Friday, August 8, 2014

Book News You Can Use 8/8/14

Today's Friday Reads is a An Untamed State by Roxane Gay.  It's about a woman who is kidnapped in her parents' home country of Haiti and her family's efforts to get her back.  This is the Book Club Groupies' latest selection and I suppose to have this book done by tomorrow in time for book club meeting (wish me luck). Lately, Roxane has been getting a lot of attention for the other book she released this year, Bad Feminist.  Check out her interview with NPR here.  Read about why she's a Bad Feminist here. And read about her recent unpleasant trip to Best Buy.

Relax in Paradise Billie Letts and Dorothy Salisbury Davis.

Time to vote for the African-American Literary Awards! Deadline is September 7!

J. K Rowling sent a letter to a Texas girl who lost her parents and siblings in a shooting.

Looks like libraries are struggling with ebooks. Why I am not surprised?

Sony e-readers are going in the way of Walkmans, Diskmans and mini-CDs.  What took them so long?

This blog says that selling ebooks from Facebook is in the future.

Here is what Amazon is and is not telling you about their ebook sales.

If this is any comfort to Hatchette, it took Kenningston 18 months to come up with a deal from Amazon.

Over 900 authors have signed a petition to ask Amazon to end their dispute with Hatchette.

James Patterson wrote an editorial about Jeff Bezos (probably wishing that Amazon and Hatchette can make up so he can sell even more books).

Google and Barnes and Noble are starting same-day deliveries.

Publishers are now heading to Soundcloud to market books.

Can someone please tell these people that Netflix for books is called the library?

We Need Diverse Books now has a website!

Here is (another) think piece on why there is an African-American section in the book store.

A new book about the fall of Nixon and the rise of Reagan is not getting good reviews and some are even claiming plagiarism. It's so bad there's now a lawsuit.

The New York Public Library now has an outdoor reading room.  And the Omaha Public Library has a book bike.

George R. R. Martin is re-releasing a children's book.

Speaking of children's books, here's a pro-gun rights kids book. Sigh.

More than 50 years after its release, A Wrinkle In Time will finally make it to the big screen.

Also making it to the big screen is Big Little Lies, with Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon at the helm.

Speaking of Reese, she must be an avid reader because she's involved in FIVE movie adaptations (including Big Little Lies).

Universal will be adapting Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles series for the big screen.  Are they going to remake Queen of the Damned and Interview with the Vampire?

This article talks about 19th century African-American writings.

A woman is reaching out to children by putting books in laundromats.

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