Let’s start with some good news: Independent book stores are growing!
New Jersey is getting it’s act together to ban book bans.
That’s good because *11* people are behind most of these horrid book bans, according to the Washington Post. The Post also covered the ridiculousness/scariness of a person getting Amanda Gorman’s book booted from a school in Florida. Rolling Stone dug into the background of the person behind this particular book getting tossed, and she’s worse that you might expect.
Speaking of book bans, LeVar Burton had some things to say about them at the LA. Times Book Club this week.
I forgot that the U.S. Book Show (which kinda sorta took over the annual spot of Book Expo America?) is this week, until Facebook reminded me that I was at BEA years ago signing copies of my second Jersey Shore book. Publisher’s Weekly has updates from this year’s event.
What’s the appeal of dystopian fiction? Book Riot looked into it.
Have you ever had a CT scan? Apparently, 16th century books need them too, via The New York Times.
Since it’s the unofficial start of summer, I’ll end here with The Atlantic suggestions 20 books to read this summer (I’m going to be TRYING to stick to my “to be read” pile. We’ll see!) Audiobook person? The Washington Post has some summer book listening ideas.
Photo taken by me at Duke Farms in Hillsborough Township, N.J. on May 24, 2023.