Friday, January 31, 2014

Book News You Can Use 1/31/14

Front of the Shirt...
And the back!
Many librarians don't get to travel for their job unless it is for a library association conference.  Because the nature of my job, I get to travel to conferences all across the state of South Carolina to promote the health information website that I help maintain.  Last weekend, I went to a conference for preschool teachers that we thought we were going to talk to a lot of people, but we didn't.  But the plus side was that there was a guy who was selling shirts to the teachers. And he had this shirt. And I bought it.  He also told me that he sells Divine Nine shirts with occupations on them, so I hope he has a Delta Librarian shirt. I have been looking for one for over two years.  You can find the shirt on this website.

Relax in Paradise Jose Emilio PachecoAnthony Lovett , Morris Turner,  Leslie Lee and Pete Seeger.

Swedish author Henning Mankell is battling cancer.

The American Library Association's Midwinter Conference just ended, which means that book awards were given out.  Here are the lists of award winners for children's books and adult fiction.

I don't know why the author only came up with 16 major advantages of being a book lover.

And this woman wrote about why she loves libraries.

A new study shows that the most likely person to read a book is a college-educated African-American woman. I think I fit this. ;-)  Essence's book editor gives his reasons why.

For $750 (and a trip to New York City, for some of us), you can have an author come to your book club meeting.  What happened to Skype?

I guess since the book section is missing in the February issue of Ebony (as far as I could see, but double check behind me), they gave us this instead. Side-eying the first book mentioned.

This Korean-American professor is teaching African-American literature to students at UNLV.  And can thank Henry Louis Gates for her interests.

Attica Locke recently did an interview with NPR.

I didn't know there was a campaign to read more books by women in 2014.  Here are 50 books to get you started.

Movie plans are already in place for The Good Luck of Right Now.  Did I mention that this book doesn't come out until next week?

Michelle Dean writes about YA Dystopia.

Malaika Adero, who works at Atria, shows the upcoming books she's been working with. Great lineup!

ETA 2/3/14: Website of the t-shirt company.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Book News You Can Use 1/24/13

My Friday Reads is Nikki Giovanni's new book, Chasing Utopia.  I am borrowing this book from a coworker and as always with Soror Nikki's work, I am really enjoying it.  What book do you plan to read this weekend?

Relax in Paradise Alexandros Petersen.

Last weekend there were memorial services for Wanda Coleman and Amiri Baraka.

Kenyan author Binyavagan Wainaian came out in a new essay, partly inspired by recent anti-gay legislation in Uganda and Nigeria.

More Gone Girl Movie News: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross will score the film.  And the end was changed for the movie. Maybe _____ will get what's coming to him/her.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Book News You Can Use 1/17/14

Relax in Paradise Juan Gelman.

Congratulations to all of the Edgar Award nominees!  Glad to see that The Good Nurse was nominate for best Fact Crime Book!

Nominees for the National Book Critics Circle Awards were also announced this week.

A stamp honoring Ralph Ellison will be released later this year.

Attica Locke will receive her Gaines Award next week.

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King's 85th Birthday, Pearl Cleage talks about meeting him and ways we can truly honor his legacy.

Nakia at ZoraToniMaya has a list of 21 books that she plans to read this year.

There will be a New York festival honoring the work of James Baldwin.

Happy 50th Birthday to our wonderful and beautiful First Lady Michelle Obama!!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Book News You Can Use 1/10/14

Relax in Paradise Amiri Baraka and Elizabeth Jane Howard.

Congratulations to all of the Image Award nominees!

The Millions created a list of the most anticipated releases of 2014.  So did Huffington Post.

The only book I was interested in reading from USA Today's Winter Book Preview was Robin Roberts'.

Here is a list of 16 books you need to read before their film adaptations are released this year.  The bad news is that Addicted wasn't on the list.  The good news is that 50 Shades isn't, either.

Speaking of one of the books that will be adapted to a film this year, this magazine cover doesn't make any sense (for those who have read Gone Girl).

Book social network Bookish has been acquired by Zola Books, an online retailer.

You will see more Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang in books as S&S signs on as a publisher.

Here is a New York Times review of Foreign Gods, Inc.

In sad news, a Lebanese library has burned down, causing the loss of 50,000 books.

These kids wrote about a world without libraries.

The nation's only bookless library open recently.

This year's National Book Festival will be one day and indoors.

I might have been reading books when I was a teenager, but writing (and publishing) a book was not on my mind.

Some of these stereotypes of about book lovers fit me. And some of them don't.

I never thought about what would be on Beyonce's bookshelf (or any celebrity for that matter).  Somebody did.

Reluctant hero Charles Ramsey (who rescued the three kidnapped girls in Cleveland) has a book deal.

Sonia Sanchez talks about activism and poetry in this interview on MSNBC.

Tuesday was Zora Neale Hurston's birthday.  And Google celebrated.