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Shonda Rhimes to Co-Write 'Bridgerton' Prequel Book About Queen Charlotte

Here’s some cool Bridgerton news!

Julia Quinn, the author of the original books, will be co-writing a new prequel novel with Shonda Rhimes, one of the executive producers behind the hit Netflix series.

The prequel book will follow Queen Charlotte and will be based on the upcoming spinoff series that is in the works at the streaming service.

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Author Robbie Couch Talks New Novel 'Blaine for the Win,' a Queer Rom-Com Inspired by 'Legally Blonde' (Exclusive Interview)

Robbie Couch‘s new novel “Blaine for the Win” is being released TOMORROW and we chatted with him to learn more about the new book!

The YA book is being described as a queer rom-com that was inspired by Legally Blonde and The Politician. Here is the synopsis: “After being dumped so his boyfriend can pursue more ‘serious’ guys, a teen boy decides to prove he can be serious, too, by running for senior class president.”

This is the second book from Robbie, who released “The Sky Blues” almost exactly one year ago. That novel earned him a Best Read nomination at the 2022 Queerty Awards.

Get your copy of “Blaine for the Win” on Amazon and check out our 10 Fun Facts post on Robbie!

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Meet 'The Sky Blues' Author Robbie Couch with These 10 Fun Facts! (Exclusive)

“The Sky Blues” is the debut novel by Robbie Couch and we caught up with the author ahead of the book’s release to learn more about him!

The book hits stores TOMORROW (April 6) and Robbie just announced the exciting news that the film rights were optioned to Walden Media, the studio behind such book-to-screen adaptations as The Chronicles of Narnia, Holes, and the Bridge to Terabithia.

In “The Sky Blues,” openly gay high schooler Sky Baker’s small town turns absolutely claustrophobic when his secret promposal plans get leaked to the entire school. The book has already earned raves from Entertainment Weekly, “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” author Becky Albertalli, and stars like Kevin McHale and Tyler Oakley.

Order it now on Amazon or wherever books are sold!

Robbie opened up to us about his favorite food, one of his childhood obsessions, writing his second book, and more. Check out 10 Fun Facts below:

  1. I can’t ride roller coasters, sit in back seats on long road trips, or go on cruises! The motion sickness is REAL with me.
  2. Like many gay millennials, my Lizzie McGuire obsession in middle school was off the rails. I got an autograph from Hilary Duff one time and lost. my. mind.
  3. I spent Christmas Eve 1999 in the emergency room after splitting open my thumb and needing stitches. Kids, be careful playing with breakable plastic brooms in freezing cold weather.
  4. “The Sky Blues” is my queer-themed, young-adult rom-com debut! Its themes and characters are so near and dear to my heart. I am excited, nervous, overjoyed, and FEELING ALL OF THE FEELS getting it out into the world.
  5. I’ve lived in every time zone in the continental U.S., calling Michigan, New York, Chicago, Denver, and now Los Angeles home at one point or another.

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Author Jennifer Millikin's Clever TikTok Video Sends Her Book Up the Amazon Charts!

Author Jennifer Millikin has figured out the best way to sell your book – a viral TikTok video!

The author took to the social media app to tell a story that seemingly was about her life, but there was a twist at the end when we learned she was giving a synopsis of her book.

Jennifer told the story of how her “worst April Fools’ Day became” her best. She said that six years ago, her boyfriend broke up with her on April Fools’ Day and her best friend convinced her to go to a bar that night to cheer her up.

While at the bar, Jennifer says she met a guy and had insane chemistry, so they decided to go back to his apartment. They had two rules though: they wouldn’t exchange last names or contact info. Well, she ended up pregnant and when she went back to his apartment to tell him, he had moved.

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'Captain Underpants' Comic Book Pulled For Racist Stereotypes; Author's Royalties To Be Donated To Asian Organizations

One of the comic book spinoffs from Captain Underpants franchise has been pulled from distribution.

Scholastic announced that they have stopped distribution of “The Adventures of Ook and Gluk: Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future”, because of the “passive” racist stereotypes and imagery of Asians.

The graphic novel was published in 2010 and centers on Ook and Gluk, two “cavekids” from the fictional town of Caveland in 500,001 B.C. After they get transported to the future and discover an evil corporation is stealing natural resources from their town, they befriend a martial arts instructor named Master Wong, who trains them in kung fu and ultimately helps them save the day.

“Together, we recognize that this book perpetuates passive racism,” Scholastic said in a statement. “We are deeply sorry for this serious mistake.”

The publishing house is also seeking a return of all inventory, adding that it was informing retail partners, schools and libraries, and have taken the material off their websites and catalog.

Dav Pilkey, the author, made a formal apology in a YouTube video about the content.

“About ten years ago I created a book about a group of friends who save the world using Kung Fu and the principles found in Chinese philosophy. ‘The Adventures of Ook and Gluk: Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future’ was intended to showcase diversity, equality, and non-violent conflict resolution,” he said. “I wanted to take this opportunity to publicly apologize for this. It was and is wrong and harmful to my Asian readers, friends, and family, and to all Asian people.”

Dav and wife, Sayuri, will be donating his advances and royalties that he received from the book to several non-profit organizations, including ones that fight anti-Asian racism and violence and promote diversity in children’s books and publishing.

The decision to pull the “Captain Underpants” comic book comes just weeks after six Dr. Seuss books were pulled for racist imagery.

Six Dr. Seuss Books Will No Longer Be Published Due to 'Hurtful & Wrong' Images

Six Dr. Seuss books are no longer being published.

Dr. Seuss Enterprises will no longer publish And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, If I Ran the Zoo and McElligot’s Pool among other titles after confirming that the images include “hurtful and wrong” character portrayals, Deadline reported Tuesday (March 2).

The announcement was made on Dr. Seuss Enterprises website, following recent scrutiny for past racist and insensitive imagery.

“Today, on Dr. Seuss’s Birthday, Dr. Seuss Enterprises celebrates reading and also our mission of supporting all children and families with messages of hope, inspiration, inclusion, and friendship,” the statement reads.

On Beyond Zebra!, Scrambled Eggs Super!, and The Cat’s Quizzer are among the other titles being halted.

“These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong. Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises’s catalog represents and supports all communities and families,” they announced.

The books have garnered criticism in the past already, including And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, first published in 1937, which includes a stereotypical depiction of a Chinese man, while If I Ran the Zoo, first published in 1950, was criticized for caricatures of grass-skirted Africans and Asians with the description “eyes all a slant.”

School districts are also reconsidering emphasizing Dr. Seuss books in their curriculums right now. Find out more about it.

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Virginia School System Isn't Cancelling Dr. Seuss For Reading Across American Day; Just Not Emphasizing His Books

A school district in Virginia isn’t banning Dr. Seuss books for Reading Across America day, as previously reported. They’re just not emphasizing them after research into to the author’s past political cartoons.

“Research in recent years has revealed strong racial undertones in many books written/illustrated by Dr. Seuss,” Loudoun County Public Schools said in its statement, via CNN.

The school district revealed examples of racial undertones in his books, which include “anti-Japanese American political cartoons and cartoons depicting African Americans for sale captioned with offensive language.”

“Given this research, and LCPS’ focus on equity and culturally responsive instruction, LCPS provided this guidance to schools during the past couple of years to not connect Read Across America Day exclusively with Dr. Seuss’ birthday,” the statement concluded.

Reading Across America was established in 1998 and emphasized the importance of imagination and reading among young people. The day has long been tied to Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 2.

Dr. Seuss, whose real name is Theodore Geisel, has a long history of publishing racist and anti-Semitic work before his children’s books became popular.

“The Cat’s Quizzer: Are YOU Smarter Than the Cat in the Hat?” and “If I Ran the Zoo” are two of his books that feature racism and have been part of studies in education.

The Virginia school system added to their statement that while Dr. Seuss’s books are still available in their libraries, his “books are no longer the emphasis of Read Across America Day in Loudoun County Public Schools.”

“We continue to encourage our young readers to read all types of books that are inclusive, diverse and reflective of our student community, not simply celebrate Dr. Seuss,” they added.

Reading Across America 2021 takes place tomorrow, Tuesday, March 2.

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