Penguin Random House


The Selena Gomez & Lizzo “96 Facts” Books Are Out NOW!

As you might know, for about a year and a half (and counting), I’ve been writing a series of middle-grade celebrity biographies called the “96 Facts” series for Penguin Random House. The first two “96 Facts” books came out in September 2023. Well, the third and fourth “96 Facts” books came out TODAY. They are 96 Facts About Selena Gomez and 96 Facts About Lizzo. Both books are illustrated by the incomparable Risa Rodil.

So if you or someone you love is a Selenator or a Lizzbian, then you (or someone you love) might really like to get a copy of one or both of these books. Anyway, they’re both on sale now.

And speaking of the “96 Facts” series: back in December, the first book in the series – 96 Facts About Taylor Swift – appeared on the USA Today Best-selling Booklist. Things were quite hectic in December, so I didn’t get to mention it back then. But I’m mentioning it here! And you can’t stop me!

Also, if you liked Timothée Chalamet’s performance in Dune: Part 2 (and who didn’t), you might also like 96 Facts About Timothée Chalamet, the second book in the series, which came out at the same time as the Taylor Swift book. Read all about the Lisan al Gaib! (Or whatever.)


“Words, Images, & Worlds” Podcast Interview!

Earlier this year, I was a guest on an episode of the “Words, Images, & Worlds” podcast, where host Jason DeHart interviewed me. During the interview, we chatted about some of my recent projects, my writing process, and my many theories on what makes Batman tick. Or, as Jason put it in his official description of the episode:

“Author Arie Kaplan talks about writing comics, television, and more, including stories of his creative journey and unexpected turns.”

Anyway, the episode is out NOW!

Check out the YouTube version of the episode HERE.

And listen to the Apple Podcasts version of the episode HERE.

BTW, if you do listen to the interview, you’ll notice that towards the end of it, I briefly mention that the next couple of “96 Facts” books will be coming out soon. They’re actually coming out VERY soon. As in, tomorrow. Yup, 96 Facts About Selena Gomez and 96 Facts About Lizzo will both be published tomorrow, Tuesday, March 5th, 2024, by Penguin Random House. Both books are written by me and illustrated by the amazing Risa Rodil.

And just in case you don’t know:

The “96 Facts” series is a line of middle-grade nonfiction celebrity biographies. The first two “96 Facts” books, 96 Facts About Taylor Swift and 96 Facts About Timothée Chalamet, came out in September of 2023. All of the “96 Facts” books are written by yours truly and illustrated by Risa Rodil.


“Minecraft: Mobs in the Mansion” is out NOW!

Time is a construct. However, it’s OUR construct. (“Ours” as a society, I mean.) So as we use this imperfect system called a “calendar” to mark our time here on this tainted blue orb we call Earth, I wanted to wish all of you a Happy New Year!

And not to turn these totally warm and earnest new year wishes into a blatant narcissistic plug for a new project, BUT – how to say this non-narcissistically? – I have some news to share:

I wrote a Minecraft children’s book called Mobs in the Mansion, which was published today by Penguin Random House. It was illustrated by the amazing Alan Batson. Here’s the official publisher description of the book:

Journey into the world of Minecraft in this Step 3 Step into Reading, the only official leveled reader series based on Minecraft, one of the world’s best-selling video games!

Minecraft® is one of the best-selling video games of all time! And now learning to read has never been more fun for players of the game ages 4 to 7. They’ll get a great introduction to the game’s most mysterious biomes when two players, Emmy and Birch–and their tame wolf Byte–set out on an epic adventure to explore a dark Minecraft mansion!

And if you want to know more:

Check out the book’s page on the Penguin Random House site.

Check out the Amazon page for the book.

Last but definitely not least, feel free to check out some of the other books I’ve written for Penguin Random House.



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