From DC Comics to the Taliban, bigotry takes forms not even Sherlock or Poirot could fathom.
Battle of the Beasts–the second book in Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini’s House of Secrets children’s fantasy trilogy—will be published next March.
Conservative radio talk show host and political commentator Rush Limbaugh has also written a children’s book, to be released October 29.
Meanwhile, Afghanistan’s ultra-conservative Taliban have murdered author Sushmita Banerjee, whose critical memoir about life under the regime was turned into a Bollywood film in 2003.
38 years after the last Hercule Poirot murder mystery, the late Agatha Christie‘s estate has authorized best-selling British author Sophie Hannah to pen a new novel.
If you’re a die-hard fan of Sherlock instead, you’ll be pleased to know Ian McKellen will star as Holmes in Bill Condon’s adaptation of Mitch Cullin’s A Slight Trick of the Mind. McKellen is known for his role as Magneto in the film adaptations of Marvel’s X-Men.
Marvel prominently featured gay marriage in one X-Men‘s issues last year. DC, however, can’t seem to take that step when it comes to Batwoman–which is why the creative team currently behind the comic have resigned.
Longtime gay-rights advocate Maya Angelou will not be pleased to hear this. At least she has The National Book Foundation’s 2013 award ceremony to look forward to–and so does E.L. Doctorow.
Lifetime Achievement awards are all well and good, but even great poets like Maya were once young and in need of something like a Ruth Lilly Fellowship. Check out this year’s winners here!
This article originally appeared on Zola Books.