Monday, September 15, 2014

Mailbox Monday 9/15/14


More books have arrived in the mail so it's time for another edition of Mailbox Monday!

I received these books two weeks ago.  But due to my busy schedule, I was unable to post them last week.  So here are the books I received from Kensington Publishing:


Do you see any books that you would like to read?  Hit me up at the comments section!  Thanks to Kensington for the books!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Book News You Can Use 9/12/14



Relax in Paradise Graham Joyce.

Congrats to all of the short-list nominees of the Booker Prize!

Here is the 20 most beloved books of all time...according to Facebook.

In light of what happened last week when a review about a book about slavery wasn't received well, what happens when book reviews don't go so well?

Former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly has a book deal.

YA author Jane Quin-Harkin says that 80s teen lit never gets old.

We are three weeks away from the Gone Girl movie and author Gillian Flynn interviews Rosamund Pike (who plays Amy) for Glamour.

Judge Judy is offering her new book for free.

There is a new project that will adapt novels to become television series.

Don't be surprised if the Lambly (also known as Mariah Carey's fans) come after Nick Cannon for leaving her name off a children's book they were suppose to write together.

A teen secretly publishes his mother's manuscript, which boosts her writing career. Please give him the Son of the Year award.

My friend VaLinda has done some (much deserved) traveling this summer and has posted pictures of her vacation, which includes meeting a few authors.

To celebrate for the 40th anniversary of For Colored Girls, an art exhibit inspired by the play will be at the Schomburg Center in New York City.

Usher and Scholastic have joined forces to try to get more young people to read. YEAH MAN.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Book News You Can Use 9/5/14


Relax in Paradise Joan RiversCharles Bowden and A. J. Langguth.

Labor Day is over which means lists of fall's anticipated books will be making their arrival.  Here is USA Today's.  And Jason Mott got featured in Wednesday's book section!

A teacher in Maryland was suspended from his teaching job for writing a book about a school shooting.  The school district said that is not the case.

Here are 10 things that happen when you can't put down a good book.

Sony Pictures has hired someone to find books and develop them into TV shows and movies.  That sounds like a cool job!

I'm still trying to figure out why there is a 50 Shades of Gray movie.  Why are there plans for a sequel and why is Kendall Jenner possibly up for a role?

Speaking of those who hustle on a regular basis, Nick Cannon is coming out with a poetry book for children.  And what's going to happen with that children's book he was working on with Mariah since they are separated?

In today's "What took you so long?" news, LeVar Burton is coming out with his first children's book.

You will see more of R. L. Stine's works on screens soon with a Mostly Ghostly movie out on DVD this week and a Goosebumps movie next year.  Can we get a Fear Street movie?

A comic artist has paid tribute to Dr. Seuss in a new book.

Maya Angelou's writings will be featured on an upcoming hip-hop CD.

Margaret Atwood is writing a book that is scheduled to be published in 2114. Yes, that is 100 years from now.

Looking for a place to buy books?  Don't want to go to a chain store or Amazon?  This directory might help!

What happens to your e-books, music, apps and other digital materials when you die?  The state of Delaware may have come up with an answer.

This 5-year-old has restored my faith in humanity.

The picture with Joan's quote comes from Cosmopolitan.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Book News You Can Use 8/29/14



Relax in Paradise Desmond O'Grady and Robert Sherrill.

Congratulations to Robert Hass for winning the Wallace Stevens Award (and the $100,000 that goes with it).  Congratulations also go out to the American Book Award winners.

The UK children's laureate (who happens to be Black) received racist taunts after calling for diversity in children's books.

Here is a New York Times review of Brown Girl Dreaming.

Speaking of children's books, check out an expert of Zero Degree Zombie Zone by Essence editor Patrik Henry Bass.  Headline on the top of the article's a little misleading.

Check out this new app that helps you find children's and YA books from African-American authors.

Here is an article (with audio) from NPR that talks about the struggle of achieving diversity in publishing.

Kobo is introducing a waterproof e-reader.  Didn't know there was a need for such things.

If you were watching the Emmys this week, you probably saw this new Gone Girl trailer.

The movie adaptation for Inferno (the sequel to Angels and Demons and The DaVinci Code) will start filming in April.

Zane's new book The Other Side of the Pillow has become a play and will make its debut in October (after Addicted comes out).

Hey, can Charleston County Public Library get a floating library?  Maybe I will bring it up at the next board meeting.

The oldest public library in America is in danger of closing.

Pastors in a town in Texas want some teens books removed from the local library because it deals with (in their words) the occult.

Robin Williams hasn't been dead a month and a biography is already in the works.

Was Suge Knight shot (again) over a book proposal?

Soccer star Tim Howard will be releasing a memoir (for adults and kids) in December.

Add children's author to Bruce Springsteen's many accomplishments.

Today would have been Michael Jackson's 56th birthday.  And with all that is going on in the world, this song has been on my mind lately.  Almost 20 years later, this song still have a relevant message.  Have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Book News You Can Use 8/22/14

Barnes and Noble and Samsung released their Nook tablet this week.  Those who have been reading the blog for a long time know I bought a Nook Color (the first tablet Barnes and Noble came out with) when it came out four years ago.  Even though I raved about it then, it is now showing its age (and the lack of power that it never really had).  I have been wanting to get an iPad for a long time because I have an iPhone and my work computer is a Mac. And I have been buying more ebooks on Amazon (I have the Kindle app on my phone, but small screens can be a struggle). But the $179 price for the Nook tablet had me thinking about buying one, compared to the $400+ price tag for an iPad.  But my coworker (who owns and knows everything Apple) talked me off the ledge.  So I guess I will wait and see what the new iPads will have next month.

Relax in Paradise Simin Benbahani and Samil al-Qasim.

Congrats to all of the Hugo Award winners!

Congratulations also go out to Margalit Fox and Kiese Laymon for winning the Saroyan Prize!

Winners and finalists of the National Book Awards will attend the Miami Book Fair International.

A new study shows that comprehension skills were worst for those who use e-readers.

A new college in Florida opened a library with no books. Sigh.

Laura Ingles Wilder's memoir for adults will be released in the fall. I thought it was called Little House on the Prairie. Oh wait. That's for kids.

James Brown's daughter recalls her painful childhood in a new memoir.

Teju Cole talks about rereading Baldwin's Stranger in the Village for the New Yorker.  And Lalia Lalami compares Notes of a Native Son to what's going on in Ferguson, MO.

One Plus One will be going on the sliver screen via New Line Cinema.

Publishers Weekly ran this story on Malaika Adero AFTER she was laid off.

A bookstore owner comes up with advice on how to sell diverse books.

Giovanni's Room, the country's oldest LGBT bookstore, has been saved!

One book is added every five minutes on Amazon.

Another reason why libraries rock: while schools have been closed in Ferguson, MO, libraries have been stepping up to the plate and educating the kids.

A reason to cheer for the Georgia Bulldogs (unless they are playing Carolina and especially on September 13) because one of their football players is a member of a book club.

You're never too old to write a romance novel.

Picture is from Publishers Weekly.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Mailbox Monday 8/18/14


I received a new book in the mail, so it's time for another edition of Mailbox Monday!

The book I received last week is Beyond the Velvet Rope by Tiffany Ashley.  As a matter of fact, I thought about buying this book a few weeks ago at Books A Million!  Thanks to Rock Inked for the book!

Are you interested in this book?  Hit me up in the comments sections!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Book News You Can Use 8/15/14



So like this famous scene from Network, I am mad as hell.

I'm mad as hell because a young African-American man can't walk the streets without being shot by police.  And people can't peacefully protest about said incident because police are coming out in riot gear and snipers.  And also try to block journalists from doing their jobs.

I'm mad as hell because a man who brought so much light and laughter to millions lost his battle to mental illness.

I'm mad as hell because it was announced that Malaika Adero at Atria was laid off this week.  This may cause a huge blow to the African-American literary scene, because a lot of the African-American themed books that are released are from Atria. Unless the books are from Strebor or Cash Money, most likely Malaika had a hand in it.  I'm also mad that Publishers Weekly buried this news to the bottom.

And I really should be happy because my baby cousin came into the world on Wednesday. But I'm still mad (and sad). Because my aunt, who died 10 years ago after fighting colon cancer, should have been here to see her first grandchild.  And also be here to send her youngest son off to his first day of high school.

But with all that being said, I am grateful to be in the land of the living.  Even though the world is in total chaos, there is still some good.  And you know one thing that does make life better and sweeter? Good books!

Relax in Paradise Lauren Bacall.

Since the new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory cover looks like something out of the Valley of the Dolls, BuzzFeed created alternative covers to children's classics.  And check out these Babysitters Club covers if they were to come out today.

Grumpy Cat has a new book and will be filming a movie that will be on Lifetime in time for the holidays. #catsstaywinning

Victoria Christopher Murray and ReShonda Tate Billingsley was on the Tom Joyner Morning Show last week talking about Brown Girls Publishing, with some pretty big news.

Zane talks about her new book and the movie adaptation of Addicted in this article.  And for those who live in South Carolina, she will be at the Sandhills Books-A-Million tonight and the Aiken and Sumter locations tomorrow.  And Carl Weber will be at the Forest Acres Barnes and Noble in Columbia on Thursday.

Gina Sheridan, author of "I Work at a Public Library" gives a list of 10 people public libraries can't live without.

What happens if you don't like a book that your friend loves? Here's a possible solution!

Yeah, I'm not impressed with the libraries with no books either.

Just in time for the release of The Giver, Lois Lowry says she's over dystopian novels.  She is not the first person I've heard who has said that.

Looks like the movie version of The Husband's Secret has taken a step closer to production.

Misty Copeland's A Life in Motion has been optioned for a movie with New Line Cinema.

We are less than two months away from the release of the Gone Girl movie. Entertainment Weekly has more news.

Lindsey Lohan says her memoir will be a trilogy. #goodluckwiththat

I though about reading Lisa Bloom's book Suspicious Nation (which is about the Trayvon Martin case). I picked it up from the library.  After a while I returned it because I didn't want to develop high blood pressure.  It would have made me very angry.  She gives her thoughts on the Michael Brown case and possible results of a federal investigation. #ferguson #handsup #dontshoot