Friday, April 18, 2014

Book News You Can Use 4/18/14

Happy National Library Week!  Here are stories from CNN and NPR commemorating this awesome week.


Congratulations to all of the award winners and nominees! We have the Library of Congress Prize, the Go On Girl Award, the Carnegie Medals and the Pulitzer Prizes.

I wouldn't pay this much money for an iPad with every single last bell and whistle, much less pay $1100 for an e-reader.  And who buys Sony e-readers anyway?

The relationship between libraries and publishers regarding e-books are improving, but still have a long way to go.

Written Magazine did an interview with Pearl Cleage regarding her new book.  And here's an article from Shelf Awareness.

I was sad that I had to miss Eric Jerome Dickey during his time in South Carolina Wednesday (I either need him come on the weekend or visit Charleston. PLEASE!).  But before he came to Sumter and Columbia, he came to Atlanta.  Here is photographic evidence (and he's cut off his locks!).  And he stopped by WLTX before he greeted the people of the Capital City.

GONE GIRL TRAILER!!

While promoting the TV movie for A Day Late and A Dollar Short (which airs on Lifetime tomorrow night), Terry McMillan said that she thinks that plans for the Getting To Happy movie is pretty much DOA.  This makes me happy for the sole reason that my expectations for the movie weren't high anyway.  And here is her interview on Good Day LA.

Looking for some children's fantasy books with African-Americans?  Here you go.

One YA author compares the publishing industry to something like Hunger Games.

I have been hearing good things about Bedrock Faith, so I may have to check it out.  Here is a very positive review (but it does contain spoilers).

For all of you basketball and sports biography fans, there is a new book coming out about Michael Jordan.

Do you want to know how much of a book addict you are?

An article published several weeks ago discussed the state of Black-owned independent book stores.  But then, we live in a world where Barnes and Noble and Books-A-Million are hurting too. And Charleston's Black book store closed when Clinton was still in office.  Anyhoo, Rashid Darren (who's an author) talked about his experience in dealing with independent stores (one Black, one gay-themed).  Any blog post that has both Nikki Giovanni and Grumpy Cat is alright with me.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Book News You Can Use 4/11/14

Relax in Paradise Mary Cheever, Sue Townsend and Peter Matthiessen.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez has been released from the hospital.

Congratulations to all of the RT Award winners and nominees!

Should a Black writer write White characters?

Pearl Cleage's memoir was released this week.  The Root has a story about it.

Hillary Clinton's book will be released in June.

Marina Keegan's life ended too soon but she did leave behind essays, stories and life lessons for all of us to enjoy.
Here is a story on CNN's website regarding diversity in YA.

Looks like children's literature is a man's world.

Read about how fast the process was for The Returned to be published and adapted to a TV show.  It usually doesn't happen this fast.

The author line-up has been announced for the National Book Festival.

Does anyone want to sponsor me in going to Jamaica next month for a book festival?

I guess we were so busy with the Cooper River Bridge Run, Flowertown Festival and DigSouth that I didn't know that there is a self-publishing conference in town next week.

There are book trailers, but Mitchell S. Jackson did one better and did a documentary.

Congratulations and a special OO-OOP goes out to Brenda Jackson, who became a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. last week via the Jacksonville (FL) Alumnae Chapter.

And speaking of famous Deltas, there is a new book that focuses on parallels between African-American female singers and literature.  This video focuses how Nikki Giovanni and Aretha Franklin are connected (besides being honorary sorors).

Friday, April 4, 2014

Book News You Can Use 4/4/14



Happy Birthday Maya Angelou! Here are quotes that will inspire you!

Congrats to Karen Joy Fowler for winning the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction!

Prayers go out to Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who is in the hospital.

For those who haven't gotten enough Harry Potter: a spinoff book will be adapted into three movies.

Want to raise funds for a book event without leaving your computer?  Here's your chance by sponsoring the Black Authors and Readers Rock Weekend.

Michael Connelly's Bosch series will be adapted for shows on Amazon.

And Aisha Tyler's Self-Inflicted Wounds may be heading to CBS. Hope it's better than the sitcom they tried to make out of Chelsea Handler's books.

Rainbow Rowell's novel Eleanor and Park will be turned into a movie by Dreamworks.  This made my YA librarian friends very happy.
Heidi Durrow does a question-and-answer interview with Queen Sugar author Natalie Baszile.
Pearl Cleage's new book and one of my recent Mailbox Monday books are two of PopSugar's featured new books for the month of April.


Here are 15 books about libraries and librarians!

A former Jeopardy champ is buying a book store in Seattle.

Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers has penned a memoir!  So will Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston.

Nelson Mandela's former aid will write a memoir about working with the icon.

This article highlights publishers who are working to diversify children's books.

Picture from One Life Success.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Mailbox Monday 3/31/14



 More books arrived last week, so it is time for another edition of Mailbox Monday!

All of the books listed are from Random House. Two are ARCs and one is a Goodreads win.

And The Dark Sacred Night
Astonish Me
Every Day is for the Thief (this is the book I won on Goodreads)

Do you plan to put any of these books on your to-be-read list?  Drop me a line at the comments section!  Thanks Random House for the books!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Book News You Can Use 3/28/14

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Monday was the 102nd birthday of Dorothy Height.  And as you can see from above, she was honored with her own Google Doodle.  She was an activist for civil and women's rights, the long-time leader of the National Council of Negro Women and worked on the national staff for the YWCA.  And did I mention that she was the 10th National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc?  And if you want to read about her incredible life, her autobiography Open Wide The Freedom Gates will be a great start.

Relax in Paradise Lawrence Teacher and Ken Forsse.

Congrats to all of the nominees for the RITA Awards and the winners of the Anisfield-Wolf Awards.

Here are 30 classic books to inspire African-American kids.

Whoever wrote this article about five books by five Black authors that should be made in movies:  THANK YOU!!  But I would need a 32 Candles movie before an Awesome Girl's Guide movie.

Two Black authors will see their books become movies: Rachel Renee Russell and Rebecca Walker.

An author tells HuffPo what happens when your book is turned into a TV show.

Check out this article about the awesome world of book clubs.

And some of the worst things that this writer said about being in a book club are some of the best things about being in a book club.

A rare Tennessee Williams story was recently published.

Did you get your e-book refund this week? I did!

Here is a review of the new book about Stokely Carmichael.

Nikki Giovanni talks to Sway about her new book and her love of Hip-Hop (especially Tupac).

A photographer is coming out with a book that has pictures of libraries.

Bookish is now being used at the New York Public Library.

Diesel, an ebooks store, has bit the dust.

Speaking of stores closing, rent has gotten so high in Manhattan that booksellers are leaving.

A Gone With the Wind prequel featuring Mammy will be released in October.

Amy Poehler was named honorary chairperson for World Book Night.

Can't wait to get Nelson George's book about Soul Train! Here is an article about the book.

The 50th anniversary of Harriet the Spy will be celebrated with an art exhibit.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Book News You Can Use 3/21/14


Several months ago at the National Conference on Health Disparities (the conference that sent me to St. Thomas), I heard from several panelists regarding human trafficking for labor and sexual purposes.  The one that touched me the most was hearing from Lisa Williams, who is the founder of Living Waters and Circle of Friends in Atlanta.  For the last several years, Lisa has helped girls escape sex trafficking, violence and street life.  Everyone was moved when she discussed the human sex trade among young girls and what they go through.

All of this started to come back while I was reading Anybody's Daughter by Pamela Samuels Young. The Image Award-winning books is about a 13-year-old girl who is kidnapped and winds up in the human sex trade.  Her uncle, along with his girlfriend (who is the main character), tries to find her.  It's sad that what is happening to girls around the world is not fiction.  I am reading this book for my book club and we will probably have a lively discussion tonight.

Relax in Paradise Lucius Shepard.

Congratulations to NoViolet Bulawayo for winning the PEN/Hemingway Award for Best Debut! And Mitchell S. Jackson was a finalist!

Speaking of Mitchell, check out his essay in Salon on how he survived the streets of Portland.

Walter Dean and Christopher Myers asks where are the people of color in children's books in New York Times opinion pieces here and here.

This essay by Kiese Laymon and his mom is cute. And the title reminds me of a Kanye song.

Check out this New York Times video of Helen Oyeyemi explaining the inspiration of her new book, Boy, Snow, Bird.

Divergent came out in the theaters today. But is the YA boom dwindling in both books and movies?

Speaking of YA movies, the trailer for The Giver is out!

Congratulations to Kwame Alexander for the release of his new book! Check out a story about The Crossover in the Washington Post.  For those in the Charleston area, he will be doing a book signing for his new book at Blue Bicycle Books on March 28.

Can't believe that BuzzFeed only came up with 33 reasons why you're addicted to books.

Ralph Ellison would have turned 100 this month.  This essay in The Root explains why Ellison's work and legacy still matters.

I just found out that I won Every Day Is For the Thief on Goodreads.  Here is a NY Times article about the book's arrival to the U.S.

The author of Pippi Longstocking will appear on Swedish money.

In last week's Book News, I talked about Jason Mott and how his book has been turned to a hit TV show.  Here is an interview from last year in Shadow and Act.

Here is video of Wednesday night's conversation between Zadie Smith and Chimamanda 

Ngozi Adichie at the Schomburg Center.

I don't know what two blog posts spoke to me this week: Read For Pleasure's post on the lack of diverse books in independent book stores or RubiconReader's take on authors not editing their work.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Mailbox Monday 3/17/14

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  Several new upcoming releases came in the mail last week so here is another addition of Mailbox Monday!

From Kensington Books:
Perfect Timing



From Harper Books:
The Year She Left Us


The Heiresses (This is from the author of the Pretty Little Liars series!)



From Pantheon Books:
The Other Language



Do you plan to put any of these book on your to-be-read list?  Hit me up at the comments section!  Thanks to the publishers for the ARCs!