Monday, April 27, 2015
More books arrived in the mail over the weekend, so it's time for another edition of Mailbox Monday!
All three books were given by Harper Books and will be released in June.
Love May Fall
Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County
Do you see any books you would like to read? Hit me up in the comments section! Thanks to Harper for the ARCs!
Friday, April 24, 2015
I'm starting off today's post with a picture of Eric Jerome Dickey and myself at the 2011 South Carolina Book Festival. I know you are wondering why I have this picture up. One, his latest book One Night came out this week. And two, I will be seeing him again tomorrow at the Sandhills Books-A-Million in Columbia! So we will most likely take a new picture together that won't have Eric's locs. And I'll be carrying a few more pounds. Learn more about One Night here, here and here.
Congratulations to the winners of the Pulitzer Prize (shout-out to the hometown paper, The Post and Courier) and the L.A. Times Book Prize!
Pulitzer Prize Poetry Winner Gregory Pardolo is getting use to his sudden fame. And I didn't know his brother was in City High!
Another author who released a book this week was Attica Locke. She talks about Pleasantville here (with Rachel Howzell Hall) and here (with NPR).
And Toni Morrison's new book was released this week. More of her here, here, here and here.
An awesome book that came out last week was The Turner House by Soror Angela Flournoy. Read more about the book here and here.
Jacqueline Woodson talks about why she used poetry in her award-winning book Brown Girl Dreaming.
Another author I stan for is Ann Rule. This story about her family drama ticks me off. I also hate to hear that she is not in good health.
The Girl on the Train is one of the fastest-selling books of all time. And stop comparing it to Gone Girl! The book is good without the comparison!
Resse Witherspoon will be narrating the audiobook for Go Set a Watchman.
The middle Kardashian sister will be writing an advise and lifestyle book. Probably because she's the only voice of reason in that family.
The cover for the new Dr. Seuss book has been revealed.
Here is the trailer for The Little Prince!
The remaining movies in the Fifty Shades of
The Signature of All Things has been optioned to be on PBS!
This book about African-Americans who worked at NASA in the beginning sounds so interesting. I should pass this along to my uncle, who has been following space exploration since he was a child.
Romance author Adrianne Bird has started a GoFundMe campaign to help her with medical bills that wasn't covered by insurance. #thisiswhyweneedobamacare
A seven-year-old won a contest after creating a superhero with her powers stored in her Afro puffs. Rock on with your bad self.
Friday, April 17, 2015
Relax in Paradise Gunter Grass and Edwardo Galeno.
Congratulations to all of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award nominees, the Pen Award nominees and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards!
Haruki Murakami and Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche made this year's Time 100 Most Influential People list.
The American Library Association named the most challenged/banned books of 2014. It also shows that authors of color are the most affected by book banning attempts.
Tavis Smiley has been winning lately. His latest book, My Journey with Maya (which he talks about here), will become a Broadway play. Now Death of a King will be adapted for TV.
This looks like an ordinary press release about TVOne's future projects. But if you scroll down to the end of the movie section of the article, you will find that TWO of ReShonda Tate Billingsley's books will be movies next year. Can someone ask BET what happened to the Let the Church Say Amen movie? And can we PLEASE turn What's Done In the Dark a movie?
It looks like The Alienist will finally become a TV series.
Watch this documentary about the Henrietta Lacks story.
Reese Witherspoon will be producing the movie adaptation of Luckiest Girl Alive, which was picked up by Lionsgate.
R.L. Stine talks about his new Fear Street book (among other things) in this BuzzFeed article.
James Patterson calls it collaborative writing. I call it a money grab.
The latest VIDA Count shows that books written by minorities are still not being reviewed by major publications. Sigh.
Here are some African-American female writers to follow on social media.
Here is a review about Nigerian author Chigozie Obioma and his book, The Fisherman.
The late chief of Charlie Hebdo slammed Islamophobia in a book he finished two days before he died.
In a new book, a former NFL player said that his mother asked him for $1 million after he was drafted.
Yay to North Carolina Girl Scouts who installed some Little Free Libraries!
Parodies of Uptown Funk and Shake It Off were done in honor of National Library Week.
Friday, April 10, 2015
The last few weeks has been a roller coaster. My grandaunt passed away last Friday, while I was still mourning the loss over a classmate who died suddenly. I was also fighting something that was going on in my nasal passages (the doctor said a virus, I say it was allergies). On top of that, the shooting of Walter Scott happened and when the video came out, the whole incident blew up. I hate that my hometown will now be associated in the same vain as Ferguson, New York City, Los Angeles, Cleveland and Sanford. Thank God local and state law enforcement took quick action on this or it would have been a ton of chaos on the streets. Ironically, news of the first video came out when I was having dinner with Lisa from Reads for Pleasure (who was in town on vacation), who lives not far from Ferguson. And it has been a busy month with work and sorority events.
I also decided earlier this week that I was not going to go to Washington again to see Toni Morrison. The trip would have cost me a few hundred dollars, which is something I couldn't swing right now. Fortunately, my friend VaLinda is going and hopes to bring me back an autographed book. I love this picture of Toni from the New York Times (and the article that goes with it). I feel that it should be displayed at every library and museum. Just because Toni's that awesome. Here's an article about famous Toni quotes and another one about God Help The Child.
Relax in Paradise Ivan Doig.
Congratulations to the finalists for the Carnegie Awards and Translated Book Awards!
Congratulations also go out to the writers who won Guggenheim Fellowships!
There was a dedication ceremony for the stamp honoring Maya Angelou this week. Nikki and Sonia gave words. Oprah was there. So was the First Lady. But the stamp has one big problem.
Actress Amber Tamblyn has written her third book of poetry, this one about deceased female stars.
UCF Champion Ronda Rousey responds after Wal-Mart decides not to sell her autobiography. She's better than me because I would have told them to kick rocks.
This article has me looking forward to Attica Locke's new book (even more).
More love was given to Paul Beatty's The Sellout this week, with this article from the New York Times. And Rashid at Old Gold Soul got a chance to meet Paul this week.
Nobody told me that Teja Cole (among other authors) is coming to my alma mater! #gogamecocks
Based of this list, I guess that I was a total bookworm as a child (but I already knew that).
One thing they did forget on that list...Reading Rainbow was must-see TV. LeVar Burton talks about the future of Reading Rainbow (among other things) in this article.
My college classmate Marcus Amaker dedicated his latest poem to Walter Scott.
Monday, April 6, 2015
All of today's books come from Harper Books and will be released next month.
After The Dance
Which one of these books you look forward to reading? I'm excited about After The Dance, especially with the Gayes being back in the news due to the Blurred Lines verdict and Marvin's birthday was just a few days ago. Hit me up in the comments and tell me what you think!
Thanks to Harper Books for the ARCs!
Friday, April 3, 2015
Congratulations to the winners of the Anisfield-Wolf Awards!
BuzzFeed is launching an emerging writers fellowship.
Will you be in the DC area soon? Sign up to take part in the Maya Angelou stamp dedication.
Speaking of Maya, Tavis Smiley is developing a Broadway play based on his new book that discusses his friendship with the legendary poet.
Here's a review of Stuart Scott's memoir.
Here we go again: Amazon and Harper Collins are negotiating a new contract. And it may get ugly.
Waiting for Empire to come back? Here are some book recommendations from the New York Public Library and Book Riot.
Wish I would have been able to attend the Terry McMillian/Bernice McFadden talk in NYC and the Bocas Literary Festival in Trinidad and Tobago.
Paul Beatty has gotten a lot of press for his new book The Sellout. Here is an article from The Root.
Speaking of The Sellout, this essay compares the book to Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly.
The girl who was in Little Miss Sunshine wrote a book!
Fresh off her Oscar win, Patricia Arquette is writing a memoir.
Tia and Tamara will be writing more tween books.
Deborah Gregory (author of the Cheetah Girls series) will see another one of her book series become a TV show.
Also being adapted for a TV show is a true crime book about a sheriff in Beaufort County (about an hour away from where I live) who patrols the Gullah community.
Public television show Books du Jour will be distributed to more than 300 PBS stations.
Since the Robert Durst case is hot in the streets right now, a true crime book about it will be re-released.
This essays about needing inclusive literature is spot on.
Just discovered the AfroLibrarians blog on Twitter. Here is a blog post about a reading bucket list.
If you are in the Columbia area tonight, go see Peniel Joseph at Zion Baptist Church.
Here's an inspiring story about a high school book club in Los Angeles.
Picture is from Images Buddy.
Friday, March 27, 2015
|Can we please make this into a movie? Please Hollywood?|
Relax in Paradise Ellen Conford and Martyn Goff.
Congratulations to Akhil Sharma for winning the Folio Prize!
Congratulations also go out to Kwame Alexander for winning the Hopkins Poetry Award! Did you catch him on PBS Newshour yesterday?
The nominees for the Man Booker Prize were announced this week.
The hills are alive...with a new Julie Andrews memoir!
A posthumous Nelson Mandela memoir will be released.
Also releasing a memoir is Elvis Costello.
Ethan Hawke is will be releasing his first book in over ten years.
A new Dr. Seuss museum will be opening in Massachusetts.
A grant is helping to digitalized works of African-American poetry.
Here is an article about poet and Columbia native Terrace Hayes.
If you have not read The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace, you need to. Let this article convince you even more.
New Toni Morrison essay!
Hear this interview with Honorary Soror Paula Williams Madison talking about her new book, Finding Samuel Lowe.
Here is another interview with James Hannaham, who talks about his new book Delicious Foods.
Authors have been announced for the National Book Festival!
Does anyone find it interesting and weird that Pat Conroy has opened a gym?
Looks like Game of Thrones will be running out of material to film soon.
Here is a trailer for The Causal Vacancy.
Fancy Nancy will become an animated TV movie and series for Disney Junior!
Steven Spielberg will be directing the movie version of Ready Player One.
Missouri's governor was already on the $#!& list for Ferguson. Now he's trying to cut funding for libraries. He better ask the Luv Gov how that worked out for him.
A Sci-Fi anthology honoring Octavia Butler will be released.
Here is a list of 10 classic African-American books who should be made into films. I agree with the person in the comments who suggested 32 Candles.