Friday, February 6, 2015

Book News You Can Use 2/6/15

I knew him before he was a Newberry Award-winning author!

Congratulations to all the ALA Youth Media Award winners, especially to Kwame Alexander, who won the Newberry Award for The Crossover!  And kudos to all of ALA Notable Book List honorees!

Congratulations also go out to Nathaniel Mackey, who won the Bollingen Prize for Poetry.

I know that the Image Awards in literature were given out last night, but since the news has been trickling in and the NAACP probably won't update their website until after tonight's live show, I'll recognize the winners next week.

The big news in the literary world this week was the upcoming release of the To Kill A Mockingbird sequel.   But many are saying, in the words of a famous R&B singer, somethin' just ain't right.  But the publisher says that this new book is on the up and up. And does Harper Lee really need the money? Or is she getting exploited?

Three E.B. White books, including Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little, will be released as ebooks.

Queen Sugar is about to become a TV show on OWN, with Ava DuVernay writing and directing and Oprah playing a recurring character.

James Franco is bringing a lesser-know John Steinbeck book to the big screen.

The premiere of The Causal Vacancy miniseries will be in April.

Here is a Q&A with Issa Rae, who talks about her new book, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl.  I just finished it this week and it was...meh.

Asali Solomon talks about her new bookDisgruntled, with NPR.

Little Free Libraries are turning up on the wrong side of the law.

Here are nine books that should be more famous than 50 Shades of Gray. I bet you they are also better written.

Two PSAs for my South Carolina readers:  Carl Weber will be back in Charleston tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. at the Northwoods Books-A-Million.  He will be signing copies of Family Business 3.  And if you are in the Columbia area on Tuesday, Kid President will be signing copies of his book at the Sandhills Books-A-Million.

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