Posted on February 8, 2024 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Catch up quick with the bookish news of the past few days ... or take a deeper dive into each story. Your choice!

  • Cecilia Gentili, author of the ALA Stonewall Book Award-winning Faltas: Letters to Everyone in My Hometown Who Isn’t My Rapist, has died (Them).

  • Valentina Gomez, a candidate for Missouri secretary of state, posted a video of herself burning books with a flamethrower and promising to do more of it if elected (Book Riot).

  • Meanwhile, a school in southern Florida is requiring parental permission for students to participate in Black History Month events, something that's seen as a consequence of Florida's increasing restrictions on reading material — that is, the bans on books were a first step towards bans on ideas (Book Riot).

  • The third-generation owner of a 130-year-old bookstore in Pasadena, California, is seeking a buyer for the community landmark (The New York Times). 

  • Letters written by Georgina Hogarth, who was Charles Dickens’s sister-in-law, housekeeper, and executor, will go on display for the first time this week (The Guardian).

  • House of Flame and Shadow by Sarah J. Maas has become the third fastest-selling science fiction and fantasy title in the UK since records began (The Guardian).

  • Paula Hawkins, best known for The Girl on the Train, will release a new thriller — titled The Blue Hour — on October 8 (The Associated Press).

  • The longlist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction is out; the ten books on the list include The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store by James McBride, Absolution by Alice McDermott, and Biography of X by Catherine Lacey (The Associated Press).

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