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$90M Batgirl Movie Canceled

Warner Bros.’ Batgirl movie has officially been canceled. It was originally approved in 2021 as the studio was making efforts to make more movies for HBO Max, but now it won’t even show on the streaming service. The decision to forego releasing the movie— which starred Leslie Grace, J.K. Simmons, and Michael Keaton— comes not as a result of a lack of quality. Rather, officials cite wanting the studio’s DC-based movies to be blockbusters. That Warner Bros. is opting to not earn back some of the $90M spent producing the Batgirl movie is a bit unusual, especially since its movie...

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Library Stormed by Proud Boys During Drag Queen Story Hour Starts Year of “Every Month is Pride” Events

The San Lorenzo Library in California held a Drag Queen Story Hour event in June for Pride Month with Panda Dulce. The event was disrupted when the Proud Boys — a white supremacists group that is designated as a terrorist group in Canada and New Zealand — marched into the library and began shouting slurs and threats. One wore a shirt with an AK-47 on it and the text, “Kill your local pedophile.” They refused to leave when librarians asked them to, and Panda Dulce was removed to another room by a security guard for her safety. The Proud Boys did...

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The Center for Fiction 2022 First Novel Prize Longlist Announced

I am the absolute last person who needs this information so please, let me pass it on it on to you: The Center for Fiction has announced its longlist for the 2022 First Novel Prize. The longlist is twenty-four books long, narrowed down from more than 140 titles that have been or will be published in 2022. That narrowing was done by nearly 100 volunteer readers made up of writers, booksellers, and librarians, along with staff and members of the Center for Fiction. Five judges will choose a shortlist and eventually a winner. The names of those judges have not...

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Sell Books in Paradise: Luxury Resort Hiring “Barefoot Bookseller”

Soneva Fushi, a luxury resort in the Baa Atoll in the Maldives, is looking to fill its “barefoot bookseller” position. The new bookseller’s duties will be: managing a small bookstore, writing blogposts, hosting creative writing classes for guests, and more. The placement will be held for 12 months and came as a result of a partnership between Ultimate Library and Soneva Fushi in 2018. Since then, people from various arenas of the book publishing and education fields have served as barefoot booksellers. The position will start in October and applicants have until August 13 to apply. Find more news and stories...

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Barack Obama’s 2022 Summer Reading List

A great summer tradition continues as former president Barack Obama has shared his summer reading list for 2022 today on Instagram. As usual, Obama’s reading list for the summer is a mix of nonfiction and fiction, and is written by a diverse group of authors. A part from being a collection of great literature, the list is also a great snapshot of the former president’s inner workings. Here are the 14 books Obama posted to his Instagram with the caption “I’ve read a couple of great books this year and wanted to share some of my favorites so far.” Sea...

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A Classroom Without Books: Florida Teachers Told To Remove Classroom Libraries for Review

This September, many Florida elementary students may be entering classrooms stripped of their books. Between the state’s new “Don’t Say Gay” educational gag order and its 2021 law forbidding teaching “Critical Race Theory” — which is a term that has been twisted by the right to be represent something completely divorced from the actual theory taught in law schools — schools are scrambling to make sure they’re in compliance with vague and confusing new standards. Brevard Public School teachers were told to pull their classroom libraries entirely until every book in every classroom could be vetted by a library technician....

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I Choose You!…To be a Pokémon Archivist: Pokémon Company Seeks Archivist

The Pokémon Company International announced a job opening for an archivist. The position, which is one available in many of the franchise’s games, will entail creating a an archive and museum. The archivist will work with the game data librarian to write policy and catalog Pokémon’s vast lore, among other things. Pokémon was created in 1996 by Satoshi Tajiri and Ken Sugimori, and was inspired by Tajiri’s childhood spent exploring nature. The franchise would go on to have a popular TV series, trading cards, and more than 360 million video games sold. A ninth generation of Pokémon will debut when the...

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TikTok Book Club Debuts With Jane Austen Book

TikTok has joined the ranks of other virtual book clubs by debuting its own this month. The TikTok Book Club is a result of #BookTok, a section of the site where book lovers gather to discuss books. This book club comes as no surprise, as the immensely popular BookTok community has amassed more than 65 billion views and has greatly influenced the world of publishing. TikTok’s book club will be open to all as the rest of the site is, but will offer more structure for discussion. The first book chosen for the club is Persuasion by Jane Austen, which has...

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Attendees Attacked at Canadian Drag Queen Story Hour

In London, Ontario, Pride is held in July. The suburb of Wortley Village held its first Pride last weekend, and it included a drag queen storytime. The event was disrupted when a truck with Canadian flags on it circled the event honking continuously, and then a man got out of the truck and allegedly began swinging a flagpole at attendees. Police arrived within minutes and arrested him. The incident is being investigated as a hate crime. No one was injured, and the Pride celebration continued, including a small parade. The organizers say that despite the incident, overall they had positive...

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2022 Whiting Literary Magazine Prize Winners Announced

The 2022 Whiting Literary Magazine Prize winners have been announced. The prize, awarded by the Whiting foundation, has been granted since 2018 with hopes to “acknowledge, reward, and encourage organizations that are actively nurturing the writers who tell us, through their art, what is important.” The funds issued are meant to supplement the budget of publications that have achieved much with fewer resources. Each prize-winning publication is a small to mid-sized journal with a budget of $500,000 or less. The five winners of the prize were divided into print or digital categories and granted varying amounts of funding based on...

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