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n June 11, StarWars.com announced a new book slated to release toward the end of 2020 -- a surprise, to be sure, but we’re not complaining!

To celebrate 40 years since the release of George Lucas’s second Star Wars film, Del Rey is treating fans to an anthology of short stories called From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back.Like the From a Certain Point of View anthology that came before it, this collection of stories will all take place during the events of the film it supplements. While Luke, Han, and Leia are off having their own adventures, readers will get to see the film’s events unfold from the perspectives of lesser-known characters involved.

From StarWars.com:

“On May 21, 1980, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back made its theatrical debut. To celebrate the classic film’s landmark 40th anniversary, StarWars.com presents “Empire at 40,” a special series of interviews, editorial features, and listicles. The anthology series From a Certain Point of View is set to return with From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back, celebrating 40 years of Episode V.”
From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes back cover
Credit: StarWars.com

Authors took to Twitter after the announcement to unofficially announce their involvement, and StarWars.com published their list of confirmed authors the following week. We now have a finalized list of the 40 authors confirmed for the book:

  • Tom Angleberger 
  • Sarwat Chadda
  • S.A. Chakraborty 
  • Mike Chen
  • Adam Christopher
  • Katie Cook
  • Zoraida Córdova
  • Delilah S. Dawson
  • Tracy Deonn
  • Seth Dickinson
  • Alexander Freed
  • Jason Fry
  • Christie Golden
  • Hank Green
  • Rob Hart
  • Lydia Kang
  • Michael Kogge
  • R.F. Kuang
  • C.B. Lee
  • Mackenzi Lee
  • John Jackson Miller
  • Michael Moreci
  • Daniel José Older
  • Mark Oshiro
  • Amy Ratcliffe
  • Beth Revis
  • Lilliam Rivera
  • Cavan Scott
  • Emily Skrutskie
  • Karen Strong
  • Anne Toole
  • Catherynne M. Valente
  • Austin Walker
  • Martha Wells
  • Django Wexler
  • Kiersten White
  • Gary Whitta
  • Brittany N. Williams
  • Charles Yu
  • Jim Zub

If you want to learn more about this project, visit the #FromACertainPOVStrikesBack hashtag on Twitter.

StarWars.com also announced that all proceeds for this book will go to First Book, a nonprofit organization that provides books and educational materials to young readers.

“To further celebrate the launch of this book and both companies’ longstanding relationships with First Book, Penguin Random House will donate $100,000 to First Book, and Disney/Lucasfilm will donate 100,000 children’s books — valued at $1,000,000 — to support First Book and their mission of providing equal access to quality education.”
From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back collage by Youtini
Credit: Youtini

From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back is available for pre-order now, and will be available in stores and online November 10.

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