Monday, December 24, 2012

The Best of 2012

Happy Holidays everyone!  As 2012 comes to a close, I would like to recap the book events that attended this year.  There were several books signings I attended this year (and I hope to have the bell hooks and Jonathan Safran Foer recaps up on the blog soon).  I also attended the South Carolina Book Festival in Columbia, where I got a chance to meet a lot of authors and go home with a lot of books (and did I tell you I got to meet Eric Jerome Dickey?).

I have also been away for a while due to my busy schedule.  I did a lot of volunteering for the Obama campaign in my hometown, which involved a lot of phone calls and paperwork.  After the president won reelection (YAY!), I started to get prepared to go to Little Rock, AR for work.  I spent almost a week there and even got to go on my first plane ride (it had been pretty much cars and buses before this).  Now that the holidays are here and I got over a week off from work, I have a little time to read and write before the new year kicks in.

This year, I have read 51 books (so far).  I have selected 10 as my favorites for 2012.  They are broken up  by fiction and nonfiction and they are in no particular order. And if anyone follows me on Twitter, knows that 50 Shades of Gray is not on this list (I couldn't get pass page 100).

FICTION

Gone Girl: If I talk too much about this book, I will give it away. All I can say is that it's about a married couple who lives in the Midwest. And the wife goes missing. It started off slow at first, but it turned out SO GOOD. My book club is going to discuss this book at our next meeting and I can't wait to hear the discussion.

Gathering of Waters:  I did a video review of this book, so you can see it here.

Perfect Peace:  After seeing Daniel Black at last year's National Book Club Conference, the book club I'm in decided to make Perfect Peace as our January book club selection. And we loved it! It's about a mother, who wanted a girl so bad, that she decided to turn her youngest son into a girl. And he lived that way for the first seven years of his life. It's a very deep, but enjoyable book.

Beautiful, Dirty, Rich:  I know, I am late to the J.D. Mason party. This was the first book I've read of hers.  But this book about a woman who inherits the estate of the man she killed as a teenager and the events that happen after her release from jail draws you in.  Can't wait until the sequel!

South By Southeast: Out of all of Tennyson Hardwick novels, this one goes down as my favorite.  In this installment, Tennyson works on tracking down the killer of one of Chela's friends. Little does he know that it will take a lot to bring this killer down. I liked that not only do we get to hear from Ten, but from Chela (his adopted daughter) and April (his on-again, off-again girlfriend).

NON-FICTION

Gabby: A Story of Courage, Love and Resilience: This autobiography about former Rep. Gabby Giffords  and her husband Mark Kelly was awesome.  Their story, about two people from two different backgrounds, who found each other and survived through Gabby's horrible injury was wonderful. I admired them both after reading this book, which I read before Gabby resigned from Congress (the paperback version reflects that). 

Ladykiller: For a first-time true crime author, Donna Fielder did a bang-up job with this book.  Vicki Lozano was found dead in her bedroom.  Was it a suicide, or did her husband Bobby did it?  Fielder did a great job of putting this story together and making it an enjoyable read.

Brothers and Me:  After a recommendation from another blogger, I decided to read this book and I'm glad that I did.  Columnist Donna Britt discusses how her life has been affected by having brothers, sons and husbands in her life.  She also talks about loosing one of her brothers, who mysteriously died by the hands of police.

One Last Kiss: The True Story of A Minster's Bodyguard, His Beautiful Mistress and a Brutal Triple Homicide: It is very rare that I seek out true crime books after I have seen the case on television. After seeing this case on 48 Hours, I wanted to see if there was a book.  And behold, this book was scheduled to come out two months after the show aired. And it didn't disappoint.  Did Chris Coleman, bodyguard for a popular evangelist, kill his wife and two sons? Or was it the person who was stalking him? Author Michael Cueno did a wonderful job with this book.

Life After Death: Damien Echols is known as one of the West Memphis Three, who were charged and convicted on killing three young boys in West Memphis, AR in 1993.  Recanting his life through journal entries and recollections, Echols tells the story about his life, how he maintained sanity despite being wrongfully convicted (which I believe he was) and sentenced to death, and how he is now enjoying life since he and the others were freed last year.

I hope to write a few more posts before I go back to work on January 2.  I do have plans to attend one book signing in February, celebrate Delta's centennial in Washington in July (where several authors will be there), and hopefully return to the National Book Club Conference in August.  I would like to wish you and yours a very happy holiday season and a wonderful 2013!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Missing Dee

Dee and I at the South Carolina Book Festival in May


I have returned to the blog with a heavy heart.  Dee Stewart, also known as Miranda Parker, passed away on Friday.

I got a chance to meet her twice.  The first time was last year at the National Book Club Conference, where my friends and I met her at the chocolate social.  Her first book had just been released and she was giving out chocolate cupcakes.  She was very nice and took the time to talk to us.

After NBCC, we stayed in contact via Facebook and Twitter. When she announced that she was going to be in Columbia for the South Carolina Book Festival, I told her that I would make sure that I would make an effort to see her.  At the festival, she was a part of a new authors panel and even discussed her upcoming book, which was about to be released at the time.  We got a chance to talk afterwards and she was grateful that I attended her panel and signing.

We still communicated on social media after that, but I didn't know that the South Carolina Book Festival would be the last time I would see her.

Not only Dee was an author, she was a well-known public relations specialist, mostly focusing on Christian literature.  She also was the co-founder of Twitter's Black Lit Chat.

Please pray for her daughter, parents, siblings, other family members and friends during this difficult time.

Dee was a very down-to-earth and sweet person and is loved by those who knew her. She will be missed, but I know she is in a better place.

Friday, July 27, 2012

How To Find Black Literature

First, I would like to apologize for not writing any posts lately.  I have been busy with my professional life and have been going through long-term writer's blog. I have been wondering what book I was going to review next and what direction the blog was going to take.

Then, this afternoon, I saw this.  It asked what happened to the type of black literature that was popular in the 90s and early 2000s.

Let's go over the authors that are listed in the beginning in this article. Yes, Bebe and E. Lynn are no longer with us. But E. Lynn's estate has released three books since his passing.  Asha Bandele came out with a book two years ago.  And Bernice McFadden came out with a book this year (which I reviewed here) and an ebook.

My point is this: that type Black literature is still around. You just have to find it.

Here are a few tips.

Google/Yahoo Search/Bing is your friend:  I don't care what kind of search engine you use.  Just look up African-American books or African-American literature and you can find something.

Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other booksellers are your friends:  Look up an author on one of these sites and they usually suggest books that others have bought. There are also smaller booksellers online that just sell African-American books, like Hue-Man (soon) and Mahogany Books. Employees at the bookstores will also tell you what's hot.

Social media is your friend: Ask your Facebook and Twitter friends what they are reading. They may give you some good suggestions. Many authors are also on Facebook and Twitter and some even give suggestions. There's also social media for book lovers, like GoodReads, Shelfari and LibraryThing.  And you see that long list on the right hand side of your screen?  Many of those are blogs about African-American books.  I'm not the only one.

Librarians are your friends: (puts on librarian hat) The library is a great place to discover new books. The librarians and other staff will know what's the hottest book right now and will give you recommendations.  Some libraries also have databases to help you find your next read. (takes off hat)

Friends are, well, your friends: I know not everyone is like me and got friends who like to read. But I know you got to have a friend or two who likes to read and can recommend a book.

It's 2012.  There are several ways to find books now.  Use them. Find something that floats your boat. If you like the book, tell friends and encourage them to read. This way, black literature won't die.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Guest Post: God Don't Make No Mistakes




Several weeks ago, I received an advanced copy of God Don't Make No Mistakes by Mary Monroe.  I admit that I hadn't read the "God Don't" series (but I do plan to!). I knew my friend Flashette (which you met here) had read the series and would like to have the opportunity of reading and reviewing it. I gave her my copy to check it out and she gave me a review.  Flash is a teacher, reviewer for OOSA, avid reader and friend. 

Here is her review:

God Don’t Make No Mistakes is the final installment in the “God Don’t” series by Mary Monroe. The series follows the lifes and adventures of two childhood friends: Annette and Rhoda. These ladies have survived it all from molestation to breast cancer, from prostitution to the death of a child. They make it through these challenges because of their unshakeable friendship. This bond is again tested as the ladies find themselves at odds about the best interest of their daughters. 

Annette’s daughter Charlotte, once again finds herself involved with the wrong crowd. When she tries to tell her mother about what is going on, Charlotte mistakes her attitude for moodiness. Will Charlotte be able to get through to her mother before things take a dangerous turn? Then there’s Jade, Rhoda’s rebellious daughter. Jade does everything in her power to bring her mother pain and sorrow. Through it all, Rhoda still loves her. So, she hatches a plan to get her daughter on the right path once and for all. In addition to our two stars, Monroe brings back the rest of the quirky family members. These characters provide just enough comic relief to keep the storyline moving. 

I have read every novel in the “God Don’t” series and I must say that this novel is my least favorite. This is probably because I have grown tired of the group and am no longer interested in their life stories like I did in the past. However, I still found the story to be entertaining with quite a few LOL moments. I will truly miss these characters, especially Scary-Mary. I like the fact that Monroe gives true closure to the story and its characters. The reader definitely will not be wondering about what happens to the main characters later in life. For an author to truly end a series, this closure is necessary. So, while I bid farewell to Annette, Rhoda and the gang, I look forward to Monroe writing more books with characters that I will grow to love and be entertained with for many years (and series) to come.

Thanks, Flash!

Disclaimer: Received advanced copy from Kensington Publishing.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

The One

Note: this blog post has spoilers for two books. 

About three years ago, I read In Love With A Younger Man by Cheryl Robinson.  It's about 43-year-old Olena Day trying to decide between two younger men.  Matthew is 25 and has his life together at a young age. Jason's 32 and a retired football player. While reading this book, I really wanted Olena to get with Matthew because he seemed to be a pretty decent guy.  Something about Jason always seemed off and I wasn't feeling him.

At the end of the book, Olena finds out that Matthew is the son of a man she dated in college (and got pregnant by, which resulted in an abortion).  That leaves her with only Jason, who just found out he has prostate cancer.

So when I heard a sequel was coming out, I was happy, but cautious.  I was hoping that Olena had enough sense to give Matthew another chance. But based on the description of The One, I wasn't holding my breath.

This book starts out with Olena nursing Jason back to health after prostate surgery and dealing with ED. After loosing her job and not getting prospects on the novel she's written, Olena gets an opportunity to take part of a reality show. The One is like The Bachelor/Bachelorette with the travel elements of The Amazing Race.  She takes the opportunity, which causes Jason to break up with her (and gets his lawyers to tell her not to mention his name on TV, one of many trifling things he would do in this book).

While Olena jet sets around the world meeting bachelors, Jason continues to act stupid.  After not being able to sleep with Olena because of his condition, he sleeps with the first chick he meets at CVS. And she turns out to be crazy.  Meanwhile, Olena meets a new girlfriend in Tilley, her bald stylist, and bachelor Porter, a musician who has feelings for her.

Like the first book, this was an OK read. Both books are those kind of reads that you read on a quite and/or rainy day and can finish them fairly quickly.  I cared for Olena and want her to make the best decisions, but to me, she doesn't make them. My feeling for Jason went from getting bad vibes from him to wishing he dropped off the face of the earth. He's a entitled jerk, a spoiled brat and thinks with his little head at times.

The twists at the end of the book gives room for a third book. I hope Robinson writes a conclusion to this series so I can find out what happens to Olena.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Summer Reads 2012

Last year, I wrote this extensive list of which books I was looking forward to reading over the summer.  But this year, I don't have that kind of list.  This summer, I will be trying to read as many books that I have bought from festivals, signings, Friends of the Library events and just plain old bookstore visits/B&N Website browsing (for the Nook Color).

Here are some major media outlets that are featuring their summer reads list. More will be added as they become available:

NY Times

USA Today (Interactive)

NPR

Good Housekeeping

Journal Sentinel (Added 5/29/12   I got 99 books....)

Chicago Tribune (Added 5/29/12)

Wall Street Journal (Added 5/29/12)

Entertainment Weekly (Added 5/29/12)

Library Journal (Added 5/29/12)

NY Daily News (Added 5/31/12)

Entertainment Weekly (Added 6/1/12)

Publishers Weekly (Added 6/8/12)

LA Times (Added 6/8/12)

Oprah Magazine (Added 7/5/12)

Daily Candy (Added 7/5/12)

Learnvest (Added 7/5/12)

What books do you plan to read this summer?

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

2012 South Carolina Book Fesitval


Wonderful.  That is the best word I can use to describe the 16th Annual South Carolina Book Festival.  I had so much fun and got to a chance to meet (and re-meet) some wonderful authors during this two day event in Columbia.  

After waking up early Saturday morning and driving about an hour an a half to the Capital City, I arrive at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.  And the first person I see when I arrived is Kwame Alexander.  And he notices that I'm wearing my Capital Bookfest tee.  I also met with my friend Valinda (who was volunteering at the festival) at the door and she took pictures.  For those who have seen these pictures on my Facebook page realize that I am not smiling in that one.  When Valinda took the other picture, it looks like I'm frowning. But I was getting ready to smile when she took that picture.

After greeting Kwame, Valinda and I went to see Kimberla Lawson Roby.  She talked about her new book The Reverend's Wife (which I've already read - and need to do a review), plans to keep the Curtis Black series going (her husband told her if Victor Newman's been doing it for 30 years, Curtis can too) and future books (one in January, a Curtis Black novel next May and back to Alicia Black in 2014).  There is also talk on bringing Curtis and his family on the big screen. Afterwards, she signed books and greeted us all.

Valinda with Kimberla

After Kimberla's talk, Valinda tells me that I should meet the authors representing Strebor Books (Zane's publishing company). There I met Zane's sister Charmaine Parker, Allison Hobbs, Suzetta Perkins and Shamara Ray.  They were all very nice and I was so glad to meet them!

Suzetta, Shamara, me, Charmaine and Allison
 

I caught the tail end of the Powerful Nonfiction panel featuring Andrew Skerritt.  His book, Ashamed to Die, has been on my radar for a while, since it deals with AIDS in a South Carolina community.  When we met and he found out I was from Charleston, he said that he wants to speak in Charleston and visit the city! Hopefully we can make that happen!

Tyora Moody, me and Stephanie L. McKenny












With Karissa Thomas
During lunchtime, while many people went to to the first Pat Conroy session, I went to look around at the booths, which are mostly independent book publishers, book sellers selling "antique" books and independent authors.  I met South Carolina residents Tyora Moody and Stephanie McKenny, who had a booth together. Both of their books have popped up on my radar so I was interested in meeting them.  They were so nice!  I also meet Karissa Thomas. Her books are about life skills and self-improvement. I really like her message!

Erika Marks and Miranda Parker at their panel
I attended the First Novels panel to support Twitter friend/Facebook friend/fellow member of the Shemar Moore fan club Miranda Parker.  All three authors talked about their books and the writing process.  Miranda said that she was contacted by her publisher after her work was entered into a contest. Now she is about to release her second novel next month. It was great seeing her again after meeting her at the National Book Club Conference.  I also met the other authors on the panel (Ann Hite and Erika Marks) and got their books too (Little Gale Gumbo had been on my radar).

Miranda and I

I got my books signed by Zane before she took the stage.  She talked about how she got into publishing, her career, plans for the future (including a new show on Cinemax, publishing more authors under Strebor, screenwriting and coming out with Chocolate Flava 3).  And Addicted is going to be a movie!  Some brave soul asked Zane about 50 Shades of Gray.  She responded that this is not the first time that erotica has been mainstream but is glad for its success.

After meeting Eric Jerome Dickey (and giving him a huge hug, because I was so excited meeting him - true fan moment #giggles) after Zane's talk, Valinda and I hung out with Women Empowered By Books (WEBB) Book Club out of St. Helena's Island (outside of Beaufort).  We had great time talking about all kinds of stuff! Thanks ladies! And a shout-out to For Sisters Only Book Club out of Spartanburg for the great conversation while we waited for Zane.



Sunday started out with Eric Jerome Dickey in action.  He read from his new book An Accidental Affair (which I am reading right now). And for those who want to know about Gideon (like I do!), Eric said that he will bring him back after the next book.  His love of travel is shown throughout his novels and he admits that he like to stay away from the tourist areas and explore where the people live. And don't you see the big smile of my face! (#giggles)


Next up was Pat Conroy! He was on a panel with three of his best friends (who all wrote books).  It was interesting, to say the least. I stood in line for about an hour waiting to meet him (it was worst the day before, where they had to cut people off at closing - he signed for three hours).   He was very nice and loved the fact that I was from Charleston.  I also got to meet Wiley Cash, whose book A Land More Kind Than Home, has been getting great reviews. I looked around the exhibit hall one more time before I headed back home.

This was my third time attended the SC Book Festival (I attended in '07 and '10) and this was the best time I've had. The organizers did a wonderful job of having activities for people of all ages and colors.  I will be definitely attending this event again and will encourage more of my friends to come!

Friday, May 18, 2012

South Carolina Book Festival 2012 Preview

It's time for the South Carolina Book Festival!  I will be heading to Columbia (also known as the Capital City and Gamecock Country) tomorrow to take up two days of authors, books and more books. This is my first time going in two years.

I'm so excited because this year because several of my favorite authors are going to be there. Kimberla Lawson Roby will be there Saturday morning and Zane will be speaking in the afternoon. (Side note: to be honesty, I think the author of 50 Shades of Gray took Zane's M.O.) I will also get to see Miranda Parker, who I had a great chance of meeting last year at the National Book Club Conference. Acoustic Rooster will also make his way to the Columbia Convention Center as Kwame Alexander will take part in this year's festival.

On Sunday, I finally get to see and meet Eric Jerome Dickey! He's one of the few famous African-American authors I haven't met. So when I found out he was coming, I nearly passed out (seriously).

Other authors include Pat Conroy, Richard Paul Evans and Mary Alice Monroe.

I hope to have something up by no later than Monday because I will be heading out of town (this time for work) later on in the week.  And if you are attending, I hope to see you there!

If you are not going and live in the Charleston area, Diva Read Retreat Book Club will be having their Evening of Literature with Curtis Bunn Saturday night.  It's at 7 p.m. at the Pilot's Lounge in Summerville.  More information can be found here.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Fifth Born II: The Hundredth Turtle


About ten years ago, I read Fifth Born.  It's about Odessa, a St. Louis girl who experienced mistreatment from her mother and sexual abuse from her father during the 1960s and 1970s. It was a book that I highly enjoyed and it has stuck with me to this day.

When I read from another blogger that there was a sequel, I wanted to read it.  My local library didn't have it, but I was lucky that my employer offers a ILL service where books are shared among the colleges in the state.  One of the community colleges had the book and it was sent my way.

(MAJOR SPOILER ALERT! If you have not read the first book, you may want to skip to the end.) I was so glad that the sequel rehashed the end of the first book.  Odessa finds out that her assumed crazy aunt Ella Mae (who lives in Mississippi) is her real mother and that she was a product of rape (the aunt was raped by her father).  Odessa is left in Mississippi after she confronts her parents, especially her father, about her real paternity.

So The Hundredth Turtle focuses on what happens after Odessa is left in Mississippi.  She works on connecting with Ella Mae and maintains a relationship with her brother Lamont, who has been ostracize by other members of their family for being gay.  Among her other struggles of growing into adulthood and surviving her past, she also has to deal with Lamont's sexuality and his terminal illness.

To me, this book was OK.  There were some parts that were slow and other parts that happened so fast that it made your head spin and left you with questions.  There were times that I wanted to tell Odessa to confront her past and get some courage!  And the pop culture junkie in me didn't like that certain pop culture references were dropped before they actually happened (ex. based on the timeline of the book, Madonna's name was dropped before she became the huge star that she is today and the characters listening to Push It on the radio around '83-'84 when it came out in '86).  I think a lot of this happened because it was self-published (not knocking self-publishers and small publishers!) and I think an editor would have helped her with the timeline of this book.  Also, one of the (small, as in size) characters stayed the same age FOREVER.

I would recommend this book if you are really dying to know what happened to Odessa and her family after the first book.  But I did feel kind of let down after enjoying the first book so much.

Monday, May 7, 2012

10 Books in 30 Days recap

Last month, I started on a journey to read ten books in thirty days.  I thought I was on the way of getting there, but I failed.

I read four books.

The third book I finished was Diamond Life, the sequel of Platinum.  It's about the lives of hip hop stars and their spouses/lovers and some, if not all, of them were inspired by real life stars.  I actually enjoyed this one a little more than Platinum, but my only complaint is that one of the characters that was highly featured in Platinum wasn't in Diamond Life much. And if the real life inspiration to Bunny is anything close to the character....

The fourth book I finished was Redefining Diva by Sheryl Lee Ralph.  This book is mostly a biography, but gives pearls of wisdom along the way. I had a chance to meet Soror Ralph at Regional Convention last year and she is just as sweet and gorgeous in person.

I think what messed me up was that I read a lot of books that were long and needed more of my attention rather than quick and easy reads.  I will keep that in mind the next time I do a challenge like this.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

10 Books in 30 Days: The Good Son


There is one word to describe this true crime book: BOO!

I had started reading The Good Son almost two weeks ago, but didn't really get that far. Since the book's not long (about 260 pages), I decided to make it a part of my challenge.

This is a case where a 19-year old guy killed his parents with the help of his girlfriend, her best friend and the night manager at the IHOP they hung out at. The motive was (supposedly) for money. The parents were stabbed and shot to death.

I would normally list the names of these people when I review true crime books, but this book may me not care. Why? Because only 70 pages of this book was dedicated to background about the suspects and the victims. The rest of the book was dedicated to trial coverage of the guy and his girlfriend (the other two suspects plead out).

Then in the end, the author admits that she sent the guy books in jail and has been communicating with him. WTH?

It was an easy read, but I kind of wish I passed on it. I'm glad I wasn't alone in that feeling. I felt like I got more information on this when it was featured on Deadly Women.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

10 Books in 30 Days Challenge

While on Facebook last week, I came across SistahFriend Book Club's 10 Books in 30 Days Challenge. So I decided to not only to try to read 10 books in 30 days, but to blog about them!

So far, I am doing well on the challenge (I know it's only day 1). I am more than half-way through a true crime book and hope to finish by tomorrow. I also got some of friends to take part of the challenge too.

I'm still debating on whether to participate in the 24-hour read-a-thon on April 21st. I just realized that I have a book club meeting that day. I thought about doing it last October, but it was on my birthday weekend. (They do it twice a year.)

I hope to have the first post up very soon and got a (somewhat) strategy on how to tackle this challenge! Wish me luck!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

About that Getting to Happy movie...


First off, I want to apologize for not being around as much as I want to (or suppose to). I had minor surgery last week and needed a few days to recover. That and work has kept me away. I am doing a lot better now.

Yesterday was this blog's second anniversary. I would like to thank all of my readers who have stuck by me these last two years.

But this week has been sad. As you may know, we loss Whitney Houston on Saturday. There have been many questions surrounding her death. What will happen to Bobbi Kris? What will her legacy be? And what will happen to the Waiting to Exhale sequel?

Yes, people have been asking what will happen to the Getting To Happy movie, which will be based off of Terry McMillian's latest book. Savannah, Robin, Gloria and Bernadette are 15 years older, and hopefully wiser. And according to 20th Century Fox, it will still happen.

I have my concerns about the Getting to Happy movie, and it has nothing to do with Whitney.

Let's go back to the 1995 holiday season. I was 16 years old (a half-lifetime ago!) and was a junior in high school. I had read Waiting to Exhale a few years before and was all excited about the movie. I bought the soundtrack and the paperback version of the book (and read it again), waiting until the movie comes out.

Since I'm 16, but look like I'm 12, I ask my mother to go with me to the movie (since it's rated R). So I walk in the theater excited, but leave upset. I thought them, and I still feel now, that they turned a great book into a God-awful movie. The storyline that was in the book just somehow did not translate well in the movie.

Side note: My mother didn't like the movie either and talked about asking Whitney for her money back. To this day, she is the only person I know didn't like the movie and has never read the book.

Which brings me to today. The reason I am hesitant about the new movie is because I am afraid that the screenwriters will mess it up like they did Waiting to Exhale. And I wasn't crazy about Getting to Happy either.

Then there's talk on who would play Savannah. The president of Fox 2000 thought Oprah would be nice. Savannah was so bitter in that book that I can't see Lady O doing it.

One line sister suggested JHud. Too young. Another one suggested Vanessa Williams. I like her, but I would be on the fence on that selection.

Someone on Twitter suggested Vivica Fox. I don't know.

I hope that the Getting to Happy does at least give the book the justice that Waiting to Exhale didn't. And I hope that Whitney's legacy will be honored, movie or not.

This is how I have been feeling since I heard of her passing. RIP Nippy.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Doing Big Things in 2012!

Happy New Year! Hope your 2012 is going well. Everything is good here in the lovely state of South Carolina. We've been flooded with commercials, stories, signs, etc. because the Republican Presidential Primary is Saturday. And I will be so happy when it's over. Even though some cool people are in town, including Anderson Cooper, Donna Brazile and hometown favorite Stephen Colbert, I am tired of the bashing and the negativity. Can't wait until things are back to normal.

So far, I've read 5 books, which I think is good. Four of those books were books I started in 2011. I'm almost halfway through Perfect Peace, which is really good. I am trying to read it by Saturday since the Book Club Groupies (the book club formally known as the Literary Divas of the Lowcountry) will be discussing it. And I'm almost to the point where the stuff hits the fan. And for anyone who has read this book knows what I'm talking about.

This past Friday (which I know it was the 13th, but it was Delta's Founders Day, so I wasn't even thinking about bad luck), I got the chance to attend a literary event with Niobia Bryant (also known as Meesha Mink and Simone Bryant) at the Cooper River Library. Even though it was a small crowd, we had a good time discussing books and the book industry. Do you know that she writes 4 different genres under three different publishers?

In other news:

The nominations for NAACP Image Awards were announced today. Here are the literature nominations.

Also, the Edgar Award nominations (for mystery books and true crime) were also announced. One of my favorites of 2011 is on the Best Fact Crime list!

Carl Weber and Eric Pete will be in Columbia February 3 to promote their new book, The Family Business. It will be from 6-8:30 pm at the Urban Knowledge Book Store at Columbia Place (aka Columbia Mall).

Cheers to a new year and great books!