Friday, October 25, 2013

Book News You Can Use 10/25/13

My Friday Reads is Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward.  Just started reading it, but so far, so good.

Congratulations to the Whiting Writers' Award winners!

Blame Uncle Steve and Supahead for this one: Will the celebrity self-help book trend ever die?

Following Jaycee Dugard and Elizabeth Smart, two of the three women held captive in Cleveland for a decade are writing about their experience.  BTW, Jaycee's book was really good.

Be on the lookout for the tons of books coming out about JFK.

Edwidge Danticat talks about her new book in Ebony.

In light of Grambling State's troubles, it may be a good time to pick up Breaking The Line.  Author Samuel Freedman writes about it in this essay for ESPN.

James Bond, Jeeves and Philip Marlowe have returned, thanks to new authors who have picked up the characters after their creators have passed on.

Here are five things you didn't know about Maurice Sendak.

And speaking of Sendak, this year is the 50th anniversary of Where the Wild Things Are. Some illustrators (and kids) got together and remixed some of Sendak's work.

Attention history buffs: here is a new book about an African-American who moved to Russia and became rich.

Here is a story about how Amazon and Goodreads could loose some of their best readers.  I can't totally  blame Amazon for this, because this was a problem on Goodreads before Amazon took over.

Jamie Dornan is the newest sucker actor to be in the 50 Shades of Gray movie.

The book signing with Tina McElroy Ansa will run sometime next week.  I left my notebook in Columbia and just got it back.  I am also recovering from a car accident that happened Wednesday. What a way to celebrate a birthday. I also did not go to Spartanburg to see Attica Locke yesterday, so that will not appear on the blog.

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