-income students, and students with disabilities.”

For Spokane Public Schools, the elimination of school librarian positions doesn’t mean school libraries are going away.  Instead, they’re being kept open and teachers will be responsible for utilizing the facilities with students. This, however, puts the burden on teachers, and it fails to account for the knowledge, skills, and insight a trained school librarian brings to the school environment.

“I’m distraught for what this means for our district, for our students who will grow up without everything that a school librarian provides. In the coming weeks, I’m sure the district will attempt to downplay the impact on students; after all, the libraries themselves will remain, and students may continue to check out books. But, the soul of our libraries will be gone,” said Oakes.

She continued: “A school library is so much more than a warehouse for books. A school library is a well-oiled machine, constantly evolving, tailor-made for the population it serves. Much of the work is invisible, and I suppose that makes it easier to dismiss. But everyone in education knows (or should know) the impact that school librarians make. Higher achievement, higher reading scores, better technology skills, greater readiness for college and careers.

“Beyond that, a school librarian changes the culture of a school. We create a safe harbor for students, a place where everyone belongs and has equal ownership, where students’ passions are nurtured, where many have access to information and resources that they never would otherwise (unsurprisingly, the impact school librarians have is statistically greater for students of color, students with disabilities, and students experiencing poverty).”

It’s all too likely that the coming weeks will have more such announcements as schools wrestle with budgets that they can’t balance and funding from states drying up, being delayed, or otherwise failing to meet the educational demands. But these cuts put the burden on students, as well as already over-stretched teachers, to do more with less. Worse, those from poorer districts who already struggle, will fall only further behind.

What You Can Do

  • Educate yourself on the powerful role school librarians play in the educational environment. Dig into how school librarians are vital tools for student success and why school librarians are literacy leaders. Although the American Association of School Librarians is a professional organization, they offer up a number of great research papers and insight into the roles of school librarians.
  • Speak up and out on behalf of your local school district’s librarians and library assistants. Speak to the parent teacher association, as well as the school board, in support of these positions and vital roles in a student’s academic development.
  • Write to your representatives at the local, district, and state levels in support of school librarians. Encourage more legislation that ensure the inclusion of positions in each and every school, such as those currently on the table in Michigan.
  • Stay abreast of the world of school libraries and stay active in petitioning, speaking up, and spreading the word with the help of Save School Librarians, an initiative of EveryLibrary.

Announcing the 2019 Pulitzer Prize Winners

The winners of the 2019 Pulitzer Prizes were announced yesterday, and while none of them probably have an actual line about how to pronounce “Pulitzer” like last year’s winner for fiction, Less by Andrew Sean Greer, they are a fantastic bunch!

You can see all the winners and finalists below, with descriptions provided by the Pulitzer site. (Because I have not read any of them. Which is so surprising to me! I will be correcting that soon.)

Oh, and it’s “pull-it-sir.”

Fiction:

the overstory richard powersThe Overstory by Richard Powers

An ingeniously structured narrative that branches and canopies like the trees at the core of the story whose wonder and connectivity echo those of the humans living amongst them.

(Finalists: The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai, There There by Tommy Orange.)

 

 

History:

cover-of-frederick-douglassFrederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David W. Blight

A breathtaking history that demonstrates the scope of Frederick Douglass’ influence through deep research on his writings, his intellectual evolution and his relationships.

(Finalists: American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic by Victoria Johnson, Civilizing Torture: An American Tradition by W. Fitzhugh Brundage)

Biography:

The-New-Negro-by-Jeffrey-StewartThe New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke by Jeffrey C. Stewart

A panoramic view of the personal trials and artistic triumphs of the father of the Harlem Renaissance and the movement he inspired.

(Finalist: Proust’s Duchess: How Three Celebrated Women Captured the Imagination of Fin-de-Siècle Paris by Caroline Weber, The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam by Max Boot)

Drama:

jackie sibblies druryFairview by Jackie Sibblies Drury

A hard-hitting drama that examines race in a highly conceptual, layered structure, ultimately bringing audiences into the actors’ community to face deep-seated prejudices.

(Finalists: Dance Nation by Clare Barron, What the Constitution Means to Me by Heidi Schreck)

 

Poetry:

be withBe With by Forrest Gander

A collection of elegies that grapple with sudden loss, and the difficulties of expressing grief and yearning for the departed.

(Finalists: feeld by Jos Charles, Like by A. E. Stallings)

 

 

General Nonfiction:

amity and prosperityAmity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America by Eliza Griswold

A classic American story, grippingly told, of an Appalachian family struggling to retain its middle class status in the shadow of destruction wreaked by corporate fracking.

(Finalists: In a Day’s Work: The Fight to End Sexual Violence Against America’s Most Vulnerable Workers  by Bernice Yeung, Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore by Elizabeth Rush)

 

Cover Reveal: THE KILL CLUB By Wendy Heard

Looking for your next thrilling read and a fresh take on serial killer stories? Feast your eyes on the cover for The Kill Club by Wendy Heard, out December 2019. And check out the synopsis below:

The Kill Club by Wendy Heard

Art Director: Kathleen Oudit; Cover Design: Mary Luna

Jazz will stop at nothing to save her brother.

Their foster mother, Carol, has always been fanatical, but with Jazz grown up and out of the house, Carol takes a dangerous turn that threatens thirteen-year-old Joaquin’s life. Over and over, child services fails to intervene, and Joaquin is running out of time.

Then Jazz gets a blocked call from someone offering a solution. There are others like her—people the law has failed. They’ve formed an underground network of “helpers,” each agreeing to eliminate the abuser of another. They’re taking back their power and leaving a trail of bodies throughout Los Angeles—dubbed the Blackbird Killings. If Jazz joins them, they’ll take care of Carol for good.

All she has to do is kill a stranger.

Announcing the Best Translated Book Award 2019 Longlists

The Best Translated Book Award 2019 longlists for both the fiction and poetry awards have been announced at The Millions. This is the twelfth year that the Best Translated Book Award has honored and celebrated literature in translation.

But maybe you’ve never heard of the Best Translated Book Award before! It’s one of the most interesting and diverse book awards out there. This year’s lists alone feature authors writing in sixteen different languages, from twenty-four different countries. And the presses! So many great presses. The majority are either independent or university presses. Are you looking for a book published by a small press for your Read Harder challenge? What about a book translated by a woman? This award is a great place to start!

I’ve been a fan of the Best Translated Book Award for years and was thrilled to be chosen as a member for this year’s fiction jury. And I’m one of many past and present Book Riot contributors and staff to have been a judge (including contributor Tara Cheesman who is also a judge this year, Executive Editor Amanda Nelson, and contributor Rachel Cordasco). More than 500 titles were eligible and it was an incredible year for international literature—I’m wildly excited to share these lists with you!

Fiction Longlist. Best Translated Book Award 2019 Longlists

Best Translated Book Award 2019 Longlist: Fiction

Congo Inc.: Bismarck’s Testament by In Koli Jean Bofane, translated from the French by Marjolijn de Jager(Democratic Republic of Congo, Indiana University Press) 

The Hospital by Ahmed Bouanani, translated from the French by Lara Vergnaud (Morocco, New Directions)

A Dead Rose by Aurora Cáceres, translated from the Spanish by Laura Kanost (Peru, Stockcero)

Love in the New Millennium by Xue Can, translated from the Chinese by Annelise Finegan Wasmoen (China, Yale University Press)

Slave Old Man by Patrick Chamoiseau, translated from the French by Linda Coverdale (Martinique, New Press)

Wedding Worries by Stig Dagerman, translated from the Swedish by Paul Norlen and Lo Dagerman (Sweden, David Godine)

Pretty Things by Virginie Despentes, translated from the French by Emma Ramadan, (France, Feminist Press)

Disoriental by Negar Djavadi, translated from the French by Tina Kover (Iran, Europa Editions)

Dézafi by Frankétienne, translated from the French by Asselin Charles (published by Haiti, University of Virginia Press)

Bottom of the Sky by Rodrigo Fresán, translated from the Spanish by Will Vanderhyden (Argentina, Open Letter)

Bride and Groom by Alisa Ganieva, translated from the Russian by Carol Apollonio (Russia, Deep Vellum)

People in the Room by Norah Lange, translated from the Spanish by Charlotte Whittle (Argentina, And Other Stories)

Comemadre by Roque Larraquy, translated from the Spanish by Heather Cleary (Argentina, Coffee House)

Moon Brow by Shahriar Mandanipour, translated from the Persian by Khalili Sara (Iran, Restless Books)

Bricks and Mortar by Clemens Meyer, translated from the German by Katy Derbyshire (Germany, Fitzcarraldo Editions)

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata, translated from the Japanese by Ginny Tapley Takemori (Japan, Grove)

After the Winter by Guadalupe Nettel, translated from the Spanish by Rosalind Harvey (Mexico, Coffee House)

Transparent City by Ondjaki, translated from the Portuguese by Stephen Henighan (Angola, Biblioasis)

Lion Cross Point by Masatsugo Ono, translated from the Japanese by Angus Turvill (Japan, Two Lines Press)

The Governesses by Anne Serre, translated from the French by Mark Hutchinson (France, New Directions)

Öræfï: The Wasteland by Ófeigur Sigurðsson, translated from the Icelandic by Lytton Smith (Iceland, Deep Vellum)

Codex 1962 by Sjón, translated from the Icelandic by Victoria Cribb (Iceland, FSG)

Flights by Olga Tokarczuk, translated from the Polish by Jennifer Croft (Poland, Riverhead)

Fox by Dubravka Ugresic, translated from the Croatian by Ellen Elias-Bursac and David Williams (Croatia, Open Letter)

Seventeen by Hideo Yokoyama, translated from the Japanese by Louise Heal Kawai (Japan, FSG)

This year’s fiction jury is made up of: Pierce Alquist (Book Riot), Caitlin L. Baker (Island Books), Kasia Bartoszyńska (Monmouth College), Tara Cheesman (freelance book critic), George Carroll (litintranslation.com), Adam Hetherington (reader), Keaton Patterson (Brazos Bookstore), Sofia Samatar (writer), Ely Watson (A Room of One’s Own).

Best Translated Book Award 2019 Longlist: Poetry

The Future Has an Appointment with the Dawn by Tenella Boni, translated from the French by Todd Fredson(Cote D’Ivoire, University of Nebraska)

Dying in a Mother Tongue by Roja Chamankar, translated from the Persian by Blake Atwood (Iran, University of Texas)

Moss & Silver by Jure Detela, translated from the Slovenian by Raymond Miller and Tatjana Jamnik (Slovenia, Ugly Duckling)

Of Death. Minimal Odes by Hilda Hilst, translated from the Portuguese by Laura Cesarco Eglin (Brazil, co-im-press)

Autobiography of Death by Kim Hysesoon, translated from the Korean by Don Mee Choi (Korea, New Directions)

Negative Space by Luljeta Lleshanaku, translated from the Albanian by Ani Gjika (Albania, New Directions)

Scardanelli by Frederike Mayrocker, translated from the German by Jonathan Larson (Austria, Song Cave)

the easiness and the loneliness by Asta Olivia Nordenhof, translated from the Danish by Susanna Nied(Denmark, Open Letter)

Nioque of the Early-Spring by Francis Ponge, translated from the French by Jonathan Larson (France, Song Cave)

Architecture of a Dispersed Life by Pable de Rokha, translated from the Spanish by Urayoán Noel (Chile, Shearsman Books)

The poetry jury includes: Jarrod Annis (Greenlight Bookstore), Katrine Øgaard Jensen (EuropeNow), Tess Lewis (writer and translator), Aditi Machado (poet and translator), and Laura Marris (writer and translator).

Founded in 2007, the Best Translated Book Award brings attention to the best works of translated literature published in the previous year. The winning author and translator each receive a $5,000 cash prize for both the fiction and poetry award, totaling $20,000 thanks to grant funds from the Amazon Literary Partnership.

For more information, visit the official Best Translated Book Award site and follow the award on Twitter. Over the next month, leading up to the announcement of the shortlists, Three Percent will be featuring a different title each day as part of the “Why This Book Should Win” series.

James Holzhauer, Jeopardy! Champion and Reading Superstar

“I plan to give some of my winnings to the local branches here in Las Vegas,” says James Holzhauer, who has been on a record-winning Jeopardy! streak this week. He set a single-game record on Wednesday, April 9, by winning an unbelievable $110,914.

The 34-year-old professional gambler from Las Vegas went on record with his game-play strategy, noting that it was utilizing children’s nonfiction books from the library that helped him bone up his knowledge quickly. Holzhauer, a Naperville, Illinois, native, told the local paper that his biggest secret for studying subjects he couldn’t get into was checking the children’s section, because the pictures and fun facts made getting the basics easier.

“When I first got serious about wanting to win on Jeopardy!, I thought I would finally read all those classic works of literature they always ask about. That plan lasted through one scene of Hamlet, before I fell asleep from boredom. Then I remembered how I recognized many classic works of literature—Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, “The Gift of the Magi,” Cyrano de Bergerac—because they had been adapted into TV shows and kids’ picture books,” he said in an email with Book Riot.

Holzhauer cited Mythology For Teens and Greek Mythology For Teens, both by Zachary Hamby, as two of his favorite books encountered using this strategy. “I ended up buying both and reading them for fun,” he added.

Family has been a huge part of Holzhauer’s strategy as well. He’s made wagers based on loved ones’ birthdates that have not only allowed him to send well-wishes and appreciation for them, but also have helped him walk away with bigger and bigger prizes at the end of the day.

They’ve also been part of his strategy, whether or not they’ve been onto it.

“At my peak I read around ten books a day to study and another ten to my own kid—she’s quite the bookworm,” he said, adding: “My daughter’s current favorite is Harry Potter, which I’ve never read until now. It’s not bad!”

It’s fitting his success and story emerged during National Library Week. As he stated above, he plans to make a donation to his local library system.

“My favorite library memories are playing Oregon Trail and Number Munchers on the Apple II. But doing preparation for Jeopardy! reminded me what an important resource libraries are for our communities.”

Despite what many might presume given his winning streak and his knowledge base—not to mention his studying strategy—Holzhauer wasn’t an especially diligent or invested student growing up. But one teacher stands out in his memory as making a lasting impact on him.

“I would skip reading assignments whenever I could get away with it. I do want to give a shout-out to my junior high math teacher, Suzanne Croco, who did the best she could with a student who clearly wasn’t interested in giving his full effort.”

Jeopardy! isn’t his first run on a television trivia game; he was also a contestant on The Chase. Between the two shows, it seems reasonable to assume that there’s been a question or two that haunted him, whether because he missed it or because he nailed it.

“Nothing haunts me,” he said, “although I did miss a question on The Chase about the development of the human fetus—with my pregnant wife in the audience.”

He couldn’t go on the record about his favorite answer, as that has yet to air.

Holzhauer doesn’t keep a nightstand, but his current bookshelf is anything but empty. “My bookshelf is stuffed to the gills with books on bridge and popular economics.”

As reading has become a bigger part of his life, it’s only natural he’s put some thinking into what authors he’d love to have dinner with and which author he’d want to team up with to form the ultimate trivia partnership.

“I would have dinner with Chuck Klosterman, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, and Michael Konik, who would all have enough stories to keep me entertained for hours. Chuck Klosterman would be my teammate at trivia, because I can’t imagine him whiffing on a pop culture question.”

And to answer the question on every book lover’s mind: “My favorite book is whatever my daughter picks out for bedtime. No prose can ever match the light in her eyes when she’s lost in a good story.”

Welcome to team book worm, James, and best of luck in the rest of your run. Maybe soon you’ll be publishing as many books as previous mega-champion Ken Jennings.

New Kate Bishop Hawkeye Series in the Works

The news is out! A Hawkeye series is under development by Disney for their new streaming service, Disney+. The limited series will star Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye Clint Barton passing the torch down to his successor Kate Bishop. The new Kate Bishop Hawkeye series is expected to be 6–8 episodes long. Hawkeye joins a slew of other MCU shows coming to Disney+, including series for Falcon, Winter Soldier, Scarlet Witch, Loki, and others.

Kate Bishop is a member of the Young Avengers who took up the mantle of Hawkeye after Clint Barton, even becoming his protégé of sorts after his return. The two now share the title, with Kate fondly referring to Clint as “Hawkguy” in Matt Fraction, David Aja, and Javier Pulido’s, much-loved run of the comic.

New Kate Bishop Hawkeye Series in the Works | bookriot.com

Kate also recently got her own run of comics in Hawkeye: Kate Bishop by Kelly Thompson and Leonardo Romero, in which she goes to California to become a P.I.

New Kate Bishop Hawkeye Series in the Works | bookriot.com

The internet has been fancasting their dream Kate Bishop for quite a while now, and favorites include Aubrey Plaza and Arden Cho. Any actual contenders remain a mystery for now, but with a series in the works, we can continue to dream and fancast our favorite actresses with a gift for sass (like Kate) in the role.

Are you all as excited as we are about the prospect of a Hawkeye series with Clint Barton and Kate Bishop?

ALA Announces 2018’s Top 11 Banned Books

It’s that time of year when we love on our libraries and the American Library Association announces its most banned books of the year.

The ALA reported 347 challenges to library, school, and university materials and services in 2018. A total of 483 books were challenged or banned, and this year earned an extra title in the usual Top 10 Most-Challenged Books list, making it the Top 11 Most-Challenged Books.

Of these 11 books, three are picture books, three are middle grade, and five are young adult. Half of the books (actually, more than half—six!) were challenged for containing LGBTQIA+ content. Two of the books (This Day in June and Two Boys Kissing) were noted as having been burned.

Here’s the list, which I think is actually a pretty great reading list for anyone looking to broaden their world views. There’s quite a bit of overlap from 2017’s banned books, including the same YA books written by men with sexual assault accusations (Jay Asher and Sherman Alexie).

George by Alex GinoGeorge by Alex Gino

Reasons: It was believed to encourage children to clear browser history and change their bodies using hormones, and for mentioning “dirty magazines,” describing male anatomy, “creating confusion,” and including a transgender character.

George has been on the banned books list three times, every year since its release in 2015.

A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss, illustrated by EG Keller

Reasons: Includes LGBTQIA+ content and political and religious viewpoints.

I imagine our pal Marlon Bundo will be on the list for many years to come.

Captain Underpants series written and illustrated by Dav Pilkey

Reasons: It was perceived as encouraging disruptive behavior, while Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot was challenged for including a same-sex couple.

The brave Captain Underpants has only been on the list five times since 2002.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas Book CoverThe Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Reasons: It was deemed “anti-cop” and includes profanity, drug use, and sexual references.

The Hate U Give has been on the list twice since its publication in 2017.

Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier

Reasons: Includes LGBTQIA+ characters and themes.

Drama has been on the list four times since its publication in 2012.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Reasons: Addresses teen suicide.

Thirteen Reasons Why flew under the radar for the first five years after its 2007 release, only making it to the Top 10 Banned Books List in 2012. It fell off the list again for another five years, until 2017 with the release of the Netflix show under the same name. But censorship won’t help.

this one summer book coverThis One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki

Reasons: Includes profanity and sexual references.

This One Summer has only been on the list once before: in 2016, two years after its 2014 release.

Skippyjon Jones series written and illustrated by Judy Schachner

Reason: Depicts stereotypes of Mexican culture.

This is SkippyJon Jones‘s debut on the banned books list. The first book in the series was published in 2003.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Reasons: Includes sexual references, profanity, violence, gambling, and underage drinking.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian first appeared on the banned books list in 2010, three years after its publication, and has been on the list seven times since then.

This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman, illustrated by Kristyna Litten

Reason: Includes LGBTQIA+ content.

This Day in June was published in 2013 and this is its first year on the list. It’s also noted as a book that has been burned.

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Reason: Includes LGBTQIA+ content.

Two Boys Kissing came out in 2013, first appeared on the list in 2015, and has been on the list three times since. It was also noted as being burned.


Looking back through the ALA’s banned books lists is fascinating. Their data only goes back to 2001, and for most of those early years, it’s made up of the same books, year after year. Harry Potter. The Bluest Eye. Of Mice and Men. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. One year the Bible made it to the list, which is interesting???

Books were banned because of religious (or, well, non-Christian) or sexual content for most years. In the last few years, more and more books are challenged for containing LGBTQIA+ content.

If you’re enraged that banning books is still a thing, welcome to the club. We have lots of fun Banned Books Week content, including Challenged Books Retitled as Clickbait and this quiz to see if you can identify the banned book by its complaint.