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An American Gods Coloring Book Is Coming Soon (Along With a Contest)

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It seems like no beloved TV show, movie, or book can avoid getting the coloring book treatment these days. In honor of its television debut, Neil Gaiman's American Gods is now being turned into a black and white book waiting for fans to add some color. The coloring book, which comes out April 25, features many of the beloved characters from Gaiman's world. The illustrations are done by Yvonne Gilbert, Jon Proctor, and Craig Phillips.

As Entertainment Weekly reports, the book's publisher, William Morrow Books, is holding a contest for American Gods fans. Three participants will be selected to win an American Gods-themed prize that will include a copy of the coloring book, a copy of American Gods, a paperback copy of Anansi Boys, and a Neil Gaiman tote bag. To enter, download one or all of the provided coloring pages here, and get coloring. Once you've added the finishing touches, upload the image to Instagram with the tag #americangodscoloringbook by May 3 at 11:59 p.m.

While you're waiting for the contest results, catch the new show on Starz, debuting on April 30.

Pre-order the coloring book on Amazon.

[h/t Entertainment Weekly]

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A Hamilton-Themed Cookbook is Coming
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Fans of Broadway hit Hamilton will soon be able to dine like the Founding Fathers: As Eater reports, a new Alexander Hamilton-inspired cookbook is slated for release in fall 2017.

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Called The Hamilton Cookbook: Cooking, Eating, and Entertaining in Hamilton’s World, the recipe collection by author Laura Kumin “takes you into Hamilton’s home and to his table, with historical information, recipes, and tips on how you can prepare food and serve the food that our founding fathers enjoyed in their day,” according to the Amazon description. It also recounts Hamilton’s favorite dishes, how he enjoyed them, and which ingredients were used.

Recipes included are cauliflower florets two ways, fried sausages and apples, gingerbread cake, and apple pie. (Cue the "young, scrappy, and hungry" references.) The cookbook’s official release is on November 21—but until then, you can stave off your appetite for all things Hamilton-related by downloading the musical’s new app.

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New Tolkien-Themed Botany Book Describes the Plants of Middle-Earth
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While reading The Lord of the Rings saga, it's hard not to notice J.R.R. Tolkien’s clear love of nature. The books are replete with descriptions of lush foliage, rolling prairies, and coniferous forests. A new botany book builds on that knowledge. Entertainment Weekly reports that Flora of Middle-Earth: Plants of J.R.R. Tolkien's Legendarium provides fantasy-loving naturalists with a round-up of plants that grow in Middle-earth.

Written by University of Florida botanist Walter Judd, the book explores the ecology, etymology, and importance of over 160 plants. Many are either real—coffee, barley, wheat, etc.—or based on real-life species. (For example, pipe-weed may be tobacco, and mallorns are large trees similar to beech trees.)

Using his botany background, Judd explores why Tolkien may have felt compelled to include each in his fantasy world. His analyses are paired with woodcut-style drawings by artist Graham Judd, which depict Middle-earth's flowers, vegetables, fruits, herbs, and shrubs in their "natural" environments.

[h/t Entertainment Weekly]

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