Friday, May 22, 2015

Book News You Can Use 5/22/15

Relax in Paradise Franz Wright.

Congratulations to Laszlo Krasznahorkai for winning the Man Booker International Prize!

There will be a lot of stories of Judy Blume in anticipation of her new (adult) book.  Here are some stories here, here and here.

An illustrated version of Toni Morrison's Beloved is being released.

Taiye Selasi wrote a series of short stories for Dove (the soap/shampoo, not the chocolate).

Soror Angela Flournoy wrote about Detroit's recovery in this essay.

Mat Johnson wrote about being biracial in this essay.
Here is a map of the most popular books in each state. I'm not surprised that The Prince of Tides is the most popular book in South Carolina because ya'll know how much we love Pat Conroy.

Here are some books to tie you over the series finale of Mad Men and the season finale of Scandal.

The BBC is making a movie about the Bronte sisters' lives.

The director of The Help is directing The Girl on the Train movie.  Hmm.

Celebrity or not: if someone paid me to write a book with my ex about our relationship and both of us got over $3 million, I'll be singing like a canary.

Legend Barbara Streisand is writing a memoir to be released in 2017!

Superhero creator Stan Lee is releasing a graphic memoir in October.

The Good Wife and ER star Julianna Margulies will be releasing a children's book.

Also writing a children's book is former First Kid (and maybe First Kid again) Chelsea Clinton.

Retired NFL star Ray Lewis is releasing a memoir.

The creator of Honest Toddler is releasing another book about toddlers.

This child is 13 and has several sci-fi books.

HuffPo released a good list of recent books that women should read.

Today marks the unofficial start of summer so PopSugar has some summer reading recommendations!

Have a good and safe Memorial Day weekend! Don't forget to remember those who died for our rights and freedoms!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Book News You Can Use 5/15/15

Relax in Paradise Peter Gay and William Zinsser.

Congratulations to the winners of the African Poetry Prize and the PEN Awards!

New stories about Attica Locke are here, here and here.

Rachel Howzell Hall talks about the lack of color in the mystery genre.

Toni Morrison responds to The New Progressive Agenda, which was announced this week.

Here is an excerpt of Judy Blume's new book.

The Big Little Lies series will be on HBO!

Are we surprised that the Obama Presidential Library will be in Chicago?

If this book about Hilary Clinton had so many errors, why was it printed in the first place?

I don't know who this Tyler Oakley fellow who is writing a book, but I do know who Luvvie is and she's writing a book too! #internetstars

If you are in the Columbia area this weekend, check out the South Carolina Book Festival.  Most likely, I'm skipping it again this year.  If you look at the author list, you will know why.

What do you get if you give Kristy from the Babysitter's Club Ayn Rand's voice?

Did you every want to know if you are a book addict?  Take this quiz!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Book News You Can Use 5/8/15

Relax in Paradise Ruth Rendell, Josh Ozersky and Marcia Brown.

Congratulations to Alice Notely for winning the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize!

Ashley and Jaquavis aren't my cup of tea, but their hustle game is impeccable.

Roxane Gay got to talk to Toni Morrison!

Here is an podcast about the new book The Fishermen.

Here is a nice review of Pleasantville.  And one on Ordinary Light.

Thank God the Internet wasn't around when Marvin Gaye dated and married his second wife.  He would have been the R. Kelly and Tyga of the 1970s.

The Mindy Project may be over on Fox, but at least Mindy Kaling can celebrate her new book.

ABC show Resurrection, which was based off the Jason Mott book (and not the British TV show), has been canceled.  I think I may put my thoughts into why in another post.

The Warmth of Other Suns is being developed as a drama for FX.

The Magicians is also being developed for television. So is the Bone Street Rumba series.

Reese Witherspoon has acquired movie rights for another book.

I'm currently reading Stuart Scott's book, which has me all up in my feelings.  And this classy move by Ernie Johnson made it worst.

This author made over $750,000 by publishing books on Amazon.

Is self-publishing a good option for African-American writers?

This week is Children's Book Week.  This and this has some ideas on how you can diversify a children's book collection.

Your child can earn free books at Barnes and Noble during the summer.

Librarians have been battling the NSA for years.

Shannon at Reading Has Purpose has made it back from the Caribbean!

Is this really what book nerds say?

Here are 14 reasons why you should join a book club, including the picture featured in today's blog.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Book News You Can Use 5/1/15

Congratulations to all of the Triangle Award and Edgar Award winners!  Congrats also go to Marion Coutts for winning the Wellcome Book Prize!

The Broadway musical Fun Home, which is based off an autobiography (that caused much controversy at one of the local colleges two years ago), was nominated for 12 Tony Awards.

More than 90 authors are protesting PEN American Center giving a free speech award to Charlie Hebdo.  But Salman Rushdie feels that the authors should get over it.

Publishers Weekly has come out with their Summer Reads book list for 2015!  So has Huffington Post.

Angela Fournoy's The Turner House was reviewed in the New York Times!

And Roxane Gay reviewed God Help the Child for The Guardian.

Speaking of Toni Morrison, if you were like me and missed her speak during her short book tour this week, here is video of her event in New York City on Monday.

And this chick got to meet Toni.  I'm jealous.

Here are some new stories about Attica Locke and Cynthia Bond.

The Head Ball Coach is writing an autobiography! #gogamecocks

Books that may be heading to a TV near you: The Fever and The Brief History of Seven Killings.

Green Eggs and Ham will be an animated show on Netflix in 2018.

Roots will be remade and back on TV next year.

The singing sisters on Nashville released a children's book (and a song to go with it).

Janet Mock is going to be on Super Soul Sunday this weekend!

Melissa Rivers and Taya Kyle are releasing books on how they have dealt with recent and sudden losses.

President Obama announced that 10,000 ebooks will be given out to children and is seeking committments to make sure that every child has a library card.  You can see yesterday's announcement here. #yassssss #makingsurethebabiesread #thankyouobama

Happy 85th Birthday Nancy Drew!

Shannon with Reading Has Purpose is currently in Trinidad and Tobago for their annual literary festival.  I forgot to ask her if I can stowaway in her suitcase.

Orsayor at Book Referees interviewed award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson for her blog.

Support this Kickstarter to help build Little Free Libraries!

Despite today's much welcomed news in the Freddie Gray case, author and Baltimore native Farai Chideya said that even thought there are no quick fixes to the city, its people give her hope.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Mailbox Monday 4/27/15

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

All three books were given by Harper Books and will be released in June.

Love May Fall
Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County

Do you see any books you would like to read?  Hit me up in the comments section!  Thanks to Harper for the ARCs!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Book News You Can Use 4/24/15

I'm starting off today's post with a picture of Eric Jerome Dickey and myself at the 2011 South Carolina Book Festival.  I know you are wondering why I have this picture up.  One, his latest book One Night came out this week.  And two, I will be seeing him again tomorrow at the Sandhills Books-A-Million in Columbia!  So we will most likely take a new picture together that won't have Eric's locs. And I'll be carrying a few more pounds.  Learn more about One Night here, here and here.

Relax in Paradise William Price Fox and Frederic Morton.

Congratulations to the winners of the Pulitzer Prize (shout-out to the hometown paper, The Post and Courier) and the L.A. Times Book Prize!

Pulitzer Prize Poetry Winner Gregory Pardolo is getting use to his sudden fame.  And I didn't know his brother was in City High!

Another author who released a book this week was Attica Locke.  She talks about Pleasantville here (with Rachel Howzell Hall) and here (with NPR).

And Toni Morrison's new book was released this week.  More of her here, herehere and here.

An awesome book that came out last week was The Turner House by Soror Angela Flournoy.  Read more about the book here and here.

Oh, Kola.

Jacqueline Woodson talks about why she used poetry in her award-winning book Brown Girl Dreaming.

Another author I stan for is Ann Rule.  This story about her family drama ticks me off.  I also hate to hear that she is not in good health.

The Girl on the Train is one of the fastest-selling books of all timeAnd stop comparing it to Gone Girl! The book is good without the comparison!

Resse Witherspoon will be narrating the audiobook for Go Set a Watchman.

The middle Kardashian sister will be writing an advise and lifestyle book.  Probably because she's the only voice of reason in that family.

The cover for the new Dr. Seuss book has been revealed.

Here is the trailer for The Little Prince!

The remaining movies in the Fifty Shades of Crap Gray series will be released in 2017 and 2018. Meanwhile, E.L. James' husband will be writing the screenplay for the next movie.

The Signature of All Things has been optioned to be on PBS!

This book about African-Americans who worked at NASA in the beginning sounds so interesting.  I should pass this along to my uncle, who has been following space exploration since he was a child.

Romance author Adrianne Bird has started a GoFundMe campaign to help her with medical bills that wasn't covered by insurance. #thisiswhyweneedobamacare

A seven-year-old won a contest after creating a superhero with her powers stored in her Afro puffs.  Rock on with your bad self.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Book News You Can Use 4/17/15

Relax in Paradise Gunter Grass and Edwardo Galeno.

Congratulations to all of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award nominees, the Pen Award nominees and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards!

Haruki Murakami and Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche made this year's Time 100 Most Influential People list.

The American Library Association named the most challenged/banned books of 2014. It also shows that authors of color are the most affected by book banning attempts.

Tavis Smiley has been winning lately.  His latest book, My Journey with Maya (which he talks about here), will become a Broadway play.  Now Death of a King will be adapted for TV.

This looks like an ordinary press release about TVOne's future projects.  But if you scroll down to the end of the movie section of the article, you will find that TWO of ReShonda Tate Billingsley's books will be movies next year. Can someone ask BET what happened to the Let the Church Say Amen movie?  And can we PLEASE turn What's Done In the Dark a movie?

It looks like The Alienist will finally become a TV series.

Watch this documentary about the Henrietta Lacks story.

Reese Witherspoon will be producing the movie adaptation of Luckiest Girl Alive, which was picked up by Lionsgate.

R.L. Stine talks about his new Fear Street book (among other things) in this BuzzFeed article.

James Patterson calls it collaborative writing. I call it a money grab.

The latest VIDA Count shows that books written by minorities are still not being reviewed by major publications. Sigh.

Here are some African-American female writers to follow on social media.

Here is a review about Nigerian author Chigozie Obioma and his book, The Fisherman.

The late chief of Charlie Hebdo slammed Islamophobia in a book he finished two days before he died.

In a new book, a former NFL player said that his mother asked him for $1 million after he was drafted.

Yay to North Carolina Girl Scouts who installed some Little Free Libraries!

Parodies of Uptown Funk and Shake It Off were done in honor of National Library Week.