The Thursday Book Beat: Jacqueline Woodson Named Young People’s Poet Laureate

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Nearly 70 authors, scholars, artists, and city leaders call for support for libraries

As New York City libraries continue to buckle under the need for renovations and lack of funding, 62 authors have signed a letter asking for the city’s support. Judy Blume, E.L. Doctorow, Toni Morrison, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and John Legend are just some of the names on the letter. Invest in Libraries’ campaign asks for a “$65 million restoration in operating expenses…and $1.4 billion in capital funding for critical renovations and maintenance” so that the branches can continue to support their communities.

Poetry Foundation honors Jacqueline Woodson as Young People’s Poet Laureate

Make way for Jacqueline Woodson! Straight off the joy of Brown Girl Dreaming being chosen for the 2014 National Book Award, Woodson has also been named Young People’s Poet Laureate. Her tenure will run for the next two years, and will involve the promotion of poetry to children, libraries and schools. She will also work closely with the Poetry Foundation on more projects to continue promoting poetry.

“Woodson’s lyrical, deeply empathetic work is enthralling to all readers, making her the ideal ambassador for young people’s literature,” Katherine Litwin, Poetry Foundation library director said in a release. “We couldn’t be more honored and excited to have her join us for the next two years in this important role.”

Full trailer for Mockingjay Part 2 drops

Real or not real? Katniss’ final trials seem very, very real in this trailer–the bits of it we’re allowed to see, that is. Book readers know what Katniss will suffer through in this last installment, and while there are definitely some scenes we could all probably do without, Mockingjay Part 2 promises to be just as compelling as the previous films.

Copy of new 50 Shades of Grey novel reportedly stolen from warehouse

With the swiftness of Christian Grey stealing into Ana’s mind, the thief allegedly stole a copy of the manuscript from a UK warehouse. But strangely enough, both of the printing companies employed by Random House, Clays and CPI Group, have denied any knowledge of the theft. It also seems a police report has yet to be filed or found in the country. Penguin Random House has not commented on the alleged theft.

Amazon Anonymous release video on worker treatment to coincide with Amazon’s annual general meeting

Alice Goffman crime book under scrutiny

Trailer for MACBETH released, featuring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard

The Stand miniseries to precede four movies

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