Category: Book Culture

Certain ‘GOT’ Actors Had to Submit Themselves for Emmy Consideration

Game of Thrones set a record last Tuesday when it received a record thirty-two Emmy nominations, breaking the record for the most nominations by a single program. In addition to writing and directing, several actors also got nominated for their work. One of the actors recently shared the story of how they got nominated.

First reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Gwendoline Christie, who plays Brienne of Tarth, was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. But her submission wasn’t made by HBO, but was submitted by the actress herself. The premium channel confirmed that they only submitted Lena Heady, Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner for consideration in the supporting actress category (all of whom got nominated). After realizing this, Christie decided to submit by herself.

 

Is is not uncommon for actors to submit themselves for consideration for major awards, but usually they are not considered unless submitted by a network.

Christie wasn’t the only one to submit themselves. Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy) and Carice van Houten (Melisandre) both submitted themselves for Emmy consideration and got nominated as well.

 

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Guess HBO should thank them for contributing to their massive nomination hall.

 

 

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Gene Yang’s ‘Superman Smashes the Klan’ Gets a Release Date!

Superman is our greatest superhero for good reason. His acts of heroism exist not only in the pages of comics or on the big screen, but in reality from time to time. After all, he once dealt a major blow to the Ku Klux Klan back in 1946.

 

 

The Adventures of Superman radio show was a hit in the 1940s and became an unexpected platform for combating the KKK. Activist Stetson Kennedy provided the show with inside information on the organization after attending meetings undercover. The show then included the information, which comprised of code words and sensitive details on the KKK’s activities while depicting Superman’s stand against the organization’s crimes and injustices. Membership and recruitment was reportedly reduced significantly as a result.

 

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, MacArthur Genius Grant winner, Eisner Award winner, and previous Superman writer Gene Luen Yang will be writing a three-part comic series based on the inspiring true story.

The Hollywood Reporter released preview pages and the description for Superman Smashes the Klan:

 

The year is 1946, and the Lee family has moved from Metropolis’s Chinatown to the center of the bustling city. While Dr. Lee is greeted warmly in his new position at the Metropolis Health Department, his two kids, Roberta and Tommy, are more excited about being closer to their famous hero, Superman!

While Tommy adjusts to the fast pace of the city, Roberta feels out of place, as she tries and fails to fit in with the neighborhood kids. As the Lees try to adjust to their new lives, an evil is stirring in Metropolis: the Ku Klux Klan. When the Lee family awakens one night to find a burning cross on their lawn, they consider leaving town. But the Daily Planet offers a reward for information on the KKK, and their top two reporters, Lois Lane and Clark Kent, dig into the story.

When Tommy is kidnapped by the KKK, Superman leaps into action — with help from Roberta! But Superman is still new to his powers — he hasn’t even worked out how to fly yet, so he has to run across town. Will Superman and Roberta reach Tommy in time?

 

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Yang elaborated on the impact of the ‘Clan of the Fiery Cross’ arc, describing the radio show’s effect on the real world injustices of the time and the effect it had on Superman’s development into an American icon. Few writers have captured the goodness beneath the Man of Steel the way that Yang has in recent years, and the positivity that ripples from the hero’s triumphs.

 

One of the things about the Superman radio show, and the original version of this story, is that it actually comes relatively early in Superman’s career. He was first published in 1938, and the story was broadcast around 1946, so that’s just eight years, and he was already a worldwide phenomenon. And especially in America, he was wildly popular. But I do feel that the Superman that we all know and love today, he wasn’t quite formed yet [at that time].

There were still pieces of him that were being solidified. And as much as the radio show impacted the real world in terms of bigotry and racism, it also helped shape Superman’s character. It was at this point where Superman really did become a symbol of American tolerance, American justice and American hope.

 

Superman Smashes the Klan arrives October 16th.

 

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Attention Upper East Siders! Gossip Girl Is Coming Back!

A new version of Gossip Girl will be premiering on AT&t’s upcoming streaming service.

In April of 2002, Cecily von Zeigesar came out with Gossip Girl. A young adult novel, the story followed a group of Manhattan’s elite teens whose escapades are chronicled on the blog Gossip Girl. The book grew into a series which  ended in 2011 with the publishcation of the last novel.

 

The Gossip Girl collection
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The success of the series is due in huge part to the popular series adaptation starring Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Chase Crawford, Ed Westwick, Penn Badgley and Taylor Momsen.

 

Gossip Girl series

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Created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, the series adaptation of the same name ran on The CW network for six seasons. Unfortunately, the last two season didn’t do well enough in terms of viewership and the show was cancelled following the release of the final season on December 17th 2012.

 

 

Thanks to the ever-changing nature of the internet in general and social media in particular, the show has received new relevance, so much so that HBO Max subscribers will be treated with a new version of Gossip Girl. Taking place eight years after the original series, the story “will follow a new generation of will follow a new generation of New York private school teens who rely on a new Gossip Girl blog”.

So turns out it’ll be an be an extension of the original show!

 

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Joshua Safran, creator of the ABC drama thriller series Quantico and executive producer and showrunner for the Netflix musical television series Mixtape, is set to executive produce and write the show. Other executive producers include Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage, Leslie Morgenstein, and Gina Girolamo.

 

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Lis Rowinski will serve as co-executive producer, who produced Marvel’s Runaways.

No information on casting or the release date have been announced thus far.

 

 

The subscription service is slated for a beta launch in the fall and is expected to launch in full in 2020. Details about the upcoming streaming service are under wraps, but Indie Wire tells us that “industry chatter says the subscription service could launch at a price point of $16-$17 per month and bundle HBO, Cinemax, and include a library of Warner Bros. films and shows.”

Can you wait for this new show?

 

xoxo

Gossip Girl

 

 

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Check Out These Awesome Nonfiction Books Just Waiting to Be Read!

Each week, Bookstr scans bestseller lists across the Internet to learn what people are reading, buying, gifting, and talking about most — just so we can ensure consistent, high quality recommendations. This week’s nonfiction picks are bestsellers, and showcase what’s resonating with audiences right now! Pick these up to see what everyone is talking about!

 

5. The Unwinding of the miracle by Julie Yip-Williams

 

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The Unwinding of the Miracle by Julie Yip-Williams tells of  her rocky beginnings to finding her path in life against all expectations. Born blind in Vietnam, she narrowly escaped death at the hands of her own grandmother before fleeing the political upheaval in her country in the 1970s. She eventually made it to the USA and started a family, but then, tragedy struck. She was diagnosed with terminal colon cancer and a difficult journey began. She sought guidance and finding none, began to write for herself, channeling her emotions into her work. Telling her story in a sprawling narrative, Julie offers guidance, joy, and channels her rage into cleansing, passionate anger. As inspiring as it is tear-jerking, this is a must-read.

 

4. Unicorn by Amrou Al-Kadhi

 

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Unicorn by Amrou Al-Kadhi is a heart-wrenching and hilarious memoir about a young Muslim boy’s journey to becoming a proud, fearless drag queen. As a young boy, Amrou realized he was different when he found himself attracted to other boys, something his parents did not take kindly too and took strict measures to control him. But Amrou didn’t abandon his identity and through understanding marine biology, he accepted his own non-binary gender identity. Covering the relationship between Amrou, the world around him, and his own mother, this is a deeply enriching exploration of sexual identity that is an astounding read.

 

3. The Heat of the moment by Sabrina Cohen-Hatton

 

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The Heart of the Moment by Sabrina Cohen-Hatton is a look into the life of a firefighter through the lens of a rare female firefighter.Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton has been a firefighter for eighteen years. She decides which of her colleagues rush into a burning building and how they confront the blaze. She makes the call to evacuate if she believes the options have been exhausted or that the situation has escalated beyond hope. This is her astonishing account of a profession defined by the most difficult decisions imaginable.Sabrina uses her award-winning research to reveal the skills that are essential to surviving – and even thriving – in such a fast-paced and emotionally-charged environment.

 

2. Underland by Robert Macfarlane 

 

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Underland by Robert Macfarlane has been called the author’s masterpiece and it’s not hard to see why. A celebrated author of nonfiction books exploring the intersection between human nature and the natural world, with his new book Macfarlane delivers a downright epic exploration of Earth’s underworlds as they exist myth, literature, and nature itself. Exploring the sea caves of Greenland to the catacombs of Paris and underground fungal networks that run beneath the planet. Woven into these travels are stories about man’s relationship to the underground world, from cave paintings to divers to cave explorers and so much more. This is a fascinating, breathtaking novel you owe it to yourself to check out.

 

1. Love thy Neighbor by Ayaz Virji

 

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Love Thy Neighbor by Ayaz Virji is a timely book in today’s racially charged American climate. The author was living a comfortable life at an East Coast hospital in a big city but was forced to move to a small town in Minnesota to address the shortage of doctors in rural America. In 2016, this decision was tested when Donald Trump campaigned and the town swung in his favor. Some of the author’s most loyal patients began turning against him, questioning whether he belonged among them. Virji wanted out. But in 2017, just as he was lining up a job in Dubai, a local pastor invited him to speak at her church and address misconceptions about what Muslims practice and believe. That invitation has grown into a well-attended lecture series that has changed hearts and minds across the state, while giving Virji a new vocation that he never would have expected. This is a powerful novel about the consequences of toxic politics and the racism inherent across America, while pushing for a path to acceptance.

 

 

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Do You Know About The Hazrat Shah Waliullah Public Library?

Ever heard of the Hazrat Shah Waliullah Public Library? It’s a marvelous sight to behold.

 

A book from the Hazrat Shah Waliullah Public Library
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Located in Delhi, India is the Hazrat Shah Waliullah Public Library. It’s a “community library containing about 15,000 books in Arabic, Persian, Urdu and even Hindi” that serves as a light guiding those in need. Tucked away in old Delhi, the Hazrat Shah Waliullah Public Library might physically be a tiny space, but its impact is huge.

In addition to housing a 700-year-old commentary on logic in Arabic, the Library also has old manuscript in Arabic, Urdu, Persian, Hindi, and English. A wealth of information, the BBC notes that the Library “plays host to poetry readings and lively discussions on art, culture and politics”.

 

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It’s a place where men and women are equal, where there are no rules regarding noise level. In fact, conversation is encourages. It’s place to discuss ideas.

 

 

Old Delhi
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Considering the surrounding area has “a pervading sense of stagnancy” that’s led by the “apathetic attitude of the administration,” the Shah Waliullah Library serves as a light guiding those in need towards it.

With regards to its history, Mohammed Naeem, President of the Delhi Youth Welfare Association (DYWA) recalls how he and others “[wanted] to change the fate of our locality. We thought there was no better way to do this than by opening a library.”

 

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They did so in 1990, registering as the Delhi Youth Welfare Association (DYWA). Immediately they go to work, started with newspapers and magazines from their homes before adding books from Sunday book markets.

 

A group of civil society leaders and social activists, at Hazrat Shah Waliullah Public Library,
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From there, everything just grew and grew. In regards to the name, Hindustan Times writes that “Abdul Hadi, a local resident who was then a clerk with Jamia Millia Islamia University, suggested they name the library after the revered Islamic scholar Shah Waliullah”.

From there, The Shah Waliullah got many donations, many books coming “in backpacks, on bicycle carriers, in cycle rickshaws, tied up in cloth; new, jumbled, torn”.

 

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And that’s how the Hazrat Shah Waliullah Public Library came to be. Home to about 20,000 books, the store no,w according to Mohammed Naeem, “[provides] extra classes for children around here, supply books, give free counselling and even apply to colleges and often pay their fees”.

You can visit their Facebook here!

 

 

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