If you feel like actually being productive at work today, I might suggest not continuing past this point. But if you’re all about easing into the weekend—on to the links!
Sarah J. Mass revealed the cover for A Court of Frost and Starlight and can it be May already.
Bustle revealed the cover of Anna-Marie McLemore’s upcoming Latinx Swan Lake retelling, Blanca and Roja.
Peep this press release that makes our own Jennie’s position as a literary agent with Lupine Grove Creative officially official!
Kwame Alexander to start Versify, a verse imprint at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for Young Readers.
If you’ve ever wanted to jump into reading Star Wars books but aren’t sure where to start, this Nerdist post will help.
And here are a bunch of e-book deals*:
Lucky in Love by Kasie West
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YA Onscreen Things
ICYMI, this week on YA Onscreen: The CW’s ordered a more “feminist” Charmed reboot, Jessica Chastain and Octavia Butler’s holiday buddy movie, and a trailer for Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp.
In continuing its campaign to be the most disappointing movie ever, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will not directly reference Dumbledore's sexuality.
Sam Raimi might direct Lin-Manuel Miranda’s adaptation of Patrick Rothfuss’ The Kingkiller Chronicle.
Emily Blunt has joined The Rock in A Jungle Cruise. Which, yes, is based on the Disneyland ride.
Once again proving that we don’t deserve him at all, David Harbour vows that his beefed-up role as Hellboy will not ruin his dad bod.
Here’s a trailer for Netflix’s coming-of-age comedy On My Block.
Social Media Things
Sometimes I’m like, Can I do this in YA?— Kiersten White (@kierstenwhite) January 31, 2018
Then I remember that Edward performed a c-section on Bella using his teeth, and I’m like, yeah I’m fine. pic.twitter.com/cjpdr8egPj
*praise hands emoji*
What if the next diversity panel was publishers talking about what they're going to do to publish diverse books - instead of writers of color explaining what it's like to BE diverse? #diversity— mariko tamaki (@marikotamaki) January 25, 2018
Where can we buy this Simon Snow “series”?
This is a fun Twitter thread: "Tell me about your favorite book without naming the title or author.”
Julie Murphy met Dolly Parton and we are all green*.
Y’ALL. I MET DOLLY. She is a treasure! I can’t wait for y’all to hear the music she has created for this beautiful film. I was blown away! @DollyParton, thanks for making this girl’s dreams come true. Sometimes your idols live up to the hype. Team Dumplin’! pic.twitter.com/wa4Wrk6RoR— Julie Murphy on Hiatus (@andimJULIE) February 2, 2018
*With envy, if that wasn’t clear.
I'd read it, tbh.
cracks me up how blurbs for "literary" novels sound like an escalating sadistic therapy program: "THIS BOOK WILL SHRED YOU INTO A THOUSAND TINY PIECES AND MAKE YOU QUESTION IF YOU'RE EVEN HUMAN WHILE SOBBING IN PUBLIC ON YOUR BIRTHDAY!!!"— Daniel José Older (@djolder) February 1, 2018
Here’s an Interview with the Angry Asian Man blog on their reimagined titles for Claudia Kishi-centric The Babysitter’s Club covers that confront the racism of many of the stories. (The original post from last year is here).
Mattel’s releasing Mrs. Which, Mrs. Whatsit, and Mrs. Who A Wrinkle in Time Barbies.
Need to look profesh while still being nerdy? These DC Comics blazers are for you.
Reba McEntire is KFC's latest Colonel Sanders.
The Laddie Wha Lived: Harry Potter "translated" into Scottish.
Out of Print added two new necklaces to their collection, and I’mma need the Ex Libris one, stat.
And a few great celeb interviews to round out the post:
Feel free to add your fave distractions of the week in the comments!