Friday, February 28, 2014

Book News You Can Use 2/28/14

My Friday Reads is Virgin Soul.  It's about a girl who gets involved in the Black Panthers while in college.  I have been reading it off and on for months and think I am finally getting into the groove.  What do you plan to read this weekend? 

Here are five books that let you travel without leaving your couch.

This book about video game consoles will be out in May, but there are already movie plans.

Looks like African-American romance has made a lot of strides in the last 30+ years!

One of Malcolm X's daughters has wrote a children's book about her father.

Speaking of Malcolm X, a court will be deciding next week if the diary of Malcolm X will be published.

R. L. Stine will be honored with a lifetime achievement award from the Horror Writers Association.

Never knew there was an award for books that have medical themes.

Do you want a chart of 162 Young Adult retellings?  I did read a Jane Eyre retelling a few years ago where Jane was a struggling college student and Mr. Rochester was a Springsteen-type rocker. Yeah.

Did Steig Larsson leave clues on who killed a former Swedish prime minister?

Mama Kris has done it again: Kylie and Kendall Jenner's book will be released in June.

Here are 19 problems only book nerds can understand.  But why the GIFs only have Harry Potter?

Here is one review of Boy, Snow, Bird.  And here is another one by a fellow blogger.

Can't wait until The Prodigal Son comes out (or if I get an ARC first). Here's a review.

What's up with North Carolina and all of these attempted book bans?

About the time Goosebumps came out, I was too old for them.  At least there will be a Goosebumps movie in 2016.

Over 100 million copies of Fifty Shades of Gray have been sold.  WHY????

The Christmas Pearl, written by Lowcountry resident Dorothea Benton Frank, will be made into a movie with Whoopi Goldberg. It will be filmed somewhere in South Carolina and Whoopi is playing a  ghost. #mollyyoureindangergirl

John Steinbeck got a cool Google Doodle in honor of his birthday.

This video made for NPR is beautiful!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Book News You Can Use 2/21/14

Happy (Belated) Birthday Toni Morrison!! Read ZoraToniMaya's appreciation post.

Relax in Paradise Mavis Gallant.

Here are some inspiring quotes from Audre Lorde, who would have turned 80 Tuesday.  Here are also 10 reasons to love her.

Congratulations to all of the winners of the BCALA Literary Awards!

Also congratulations to all of the LA Times Book Prize finalists and honorees!

There is a Raisin in the Sun exhibit at the New York Public Library.


And speaking of YA books, this list of African-American YA books is EVERYTHING.

After the success of her first mystery novel (after it was leaked it was her), J.K. Rowling will return with another Robert Galbraith novel.

Hey Sci-Fi writers, racist and sexists rants are not allowed.

If the humor of Pearls Before Swine are any indication, these Timmy Failure books should be awesome.

Bret Easton Ellis says that he's working on a film project with Kanye West.  Please make this happen.

Here is a list of independent websites that are about black literature and authors.  Some are well known, some...not so much.

Here is a list of smart reads for teens.  Cy In Chains sounds like an interesting read.

This list is old (as in December) and it has a list of "African-American Interest Adult Titles".  I know this list is for book store owners and librarians, but you can take it or leave it.

James Patterson is giving away $1 million to independent book stores.

Harper Lee has settled a lawsuit against a museum in her home town.

Check out this article featuring Kimberla Lawson Roby.

Authors are asked which books we should stop calling classics.

This blogger got to meet Octavia Butler weeks before her passing.

This kid is collecting books for homeless kids. And he's 6. SIX.

Happy 50th Birthday Harriet The Spy!

Books about Anne Frank are being damaged in Tokyo libraries.

The picture of Toni is from from RUGU.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Mailbox Monday 2/17/14

More books have arrived at my mailbox, so you know what that means...another edition of Mailbox Monday!

I received three ARC (advanced review copies) books from Harper Books over the weekend:

Welcome To The Real World
The Book Of You
Postcards from Cookie

All of these books will be released in April.

Do you plan to put any of these books on your to-be-read list?  Let me know by dropping a line in the comments section!

Thanks Harper Books for the ARCs!!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Book News You Can Use 2/14/14

Relax in Paradise Maxine Kumin, Maggie Estep and Erik Belgave.

Open Road Media has bought E-Reads, the oldest digital publisher. Oldest, as in 1999.

Why there are only 11 reasons to date a bookworm?

And why there are only 11 reasons why books are better than Valentines?

And why there are only 6 reasons why librarians are great?

A photographer went around ALA Midwinter Meeting and took pictures of librarians, to show that we are not those stereotypes you see in the media. And I have a message for the brother librarian from Brooklyn: #heyboo.

Roy over at A Line A Day came up with some of his favorite reads for Black History Month.  And ZoraToniMaya has some suggested memoirs and essays.

Here are some books about Black History for young readersAnd some graphic novels.

Publishers Weekly has a list of anticipated debuts that are coming out or have been recently released.  And this is their anticipated spring list.

Leah Dunham shared a photo of the cover of her upcoming book and announced a release date.

MTV (which used to show music videos) is developing a drama based out of an RL Stine book.

Thirty Girls, which was highlighted in Mailbox Monday, was recently featured in Kirkus Reviews.

Former Rep. Gabby Giffords and husband Mark Kelly are writing a book about gun control.

Twitter can be an harsh place for authors (or anyone, for that matter).

Isabel Allende doesn't like crime fiction, even though she has written some crime fiction novels herself.

Last, but not least, HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!! #everydayisthe14th

Monday, February 10, 2014

Mailbox Monday 2/10/14

Welcome to the first Mailbox Monday! This new section will highlight books (mostly advanced review copies, or ARCs) that I have received in the mail.  This section will not be here every week, but every few weeks once books come in.  Here are the books that I received last week.

From Kensington Publishing:
Two books from Tiffany L. Warren: The Replacement Wife and Don't Tell A Soul
Two books from M. William Phelps: Obsessed and Cruel Death
Two YA books: Beware of Boys and True Story
Pretty Girls in The VIP
Strong Heat
And Then She Was Gone

From Random House:
Thirty Girls
A Star for Mrs. Blake

From Penguin via Goodreads contest win:
Queen Sugar

Are any of these books are your to-be-read list? I would like to hear from you!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Book News You Can Use 2/7/14

Lesson of this video: don't get drunk at book club meeting.

A few days ago, I kept seeing the hashtag #thegamechanges on Facebook and Twitter and I wanted to know why. Everybody found out the answer on Monday when Victoria Christopher Murray and ReShonda Tate Billingsley announced they have started their own publishing company, Brown Girls Publishing.  Here is Publishers Weekly's coverage of the announcement.  Now #thegamehaschanged.

Don't forget to watch the Alice Walker documentary on PBS tonight!

Here is an awesome question-and-answer with Mitchell S. Jackson, the author of The Residue Years.

Simon and Schuster launched a new website dedicated to business books.

NoViolet Bulawayo was named a fiction finalist in Barnes and Noble's Discovery Awards.

Amazon just came out with a list of 100 books you should read in a lifetime.

Want to know how fast you read? This test from Staples (yes, the office supply store) will tell you!

I wonder if the book editors at Oprah's magazine read my mind. Three of these books are on my to-be-read list.

Some of this can also apply to avid readers, journalism majors and MLIS students.

I was applying for colleges and counting down the days until high school graduation when I was 17.  This 17-year-old has a book deal.

Is Philip Roth going to quit writing fiction?

Uh-oh. I really like Zane, but it looks like she owes some people some money, including the IRS and the State of Maryland. On a side note, we finally found out what her government name is.

Speaking of government names, Iyanla Vanzant talks about why she changed her name. And when is Fix My Life coming back?

Can someone please tell these people that Netflix for books is call THE LIBRARY?!

The Guardian wants to know how many books do you read at one time.

Here is a timeline of Black History in young adult fiction.

Look at the best bookstores in the world (according to Business Insider)!

There will be no more Sony Bookstore.