Monday, August 31, 2015

Mailbox Monday 8/31/15

New books came in the mail last week, so it's time for another edition of Mailbox Monday!

Two of the books featured today are ARCs from Harper Books for books that will be released in October.  The other is a book I won on Facebook several weeks ago through DAW.

All The Stars in Heaven
The Book of Phoenix

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

Friday, August 28, 2015

Book News You Can Use 8/28/15

Relax in Paradise Tony Gleaton and Soror Amelia Boynton Robinson.

This year's Hugo Awards brought a whole lot of drama.  And here's a nice little reminder that women have always been in science-fiction.

People who live in Harper Lee's hometown are concerned about the lawyer who has been handling her affairs.

An African-American book club was removed from a Napa wine train tour.  The company apologized, but the damage has already been done.

This article talks about the history of African-American romance novels.

African-American editor and publisher Dawn Davis talks about her career in the publishing industry.

Jonathan Alter is working on a biography of President Jimmy Carter.

Model Beverly Johnson's memoir was released this week.  Here is an interview with Time.

One book that has been getting press is the memoir Negroland.  Read about it here and here.

Another book that has been getting press (and a brand new movie deal) is the YA book Everything Everything.

Lisbeth Salander lives!

Tina McElroy Ansa was not here for You Don't Have to Live Like This.

Poet Claudia Rankie interviewed Serena Williams for the New York Times and was interviewed for BuzzFeed.

Casting has started for the Girl on the Train movie, with the primary female roles already casted.

Some Duke freshmen refuse to read Fun House, citing religious beliefs.  At least it's the students and not parents and state legislators.

Tomorrow is the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.  Jesmyn Ward reflects on survival since the storm hit her beloved Gulf Coast.

In non-book news, tomorrow is also Michael Jackson's birthday!  Happy Birthday to the King of Pop!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Book News You Can Use 8/21/15

Relax in Paradise Julian Bond and Russell Poole.

Congrats to the nominees of the First Novel Prize and the St. Francis College Literary Prize!

Sir Elton is not here for banning LGBT books.

Other writers are not here for Jonathan Franzen's recent comments.

Remember the story about Pat Conroy opening a gym?  A medical scare inspired him to live a healthier life, which eventually lead him to open the gym.

Attica Locke talks about writing for books and for the small screen.

Here is a new review of The Turner House.

This fantasy book written by an African-American man (and with an African-American narrator) sounds interesting.

R.L. Stine says he doesn't like to read nonfiction books.

One writer admitted that she hasn't read most of the classics.  I feel you, sister.

A new children's book claims to get children to sleep in minutes and people say it works.

Soccer star Cari Lloyd will be releasing a memoir.

Ballerina Michaela DePrince's memoir will be adapted for a featured film!

Mat Johnson's Loving Day will be adapted for a comedy on Showtime!

The guy who plays Howard on The Big Bang Theory (and his wife) will be developing shows for Warner Brothers, including a show based on new YA book Legacy of Kings.

Here are some tips on how to read more books.

Literary pillows!

Jackson, we forgive you.

Julian Bond quote is from Colorlines.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Mailbox Monday 8/17/15

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

These books arrived in the mail two weeks ago, but I'm just now getting around writing about them.  All three books are from Harper Books and will be released next month.

The Art of Memoir
Where Everybody Looks Like Me
A Free State

Do you see any books that you may be interested in?  Hit me up in the comments section!  Thanks Harper for the ARCs!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Book News You Can Use 8/14/15

Today's Friday Reads is God Help The Child by Toni Morrison.  My book club is meeting for the first time in a while on Sunday and this is the book that was selected.  I'm more than half-way through and I'm still trying to figure out where this book's going.  It seems like several of the members have read it and enjoyed it. At least the place we're having the meeting has awesome food.

Relax in Paradise Ann McGovern, Brook Stephenson and David Nobbs.

A 100-year-old J. R. R. Tolkien book will be published.

Another deceased author that will also have his work published is Truman Capote.  There will also be a book about his friendship with Harper Lee.

Ta-Nehisi Coates and Roxane Gay TOGETHER in one article, interviewing each other.

Roxane is also working on a Young Adult novel that will be released in 2017.

James McBride's next book will be about James Brown.

Romance writer Beverly Jenkins talks about her frustration when she starting writing historical African-American romance novels.

Naomi Jackson has been getting a lot of press about The Star Side of Bird Hill (here and here).  She also wrote an essay about her feelings regarding the high-profile deaths of African-American women (including one that I knew personally).

The Iceburg Slim biography has also been getting a lot of press (here, here and here).

And one more book that is getting some press (and which I found out about this week) is Bright Lights (here and here).

Nalo Hopkinson's new book got a review in NPR.

The Hairdresser of Harare will finally be released in the United States! Here's a review.

The TV adaptation of Let The Church Say Amen will finally see the light of day on August 29. Here is a preview.

Just Kids and The Notebook are being developed for TV.

A writer talked about her love for the Baby-Sitters Club (and her chance encounter with Ann M. Martin).

One barber is giving away free back-to-school haircuts as long as his clients read to him.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Book News You Can Use 8/7/15

Relax in Paradise Carol Brown Janeaway and Alan Cheuse.

Congrats to the nominees of the African-American Literary Awards Show!

Publishers Weekly has suggestions on what you should read this fall.

NPR was able to compile 100 great romance novels based on listeners' and readers' recommendations.

A bookstore is giving refunds for those who didn't like Go Set A Watchman.

A female author got a rude awaking when she tried to publish a book in her name and a male nom de plume.  Guess who got the most inquiries?

Judy Blume came to the rescue of a man who accidentally gave away his wife's copy of "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret."

Steve Hamilton left his publisher a few weeks before his new book came out, based on (what he felt was) lack of publicity for the new book.  Luckily he was able to find a new publisher.

N.K. Jemisim was able to get a review for her new book in the New York Times!

Walter Mosley writes about how Louisiana has influenced his writing.

Someone vandalized the tombstone of Alex Haley's grandmother, Queen.

Holly Black is writing and releasing a Young Adult trilogy.

A popular South African book is coming to the big screen. Hopefully it will make it to the United States!

Uncle Luke has a book. Yes, that Uncle Luke.

Want some literary-inspired art?  Here you go!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Book News You Can Use 7/31/15

Book News out of Charleston this week: A woman wrote a letter to the local paper's editor complaining about a book her daughter (who will be a freshman at one of the local high schools) had to read for English class.  Her complaint was that it was too vulgar and that the book should be off the summer reading list (even though the child could have read another book off the list).  To make a long story short, she got her way and the school pulled the book almost three weeks before school starts.  One, if her daughter doesn't know some of that stuff that's mentioned in the book, she will by the time she graduates.  And if I was a kid or a parent of a kid who read that book and it was pulled from the reading list, I would be ticked.  Just because one parent has a problem with it doesn't mean that other parents feel the same way.  Here are reactions from the local library's YA department and the author of the book.  There is a campaign to raise money to buy copies of the book for students if they want it.  Thank God I have a mother who allowed me to read what I wanted to read as a teen and figured I could handle it.

Relax in Paradise to the undisputed Queen of True Crime, Ann Rule. I made that up but I truly doubt  people will disagree.  Writer Michelle Dean composed a tribute and tells why we true crime fans loved Ann so much.  Investigative Discovery will have a marathon featuring episodes of shows Ann was on tomorrow morning.

Congrats to the winners of the RITA Awards!

Congrats go to the nominees of the Booker Prize!

Congrats to Cheris Hodges for her Jessie Redmon Fauset Award nomination!

There's no link, but congrats also go out to Soror Victoria Christopher Murray for winning the Osceola Award during Delta Sigma Theta's National Convention this week. It goes to a soror that has made significant contributions to the arts.

See Kwame Alexander's Newbery Award acceptance speech here.

Happy 50th Birthday J. K Rowling!

Between her thoughts on the Sandra Bland case and Bill Cosby's (alleged) victims, Roxane Gay has been writing her butt off.

What happens when a African-American children's writer and a former President have a conversation?

Lauren Francis-Sharma and Dolen Perkins-Valdez talk about the tradition of storytelling, among other things, here.

Angela Flournoy talks about her success in the publishing industry.

N.K. Jemisin talks about how it's like to be an African-American female writing fantasy and science fiction.

Here are two stories (here and here) about the new book The Sisters Are Alright.

The author of the new biography about Iceburg Slim gives a synopsis of the writer.

The documentary about Sonia Sanchez will premiere tomorrow in Philadelphia.

The movie adaptation of Room will be released in October.

Michael B. Jordan will star in the movie adaptation of Just Mercy.

Reading Rainbow is coming to Netflix!

I have been enjoying a series of short stories imagining how the Huxtables would react if Cliff died.

This writer talks about how The Baby-Sittters' Club (especially Stacey) help her cope with being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.

Here's a wonderful story about how a mailman helped a boy get books after the kid asked for junk mail.