Friday, October 17, 2014

Book News You Can Use 10/17/14


Relax in Paradise Carolyn Kiser, Ali Mazuri, Margot Theis Raven and Deloris Phillips.  I know the last one was months ago, but I just found out last week. :-(

Congratulations to all of the National Book Award finalists!

Congratulations also go out to Richard Flanagan, who won the Man Booker Prize!

We Need Diverse Books has created an award and grants and dedicated them to Walter Dean Myers.

My alma mater acquired the papers of the late Elmore Leonard.

Lena Dunham is adapting Catherine, Called Birdy for the big screen.

No Paddington movie until January.

Here is a first look at The Book of Negros miniseries that will be on BET in February. Yes, I said BET.

Twin Peaks is not only coming back on TV, it's also coming in book form.

Graphic novel Dark Matters will be adapted for SyFy.

Pimp C's widow is not a fan of the upcoming biography about him.

One writer talks about her love of New York City and the publishing industry.

Please tell John Grisham that it's not a good idea to talk about child porn.

The Guardian celebrated diversity in children's books this week.  Yay for the British!

Here are some recommended books that will get young boys to read.

The New Yorker caught up with S.E. Hinton and what she thinks about current YA books.

Ann M. Martin talks about her new book and the legacy of the Baby-Sitters Club.

Looks like flight attendants are not fans of e-readers on during takeoff.

After seeing this video, I want to read Taking Flight!

Who knew that basketball players read Nicholas Sparks?  Is that why he's an evil genius?

Monday, October 13, 2014

Mailbox Monday 10/13/14


More books arrived in my mailbox last week, so it's time for another edition of Mailbox Monday!

I received two packages of books last week.  The first one was from Atria Publishing.  I won Citizens Creek, the long-awaited book from Lalita Tademy, from GoodReads.

I also received a package from Harper Books.  These books will be released in December.

Asylum City
Woman With A Gun
Becoming Richard Pryor

Do you see any books that you like? Hit me up in the comments section! Thanks to Atria and Harper Books for the ARCs!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Book News You Can Use 10/10/14



So last Friday (on my day off), I saw the Gone Girl movie.  And I was pretty impressed.  Even Madea was good. And it stuck very close to the book. But there's been debate on what was left out of the book and changes were made (and what was left out/changed didn't change the outcome).  Here are some stories about it here and here.  And you can download the Amazing Amy covers featured in the movie on iBooks.

Relax in Paradise Geoffrey Holder and Zilpha Keatley Snyder.

Congratulations to Patrick Modiano, winner of the Noble Prize in Literature!

Congratulations also goes out to Malala Yousafzai, who became the youngest person ever to win a Nobel Prize!

Sinead O'Connor is writing a memoir that will be released in 2016.

Here's a preview of Billy Idol's new memoir, which comes out in two weeks.

When do librarians every stay quiet, especially when it comes to privacy and government surveillance?

Gloria Steinem and bell hooks were in a room. Together.

Help raise funds for a biography and anthology about Audre Lorde here.

With the popularity of Bad Feminist and An Untamed State, Roxane Gay reflects on her recent success.

Nonfiction writers and publishers are "sanitizing and simplifying" young adult books so they can draw more readers.  Trust me: the kids can handle it.

Tavis Smiley talked to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie about race and blackness on his show.

Here is a new nonfiction book about African-Americans passing for White.

Ironic that Zane's money troubles are back in the news and Addicted is out in theaters today.  Zane talks about the movie and that awful 50 Shades book here.

Another one facing legal trouble in civil court is Nicholas Sparks.

The bookstore featured in Portlandia is in financial trouble and may close by February.

Amazon is opening their first store in Midtown Manhattan.

So excited that The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace has been optioned (with a director)!

The Broadway version of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time opened this week.

Print books outsold e-books during the first half of this year.

BuzzFeed has some suggestions (via quiz) on what book you should read this fall.

This post about five authors who write the same books over and over again is hilarious.

Halloween is in three weeks and you know what that means....THE GREAT PUMPKIN!! A new book highlights the television classic.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Book News You Can Use 10/3/14


If you are a child of the 80s and love to read (like yours truly), you most likely remember the Book It! program from Pizza Hut.  You know the one where you are rewarded a personal pan pizza if you read so many books/pages per month.  Book It! is celebrating their 30th anniversary and now there is an alumni program where adults can celebrate and get a free personal pan pizza!  Woo-hoo!!

Congratulations to all of the 5 Under 30 Honorees and the Kirkus Prize finalists!

Finished reading Gone Girl? Here are some books (that are similar) to read.

What happens when your book gets a shoutout by Stephen Colbert?

Amazon and Hatchette find a way to ignore their beef...when it come to Paul Ryan. #rollseyes

Speaking of Amazon and Hatchette, authors are trying to get the Department of Justice involved in the dispute.

The oldest independent bookstore in the Twin Cities is closing.

The new book We Are Not Ourselves has been optioned to become a movie!

This headline is making the Miami-Dade Public Library sound snooty, but it's really an article that suggest that they need to move towards the 21st century.

Here is a review of Charles M. Blow's book, which was mentioned in last week's Book News.

This review of The News Sorority was not good.  I read the author's previous book (because I love Carole King and Carly Simon).

The New York Times featured Marlon James' new novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings.

A new YA dystopian book with an African-American female as its lead character? Sign me up!

Turns out the people who write the Thug Kitchen blog and cookbook aren't Black.

Glad to see Our Literacy Lives covering events, like this one with Arianna Huffington.

Book Riot was able to determined the 25 favorite books for assigned reading (school or book club).  Glad to see some of my favorites on the list.

Here is a list of every single book that was mention on Daria. La la la la la.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Book News You Can Use 9/26/14


“In truth, love is everything. You can live without money. You cannot live without love…of someone or something. Everyone is forever trying to find love in some way. Everyone is trying to win something. Wanting some satisfaction.”— Paul from “In Search of Satisfaction" by J. California Cooper
Relax in Paradise J. California Cooper and Alastair Reid.

Congratulations to all of the Amtrak Residency Program winners!

Publishers Weekly wrote about diversity in the publishing industry and realized that it was sorely lacking. Duh.

The mother of one of the Columbine shooters is writing a book.  Um...I don't know about this.

I'm looking forward to reading The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace.  The author, Jeff Hobbs, spoke to an NPR station about the book.

Another book I am looking forward to is New York Times columist Charles M. Blow's memoir.  Read an excerpt here.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez's books will be released as e-books.

R.L. Stine supports Amazon's low e-book pricing.  Stephen King thinks that paper books will be around for a long time.

Speaking of Stephen King, his book about the Kennedy assasation will be developed for a series on Hulu.

This is Banned Books Week and we are still dealing with stuff like this in 2014. Even The Fault in Our Stars isn't immune.  You can celebrate by reading all of these banned books.

We are ONE WEEK AWAY from the Gone Girl movie! This article suggest that you should read (or re-read) the book.

The Rosie Project has been optioned by Sony to become a movie!

Want to travel to Africa without leaving your home?  Here is a list about books based in Africa!

Four universities, including two in Chicago, have been selected as finalists for the Obama Presidental Library.

We always give love to the public librarians, but don't forget about those who work in the schools!

Did you know that reading slow for 30 minutes benefits your brain and cuts stress?

Here are tips on how to get out of a reading rut. I have been in one all year long and numbers 3 and 5 aren't working.

Picture is from Art Sancutary in Philly. Quote is from Facebook.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Mailbox Monday 9/22/14

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

I received two books from Harper Books.  One is about college basketball and one is about education, so I may eventually give them to the parents.  My mother is a principal and my stepfather likes reading about sports.

Bleeding Orange
Lessons of Hope

Does any of these titles interest you?  Hit me up in the comments section! Thanks to Harper Books for the ARCs!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Book News You Can Use 9/19/14



Congratulations to all of the National Book Award nominees!

The MacArthur genius grants were announced this week and the winners include Columbia native Terrance Hayes.

A Brooklyn poet is moving to Detroit after winning the Write a House Project contest.

Is Oscar Pistorius trying to pull an OJ and write a book about killing his lover?

Yamma Brown, the daughter of the Godfather of Soul, talks about her parents' abusive relationship and how she fell for an abusive man.

Meanwhile, her brother Daryl thinks that James Brown was killed by those in his inner circle.  He must be comparing notes with the Jacksons.

The war of Amazon vs. Hatchette continues with Hatchette authors going after Amazon's board.

Speaking of Amazon, new Kindles and Kindle Fires were just released, including a version for children.

Barnes and Noble has suspended the ability to download their e-books on your personal computer.

Maya Lang read To Kill A Mockingbird for the first time and talks about how she was able to parallel the book to what's going on in Ferguson.

After 60 Minutes exposed him as a fraud three years ago, Three Cups of Tea author Greg Mortenson is trying to return to the public spotlight.

Tom Clancy's widow doesn't want to pay taxes on his estate and wants to pass the bill to his children. That's not how it works. That's now how any of this works.

Joan Rivers' body isn't even cold in the ground and a biography is in the works.

Why is Sony remaking I Know What You Did Last Summer?  WHY???!!!

Would you believe that tomorrow marks 30 years since the Cosby Show premiered on TV?  Mark Whitaker talks about writing Bill Cosby's biography, which was released this week.

The New York Public Library has a new exhibit on Sesame Street.

Ebony continues to feature African-American books on their website I would have never heard of, but their featured book is my Friday Reads. Yes, I'm reading Steve Harvey's new book.

Here is a reason why publishers are giving away e-books or selling them for next to nothing.

Do you suffer from reading insecurities?

A new survey shows that more young adults (30 and younger) are reading books.

Can someone please tell the author that God created Goodreads and Shelfari so she won't have to have a spreadsheet of all of the books she's read?  She must be a metadata librarian. Or neurotic.

I know this article is from last year, but I have some new job options in case the librarian thing doesn't work out.