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July is full of celebrations! Canada starts the month with Canada Day on July 1 to celebrate their independence from England. The United States joins the party with festivities marking the country’s independence from British rule on July 4th. France also can’t help but join with Bastille Day on July 14th, which commemorates a significant turning point in the French Revolution during the Storming of the Bastille. Here in our wide world of books, July means celebrating the authors born this month, and bringing some 2019 bookish news that bibliophiles everywhere want to know.

10 of the Best-Selling Books in History

Determining the best-selling books of all time is a difficult task without a straightforward answer. With the understanding that it is difficult to define what counts as a book and excluding religious texts like the Bible and the Qur’an, the contenders for history’s best-selling books include The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Expuréry, and Betty Crocker’s Cookbook. Continue reading about the best-selling books in history at Mental Floss.

Cressida Cowell is New Children’s Laureate

Cressida Cowell, author of How to Train Your Dragon, was recently named the 2019 Children’s Laureate. The role of Children’s Laureate is to encourage children to become more engaged in books, reading, and writing. Cowell believes “books and reading are magic and this magic must be available to absolutely everyone.” As a laureate, Cowell will “fight for books and children’s interests with passion, conviction, and action” with her bookish news worthy 10-Point Plan that will ‘take on TV’ and includes being read aloud to and being creative for at least 15 minutes each week. Continue reading the full announcement at BBC News.

Ellen DeGeneres to Produce Uprooted Adaptation

Warner Bros. has won the bidding war for the movie rights for Hugo Award-nominated fantasy novel Uprooted by Naomi Novak, who is also the author of the popular Temeraire series. Ellen DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman of A Very Good Production will produce the adaptation. Continue reading the full report at The Hollywood Reporter.

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Maverick TV Will Turn The Heritage into Docuseries

The Heritage: Black Athletes, a Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism by Howard Bryant is currently being adapted into a multi-part docuseries by Maverick TV with Sachs Jenkins and Jenkins’ production company Mass Appeal. Jenkins will also direct an episode and subsequent episodes will be directed by a different black director in order to provide a unique and personal perspective to the story. Continue reading the full announcement at Deadline.

Trump’s Tariffs Could Cause Bible Shortage in US

The Trump Administration’s most recent proposed tariffs on Chinese imports could result in a Bible shortage, according to publishers. The proposed 25% tariff would affect all books, but Bibles and children’s books would be disproportionately affected due to their specialized printing requirements. Critics say the tariff would make the Bible more expensive for consumers and would hurt Christian organizations that give away Bibles as part of their evangelism efforts. Continue reading the full report at USA Today.

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Debut Novel from P. Djèlí Clark is Coming

Hugo Award finalist and Alex, Nebula, and Locus Award winner P. Djèlí Clark will return to the historical fantasy universe from the novelette A Dead Djinn in Cairo in a full-length novel. Clark’s additional projects include the historical fantasy novella, Ring Shout, set in the violent summer of 1919 and currently untitled fantasy novella. Continue reading about Clark’s upcoming projects at Tor.

Where the Crawdads Sing is Top Book So Far in 2019

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens is the top-selling print book in the first half of 2019, according to reports from NPD BookScan. Published in August 2018, the novel has sold more than 1.1 million copies since its release with over 907,000 sold in 2019. Continue reading about all the top selling books so far in 2019 at Publishers Weekly.

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