Friday, September 27, 2013

Friday, September 20, 2013

Book News You Can Use 9/20/13



Grace Jones is writing a memoir, which is planned to be published next fall.

I guess this is the year that ignorant people attack The Bluest Eyes. This time it's from Toni's home state of Ohio.

And a school board in North Carolina has banned Invisible Man.

Paula Deen has come out of hiding and has made her first public appearance in months.

As my hopes for a decent Gone Girl movie continues to get dashed, meet the model who will play the other woman in Nick's life.

The National Book Award nominees were announced this week.

Thirteen of James Baldwin's books have been released in e-books.

James Patterson is giving independent bookstores $1 million.

Wild meets Silver Sparrow: Cheryl Strayed recently met her long-lost half-sister.

Jesmyn Ward talks about how she wrote Men We Reaped.

Terry McMillian gave some insight into the state of African-American authors and big publishers in this article.

The movie based on Zane's Addicted has gotten a release date. Thank God it will be out before the 50 Shades movie.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Book News You Can Use 9/13/13



Since today is Friday the 13th, I though about putting a picture of Jason Voorhees up.  But I decided on this instead.  It's NSFW, but it's funny.

Sonia Sanchez turned 79 years young Monday. A documentary has been created about her life and a Kickstarter fund has been started to raise $55,000 to complete it.

Who would have though Dennis Rodman would be an unofficial diplomat, much less write a book with the leader of North Korea?

Author NoViolet Bulawayo and Anthony Marra discuss their coming-of-age books.

And speaking of NoViolet, We Need New Names made the Booker Prize short-list.

Another story about "Who Asked You?" comes in as Terry McMillian's new book is released next week.

So how come I didn't know that MSN had a book website until it shut down?

Jesmyn Ward received coverage of her new book Men We Reaped in the New York Times.

Roxane Gay had a conversation with Kiese Laymon, author of How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others and America and Long Division.

Roxane also wrote about how there needs to be some diversity in literary conversations.  Amen.

Do you know the one thing that white authors can get away with but minority writers can't?

Friday, September 6, 2013

Book News You Can Use 9/6/13


Football season has started and I'm excited, especially for college football.  LET'S GO GAMECOCKS!!!!

True Crime author Carla Norton released a novel inspired by on one of her previous TC books.

Terry McMillian talks to Huffington Post about "Who Asked You?", which will be out on the 17th.

The people who select books for Oprah's website/magazine did a good job in selecting September's reading list picks.  Why? Because four of them are on my to-be-read list!

Good news for Agatha Christie fans: there will be a Poirot novel, the first one in almost 40 years.  But she's not coming back from the dead to write it.

CBS Films has secured the rights for The Husband's Secret.

Writer Mary Gaitskill doesn't like Gone Girl.

And speaking of Gone Girl, whose idea was it to cast Tyler as Nick's lawyer? SERIOUSLY??!!

USA Today has a preview of the most anticipated books of the fall.  And so does Kirkus Reviews.

Maya Angelou will receive an honorary book award from the National Book Awards.

Bad enough they are making a 50 Shades of Gray movie. I didn't even get to the love scenes because Ana and Christian were so dang annoying. But this was the best they can do with casting? Seriously?

So Rush Limbaugh decided to write a children's book. Good Lord.

One day I will get it together and go to the Decatur Book Festival.  Here's recaps from The Write Life and Our Literacy Lives.

Picture came from Spurs Up Blog.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Never Say Never


June marked six years since nine Charleston firefighters lost their lives in the Sofa Super Store fire.  This tragedy has made people in my hometown more aware of the work and dedication that firefighters have, especially in light of the recent tragedies in Houston and Arizona.

But what happens to the widows and families that the deceased firefighters left behind?  How do they move on? After hearing that many widows of firemen who died in 9/11 married other firemen, Victoria Christopher Murrary decided to examine what happens in Never Say Never.

Miriam is married to Chauncey and Jamal is married to Emily.  They are all best friends and both Chauncey and Jamal are firefighters.  When Chauncey dies in a school fire, Miriam feels that her life is over.  Luckily, Jamal and Emily are there for her.  But as time goes on, Jamal and Miriam get close. Very close, if you know what I mean. How will this affair impact the surviving friends?

This book is a little different from what I have read from Victoria in the past, but I still enjoyed it.  It shows how grief can take over someone's life and make them do things they would never do.  I had a chance to discuss the book with Victoria when we saw each other at Delta Sigma Theta's National Convention. I told her about the Sofa Super Store fire and she asked if any of the widows married other firefighters.  I told her no, but the families have pretty much kept their privacy after the event and if they did, the public never knew about it.

If you have enjoyed Victoria's past novels, you will enjoy Never Say Never.

Received ARC from Touchstone and Netgallery.  Opinions are my own.