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.

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!