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The Thursday Book Beat: American Gods Miniseries Finds a Home Among (the) Starz

Publisher takes on “Year of Publishing Women” Challenge

Writer Kamila Shamsie issued a call to publishers to publish only new books by women in 2018, the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in the United Kingdom. UK publisher And Other Stories has decided to take on this challenge, and good for them! The staff acknowledge that it’s a project that will require their attention starting this month, and are eagerly looking forward to the new writers they’re going to find:

Yes, electing 2018 as a women-only year will initially have that effect. We will have to start now, hunting for the women we want to publish, commissioning translations, and scheduling in the editing sessions. We will end up, we hope, publishing a few excellent women writers we might not otherwise have discovered. This will be a step in the right direction, and a source of pride for us. More women’s voices will be published, meaning that more will be eligible for awards. And if they’re successful in winning any of them, this will provide much greater visibility for female writers, and help inspire more creative women to follow in their footsteps.

Neil Gaiman’s American Gods miniseries lands at Starz

Shadow Moon and Mr. Wednesday will be joining fellow literary characters Claire and Jamie Fraser on the cable network. Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies) and Michael Green will be leading the development of the series, and have already begun a Twitter campaign to gather fan suggestions for possible Shadow Moon casting. Jason Momoa of Game of Thrones and Battlestar Galactica fame has taken an early lead in #CastingShadow, and I for one, would love to see an actor of color cast as the protagonist in this series.

Third-grade teacher resigns after parents protest his inclusion of gay fairy tale

Reading “King and King” was meant to be a teaching moment for Omar Currie’s class after Currie had noticed that “the word gay was being used in a derogatory way.” Unfortunately, it led to his resignation from the North Carolina elementary school, amid protests from parents and guardians who believed the book to be inappropriate for their children. A review committee’s decision to uphold Currie’s choice of literature had no effect on the protesters, and Currie stands by it, explaining that “[G]reat teachers pull text because it’s right for the moment.”

Paulo Coelho publishes ebooks with “Pay As You Wish” model