Friday, July 17, 2015

Book News You Can Use 7/17/15

Congrats to Tracey K. Smith, who was named director of Princeton's Program in Creative Writing!

Ida B. Wells was honored with a Google Doodle yesterday.

Is there a third Harper Lee novel out there?  A fourth?

A Charleston native spoke about his feelings after reading Go Set A Watchman and how it relates to his family and life.  And Jabari Asim has been rethinking his thoughts on To Kill a Mockingbird.

Another book that received a lot of hype this week was Ta-Neishi Coates' new book, Between the World and Me.  Based on his Facebook post, Dr. Cornell West wasn't a fan (and Michael Eric Dyson told him to get over it).  And this guy from the New York Times missed the damn point.

Booksellers and authors are demanding the federal government investigate Amazon over anti-trust violations.

Publishers Weekly is already talking about fall releases.  And The Million has also dropped their list of books to look forward for the rest of the year.

Speaking of Publishers Weekly, Naomi Jackson was named a writer to watch this fall.

One of my favorite female singer-songwriters, Carly Simon, is releasing her memoir this fall.  Surprisingly, the publisher that her father co-founded is not publishing the book.

Kelis is showing off her cooking skills in a new cookbook.  No word on whether the book will have milkshake recipes.

Hoda Kotb is releasing another book of inspirational stories.

Spike is developing five new dramas, with one based off of a Walter Mosley book.  Crossing fingers this one will see the light of day.

Here are some books to help talk to your kids about prejudice.

The Harlem Book Festival is this weekend and discussions will be aired on C-SPAN2.

Remember the UGA football player who joined a book club?  He wrote a children's book to celebrate the love of reading.  Even a Gamecock like me can get behind this.

Speaking of Gamecocks and children's books, two former football players wrote a children's book to promote literacy and celebrate (the real) USC. #justachicken #notatrojan

If you drink coffee, tea or whatever type of drink you would like to put in mugs, here are some mugs with literary themes.

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