Monday, March 31, 2014

Mailbox Monday 3/31/14

 More books arrived last week, so it is time for another edition of Mailbox Monday!

All of the books listed are from Random House. Two are ARCs and one is a Goodreads win.

And The Dark Sacred Night
Astonish Me
Every Day is for the Thief (this is the book I won on Goodreads)

Do you plan to put any of these books on your to-be-read list?  Drop me a line at the comments section!  Thanks Random House for the books!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Book News You Can Use 3/28/14


Monday was the 102nd birthday of Dorothy Height.  And as you can see from above, she was honored with her own Google Doodle.  She was an activist for civil and women's rights, the long-time leader of the National Council of Negro Women and worked on the national staff for the YWCA.  And did I mention that she was the 10th National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc?  And if you want to read about her incredible life, her autobiography Open Wide The Freedom Gates will be a great start.

Relax in Paradise Lawrence Teacher and Ken Forsse.

Congrats to all of the nominees for the RITA Awards and the winners of the Anisfield-Wolf Awards.

Here are 30 classic books to inspire African-American kids.

Whoever wrote this article about five books by five Black authors that should be made in movies:  THANK YOU!!  But I would need a 32 Candles movie before an Awesome Girl's Guide movie.

Two Black authors will see their books become movies: Rachel Renee Russell and Rebecca Walker.

An author tells HuffPo what happens when your book is turned into a TV show.

Check out this article about the awesome world of book clubs.

And some of the worst things that this writer said about being in a book club are some of the best things about being in a book club.

A rare Tennessee Williams story was recently published.

Did you get your e-book refund this week? I did!

Here is a review of the new book about Stokely Carmichael.

Nikki Giovanni talks to Sway about her new book and her love of Hip-Hop (especially Tupac).

A photographer is coming out with a book that has pictures of libraries.

Bookish is now being used at the New York Public Library.

Diesel, an ebooks store, has bit the dust.

Speaking of stores closing, rent has gotten so high in Manhattan that booksellers are leaving.

A Gone With the Wind prequel featuring Mammy will be released in October.

Amy Poehler was named honorary chairperson for World Book Night.

Can't wait to get Nelson George's book about Soul Train! Here is an article about the book.

The 50th anniversary of Harriet the Spy will be celebrated with an art exhibit.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Book News You Can Use 3/21/14

Several months ago at the National Conference on Health Disparities (the conference that sent me to St. Thomas), I heard from several panelists regarding human trafficking for labor and sexual purposes.  The one that touched me the most was hearing from Lisa Williams, who is the founder of Living Waters and Circle of Friends in Atlanta.  For the last several years, Lisa has helped girls escape sex trafficking, violence and street life.  Everyone was moved when she discussed the human sex trade among young girls and what they go through.

All of this started to come back while I was reading Anybody's Daughter by Pamela Samuels Young. The Image Award-winning books is about a 13-year-old girl who is kidnapped and winds up in the human sex trade.  Her uncle, along with his girlfriend (who is the main character), tries to find her.  It's sad that what is happening to girls around the world is not fiction.  I am reading this book for my book club and we will probably have a lively discussion tonight.

Relax in Paradise Lucius Shepard.

Congratulations to NoViolet Bulawayo for winning the PEN/Hemingway Award for Best Debut! And Mitchell S. Jackson was a finalist!

Speaking of Mitchell, check out his essay in Salon on how he survived the streets of Portland.

Walter Dean and Christopher Myers asks where are the people of color in children's books in New York Times opinion pieces here and here.

This essay by Kiese Laymon and his mom is cute. And the title reminds me of a Kanye song.

Check out this New York Times video of Helen Oyeyemi explaining the inspiration of her new book, Boy, Snow, Bird.

Divergent came out in the theaters today. But is the YA boom dwindling in both books and movies?

Speaking of YA movies, the trailer for The Giver is out!

Congratulations to Kwame Alexander for the release of his new book! Check out a story about The Crossover in the Washington Post.  For those in the Charleston area, he will be doing a book signing for his new book at Blue Bicycle Books on March 28.

Can't believe that BuzzFeed only came up with 33 reasons why you're addicted to books.

Ralph Ellison would have turned 100 this month.  This essay in The Root explains why Ellison's work and legacy still matters.

I just found out that I won Every Day Is For the Thief on Goodreads.  Here is a NY Times article about the book's arrival to the U.S.

The author of Pippi Longstocking will appear on Swedish money.

In last week's Book News, I talked about Jason Mott and how his book has been turned to a hit TV show.  Here is an interview from last year in Shadow and Act.

Here is video of Wednesday night's conversation between Zadie Smith and Chimamanda 

Ngozi Adichie at the Schomburg Center.

I don't know what two blog posts spoke to me this week: Read For Pleasure's post on the lack of diverse books in independent book stores or RubiconReader's take on authors not editing their work.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Mailbox Monday 3/17/14

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  Several new upcoming releases came in the mail last week so here is another addition of Mailbox Monday!

From Kensington Books:
Perfect Timing

From Harper Books:
The Year She Left Us

The Heiresses (This is from the author of the Pretty Little Liars series!)

From Pantheon Books:
The Other Language

Do you plan to put any of these book on your to-be-read list?  Hit me up at the comments section!  Thanks to the publishers for the ARCs!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Book News You Can Use 3/14/14

So an awesome thing happened Sunday night. ABC's new show Resurrection premiered to good ratings.  So why is it mentioned on this blog?  Well, Resurrection is based off of The Returned by Jason Mott.  And it's a pretty good book.  The rights for the book was sold (by Brad Pitt's production company) before the book was released.  And it's pretty cool to see a book written by an African-American male adapted into a network television show with an African-American male lead (in Omar Epps).  And did I mention that the show is filmed in Georgia?  Check out the website for the show and the first episode.  P.S. for those who watched the show first and plan to pick up the book: the show goes in a different direction than the book. Just be prepared.

Relax in Paradise Joe McGinniss.

Congratulations to all of the National Book Critics Circle Award winners!

The Goldfinch is being developed for film by the people who brought the Hunger Games to the big screen.

Just finished watching True Detective? Here's a story about the short story that inspired the show.

Oprah liked The Invention of Wings so much that her production company has acquired the movie rights!

Speaking of Oprah, a collection of her columns will be complied for a book.

The (television) movie based on A Day Late and A Dollar Short will premiere on Lifetime next month.

Lisa at Reads for Pleasure got to meet Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at a book signing event recently in St. Louis.  And here are pictures of Adichie's book signing in Atlanta.

Rolling Stone Keith Richards has a new title: children's book author.

An arrest has been made in the vandalism of Anne Frank books in Tokyo.

Image by Hollywood Reporter.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Mailbox Monday 3/10/14

Welcome to today's Mailbox Monday!

I received these ARCs (and a long overdue Goodreads win) from Kensington Publishing over the weekend:

Sister Betty Says I Do (this is the Goodreads win)

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 to Kensington for the ARCs!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Book News You Can Use 3/7/14

Relax in Paradise Phyllis KrasilovskyJustin Kaplan and Sherwin B. Nuland.

Somehow I forgot to congratulate the literary winners of the Image Awards last week.  There were some surprises among the winners (at least according to me).

George Saunders won the Story Prize!

Here are the nominees for the 2014 PEN/ Faulkner Awards and the Lambda Literary Awards.

Can going from a bestseller to a bust can be the end of an author's life?

Did you know that this week is Read an Ebook Week?

Simon and Schuster has launched a new website to help discover new reads.

Jay Leno talks about independent bookstores going away, including one of his favorites in London. Maybe he should open a bookstore, since he has more time on his hands.

Nikky Finney talks about the work of James Baldwin in this podcast.

If anyone wants to sponsor me into going to the LA Times Festival of Books, your contribution will be greatly appreciated.  Also taking sponsorships for the North Carolina Literary Festival.

The South Carolina Book Festival is two months away and the list of authors that are coming (so far) have been announced.

Ann Rice is one of many who have signed a petition to stop author bullying on Amazon.  This is a bigger problem on Goodreads, but I digress.

Both kids and adults need comfort reading, which means (according to this article) reading below grade level.

Does money influence best-seller lists?

Elmore Leonard's items are being sold in an estate sale this weekend.

Here are five authors from my home state that you wish you would have heard of.  I've heard of two of them!

And the Paddington Bear movie is coming out in time for Christmas!

Image from Victoria Writes.