Friday, January 30, 2015

Book News You Can Use 1/30/15

By the time your read this, there is a good chance that I've finished this book, but I'm going to tell you about it anyway. My Friday Reads is Into the Go-Slow by Bridgett Davis. It's 1987 and Angie's life has been stuck in neutral since her older sister Ella died in Nigeria three years earlier.  After college graduation, she decides to go to Nigeria to trace her sister's last days and finds herself in the meantime.  I decided to bump this book to the top of my reading list after the Blerd Book Club decided to make it their January section.  I've enjoyed it, but since I'm close to the end, the route it has taken the last few pages I've read has me scratching my head.  I look forward to the discussion about the book on February 8.

Relax in Paradise Margaret Bloy Graham, Tadeusz Konwicki, and Colleen McCullough.

Publishers Weekly has a list of the most anticipated book adaptations (on the big screen) of 2015.

Simon and Schuster has started a new imprint.

It's taken 20 years, but Martin Scorsese will finally make a movie based on the novel Silence.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is back in a new book, approved by the estate of Steig Larsson.

A new Salman Rushdie book will be released in September.

Here is a list of suggested books by Black authors that should become films.  I NEED FOR SOMEONE TO MAKE A 32 CANDLES MOVIE.

Self-help and graphic novels were hot in 2014. Religious fiction, not so much.

Here is an essay from the late Walter Dean Myers about reading.

Speaking of Myers, one of his short stories will be featured in an YA anthology (by We Need Diverse Books) that will be released in 2017.  It's the story in the middle.

Tayari Jones talks to Ravi Howard on his new book, taking liberties with facts and the South.

Here is a review of the upcoming book Delicious Foods by James Hannnaham.

Here is a review of another upcoming book. This one is about Disgruntled by Asali Solomon.

Last, but not least, I would like to give some special shout-outs to some of my Twitter peeps. Two of my Twitter friends have decided to start a book podcast. Their first ones about Eric Jerome Dickey and Americanah were released this week.  Another Twitter friend (who has written and self-published one book), has signed a deal to release two YA books with HarperCollins!  Congratulations to all three of them! WOO-HOO!!

Picture is from the publisher.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Mailbox Monday 1/26/15

More books came in the mail last week, so it's time for another edition of Mailbox Monday!

All three of the books came from Harper Books and will be released in March.

A Reunion of Ghosts
The Unravelling of Mercy Louis
The Bookseller (Note: the cover looks different on the website.)

Do any of these peak you interest?  Hit me up in the comments section!  Thanks Harper for the ARCs!

P.S. I got the list for Harper's ARC list for April and I'm excited about it.  You'll have to wait until I get them to see what I've selected!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Book News You Can Use 1/23/15

I know many of you watched the Bobby and Whitney movie on Lifetime last week.  And you probably saw the commercials for With This Ring.  Did you know it was based on a book called The Vow? I didn't until this week. Did you also know that Baggage Claim was also based on a book?  Let's hope that Hollywood is starting a trend where African American books become TV and featured movies.  Let's also hope that With This Ring is better than the Aaliyah and Brittney Murphy movies. Neither one of them deserved that, even if they're no longer here.

Relax in Paradise John Bayley.

Congratulations to all of the National Book Critics Circle and Edgar Award nominees!

Mitchell S. Jackson received the Ernest Gaines Award last night.  And here is a story about the man who the award was named after.

An investigation has started into whether poet Pablo Neruda was poisoned.

Here is another list of books to look forward to in 2015.

The Barnes and Noble CEO is retiring.

Can computers write cookbooks? If you're Watson (the computer who won Jeopardy!), you can.

Another book has been selected for the Facebook Book Club. Meanwhile, we are still waiting on Oprah's next selection.

More details have emerged in the Boy Who Came Back From Heaven scandal.  Looks like the boy and the mother have been calling the book fake for years.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wrote a new short story to help the vaccine cause.

Sharon Draper talks about her love of libraries and her new book.

The Stuart Scott memoir, which was completed before his passing, has been pushed up to March.

Alec Baldwin is writing a memoir... without a ghostwriter or co-author. This should be interesting.

LaLa Anthony is the latest celebrity to release a book about career advise.

These African-American LGBT writers deserve your attention!

Here are reviews of Citizens Creek , The Book of Negroes and One Night by fellow book bloggers.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Book News You Can Use 1/16/15

Relax in Paradise Robert Stone.  Word also just came in that Gwynne Forster has passed away.

Thoughts and prayers go out to Ruth Rendell, who just suffered a stroke.

Here is a list of six upcoming books by African-American women to look forward to this year.

If there is a Gone Girl sequel, I hope involves a main character being locked up in prison or in a mental institution.

Speaking of Gone Girl, you can get a copy of an Amazing Amy book if you buy the Blu-Ray.

Books turned into movies and TV shows did well in this week's Golden Globe Awards.

The Man In 3B movie will be featured in the Pan African Film and Arts Festival.

Idris Elba is developing a movie trilogy where Edgar Allen Poe is an unlikely hero.  I know it's unlikely, but can Idris play Poe?

Celeste Ng dispels the myth that there are a lack of female Asian-American writers and provides a list to prove it.

Roxane Gay talks to Salon about her nonfiction book, Bad Feminist.

It's not Oprah numbers, but the book Mark Zuckerberg has selected for his book club has sold well.

The child who wrote The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven (with his father) now says the story was made up.

Your child can get a book with their Happy Meal until next week.

As a person who was reading at the age of 3, I am offended by this article.

Kid President has a book trailer!

Move over Harlequin: a new publisher is coming out with African romance books.

Ray Bradbury's house is being torn down.

Here is an article on why physical books are better for you than e-readers.

Here is a Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for the Hurston/Wright Foundation.

Are any of these eleven types of people are in your book club?

It looks like the couple that reads together, stays together.

Here are 11 TV show characters that love books.

And just in time for Dr. King's birthday, LeVar Burton reads a book about King during Reading Rainbow story time.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Book News You Can Use 1/9/15

Corduroy was always one of my favorite children's books. Time Magazine just named it one of their 100 Best Children's Books of All Time.

Relax in Paradise Miller Williams,  Michelle SerrosRobert San Souci and Lee Israel.

Looking for new books to read in the new year?  Here you go!  And here you go again! And here are some YA books to look forward to.  And Lisa at Reads For Pleasure announced her colorful lit alert for the quarter.

Mark Zuckerberg has started a book club on Facebook.  Can he become the next Oprah with his book club selections?  And when is Oprah going to select her next book?

Nicholas Sparks is known for his romantic tales.  Looks like his personal life isn't as romantic as his books.

Can someone please tell Ben Carson that plagiarizing is a bad idea, especially if you are thinking about running for President?

Ron Rash is lucky because two of his books recently became movies.  Here's a story about one of the movies, "Making The World Straight," which was made in Western North Carolina.

Driving the King, which was featured in Mailbox Monday a few weeks ago, has gotten press and kudos from the New York Times and Shelf Awareness.

Attica Locke did a review of An Untamed State for the British publication The Guardian. Roxane Gay looks so bad ass (in a good way) in that picture!

Jesmyn Ward did a interview with Kiese Laymon for Esquire and it was magic.

There was an article about a white man who was having such a hard time breaking in the publishing world that he decides to publish his own book. Now he knows how everyone else feels, as demonstrated in this GIF-filled response.

Time just named their list of 100 Best Children's Books and 100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time.  (In Kanye voice) OF ALL TIME!!

Mark your calendars for National Readathon Day, which will be on the 24th. #timetoread

Picture is from Wikipedia.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Mailbox Monday 1/5/15

Happy New Year! New books came in the mail over the holidays, so it's time for another edition of Mailbox Monday!

I received two book from Harper Books.  They will be out in February.

Girl Runner
Eye on the Struggle

I also received five books from Kensington Books.  They are:

I'd Kill For You
The Forever Bridge
Hold Me Down
Across A Green Ocean

And for Christmas, I received a book from my sister.  Someone recommended it to her and since she wants to read more in 2015, she suggested that we read it together.

How To Be Both

Do any of these books have your interest?  Hit me up in the comments section!  Thanks to the publishers for the ARCs!