Friday, December 12, 2014

Book News You Can Use 12/12/14

Congratulations to all of the NAACP Image Award nominees! To find the literary nominees, scroll towards the bottom.

Congratulations also go out to Mitchell S. Jackson, who won the Ernest J. Gaines Award and Tiphanie Yanique for winning the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize!

Gillian Flynn got a Golden Globe nomination for her Gone Girl screenplay!

More Best of 2014 lists: The Daily Beast (fiction, biographies and memoirs), The Root (fiction and nonfiction), Entertainment Weekly (fiction and nonfiction), Vulture, NewsweekThe Atlantic (some of their books weren't released this year) and Shelf Awareness.

We are already looking forward to books we want to read in 2015.

A former Occupy Wall Street activist lands a memoir deal.

Brits are upset that YouTube star Zoella used a ghostwriter for her book. they know how most books by celebrities get written?

Lena Dunham's publisher had to clarified that a pseudonym was used when she described that a guy raped her in college.

If you are a true crime fan (like me), you may enjoy some of these.

Rainbow Rowell announced that a new book will be released in October. Just in time for YA'LL Fest!

The Fault in Our Stars has been unbanned from middle schools in a city in California.

Jacqueline Woodson continues to get much love after her National Book Award win with an interview on NPR.

Here are three YA books that are set in Africa.

Two articles about minority science fiction and fantasy writers were posted. One was from BuzzFeed and the other was from The Guardian.

This article about the book world making excuses for their race problem nails it.

A publisher wanted an author to denounce her daughter's sexuality in her book. Really??!!

If you live in or visiting the New York City area next week, here's an awesome literary event!

Looking for a non-book gift for bookworm in your life? Here are some ideas. And some more.

For $99, you can own all of Dr. Seuss' books on an app.

The hangout in Harriet The Spy was recently honored as a literary landmark.

Every fan of the Baby-Sitters Club (including myself) would love and appreciate this article!

These emojis need to happen.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Book News You Can Use 12/5/14

Relax in Paradise Kent Haruf, Mark Strand,  P. D. James and Claudia Emerson.

Congratulations to all of the Morris Award nominees.

The Best of 2014 lists keep coming in with Slate (they also had an overlooked books list), BookPage, New York Times (they also have a children and YA list and have narrowed it down to 10),  Huffington PostNPRBuzzFeedPopSugar (over 200 books) and Time adding theirs.

GoodReads users also got a chance to vote for their favorites of 2014.

Was 2014 the year of the debut author?

Jacqueline Woodson addressed the National Book Award controversy in an essay in the New York Times.

Claudia Rankine didn't win the National Book Award for poetry, but she did get props from the New York Times. And spoke about the violent deaths of black men on PBS NewsHour.

Musician PJ Harvey is releasing a poetry book in the new year.

Vox suggested people read Men We Reaped as a book that will help the public understand the Ferguson protests.  You don't have to read it just because of that. You should read it because it's a good book.

Writers at the New York Times also made suggestions for books to read to help understand Ferguson. Both were written before the Eric Gardner grand jury results.

The President and the First Daughters got out of the White House and bought some books when they shopped during Small Business Saturday.

Maurice Sendak's estate is being controlled by his former housekeeper and some are not happy about it.

A Nigerian author wrote about how she would like to see African literature become more popular in Africa.

Here are five African novels to read before you die.

Publishers Weekly wrote about the growing diversity of romance novels.

Are you into science fiction and are looking for something to read over the holidays?  BuzzFeed has some suggestions.  And at least two of the authors are African-American.

Here are some new children's books to read in the new year.

Zoella did what the Jenner sisters wish they could have done....write a best seller.

Take part in the #giveabook challenge!

Need help finding someone a book for the holidays? Email the Penguin Hotline!

Karen Quinones Miller writes about the popularity of African-American book clubs.

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.