Hello, book lovers! Black History Month is in full swing and Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. With all this excitement heading into the holiday weekend, don’t forget to take some time to relax, unwind from the workweek, and enjoy this exciting mix of stories from the book world.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Romance Novels From These 7 Fantastic Authors: “Many romance novels by Black authors don’t always get the recognition they deserve.” So, turn up the heat this weekend with this selection of romantic stories that deliver the escape you crave “from a point of view you may never have considered.” — BookTrib
Clara Villarosa Joins Denver’s Iconic Tattered Cover Bookstore to Curate its BIPOC Book Selection: Villarosa, the founder of the Hue-Man Experience Bookstores in Denver, CO, and Harlem, NY, “will serve as a curatorial expert for individuals as well as educational institutions, corporations and nonprofits, providing thoughtful guidance on book selections that encourage diversity, equity and inclusion,” at Tattered Cover.
— Publishers Weekly
Bestselling YA Romance Author Jenny Han’s The Summer I Turned Pretty to Be Adapted for TV by Amazon: Han, the author that penned YA Romance hits like To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, which was adapted into a film series by Netflix, has written the pilot episode of Amazon’s eight-part series “and will showrun with Haven showrunner and The Flash exec producer Gabrielle Stanton.” The series has been in the works for a while and Han said, “For the longtime book fans, I think it will have been worth the wait.” — Deadline
Providing a Precious Link to the Past, the Federal Writers’ Project of the Late 1930s Chronicled the Lives of Formerly Enslaved People: Atlantic staff writer Clint Smith explores the value in recording these oral histories and imagines the benefits of a new project like this, dedicated to collecting “the stories of Black people who lived through Jim Crow, of Japanese Americans who lived through internment, of Holocaust refugees who resettled in America, of veterans who fought in World War II and the Vietnam War.” — The Atlantic
Netflix Is Creating an Animated Adaptation of Brian Jacques’s Beloved Fantasy Series Redwall: Jacques’s “novels have sold 30 million copies globally and have attracted an avid following.” Netflix’s acquisition of the series is notable not only because this will be the first adaptation of any of the late author’s work but also because this “deal marks the first time that the film rights to the entire book series have been held by the same company.” — Variety
Bestselling Author of The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah, Braves the Dust Bowl in Her New Sweeping Family Saga: Set against the backdrop of The Great Depression, one family, desperate to survive, embarks on a perilous journey to California. In The Four Winds, Hannah has painted a masterful portrait of American Resilience, “capturing the essence of historical events and developing strong women protagonists” along the way. — BookTrib
If You Like That Rom-Com, Try This Romance Novel: Love Story Recommendations Just in Time for Valentine’s Day: While you pair the perfect wine with your romantic dinner, Vulture has paired your favorite rom-coms with romantic reads. So whether you love Julia Roberts or have heart-eyes for Matthew McConaughey, “if you’re planning on staying in this Valentine’s Day,” these books would look great on top of your TBR pile. — Vulture
Brit Bennett, Author of NYT Bestseller The Vanishing Half, Shares Her 5 Favorite Reads for Black History Month: Bennett talked with Good Morning America about Black authors who “have shaped her life over the years and have had a lasting impact on her writing.” On the list were authors like the late Toni Morrison and Zora Neale Huston among other literary powerhouses. — ABC News
Doors vs. Mirrors: Looking at Representation of Black Individuals in Literature: Maura Cheeks thoughtfully considers the mix of appreciation and pause that the recent uptick in Black representation has given her. Referencing ideas put forth by Toni Morrison and James Baldwin, she writes that she feels “Gratitude for the children who will hopefully grow up in a society that offers both mirrors and doors,” meaning both those stories that reflect their own experience and those that draw them into experiences that differ from theirs.
— The Paris Review
6 Books on Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Perfect for Understanding and Interacting With Our Multicultural Society: Together, the words Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion “encompass a vision for a world in which differences are strengths to be recognized and celebrated.” These books, broaching topics from “business to education, from looking at our own biases to learning how to be our authentic selves,” all offer unique perspectives and insights on a changing cultural landscape. — BookTrib
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