Michelle Yeoh, Beyoncé, Wonder Woman, the Magnetic Fields, G.L.O.W., and a whole lot more. Mark your calendars.
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Maris Kreizman, Editorial Director, Book of the Month Club
My favorite book that I never thought would be a TV series but more importantly never ever expected to be More Relevant Than Ever is The Handmaid's Tale. Hulu's adaptation of Margaret Atwood's dystopian masterpiece starring Elisabeth Moss airs in April. I hope it isn't merely an echo of what America looks like by then. In the meantime, "Nolite te bastardes carborundorum," or, "Don't let the bastards grind you down."
Syreeta McFadden, writer
Light always combats darkness. And while the political climate may augur extremely dark times to come, I resist surrendering to those forces, because we have great art and culture works on the horizon. As far as books in 2017 that I'm excited will be in the world, Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah's The Explainers and The Explorers, Morgan Parker's There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé, Safia Elhilo's The January Children, Melissa Febos' Abandon Me, and George Saunders' Lincoln in the Bardo. This year, while crappy, managed to yield an abundance of great music from Jamilah Woods, Noname, Frank Ocean, Solange, Chance, Radiohead, Beyoncé, A Tribe Called Quest, Anderson Paak, Blood Orange, James Blake, and, and... that I feel really fortified entering 2017 on that end. Ah! A web series I'm really excited to see debut next year is Brown Girls, set in the South side of Chicago and centering on the friendship of two women of color. Also, the I'm Not Your Negro documentary!
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