Monday, June 30, 2014

Mailbox Monday 6/30/14


Received some more books in the mail over the weekend, so it's time for another edition of Mailbox Monday!

All of the books received were from Kensington Publishing.  They are (from left, top to bottom):

Bad Boy Seduction
What I Remember Most
Until I Saw Your Smile
The Perfect Affair
Another Woman's Man
Troublemaker
Get Some
Want Some
Dead of Night
Put Your Diamonds Up
The Killing Kind

Do you see any books that you would like to read?  Hit me up on the comments section! Thanks to Kensington for the books!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Book News You Can Use 6/27/14



Relax in Paradise Nancy GardenMary Rodgers and Allen Grossman.

Congratulations to Kwame Alexander for being nominated for the best fictional Young Adult book by American Libraries Association!!

In a major victory for libraries, Simon and Schuster will open e-book lending to all libraries.  You can read your Stephen King and Zane now.

Hatchette bought Peresus Books this week.

Terry McMillan is switching publishers, but both are under the Penguin Random House umbrella.



Good news for Vince Flynn fans: Mitch Rapp will live on.


Sophia Loren is releasing a memoir in time for the holiday season.

A short video of the Mitchell S. Jackson and Kiese Laymond event (that was in NYC last month) made its way to Vimeo this week.

Speaking of Mitchell, check out his review of Song of the Shank that was in the New York Times.

Here are five reasons why everyone benefits from diverse children's books.

I can understand where Troy from AALBC is coming from in this article.  However, there is two sides to every story and somewhere in the middle is the truth.  I'm not saying they are all like this, but I have been to events where there were African-American book sellers and it wasn't the world's best experience. (Here's an example.) With that being said, I can also understand why Essence Music Festival is using Wal-Mart to sell books (besides the fact that Wal-Mart's a sponsor).

Seth McFarlane will match donations in the Reading Rainbow Kickstarter campaign.

Nine-year-old Spenser Collins made a Little Free Library for his community.  Too bad his town didn't like it.  Fortunately for Spenser, a lot of people have rallied to his cause, including a well-known author.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Nina Foxx Coming to Charleston


Several weeks ago, I was contacted by Yolanda, who is a literary publicist for several African-American authors and Brown Girls Publishing.  She said she had an author who was interested in doing a book signing in Charleston and wanted to look for a location where it could happen.  She later told me it was Nina Foxx, who is coming to town in July for a visit.  I thought about places where it could happened and it dawned on me that I'm on the Board of Trustees for the county library.  We could have it at one of the libraries! Duh.

So I asked Gerald, who is over one of the library branches, to see if he can have it at his branch.  He was highly interested in having the event, as long as it wasn't during his vacation.  So I connected him with Yolanda via Facebook.  And a few days later we had a location, date and time!

Nina will be in (North) Charleston on July 2 (next Wednesday) at 6 p.m.  She will be speaking and signing her books, including her newest books Catfish and A Letter for My Mother.  She will also be singing books of her pseudonym, Cynnamon Foster.

If you are in the Charleston area (or know someone who lives in the area), please let them know about this wonderful event.  Hope to see you there!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Mailbox Monday 6/23/14


Some new books arrived in my mailbox last week, which means another edition of Mailbox Monday!

I received all three books from Harper Books.  They will all be released in August.

Ride Around Shining
The Story of Land and Sea
The Story Hour

Which one of these books are you looking forward to reading?  Thanks to Harper Books for the ARCs!!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Book News You Can Use 6/20/14


Today would have been E. Lynn Harris' 59th birthday.  I can't believe it's been almost 20 years since I first read Invisible Life and Just As I Am in high school. He soon became one of my favorite authors. I winded up getting all of his book and knocking them out in a day or two because I was so enthralled with his writing. Getting to know Raymond, Basil, Yancy and his cast of characters was always fun.  We took this picture in 2008, when he was in Orlando for Delta's National Convention.  Almost a year later (to the date), he passed away.  And he was one of the sweetest guys you would ever meet.  While he is no longer with us, E. Lynn's work lives on.  May he continue to relax in paradise.  And if you haven't heard about E. Lynn, here is a short bio from Notable Alphas.

Ellis Still, founder and owner of The Burning Bush Christian Bookstore, passed away suddenly this week.  Services are scheduled for Wednesday in New Jersey.  Thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Tina, family, friends and employees.

Relax in Paradise Daniel Keyes.

Congratulations to Salman Rushdie for winning the PEN/Pinter Awards!

The PEN/American Awards shortlist has been released.

Some people who thought they were buying a Stephen King book actually bought this author's book instead.  Understandably, she is enjoying the windfall of her royalties.

Newly discovered poems of Pablo Neruda will be published in Spanish later this year.

A new HBO show based on Tom Perrotta's The Leftovers will debut next Sunday.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Book News You Can Use 6/13/14


Elementary school was a long time ago.  But one of my favorite memories from those days was when Ruby Dee visited our school.  I don't remember what she was in Charleston for, but I remember her coming and it was a big deal.  That memory came back in my mind yesterday when I heard of her passing.  May Soror Ruby relax in paradise and be reunited with Ossie on the other side.

Relax in Paradise Eric Hill.

Congratulations to all of the Go On Girl Author Awards winners! (Couldn't find a story and pictures, so this will have to do.)  Also congratulations go out to Juan Gabriel Vasquez.

Get well soon Elin Hilderbrand! You will beat this! #mamastrong

Charles Wright was named the nation's new Poet Laureate.

Mindy Kaling is writing a book of personal essays.

Warner Brothers is now the victim of Amazon's bullying tactics with their new DVD releases. It's almost the same thing they are doing to Hatchette.  Ironically, Hatchette used to be Warner Books.

A dumb principal in Florida decided to cancel the summer reading program at his high school because he didn't like what the selected book was about.  The author fights back and sends 200 copies to the school.

Kevin Kwan talks about the sequel to Crazy Rich Asians and plans for the screen adaptation.

Here is a story about how libraries can survive in the digital age.

Finished watching Orange is the New Black? Here are all of the books referenced in Season 2.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Book News You Can Use 6/6/14



Relax in Paradise Susan Spencer-Wendel.

A memorial service for Maya Angelou will take place tomorrow morning at Wake Forest University and will be live-streamed.

Nikki Giovanni wrote a new poem in memory of Maya.

Congratulations to Eimear McBride and all of the winners of the Lambda Awards!

Toni Morrison wants to know if we can find paradise on Earth.

Two Texas women are suing over profits from the 50 Shades of Gray series.  I would totally support them if they were suing for reimbursement for buying those books.

A.C. Slater, I mean Mario Lopez, and David Spade are coming out with memoirs.

This 13 year old has written two books.  I was too busy reading and listening to Tevin Campbell and Boyz II Men at 13.  And I was too busy watching cartoons to be writing a book at 6. SIX.

Barnes and Noble has partnered with Samsung to bring out tablets with Nook software.

James Patterson, JK Rowling and Stephen Colbert has spoke out against Amazon's treatment of Hatchette (most likely because it is affecting their cash flow).

The fifth anniversary of Michael Jackson's passing is coming up and at least two books are coming out: one from his two bodyguards (and I hate the headline) and one about the resurrection of his empire.

HBO will be developing a trilogy by Margaret Atwood as a possible TV show.  If it isn't broke...

I think any criticism of bring back Reading Rainbow is bull.  But don't take my word for it.

There will be graphic novels of Shaft! No word on whether the animated Shaft will look like Richard Roundtree or Samuel L. Jackson.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Mailbox Monday 6/2/14

These books arrived in my mailbox weeks ago, but it's never too late to feature them in Mailbox Monday!

Three of the books came from Harper Books:


One came from Random House (and is highly recommended among some the fellow bloggers who have read it):


And the last one is the new book by Eric La Salle (yes, the guy from ER) called Laws of Wrath.  It's the sequel to his first book Laws of Depravity.

Which one of these books are you looking forward to reading? Let me know in the comments section!  Thanks to the publishers who provided the ARCs!