Friday, February 27, 2015

Book News You Can Use 2/27/15



Relax in Paradise Dori Maynard and Benjamin Israel.

A stamp recognizing Maya Angelou  will be released later this year. This is awesome, considering it takes at least five years for someone to get a stamp after their passing (unless you're a president, and then it takes one year).

The hometown of Maurice Sendak is pursing a museum honoring him and his work.

Drew Barrymore is publishing a collection of autobiographical essays.
 
Flyy Girl and its sequels are closer to becoming movies, with the recent naming of a producer.

Fresh off of the success of directing the Oscar-winning movie Boyhood, Richard Linklater is in take to direct the movie adaptation of Where'd You Go, Bernadette.

Former New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abrahmson inked a book deal worth at least $1 million.

An author provides some tips to other authors on how to deal with Amazon.

Barnes and Noble will separate their college book business from the rest of the company.

We already have a million reasons to hate ISIS, but here's one more: they destroy rare books.

Libraries are helping the homeless find jobs, health services and other social services.

A long-lost Sherlock Holmes book has been found.

Hey BuzzFeed, nice try on this list. But Push doesn't equal to An Untamed State. And How Stella Got Her Grove Back does not equal to Land of Love and Drowning (except for the Caribbean settings).

Black History Month ends tomorrow, but it's never too late to share some children's books about African-American history with the kids.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Books News You Can Use 2/20/15



Relax in Paradise Philip Levine and Anne Moody.

Thoughts and prayers go out to Oliver Stacks, who recently found out he has terminal cancer.

Congratulations to Ta-Nehisi Coates for winning the George Polk Award.

More copies of Night of the Gun are being printed following David Carr's passing.

Five African-American romance writers talk diversity in a USA Today blog.

Laura Ingalls Wilder got a Google Doodle for her birthday!

Family Christian Stores has filed for bankruptcy.

Author Peniel E. Joseph  has come up with a reading list for Black History Month.

Zadie Smith's works have been popping up on the Internet this week with an essay about diary writing and an article about Key and Peele.

Here is a review of a book that was previously featured on Mailbox Monday, In The Eye of the Struggle.

The first new Dr. Seuss book in 25 years will be released in July.

In today's "Why we can't have nice things" post, Amber Rose has a book deal.  I blame Kanye and Supahead for this.

Pharrell is coming out a series of children's books, with the first one being based on the hit song Happy.

The latest Facebook Book Club pick is about the vaccination debate.

The Twitter Fiction Festival is coming up in May!

Also happening in May is the PEN World Voices Festival and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will be co-curating this event, which will be focusing on African literature.

Valentine's Day is over but you can still read these books about love.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Book News You Can Use 2/13/15



Tomorrow is not only Valentine's Day, but it also marks the fifth blog birthday of this blog!!  Thanks for all of the love you have shown me and this blog for the last five years and here's to many more!!

Relax in Paradise David Carr.

Congratulations to all of the NAACP Image Award winners!  Scroll pass the TV, movie and music winners.

And congratulations also go out to the Black Caucus of the ALA Literary Award winners and honorees!

More congrats go to Harold Holzer, who won the Lincoln Prize.

Congrats also go out to nominees of the Folio Prize!

Oprah has made her selection for her book club....and it's Ruby by Cynthia Bond.

Super Sad True Love Story is being developed for a possible TV show.

Ava DuVernay is not only working on the Queen Sugar show, but is directing the pilot of a show based on James Patterson's first book.

Showtime is developing a show based on You by Caroline Kepnes.

Harper Lee's lawyer insists that the author is in good health and that everything's on the up and up.

And speaking of Go Set a Watchman, I know that Hollywood will probably make a movie.  It's whether they will resurrect Gregory Peck or make a hologram of him. Both of those options are creepy.

Melissa Rivers is releasing a book about her famous mother in time for Mother's Day.

Roxane Gay recommend some books to read for Black History Month.

NBCBLK (the African-American site from NBC since they sold The Grio back to its original owners), also has some reading recommendations for Black History Month.

Here is a review of the upcoming book Welcome to Braggsville.

J. Edgar Hoover had the FBI monitored African-American writers for decades.

Looks like BEA hasn't learned a thing from last year.

A White teacher talks about how he was able to teach his African-American students literature (by dead White men) during Black History Month. And you sir, deserve the GTFOOHWTBS award of the day.

Stacia Brown talks about writing, identity and publishing while Black.

The Book of Negroes miniseries will be on BET next week.  Author Lawrence Hill talks about how the name of his book wasn't acceptable in some places (including the United States).

Why are some cities cracking down on Little Free Libraries?

Will Total Boox change how people buy e-books?

Lisa from Reads for Pleasure is now trying audio reviews!

An awesome story on how Franklin became a member of the Peanuts gang.

Here is a wonderful essay about a brother who is in love with the library.

This is where the cake picture came from.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Mailbox Monday 2/9/15



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

I won The Art of Not Having it All on Goodreads.  The book was given to me from the publisher.

Since Harper Books ran out of ARCs for This House is Not for Sale when I asked for it several months ago, they were able to send to me a finished copy!

Do any of these books interest you?  Hit me up in the comments section!  Thanks to the publishers for sending the books!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Book News You Can Use 2/6/15

I knew him before he was a Newberry Award-winning author!

Congratulations to all the ALA Youth Media Award winners, especially to Kwame Alexander, who won the Newberry Award for The Crossover!  And kudos to all of ALA Notable Book List honorees!

Congratulations also go out to Nathaniel Mackey, who won the Bollingen Prize for Poetry.

I know that the Image Awards in literature were given out last night, but since the news has been trickling in and the NAACP probably won't update their website until after tonight's live show, I'll recognize the winners next week.

The big news in the literary world this week was the upcoming release of the To Kill A Mockingbird sequel.   But many are saying, in the words of a famous R&B singer, somethin' just ain't right.  But the publisher says that this new book is on the up and up. And does Harper Lee really need the money? Or is she getting exploited?

Three E.B. White books, including Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little, will be released as ebooks.

Queen Sugar is about to become a TV show on OWN, with Ava DuVernay writing and directing and Oprah playing a recurring character.

James Franco is bringing a lesser-know John Steinbeck book to the big screen.

The premiere of The Causal Vacancy miniseries will be in April.

Here is a Q&A with Issa Rae, who talks about her new book, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl.  I just finished it this week and it was...meh.


Asali Solomon talks about her new bookDisgruntled, with NPR.


Little Free Libraries are turning up on the wrong side of the law.

Here are nine books that should be more famous than 50 Shades of Gray. I bet you they are also better written.

Two PSAs for my South Carolina readers:  Carl Weber will be back in Charleston tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. at the Northwoods Books-A-Million.  He will be signing copies of Family Business 3.  And if you are in the Columbia area on Tuesday, Kid President will be signing copies of his book at the Sandhills Books-A-Million.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Book News You Can Use 1/30/15

 
By the time your read this, there is a good chance that I've finished this book, but I'm going to tell you about it anyway. My Friday Reads is Into the Go-Slow by Bridgett Davis. It's 1987 and Angie's life has been stuck in neutral since her older sister Ella died in Nigeria three years earlier.  After college graduation, she decides to go to Nigeria to trace her sister's last days and finds herself in the meantime.  I decided to bump this book to the top of my reading list after the Blerd Book Club decided to make it their January section.  I've enjoyed it, but since I'm close to the end, the route it has taken the last few pages I've read has me scratching my head.  I look forward to the discussion about the book on February 8.

Relax in Paradise Margaret Bloy Graham, Tadeusz Konwicki, and Colleen McCullough.

Publishers Weekly has a list of the most anticipated book adaptations (on the big screen) of 2015.

Simon and Schuster has started a new imprint.

It's taken 20 years, but Martin Scorsese will finally make a movie based on the novel Silence.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is back in a new book, approved by the estate of Steig Larsson.

A new Salman Rushdie book will be released in September.

Here is a list of suggested books by Black authors that should become films.  I NEED FOR SOMEONE TO MAKE A 32 CANDLES MOVIE.

Self-help and graphic novels were hot in 2014. Religious fiction, not so much.

Here is an essay from the late Walter Dean Myers about reading.

Speaking of Myers, one of his short stories will be featured in an YA anthology (by We Need Diverse Books) that will be released in 2017.  It's the story in the middle.

Tayari Jones talks to Ravi Howard on his new book, taking liberties with facts and the South.

Here is a review of the upcoming book Delicious Foods by James Hannnaham.

Here is a review of another upcoming book. This one is about Disgruntled by Asali Solomon.

Last, but not least, I would like to give some special shout-outs to some of my Twitter peeps. Two of my Twitter friends have decided to start a book podcast. Their first ones about Eric Jerome Dickey and Americanah were released this week.  Another Twitter friend (who has written and self-published one book), has signed a deal to release two YA books with HarperCollins!  Congratulations to all three of them! WOO-HOO!!

Picture is from the publisher.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Mailbox Monday 1/26/15



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

All three of the books came from Harper Books and will be released in March.

A Reunion of Ghosts
The Unravelling of Mercy Louis
The Bookseller (Note: the cover looks different on the website.)

Do any of these peak you interest?  Hit me up in the comments section!  Thanks Harper for the ARCs!

P.S. I got the list for Harper's ARC list for April and I'm excited about it.  You'll have to wait until I get them to see what I've selected!