Friday, October 31, 2014

Book News You Can Use 10/31/14

Relax in Paradise Galway Kinnell.

Congratulations to the winners of the African American Literary AwardsAll Things Literary Awards, the Hurston/Wright Foundation Awards and the Lannan Literary Awards!

A lot of great books were named as Publishers Weekly's Best of 2014!

A lost Malcolm Lowry book will be published for the first time.

Amazon's dispute with Hatchette may be hurting its sales.

Go The F*** To Sleep will never be on Reading Rainbow, but that didn't stop LeVar Burton from reading the book for a good cause.

The first in-depth biography of Beyonce will be released next year by the author who's done bios of Michael Jackson and Diana Ross.

USA Today reviewed the new biography on Aretha Franklin.  And the LA Times reviewed George Clinton's new book.

The Boss (Springsteen, not Ross) talks about his favorite books.

Watch this video of Mark Whitaker discuss his biography on Bill Cosby on C-SPAN.

Two new fundraising efforts (one which has been fully funded): Free For All and We Need Diverse Books.

Here are some very good tips on how to navigate literary events.

John Grisham's thoughts about child porn didn't affect his book sales.

Just came across this on Facebook: How can African American authors level the playing field in publishing?

A waitress stumbles upon a publishing editor and gets a two-book deal.

Kameelah Janan Rasheed has been interviewing a lot of young black authors lately.

She's a writer, a feminist...and a stripper.

R.L. Stine wrote a short story on Twitter.

This movie tie-in cover for Inherent Vice is nice.  I know that rhymed.

Here is the Gone Girl movie...reenacted by cats.

There will be no Book News next week due to my attendance at the National Conference on Health Disparities. Off to Long Beach, CA!  Have a safe and Happy Halloween! Don't forget to vote on Tuesday (if you haven't already)! And if you live in Charleston County, SC, vote YES FOR LIBRARIES!!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Book News You Can Use 10/24/14

Relax in Paradise Park Honan.

Congratulations to Roxane Gay and Marlon James because their books were named two of Library Journal's 10 Best Books for 2014!

Congratulations also go out to the winners of the Kirkus Prize!

Why does "Nexflix for Books" has it limits?  Because we have something called THE LIBRARY!!

Amazon has inked a deal with S&S, giving them ammo with their fight with Hatchette.

Add children's book author to Jimmy Fallon's resume.

Shouldn't this author spend more time writing rather than stalking book bloggers? She needs to get a life.  And Dear Author explains (in situations like this) why it's good that bloggers have pseudonyms.  And someone broke it down on why just stalking bloggers (and lying about it) is a very bad idea.

So, I really want to read this book about Michael Jackson impersonators.

Of course the top cities for readers of African-American literature are going to be cities with a lot of African-Americans. Duh.

Toni Morrison has donated her papers to Princeton, but some wonder why she didn't donate them to Howard.

The Joan Didion documentary was funded by Kickstarter in less than 24 hours.

Barnes and Noble has just come out with a 10' Nook.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Book News You Can Use 10/17/14

Relax in Paradise Carolyn Kiser, Ali Mazuri, Margot Theis Raven and Deloris Phillips.  I know the last one was months ago, but I just found out last week. :-(

Congratulations to all of the National Book Award finalists!

Congratulations also go out to Richard Flanagan, who won the Man Booker Prize!

We Need Diverse Books has created an award and grants and dedicated them to Walter Dean Myers.

My alma mater acquired the papers of the late Elmore Leonard.

Lena Dunham is adapting Catherine, Called Birdy for the big screen.

No Paddington movie until January.

Here is a first look at The Book of Negros miniseries that will be on BET in February. Yes, I said BET.

Twin Peaks is not only coming back on TV, it's also coming in book form.

Graphic novel Dark Matters will be adapted for SyFy.

Pimp C's widow is not a fan of the upcoming biography about him.

One writer talks about her love of New York City and the publishing industry.

Please tell John Grisham that it's not a good idea to talk about child porn.

The Guardian celebrated diversity in children's books this week.  Yay for the British!

Here are some recommended books that will get young boys to read.

The New Yorker caught up with S.E. Hinton and what she thinks about current YA books.

Ann M. Martin talks about her new book and the legacy of the Baby-Sitters Club.

Looks like flight attendants are not fans of e-readers on during takeoff.

After seeing this video, I want to read Taking Flight!

Who knew that basketball players read Nicholas Sparks?  Is that why he's an evil genius?

Monday, October 13, 2014

Mailbox Monday 10/13/14

More books arrived in my mailbox last week, so it's time for another edition of Mailbox Monday!

I received two packages of books last week.  The first one was from Atria Publishing.  I won Citizens Creek, the long-awaited book from Lalita Tademy, from GoodReads.

I also received a package from Harper Books.  These books will be released in December.

Asylum City
Woman With A Gun
Becoming Richard Pryor

Do you see any books that you like? Hit me up in the comments section! Thanks to Atria and Harper Books for the ARCs!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Book News You Can Use 10/10/14

So last Friday (on my day off), I saw the Gone Girl movie.  And I was pretty impressed.  Even Madea was good. And it stuck very close to the book. But there's been debate on what was left out of the book and changes were made (and what was left out/changed didn't change the outcome).  Here are some stories about it here and here.  And you can download the Amazing Amy covers featured in the movie on iBooks.

Relax in Paradise Geoffrey Holder and Zilpha Keatley Snyder.

Congratulations to Patrick Modiano, winner of the Noble Prize in Literature!

Congratulations also goes out to Malala Yousafzai, who became the youngest person ever to win a Nobel Prize!

Sinead O'Connor is writing a memoir that will be released in 2016.

Here's a preview of Billy Idol's new memoir, which comes out in two weeks.

When do librarians every stay quiet, especially when it comes to privacy and government surveillance?

Gloria Steinem and bell hooks were in a room. Together.

Help raise funds for a biography and anthology about Audre Lorde here.

With the popularity of Bad Feminist and An Untamed State, Roxane Gay reflects on her recent success.

Nonfiction writers and publishers are "sanitizing and simplifying" young adult books so they can draw more readers.  Trust me: the kids can handle it.

Tavis Smiley talked to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie about race and blackness on his show.

Here is a new nonfiction book about African-Americans passing for White.

Ironic that Zane's money troubles are back in the news and Addicted is out in theaters today.  Zane talks about the movie and that awful 50 Shades book here.

Another one facing legal trouble in civil court is Nicholas Sparks.

The bookstore featured in Portlandia is in financial trouble and may close by February.

Amazon is opening their first store in Midtown Manhattan.

So excited that The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace has been optioned (with a director)!

The Broadway version of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time opened this week.

Print books outsold e-books during the first half of this year.

BuzzFeed has some suggestions (via quiz) on what book you should read this fall.

This post about five authors who write the same books over and over again is hilarious.

Halloween is in three weeks and you know what that means....THE GREAT PUMPKIN!! A new book highlights the television classic.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Book News You Can Use 10/3/14

If you are a child of the 80s and love to read (like yours truly), you most likely remember the Book It! program from Pizza Hut.  You know the one where you are rewarded a personal pan pizza if you read so many books/pages per month.  Book It! is celebrating their 30th anniversary and now there is an alumni program where adults can celebrate and get a free personal pan pizza!  Woo-hoo!!

Congratulations to all of the 5 Under 30 Honorees and the Kirkus Prize finalists!

Finished reading Gone Girl? Here are some books (that are similar) to read.

What happens when your book gets a shoutout by Stephen Colbert?

Amazon and Hatchette find a way to ignore their beef...when it come to Paul Ryan. #rollseyes

Speaking of Amazon and Hatchette, authors are trying to get the Department of Justice involved in the dispute.

The oldest independent bookstore in the Twin Cities is closing.

The new book We Are Not Ourselves has been optioned to become a movie!

This headline is making the Miami-Dade Public Library sound snooty, but it's really an article that suggest that they need to move towards the 21st century.

Here is a review of Charles M. Blow's book, which was mentioned in last week's Book News.

This review of The News Sorority was not good.  I read the author's previous book (because I love Carole King and Carly Simon).

The New York Times featured Marlon James' new novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings.

A new YA dystopian book with an African-American female as its lead character? Sign me up!

Turns out the people who write the Thug Kitchen blog and cookbook aren't Black.

Glad to see Our Literacy Lives covering events, like this one with Arianna Huffington.

Book Riot was able to determined the 25 favorite books for assigned reading (school or book club).  Glad to see some of my favorites on the list.

Here is a list of every single book that was mention on Daria. La la la la la.