Friday, April 25, 2014

Book News You Can Use 4/25/14



Relax in Paradise Doris Pilkington Garimara, Alistair MacLeod.and Phillip Hayes.

Looks like Gabriel Garcia Marquez left an unpublished manuscript behind.

William Shakespeare's 450th birthday was celebrated on Wednesday.

HBO will co-produce The Casual Vacancy mini-series.

Gillian Flynn said that the changes for the Gone Girl movie are greatly exaggerated

Here is an article about Postcards From Cookie, which was recently featured in Mailbox Monday.

After reading this, I will have to put Saint Monkey in the always-growing TBR list.

There are celebrations and festivals honoring James Baldwin's 90th birthday, but many high schools and colleges don't teach his work.

If anyone has video of the conversation between Pearl Cleage and Tayari Jones that happened on Tuesday, please put the webpage link in the comments. Thanks!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Book News You Can Use 4/18/14

Happy National Library Week!  Here are stories from CNN and NPR commemorating this awesome week.


Congratulations to all of the award winners and nominees! We have the Library of Congress Prize, the Go On Girl Award, the Carnegie Medals and the Pulitzer Prizes.

I wouldn't pay this much money for an iPad with every single last bell and whistle, much less pay $1100 for an e-reader.  And who buys Sony e-readers anyway?

The relationship between libraries and publishers regarding e-books are improving, but still have a long way to go.

Written Magazine did an interview with Pearl Cleage regarding her new book.  And here's an article from Shelf Awareness.

I was sad that I had to miss Eric Jerome Dickey during his time in South Carolina Wednesday (I either need him come on the weekend or visit Charleston. PLEASE!).  But before he came to Sumter and Columbia, he came to Atlanta.  Here is photographic evidence (and he's cut off his locks!).  And he stopped by WLTX before he greeted the people of the Capital City.

GONE GIRL TRAILER!!

While promoting the TV movie for A Day Late and A Dollar Short (which airs on Lifetime tomorrow night), Terry McMillan said that she thinks that plans for the Getting To Happy movie is pretty much DOA.  This makes me happy for the sole reason that my expectations for the movie weren't high anyway.  And here is her interview on Good Day LA.

Looking for some children's fantasy books with African-Americans?  Here you go.

One YA author compares the publishing industry to something like Hunger Games.

I have been hearing good things about Bedrock Faith, so I may have to check it out.  Here is a very positive review (but it does contain spoilers).

For all of you basketball and sports biography fans, there is a new book coming out about Michael Jordan.

Do you want to know how much of a book addict you are?

An article published several weeks ago discussed the state of Black-owned independent book stores.  But then, we live in a world where Barnes and Noble and Books-A-Million are hurting too. And Charleston's Black book store closed when Clinton was still in office.  Anyhoo, Rashid Darren (who's an author) talked about his experience in dealing with independent stores (one Black, one gay-themed).  Any blog post that has both Nikki Giovanni and Grumpy Cat is alright with me.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Book News You Can Use 4/11/14

Relax in Paradise Mary Cheever, Sue Townsend and Peter Matthiessen.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez has been released from the hospital.

Congratulations to all of the RT Award winners and nominees!

Should a Black writer write White characters?

Pearl Cleage's memoir was released this week.  The Root has a story about it.

Hillary Clinton's book will be released in June.

Marina Keegan's life ended too soon but she did leave behind essays, stories and life lessons for all of us to enjoy.
Here is a story on CNN's website regarding diversity in YA.

Looks like children's literature is a man's world.

Read about how fast the process was for The Returned to be published and adapted to a TV show.  It usually doesn't happen this fast.

The author line-up has been announced for the National Book Festival.

Does anyone want to sponsor me in going to Jamaica next month for a book festival?

I guess we were so busy with the Cooper River Bridge Run, Flowertown Festival and DigSouth that I didn't know that there is a self-publishing conference in town next week.

There are book trailers, but Mitchell S. Jackson did one better and did a documentary.

Congratulations and a special OO-OOP goes out to Brenda Jackson, who became a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. last week via the Jacksonville (FL) Alumnae Chapter.

And speaking of famous Deltas, there is a new book that focuses on parallels between African-American female singers and literature.  This video focuses how Nikki Giovanni and Aretha Franklin are connected (besides being honorary sorors).

Friday, April 4, 2014

Book News You Can Use 4/4/14



Happy Birthday Maya Angelou! Here are quotes that will inspire you!

Congrats to Karen Joy Fowler for winning the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction!

Prayers go out to Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who is in the hospital.

For those who haven't gotten enough Harry Potter: a spinoff book will be adapted into three movies.

Want to raise funds for a book event without leaving your computer?  Here's your chance by sponsoring the Black Authors and Readers Rock Weekend.

Michael Connelly's Bosch series will be adapted for shows on Amazon.

And Aisha Tyler's Self-Inflicted Wounds may be heading to CBS. Hope it's better than the sitcom they tried to make out of Chelsea Handler's books.

Rainbow Rowell's novel Eleanor and Park will be turned into a movie by Dreamworks.  This made my YA librarian friends very happy.
Heidi Durrow does a question-and-answer interview with Queen Sugar author Natalie Baszile.
Pearl Cleage's new book and one of my recent Mailbox Monday books are two of PopSugar's featured new books for the month of April.


Here are 15 books about libraries and librarians!

A former Jeopardy champ is buying a book store in Seattle.

Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers has penned a memoir!  So will Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston.

Nelson Mandela's former aid will write a memoir about working with the icon.

This article highlights publishers who are working to diversify children's books.

Picture from One Life Success.