Friday, November 21, 2014

Book News You Can Use 11/21/14

So I got a Kindle Fire HD 6 now.

As many of you know, I go out of town a lot for my job and exhibit at conferences.  At the conference I was at this week, one of the tables was giving away the Kindle Fire.  The person at the table encouraged me to enter the giveaway. So I did and thought nothing about it...until yesterday when they called my name that I had won.  As of this writing, I have not turned it on and set it up (it was a long day yesterday).  And some of you also know that I've had a Nook Color for years.  So if you own one of these Kindles and would like to give me tips on how to work it, or even tell me if you like it (or not), please feel free to drop a line in the comments.

Congratulations to the winners of the National Book Awards! A special shout-out goes to Jacqueline Woodson, who won for Brown Girl Dreaming!

Sadly, Woodson's win was overshadowed by Daniel Handler 's (AKA Lemony Snicket) jokes during the award show.  But he has apologized and has decided to donate up to $100,000 to We Need Diverse Books if his funds were matched in 24 hours.

Kirkus has started to name their Best of 2014 books, starting with fiction.

The Washington Post has also named their 10 best books of the year.

Here's an essay about Sex and the Single Librarian and how librarians have been portrayed in movies and literature.

Little League phenom Mo'ne Davis is coming out with a memoir in March.

Also in 2015, a new book by Jonathan Franzen.

Who knew Ellen DeGeneres got some skills in interior design?!

Toni Morrison was on the Colbert Report this week! And I am excited about her new book coming out in April!

Winnie the Pooh was banned from a Polish playground for being a "inappropriate hermaphrodite" and wearing no pants. HUN?! #sillyoldpeople

Little Madison has restored my faith in humanity.

There will be no Book News next week due to the Thanksgiving holiday.  Have a happy and safe holiday! And don't eat too much!

Picture is from CNET.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Mailbox Monday 11/17/14

A lot of books came in the mail the last two weeks, so it's time for another edition of Mailbox Monday!

Two packages of books came while I was in California.  One of the packages I received was from Kensingston Publishing.

The Girl In the Woods
Caught Up
Lights, Love and Lip Gloss
Want, Need Love

I also received a package from Random House.

A Map of Betrayal

Last week, I received a package from Harper Books.

God Loves Haiti

And I received one of the books I won on Goodreads, The Day The Walls Cried.

Do any of these books capture your attention?  Hit me up in the comments section!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Book News You Can Use 11/14/14

The (ugly) dispute between Amazon and Hatchette IS OVER.  And it may have been over a button.

Speaking of Amazon, this writer says that Amazon is doing people a favor by crushing big publishers.

Amazon has named their Best Books of 2014.

Here is a list of the 10 best self-published titles of 2014 (according to BookLife).

This article claims that GoodReads doesn't care that you didn't read the books you reviewed.

Barnes and Noble is starting a print-on-demand service.

The fiancee of the only Ebola victim to die in the United States has a book deal.

BEA and BookCon will have separate dates in 2015.

Until this week I didn't know that there was a Bad Sex in Fiction Award.

Gillian Flynn is going into the comic book world.

Britain's children's laureate (who is a sister) is asking for teens to remix some of the country's best loved books.

How are you going to have a book signing...without having written a book?

This month is Native American Heritage Month.  Here are some children's book suggestions.

Check out this article about Bill Duke's Dark Girls book.

Picture is from Mass Pictures.