Friday, August 29, 2014

Book News You Can Use 8/29/14



Relax in Paradise Desmond O'Grady and Robert Sherrill.

Congratulations to Robert Hass for winning the Wallace Stevens Award (and the $100,000 that goes with it).  Congratulations also go out to the American Book Award winners.

The UK children's laureate (who happens to be Black) received racist taunts after calling for diversity in children's books.

Here is a New York Times review of Brown Girl Dreaming.

Speaking of children's books, check out an expert of Zero Degree Zombie Zone by Essence editor Patrik Henry Bass.  Headline on the top of the article's a little misleading.

Check out this new app that helps you find children's and YA books from African-American authors.

Here is an article (with audio) from NPR that talks about the struggle of achieving diversity in publishing.

Kobo is introducing a waterproof e-reader.  Didn't know there was a need for such things.

If you were watching the Emmys this week, you probably saw this new Gone Girl trailer.

The movie adaptation for Inferno (the sequel to Angels and Demons and The DaVinci Code) will start filming in April.

Zane's new book The Other Side of the Pillow has become a play and will make its debut in October (after Addicted comes out).

Hey, can Charleston County Public Library get a floating library?  Maybe I will bring it up at the next board meeting.

The oldest public library in America is in danger of closing.

Pastors in a town in Texas want some teens books removed from the local library because it deals with (in their words) the occult.

Robin Williams hasn't been dead a month and a biography is already in the works.

Was Suge Knight shot (again) over a book proposal?

Soccer star Tim Howard will be releasing a memoir (for adults and kids) in December.

Add children's author to Bruce Springsteen's many accomplishments.

Today would have been Michael Jackson's 56th birthday.  And with all that is going on in the world, this song has been on my mind lately.  Almost 20 years later, this song still have a relevant message.  Have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend!

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