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Loved Black Panther?

Loved the Black Panther film? Then try some of these novels that are equally rich in wondrous worldbuilding:

Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor 

(Also check out Okorafor's other titles, like the Binti Series)

Markswoman by Rati Mehrotra
Warcross by Marie Lu
Miles Morales by Jason Reynolds

Dread Nation  by Justina Ireland
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
The Black Tides of Heaven by Jy Yang
After the Flare by Deji Bryce Olukotun
The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead

The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu
Jade City by Fonda Lee
Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi
Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
Kindred by Octavia Butler

(Make sure to check out ANY other titles by Butler, they're all phenomenal!)

Book to Screen in 2018

While it seems there has always been a lot of books being adapted to movies and television shows, 2018 just feels extra full of 'em. We'll leave it up to you to decide whether you're excited or apprehensive about these. Here's a (by no means comprehensive) list:

 

Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton

• Release date: Jan. 19

• The book was re-issued under the title 12 Strong, which will also be the title of the new film.

• Chris Hemsworth, Elsa Pataky, and Trevante Rhodes will star.

• Watch the trailer for 12 Strong.

The Alienist by Caleb Carr

• Release date: Jan. 22

• Ten-episode series airing on TNT

• Watch the full first episode here!

 
The Death Cure by James Dashner

• Release date: Jan. 26

• Watch the trailer for The Death Cure.

Fifty Shades Freed by EL James

• Release date: Feb. 9

• Watch the trailer for Fifty Shades Freed.

 
Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer

Release date: Feb. 23

Natalie Portman, Gina Rodriguez, Oscar Isaac, and Tessa Thompson will star.  Directed by Ex Machina's Alex Garland.

Watch the trailer for Annihilation.

Every Day by David Levithan

Release date: Feb. 23

Angourie Rice, Maria Bello, and Justice Smith will star.

The War With Grandpa by Robert Kimmel Smith

Release date: Feb. 23

Robert De Niro will play Grandpa. Uma Thurman and Christopher Walken will costar.

Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews

Release date: March 2

Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, and Charlotte Rampling will star.

Watch the trailer for Red Sparrow.

 

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

• Release date: March 9

• Ava DuVernay will direct. Mindy Kaling, Oprah Winfrey, and Reese Witherspoon will star as the three witches. See the whole cast here.

• Watch the trailer for A Wrinkle in Time.

Murder Games by James Patterson and Howard Roughan

• Release date: March 11

• Instinct (previously titled Murder Gameswill be a new TV series on CBS starring Alan Cumming. 

 
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
by Becky Albertelli

• Release date: March 16

• Katherine Langford from 13 Reasons Why and Nick Robinson from Everything, Everything will star. Greg Berlanti will direct.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Release date: March 30

• Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, T.J. Miller, and Simon Pegg will star. Directed by Steven Spielberg.

• Watch the trailer for Ready Player One.

 
Codename Villanelle by Luke Jennings

• This April, BBC America will premiere “Killing Eve” a brand new series based on the Villanelle novels, starring Sandra Oh.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette
by Maria Semple

Release date: May 11

• Richard Linklater will direct Cate Blanchett as Bernadette. Kristen Wiig, Billy Crudup, and Judy Greer are attached as well.
See the whole cast here. The screenwriters behind the film (500) Days of Summer are adapting the screenplay.

 
The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith

Release date: June

 The UK series is coming to the U.S. on Cinemax, re-titled "C.B. Strike."

 Watch the original U.K. trailer here.

 
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Release date: Aug. 17

Constance Wu and Ken Jeong will star. Jon Chu is directing

Three Seconds by Anders Roslund
and Borge Hellström

Release date: Aug. 17

Rosamund Pike, Clive Owen, Ana de Armas, and Joel Kinnaman will star.

 
The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

Release date: Aug. 31

Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, Will Poulter, and Charlotte Rampling will star.

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Release date: Sept. 14

• Amandla Stenberg will play Ruby, and Mandy Moore will also star.

Boy Erased by Garrard Conley

• Release date: Sept. 28

• Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, and Joel Edgerton will star.

First Man: The Life of Neil A.
Armstrong
by James R. Hansen

• Release date: Oct. 12

• Ryan Gosling has been cast as Neil Armstrong. The actor will be reunited with La La Land director Damien Chazelle. Claire Foy is playing Janet Armstrong.

The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz

Release date: Oct. 19

• Claire Foy is playing Lisbeth Salander.

Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

Release date: Dec. 14

• Peter Jackson will direct. Hugo Weaving, Jihae, and Robert Sheehan have been cast.

• Watch the trailer for Mortal Engines.

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

• Release date: TBD in 2018

• Julianne Moore, Ken Watanabe, and Demián Bichir will star.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

• Release date: TBD in 2018

• George Tillman Jr. will direct. Amandla Stenberg, Anthony Mackie, and Regina Hall will star.

The Black Hand by Stephan Talty

• Release date: TBD in 2018

• Leonardo DiCaprio will star and produce.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato
Peel Pie Society 
by Mary Ann
Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Release date: TBD in 2018

• The movie will be titled Guernsey. Michiel Huisman, Lily James, and Glen Powell are starring.

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

Release date: TBD

 Kenneth Branagh is set to direct.

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Release date: TBD

Jennifer Lawrence is attached to star.

 
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Release date: Spring of 2018

• Michael B. Jordan, Michael Shannon, Sofia Boutella, Lilly Singh, and Laura Harrier will star. Directed by Ramin Bahrani.

• Watch the teaser trailer for Fahrenheit 451.

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

• Release date: TBD

• Slated as a TV series (with no network yet attached for distribution).

• “Happy!” showrunner Patrick Macmanus will produce, and has stated that the series will expand on the world of the novel.

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Release date: TBD

Starring and directed by George Clooney, it will be a six-episode mini-series on Hulu.

If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin

Release date: TBD

Written and directed by Barry Jenkins (director of Moonlight). Starring Kiki Layne, Stephan James, Brian Tyree Henry,
Dave Franco, Diego Luna, Regina King, and Colman Domingo.

Synopsis: A woman in Harlem desperately scrambles to prove her fiancé innocent of a crime while carrying their first child.

 
 
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt

Release date: TBD

Written and directed by Jacques Audiard. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Joaquin Phoenix, John C. Reilly, Carol Kane, Riz Ahmed, and Rutger Hauer.

Synopsis: A ridiculously fun buddy western set in the 1850s that follows two notorious assassin brothers. Much delightful chaos ensues.

The Dry by Jane Harper

Release date: TBD

Reese Witherspoon will produce. (She produced the Gone Girl film adaptation.)

Synopsis: A policeman's childhood best friend is the perpetrator of a murder-suicide. Secrets of the cop’s past rise to the surface.

I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid

Release date: TBD

Oscar-winning screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) will adapt it for Netflix.

Synopsis: Jake is on a road trip with his girlfriend when an unexpected detour causes tension and sheer terror to erupt.

Projects Due After 2018

Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson

• Leonardo DiCaprio will produce and star.

• Adaptation will be undertaken by screenwriter John
Logan, whose previous credits include The Aviator,  
Genius, Specter, and Skyfall.

Rabbit, Run by John Updike

Four "Rabbit" novels will be brought to television.

• Andrew Davies will adapt. (He was the
screenwriter behind the BBC’s beloved 1995 
Pride and Prejudice mini-series.) 

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The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

This is being developed into a TV Show. No air date yet.

The Best of 2017

As 2017 fades away, it's not hard to look back at the best books we read in 2017. So we asked the booksellers here at the Bookloft to give us their top 5 books from 2017. Here's what they came up with.


Zazu's Top 5

Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder
The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed
Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin
The Wanderers by Meg Howrey
A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan


Julia's Top 5

Forever, or a Long, Long Time by Caela Carter
Hunger by Roxane Gay
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
Whereas by Layli Long Soldier
You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie


Gio's Top 5

Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill
Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore
The Half-Drowned King by Linnea Hartsuyker


Max's Top 5

House of Lords and Commons by Ishion Hutchinson
The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded: Poems by Molly McCully Brown
American Kingpin by Nick Bilton
American Wolf by Nate Blakeslee
The Butchering Art by Lindsey Fitzharris


Tim's Top 5

On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder
Skavenger's Hunt by Mike Rich
Heroes of the Frontier by Dave Eggers
Vacationland by John Hodgman
The Midnight Line by Lee Child


Linda's Top 5

Bellevue by David Oshinsky
Radio Free Vermont by Bill McKibben
The Radium Girls by Kate Moore
Caesar's Last Breath by Sam Kean
Vector by James Abel


Will's Top 5

Hot Milk by Deborah Levy
All That Man Is by David Szalay
Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami
Transit by Rachel Cusk
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan


Pam's Top 5

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The Baker's Secret by Stephen P. Kiernan
My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent
The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland
Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore


Virginia's Top 5

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch
Bad Kansas: Stories by Becky Mandelbaum
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

Time's Betrayal - Author Meet & Greet

Join us for a meet-and-greet, book signing, and a relaxed informal discussion with the author of a new novel partially set in the Berkshires! David Adams Cleveland will be here to sign some copies of Time's Betrayal and chat with you on Wednesday, October 25th, at 3:00pm.

In a glowing Booklist Starred Review, Sarah Johnson says this about Time's Betrayal:

How are our lives unknowingly motivated by our ancestral past? In its scope, artistry, and depiction of the interlinked cause-and-effect patterns spanning more than a century, Cleveland’s (Love’s Attraction, 2013) third novel raises the bar for multigenerational epics. At its heart is one man’s quest to uncover the truth about his late father, John Alden III, who disappeared behind the Iron Curtain in 1953 for reasons unknown. Peter Alden’s recollections begin with his own 1960s youth at the Etonesque Massachusetts prep school cofounded by his abolitionist great-grandfather: a place where his father’s reputation as a star athlete, archaeologist, and war hero looms large. The expansive yet tightly controlled narrative, in which numerous mysteries are compellingly unearthed, spins out to encompass post-WWII Greece, the race to decipher the ancient Greek script known as Linear B, the Vietnam War, the Berlin Wall’s dismantling, and a Civil War battle’s aftermath. The writing is gripping throughout, incorporating both haunting lyricism in its characters’ yearning to recapture a lost golden age and a high-stakes tension evoking the best Cold War thrillers. Cleveland is particularly strong in presenting the complicated entanglements of love and betrayal and the barrier between freedom and oppression that each generation contends with. While its length may appear daunting, this unforgettable tour de force is well worth the time.

About the Author:
David Adams Cleveland is the author of two previous novels, With a Gemlike Flame and Love’s Attraction, a Barnes & Noble best-seller. His most recent art history book, A History of American Tonalism, won the Silver Medal in Art History in the Book of the Year Awards, 2010, and Outstanding Academic Title, 2011, from the American Library Association. He also works as an art adviser with his son Carter Cleveland, founder of Artsy.net, a website dedicated to making all the world’s art accessible to anyone with an Internet connection. He and his wife live in New York.

2017 National Book Award Finalists

If you're like us, you've been watching as the National Book Awards judges choose their finalists before narrowing it down to one final winner in each category (to be revealed on November 15th). It's just like a literary playoffs bracket! 

Check out the finalists below. (And notice that our 2 Staff Picks have made the cut in the Nonfiction category!)

Fiction Finalists:

Elliot Ackerman, Dark at the Crossing 
Lisa Ko, The Leavers
Min Jin Lee, Pachinko
Carmen Maria Machado, Her Body and Other Parties: Stories
Jesmyn Ward, Sing, Unburied, Sing

Nonfiction Finalists:

(STAFF PICK!) Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge 
Frances FitzGerald, The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America
Masha Gessen, The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia
(STAFF PICK!) David Grann, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI 
Nancy MacLean, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America

Young People's Literature Finalists:

Elana K. Arnold, What Girls Are Made Of
Robin Benway, Far from the Tree
Erika L. Sánchez, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter 
Rita Williams-Garcia, Clayton Byrd Goes Underground
Ibi Zoboi, American Street

Poetry Finalists:

Frank Bidart, Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 
Leslie Harrison, The Book of Endings 
Layli Long Soldier, WHEREAS 
Shane McCrae, In the Language of My Captor 
Danez Smith, Don’t Call Us Dead: Poems 

About the National Book Award

"Established in 1950, the National Book Award is an American literary prize administered by the National Book Foundation, a nonprofit organization. A pantheon of such writers as William Faulkner, Marianne Moore, Ralph Ellison, John Cheever, Bernard Malamud, Philip Roth, Robert Lowell, Walker Percy, John Updike, Katherine Anne Porter, Norman Mailer, Lillian Hellman, Elizabeth Bishop, Saul Bellow, Donald Barthelme, Flannery O’Connor, Adrienne Rich, Thomas Pynchon, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Alice Walker, Charles Johnson, E. Annie Proulx, and Colum McCann have all won the Award." (From www.nationalbook.org)

National Book Award 2017 Longlist

Below is the 2017 Longlist for the National Book Award, divided by category. Keep an eye out for our Staff Picks that made the cut!

Some future key dates if you're keeping score at home:
Oct. 4 - Finalists are announced (Shortlist)
Nov. 15 - Winners are announced in each category

The National Book Award

"Established in 1950, the National Book Award is an American literary prize administered by the National Book Foundation, a nonprofit organization. A pantheon of such writers as William Faulkner, Marianne Moore, Ralph Ellison, John Cheever, Bernard Malamud, Philip Roth, Robert Lowell, Walker Percy, John Updike, Katherine Anne Porter, Norman Mailer, Lillian Hellman, Elizabeth Bishop, Saul Bellow, Donald Barthelme, Flannery O’Connor, Adrienne Rich, Thomas Pynchon, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Alice Walker, Charles Johnson, E. Annie Proulx, and Colum McCann have all won the Award." (From www.nationalbook.org)

Click the titles below to read more about each book.

Fiction Longlist:

Elliot Ackerman, Dark at the Crossing 
Daniel Alarcón, The King Is Always Above the People: Stories
Charmaine Craig, Miss Burma 
Jennifer Egan, Manhattan Beach 
Lisa Ko, The Leavers
Min Jin Lee, Pachinko
Carmen Maria Machado, Her Body and Other Parties: Stories
Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, A Kind of Freedom 
Jesmyn Ward, Sing, Unburied, Sing
Carol Zoref, Barren Island 

Nonfiction Longlist:

Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge (STAFF PICK!)
Frances FitzGerald, The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America
James Forman, Jr., Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America
Masha Gessen, The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia
David Grann, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI (STAFF PICK!)
Naomi Klein, No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need
Nancy MacLean, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America
Richard Rothstein, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America
Timothy B. Tyson, The Blood of Emmett Till
Kevin Young, Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News

Young People's Literature Longlist:

Elana K. Arnold, What Girls Are Made Of
Robin Benway, Far from the Tree
Samantha Mabry, All the Wind in the World
Mitali Perkins,You Bring the Distant Near
Jason Reynolds, Long Way Down (STAFF PICK!)
Erika L. Sánchez, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter 
Laurel Snyder, Orphan Island (STAFF PICK!)
Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give (STAFF PICK!)
Rita Williams-Garcia, Clayton Byrd Goes Underground
Ibi Zoboi, American Street

Poetry Longlist:

Frank Bidart, Half-light: Collected Poems 1965-2016 
Chen Chen, When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities
Leslie Harrison, The Book of Endings 
Marie Howe, Magdalene: Poems 
Laura Kasischke, Where Now: New and Selected Poems 
Layli Long Soldier, WHEREAS 
Shane McCrae, In the Language of My Captor 
Sherod Santos, Square Inch Hours 
Danez Smith, Don’t Call Us Dead: Poems 
Mai Der Vang, Afterland 

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