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Catch up on this week's literary links.

Friday Reads

Photo: Mary-Louise Parker. Courtesy of Michael Loccisano / Getty Images.

Whether you’re looking for bookish events this weekend or up-to-the-minute releases, we’ve got you covered on the book front. Happy reading!


“The world doesn’t need another mean book. And I do love men,” actress Mary-Louise Parker tells The Daily Beast of her new book, Dear Mr. You. The book contains letters she has dedicated to the various men in her life, a charming change from the salacious gossip one usually reads in a book written by a Hollywood star.

The release of the newest Star Wars movie is just a month away, and everyone seems to want a piece of the pie. And we mean everyone. Former Obama official, Cass Sunstein, announces his plans to write a new Star Wars novel of his own. May the force be with you Sunstein!

Ever wonder what books some of the most powerful CEOs love to read? Two recent graduates from Wheaton College asked, and after receiving more than a hundred letters from our nations’ most successful, the two former students published a book of their own, filled with these very recommendations.

If you’re a fan of The Office and long for the days of watching Ryan “the temp” deal with Michael and Dwight, wait no more! Actor and author, B.J. Novak, is treating fans to a reading of his book, The Book With No Pictures, this weekend at The Strand. A purchased copy of the book is your ticket into the reading!

With great power, comes great responsibility … and now fans can have that power by entering this Superhero Comics Contest. Iconic superhero creator, Stan Lee has teamed up with LINE Webtoon and POW! Entertainment to give one SUPER fan the chance to create a comic of their own. Plus, Stan Lee offers his expert advice on how he goes about creating some of the greatest superheroes of all time.

Check out what this writer from Slate.com thinks libraries will be like in 2100.

A teen from Charlotte, North Carolina turns her experience with loss at a young age into a passion for helping others. At the age of 18, Charlotte Sanders adapts a play from her time at camp into a book that she hopes will help other kids deal with grief.

If you ever feel like you have too many things to do, just remember that Pope Francis has already published two books and has just recently completed his third! This time around, the Pope is giving us his first children’s book.

As the 2015-year comes to a close, The Washington Post looks back on a “Year Of Nostalgia” for the book world. With books like: Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman, and the popular craze of adult coloring books, this year was all about reminding adults what it’s like to be a kid again.

There is definitely no Bad Blood between Taylor Swift and the book world, as the pop singer just donated 25,000 new books to New York City Schools in need. This generous donation is in support of the “Open a World of Possible” reading initiative that hopes to inspire a love of learning and reading in children.

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Check back next week for more bookish links!

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