Friday, November 29, 2013

Books News You Can Use 11/29/13



Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! I would like to take this time and thank everyone (sorors and those in the Charleston community) who came out to Charleston Alumnae's event with Kwame Alexander last Friday.  Special thanks goes out to the staff at the main library at Charleston County Public Library for being wonderful hosts.  I was event coordinator for this event and was nervous on whether it would be a success. And it was!  Hopefully this will not be the last literary event that my chapter will organize.  I have some ideas so stay tuned!

And one more thing....GO GAMECOCKS!! BEAT THE TIGERS!!

Relax in Paradise Wanda Coleman.

Michelle Knight will also write a book about being held for more than a decade by Ariel Castro.  Personally, I don't know about this.

I am still thinking about reading Hunting Season, which was recently featured on NPR. I saw the case on Fatal Encounters several months ago.  My ID addiction is showing.

I don't care how many stars are going to be in A Day Late and A Dollar Short, it deserves better than being on Lifetime.

James McBride is still winning as Song Yet Unsung will be adapted into a mini-series for FX.

Teenagers still like to read (physical) books.

ETA: 12/1/13: Moved the picture to the top!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Book News You Can Use 11/22/13

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Relax in Paradise Barbara Park, Doris LessingCharlotte Zototow, Sylvia Browne, John Egerton, Herbert Mitgang and Syd Field.

The book world was surprised (again) Wednesday night when James McBride won the National Book Award for Fiction.

Also, as ZoraToniMaya mentioned, Toni and Maya were on the same stage during the awards show.

Shonda Rhimes will be publishing a book in 2015.  Maybe she has a little free time now that Private Practice is over.

George Carlin's daughter is writing a memoir based on the relationship of her famous father.

HBO will be developing a show based out of Walter Mosley's Socrates Fortlow, with Laurence Fishburne in the lead.  So what happened to the Leonid McGill series that HBO was developing?

One of Charleston's most famous residents will also be featured in a HBO adaption of a book.

Terry McMillian speaks the truth in this video from the New York Times.

In a surprise move (not!), a court has delayed the release of the book Diary of Malcolm X.

When Black Feminism meets #nerdland: bell hooks and Melissa Harris Perry recently had a discussion that had everyone talking.

Omar Tyree may not have a major book deal right now, but he is racking up the movie deals.

Here is another interview with Jesmyn Ward. Reading this book right now and enjoying it!

Christmas is a little over a month away. Why not start shopping for the bookworm in your life?

If you are in downtown Charleston today at 4:30 p.m., join me and the sorors of the Charleston Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. as we host a release party for Kwame Alexander's new book He Said She Said! The event will be at the main library on Calhoun Street. The above video has Kwame with students from my alma mater, Burke High School.  See you there!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Book News You Can Use 11/8/13

St. Thomas, here I come!



Speaking of young adult books, Ya'll Fest is this weekend.


The title of this book makes me laugh.

Comparing book vs. movie: 12 Years A Slave edition. Brought to you by booksploitation.

I am down for any book to movie adaptation that involves Julianne Moore.

Issa Rae is working on a book!

Amazon has announced their best books of 2013.

Here is the list of the most famous authors from every state. Amelia Bedelia (or the lady that created her) represents my state!

Pics from the Hurston-Wright Awards!

There will be no Book News You Can Use next week. I will be in St. Thomas for the National Conference on Health Disparities. I will be working, but hope I can at least sit on a hammock and read books while I'm there.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Book News You Can Use 11/1/13

Chain Letter Rules!!

The Hurston/Wright Awards were given out last weekend in Washington, D.C.

Speaking of the Hurston/Wright Foundation, they recently had some leadership changes.

Sad that I missed Attica Locke in Spartanburg last week, but happy to see she has won the Ernest Gaines Award for Literary Excellence! Congratulations! #woohoo

Read bell hook's thoughts about the Lean In book and movement.

How did I miss that Reese is going to be in the movie based on Wild?

Sometimes, I think adults read into too much of things that kids enjoy. This is a perfect example.

A documentary on Alice Walker will be screened at a upcoming film festival.

Alice's daughter Rebecca talks about her new book with The Root.

Dear Dr. Murrary: Do not write a memoir. I need for you to find out where Casey Anthony and George Zimmerman are hiding. And wherever they are, I need you to disappear there. FOREVER.

Willie Nelson is writing a memoir. And Morrissey's autobiography will be published in the United States.

Here is an awesome NY Times story about Ntozake Shange, who has suffered from several health problems over the last decade.

Poet and photographer Thomas Saylers Ellis discusses how he has been influenced by Maya Angelou.

I work at a medical library and there would probably be some students that would love the idea of living at the library, like these students at NYU.

Speaking of libraries, this story proves why librarians (including yours truly) ROCK.

We haven't finished eating our Halloween candy and a major Best of 2013 list is already out.

Scott Turow is in town today. I'm not going, unless you lend me $45.

There is a book luncheon today too.  That also requires money.

And Sebastian Junger will be in town soon. Also would need money for that, but it won't matter because I will be in St. Thomas when he comes.

I like R. L. Stine and all, but this was no contest. Christopher Pike all of the way!! Two words: CHAIN LETTER.