Margot Lee Shetterly Will Write At Least Two More Books


Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures became a movie adaptation that earned Oscar nominations; now, she has the opportunity to tell more stories.

If you haven’t actually taken the time to pick up Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures, you may want to move the book up your to-read list. Why? It won’t be her only book. As announced today in an emailed press release, she will write at least two more books for Viking.

The release primarily elaborated on the upcoming second book. Though it doesn’t have a title, it will look at the Adams family of Baltimore, headed up by William Adams. The Baltimore Brew details more of his life. Additionally, the book will tell the story of the Murphy family and The Afro-American, the newspaper which is still in publication today and has been since 1892.

In some ways, it seems like a wider subject than that of Hidden Figures. Per the press release, although the focus will be on the families, Shetterly aims to also tell the story of Baltimore as a city. The press release didn’t detail a publication date, but it’s something to keep an eye on in the future.

As for the third book, all that was announced at this time was that she will continue to look for more people like Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughan, the three mathematicians of NASA that feature in Hidden Figures. Since the press release details that the book became a New York Times bestseller, and since we know the movie made the National Board of Review’s top movies of 2016 list, there’s plenty of interest in more stories like these. At this time, we don’t know if there are plans for further film adaptations, though it’s certainly likely based on Hidden Figures’ topping the box office this past January. (Those three Oscar nominations certainly won’t hurt, either.)

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Will you keep Shetterly’s new books in mind?