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Disney Picks Up Meghan Turner’s Novel ‘The Thief’

The Thiefacclaimed YA novel written by author Meghan Whalen Turner, has been optioned by Disney to make a live action adaptation.

Published in 1996, the fantasy is the first of the Queen’s Thief series, and follows a boy named Gen who, after being released from prison for stealing the King’s seal, a magus recruits him to steal a precious stone called Hamiathes’ Gift, which will allow the magus to claim the country of Eddis for his king. In exchange, he offers Gen worldwide renown, and threatens him with beheading if he attempts to escape.

Brian Duffield, who wrote such films as Underwater with Kristen Stewart and The Babysitter with Samara Weaving, is on board to write the adaptation, while Jim Whitaker, who produced such Disney properties as A Wrinkle in Time and Pete’s Dragon, is producing.

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As of yet there’s no release date, but the film is set to premiere on Disney+. While this is only for the first book of the series, it’s safe to say that we’ll be seeing the rest of the six-part series soon enough. However, it’s also equally possible that Disney will attempt to pull a Dark Tower or Percy Jackson, and try to condense several books in only a single movie. All we can do is wait and see!

 

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Black Booksellers Hurt and Angered by Tattered Cover Announcement

Earlier this week, Len Vlahos and Kristen Gilligan, previous owners of Tattered Cover, one of the country’s most iconic bookstores,  sold the store to Kwame Spearman and David Back. Spearman and Back formed a limited liability company, Bended Page, with “a diverse group of Colorado-based investors and national bookselling and publishing experts” on board. The thirteen investors include Oren Teicher, the retired CEO of the American Booksellers Association and John Sargent, departing Macmillan CEO. Teicher and Sargent are among a seven-member board of directors, headed by Back, its chair, and Spearman, installed as the store’s CEO.

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This announcement of the purchase was meet with a lot of criticism, especially by Black booksellers, because of the decision of the new owners to call the Tattered Cover the country’s largest Black-owned bookstore, which they say appears to be little more than a branding opportunity. This is because the majority of the ownership group’s members are white, and many, including Spearman and Back, come from the overwhelmingly white world of venture capital.

The store had been previously criticized be cause of their neutrality statement in response to to the killing of George Floyd.

During this very tumultuous year, Black booksellers have been at the forefront and have worked tirelessly to provide anti-racist titles to new white audiences. “I’m extremely offended. It’s a slap in the face to the work Black booksellers have been doing all this time, when we couldn’t get capital from banks to buy out existing businesses,” said Danielle Mullen, owner of Semicolon Bookstore in Chicago.

“It’s hurtful to Black booksellers who have been doing the hard work—and then they take the same credit without real Black representation. It’s disappointing and almost unbelievable. Especially with the history they have around the BLM protests and why they lost so many customers. It’s ridiculous.” She added: “It’s like if Jeff Bezos partnered with a Black person and then said, ‘Amazon is the biggest Black-owned business in the world.”

Justin Moore At Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books in Philadelphia, even though reluctant to blame the new owners, added: “Being a Black-owned bookstore is more than just whose name is on the ownership papers. Just a simple transfer of ownership doesn’t automatically qualify you to be a Black-owned bookstore in the same way that almost every Black-owned bookstore in the country operates.”

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