Hello, book lovers! What happens when an indie rock artist transforms classic literature into a musical? Only time will tell, but the prospect of Florence Welch adapting F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby for Broadway is too intriguing not to take note. While we all wait to see how that project unfolds, the vast land of literature has plenty more to keep us occupied: social initiatives in the publishing sphere, a bold and beautiful new novel from Jhumpa Lahiri, not to mention all the exciting releases headed our way this coming month. So, without further ado, enjoy this mix of stories from the book world.

The Great Gatsby to Become Musical Written by Grammy-Nominated Musician Florence Welch: Florence + the Machine’s lead vocalist and songwriter, Welch, will partner with Thomas Bartlett on the project. — Variety

Reese’s Book Club Supports Underrepresented Women Through New Writers’ Fellowship: Hello Sunshine has launched LitUp, an initiative that aims to uplift diverse voices. — Hollywood Reporter

Jhumpa Lahiri Gets Found in Translation in Her Latest Novel: Pulitzer Prize-winner Lahiri brings her lyrical language to a bold new writing style in Whereabouts. BookTrib

If You Loved Netflix’s Shadow and Bone, You’ll Want to Devour These 11 Fantasy Novels: From other Slavic inspired tales to thrilling stories of teenage assassins, these reads “align with the heart of what makes the Grishaverse so special.” — Vulture

Michael B. Jordan’s Outlier Society to Develop New Akwaeke Emezi Novel for Amazon: After a major bidding war, Emezi’s You Made a Fool of Death With Your Beauty sold to Jordan’s production company. — Deadline

Mike Bond’s America Explores the Turbulent and Transformative Era of the 1960s: A coming-of-age saga following four young people through a radically changing cultural landscape, the novel has been likened to Thomas Wolfe’s Look Homeward, Angel. — BookTrib

W.W. Norton Officially Cancels Blake Bailey’s Philip Roth Biography: Following several shocking allegations against Bailey, his publisher has permanently stopped printing two of his books. What does this mean for the publishing industry? — The Washington Post

40 New Releases Blossoming This May: Readers can look forward to much-anticipated releases from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Alison Bechdel, Emily Henry, Stacey Abrams and more. — Bustle

Sex, Death and Obsession Come for Small-Town Texans in The Hunting Wives: A dark, sexy and completely unpredictable thriller, May Cobb’s sophomore novel is more addictive than Big Little Lies. — BookTrib

10 Works of Historical Fiction That Unlock Unfamiliar Areas of History: Highlighting the lives of lesser-known people and events, these novels open new doors to the past. — Off the Shelf

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