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The 21st Library of Congress National Book Festival is Sept. 17-26

Create your National Book Festival experience with the Library of Congress in 2021 by engaging in author conversations online, watching the broadcast special on PBS, listening to NPR podcasts, tuning in to Washington Post Live author interviews and attending a ticketed event at the Library. Join us for an expanded Festival, Sept. 17-26, a 10-day event with the theme, “Open a Book, Open the World.” Read more

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Priests fear bishop is possessed after he falls for writer of satanic erotica

A Spanish bishop known for performing exorcisms has resigned after reportedly falling in love with an author of satanic-themed erotic fiction, sparking fears among his former Catholic colleagues that he has been possessed by the devil. Read more

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LaKeith Stanfield will star in the new adaptation of Victor LaValle’s The Changeling

Apple TV+ today confirmed that not only has The Changeling—a fantastical urban horror drama based on Victor LaValle’s best-selling 2017 book of the same name—been given a series order, but that LaKeith Stanfield has been cast as the lead. The star of Atlanta, Sorry to Bother You, and Judas and the Black Messiah (for which he was Oscar nominated) seems (to me at least) the perfect choice to play Apollo Kagwa, a ruminative rare book dealer and anxious new father whose wife commits a terrible and incomprehensible act of violence before disappearing into the night, prompting Apollo to embark on a dangerous odyssey through New York’s supernatural underworld in an attempt to confront the supernatural evil that has torn his family apart. Read more

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Walter Mosley is writing a new The Thing series for Marvel

Another acclaimed novelist is getting into the Marvel business. Like Ta-Nehisi Coates and Benjamin Percy before him, Walter Mosley, who is primarily known for his mystery and crime fiction but who has written across multiple genres, including science fiction and erotic, is expanding his reach into the Marvel Universe. His six-issue series featuring The Thing will debut this November. Read more

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The Loch Ness monster may not exist, but such mythical beasts fascinate for good reason

Sirens, mermaids, the Phoenix and the Sphinx, dragons, griffins and unicorns, the Roc, the Kraken and the Wendigo, basilisks and gorgons, vampires, werewolves and Martian invaders — as Julie Andrews once sang, these are a few of my favorite things. Read more

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