Friday, August 15, 2014

Book News You Can Use 8/15/14

So like this famous scene from Network, I am mad as hell.

I'm mad as hell because a young African-American man can't walk the streets without being shot by police.  And people can't peacefully protest about said incident because police are coming out in riot gear and snipers.  And also try to block journalists from doing their jobs.

I'm mad as hell because a man who brought so much light and laughter to millions lost his battle to mental illness.

I'm mad as hell because it was announced that Malaika Adero at Atria was laid off this week.  This may cause a huge blow to the African-American literary scene, because a lot of the African-American themed books that are released are from Atria. Unless the books are from Strebor or Cash Money, most likely Malaika had a hand in it.  I'm also mad that Publishers Weekly buried this news to the bottom.

And I really should be happy because my baby cousin came into the world on Wednesday. But I'm still mad (and sad). Because my aunt, who died 10 years ago after fighting colon cancer, should have been here to see her first grandchild.  And also be here to send her youngest son off to his first day of high school.

But with all that being said, I am grateful to be in the land of the living.  Even though the world is in total chaos, there is still some good.  And you know one thing that does make life better and sweeter? Good books!

Relax in Paradise Lauren Bacall.

Since the new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory cover looks like something out of the Valley of the Dolls, BuzzFeed created alternative covers to children's classics.  And check out these Babysitters Club covers if they were to come out today.

Grumpy Cat has a new book and will be filming a movie that will be on Lifetime in time for the holidays. #catsstaywinning

Victoria Christopher Murray and ReShonda Tate Billingsley was on the Tom Joyner Morning Show last week talking about Brown Girls Publishing, with some pretty big news.

Zane talks about her new book and the movie adaptation of Addicted in this article.  And for those who live in South Carolina, she will be at the Sandhills Books-A-Million tonight and the Aiken and Sumter locations tomorrow.  And Carl Weber will be at the Forest Acres Barnes and Noble in Columbia on Thursday.

Gina Sheridan, author of "I Work at a Public Library" gives a list of 10 people public libraries can't live without.

What happens if you don't like a book that your friend loves? Here's a possible solution!

Yeah, I'm not impressed with the libraries with no books either.

Just in time for the release of The Giver, Lois Lowry says she's over dystopian novels.  She is not the first person I've heard who has said that.

Looks like the movie version of The Husband's Secret has taken a step closer to production.

Misty Copeland's A Life in Motion has been optioned for a movie with New Line Cinema.

We are less than two months away from the release of the Gone Girl movie. Entertainment Weekly has more news.

Lindsey Lohan says her memoir will be a trilogy. #goodluckwiththat

I though about reading Lisa Bloom's book Suspicious Nation (which is about the Trayvon Martin case). I picked it up from the library.  After a while I returned it because I didn't want to develop high blood pressure.  It would have made me very angry.  She gives her thoughts on the Michael Brown case and possible results of a federal investigation. #ferguson #handsup #dontshoot

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