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Audiobooks.com shared the new and upcoming titles — both fiction and nonfiction — that are most eagerly anticipated.
A pretty good list. Have you listened to any of them yet?
My first exposure to Iranian culture was the delicious tahdig my friend’s mother would make when I was lucky enough to be invited to dinner. As I savored the crunchy top layer of rice and the extraordinary flavor of a dish the rest of my family had never eaten, I had no idea I was experiencing a tiny connection to ancient Persia and its rich artistic, culinary, and literary history. For this installment of our Read Globally series, we’ve gathered a few stories that we hope spark your interest in the people, history, fables, and food of Iran, as well as some contemporary narratives from Iranian authors. If you’re feeling adventurous, we encourage you to make some tahdig of your own, then sit down and enjoy it while reading!
Novelist Judy Blume has closely guarded the film rights to her iconic children’s and young adult books for decades. Forever was turned into a TV movie back in the 1970s; there was a Fudge TV series in the 1990s, based on Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and its sequels, and Blume’s son Lawrence Blume mad an ABC Weekend Special of Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great and a feature from Tiger Eyes in 2012, but that’s it. For a writer with as many bestsellers as Blume, that’s basically unheard of. For instance, there are six feature films based on novels by I Am the Cheese author Robert Cormier. Now Blume has finally decided to let her books be made into movies, and, as Deadline reports, she’s found a home for the crown jewel of her backlist, Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret. Kelly Fremon Craig, who wrote and directed The Edge of Seventeen, and producer James L. Brooks will be adapting Blume’s seminal young adult novel, which has been beloved by young women and a perennial target of book banning campaigns since its publication in 1970.
I’ll be ready for this when it comes out!