Friday, July 25, 2014

Book News You Can Use 7/25/14

Relax in Paradise Thomas Berger and Nadine Gordimer.

Congratulations to all of the Booker Prize nominees and the African American Literary Awards Show nominees (shout-out to Rubicon Reader for making the Google Doc).

I'm looking forward to the movie adaptations of Wild and Gone Girl just like everyone else, but where's Addicted on this list?

Speaking on Addicted and its author Zane, she just signed a deal with Verge Entertainment.

And in case you forgot, before there was 50 Shades of Gray, there was Zane. And she did it better.

And speaking of 50 Shades of Gray, the trailer for the movie is out.  The best part of it was the remix to Crazy in Love.

Another day, another Amazon/Hatchette showdown story.

Speaking of Amazon, their new program is (suppose) to give Oyster a run for its money. Just go to the library, folks.

And speaking of Oyster, they have just launched a desktop version.

Jonathan Odell's first book is being republished by his agent.

Unlocking The Truth, a heavy metal band made out of 3 African-American boys, got a record deal and a book deal.

Looking for some new work from Caribbean authors? Here you go.

Picture is from Snorg Tees.  You can even buy the shirt for $20!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Mailbox Monday 7/21/14

I'm back from vacation and got a new book in the mail over the weekend!  Time for another Mailbox Monday post!

This ARC book, Ballroom, is courtesy of Harper Books.  Since this is the only book featured today, here's the synopsis from the publisher:
Told in interconnecting stories, Ballroom is a beautifully crafted debut novel—reminiscent of the works of Elizabeth Strout and Jennifer Haigh—about a group of strangers united by a desire to escape their complicated lives, if only for a few hours each week, in a faded New York City dance hall.
Time has eroded the glamour of the Ballroom, but at the end of the 1990s, a small crowd of loyal patrons still makes its way past the floor-to-ceiling columns which frame the once grand hall each Sunday evening. Sweeping across the worn parquet floor under a peeling indigo ceiling, these men and women succumb to the magic of the music, looking for love and connection, eager to erase the drab reality of their complicated lives.
Nearly forty and still single, Sarah Dreyfus is desperate for love and sure she’ll find it with debonair Gabriel Katz, a dazzling peacock who dances to distract himself from his crumbling marriage. Tired of the bachelor life, Joseph believes that his yearning for a wife and family will be fulfilled—if only he can get Sarah to notice him. Besotted with beautiful young Maria Rodriguez, elderly dance instructor Harry Korn knows they can find happiness together. Maria, one of the Ballroom’s stars, has a dream of her own, a passion her broken-hearted father refuses to accept or understand.
As the rhythms of the Ballroom ebb and flow through these characters’ hearts, their fates come together in touching, unexpected ways.
 Does this sound like a book you would like to read?  Hit me up at the comments section below!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Book News You Can Use 7/11/14

I'm taking a week off from work next week, but I'm not going anywhere.  Which means that I will be going on a staycation.  Besides a doctor's appointment and a dentist appointment, my calendar is pretty empty for most of the week.  Which means I have more time to read!

New Gone Girl trailer and movie posters!!

A writer feels that Gone Girl is "misogynistic literature" and wonders why most of the women (because she did forget one or two) have issues.  I do feel her sympathy for one of the main characters. (This article does contain spoilers).

And Sharp Objects will be adapted for a television show.

A man who wrote a book about surviving a bull run...was gored by a bull.

Identical covers in books happens. A lot.

A man was charged with assaulting Colum McCann.

Amazon ups the ante with Hatchette authors by offering to pay 100% of ebook profits.  And the Author's Guild is not happy.

The Fault in Our Stars is the top-selling book in every state....except Hawaii.

Two children's books have been banned from Singapore libraries for having unconventional families (which means same-sex parents in this case).

Friday, July 4, 2014

Book News You Can Use 7/4/14


I was heartbroken to find out about the passing of Walter Dean Myers.  For YEARS, he was one of the very few authors (especially in Young Adult fiction) who wrote about African-American kids and kids that didn't fit the cookie-cutter image of America.  Before their was #weneeddiversebooks and before social media even excised, he wrote about kids who could have lived right around the corner from us.  He wrote over 100 books, won five Coretta Scott King Awards and two Newberry Honors, and was recently the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature.  Condolences go out to his wife, sons, other family members and friends.  May he relax in paradise.  Here is a tribute from Ebony Magazine.

Relax in Paradise Dermot Healy and Louis Zamperini.

The American version of World Book Night has been suspended due to lack of funds.

Barnes and Noble is splitting their retail stores and Nook department.  #goodluckwiththat

Authors are weighing in on the dispute between Hatchette and Amazon. Meanwhile, there is a petition that puts the blame on the publishers.

Here is another think piece on why we need more diversity in children's books.

The Reading Rainbow Kickstarter campaign made over $5 million.

Allegations of plagiarism are never good, especially if you are a megachurch pastor.

Burt Reynolds is publishing a memoir next year.

Speaking on memoirs, replace the Duck Dynasty dude's memoir with George Clinton's, and this upcoming memoirs list will look a whole lot better.

Here are 50 signs you are addicted to reading.

Missing: the bench featured in The Fault in Our Stars movie.

I have one book event from months ago that I need to type up.  Also, I hope to have the Nina Foxx book event on the blog soon. Thanks to those who came out to the event on Wednesday. Have a happy and safe 4th of July Weekend!

Picture is from the New York Times.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Mailbox Monday 6/30/14

Received some more books in the mail over the weekend, so it's time for another edition of Mailbox Monday!

All of the books received were from Kensington Publishing.  They are (from left, top to bottom):

Bad Boy Seduction
What I Remember Most
Until I Saw Your Smile
The Perfect Affair
Another Woman's Man
Get Some
Want Some
Dead of Night
Put Your Diamonds Up
The Killing Kind

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

Friday, June 27, 2014

Book News You Can Use 6/27/14

Relax in Paradise Nancy GardenMary Rodgers and Allen Grossman.

Congratulations to Kwame Alexander for being nominated for the best fictional Young Adult book by American Libraries Association!!

In a major victory for libraries, Simon and Schuster will open e-book lending to all libraries.  You can read your Stephen King and Zane now.

Hatchette bought Peresus Books this week.

Terry McMillan is switching publishers, but both are under the Penguin Random House umbrella.

Good news for Vince Flynn fans: Mitch Rapp will live on.

Sophia Loren is releasing a memoir in time for the holiday season.

A short video of the Mitchell S. Jackson and Kiese Laymond event (that was in NYC last month) made its way to Vimeo this week.

Speaking of Mitchell, check out his review of Song of the Shank that was in the New York Times.

Here are five reasons why everyone benefits from diverse children's books.

I can understand where Troy from AALBC is coming from in this article.  However, there is two sides to every story and somewhere in the middle is the truth.  I'm not saying they are all like this, but I have been to events where there were African-American book sellers and it wasn't the world's best experience. (Here's an example.) With that being said, I can also understand why Essence Music Festival is using Wal-Mart to sell books (besides the fact that Wal-Mart's a sponsor).

Seth McFarlane will match donations in the Reading Rainbow Kickstarter campaign.

Nine-year-old Spenser Collins made a Little Free Library for his community.  Too bad his town didn't like it.  Fortunately for Spenser, a lot of people have rallied to his cause, including a well-known author.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Nina Foxx Coming to Charleston

Several weeks ago, I was contacted by Yolanda, who is a literary publicist for several African-American authors and Brown Girls Publishing.  She said she had an author who was interested in doing a book signing in Charleston and wanted to look for a location where it could happen.  She later told me it was Nina Foxx, who is coming to town in July for a visit.  I thought about places where it could happened and it dawned on me that I'm on the Board of Trustees for the county library.  We could have it at one of the libraries! Duh.

So I asked Gerald, who is over one of the library branches, to see if he can have it at his branch.  He was highly interested in having the event, as long as it wasn't during his vacation.  So I connected him with Yolanda via Facebook.  And a few days later we had a location, date and time!

Nina will be in (North) Charleston on July 2 (next Wednesday) at 6 p.m.  She will be speaking and signing her books, including her newest books Catfish and A Letter for My Mother.  She will also be singing books of her pseudonym, Cynnamon Foster.

If you are in the Charleston area (or know someone who lives in the area), please let them know about this wonderful event.  Hope to see you there!