Friday, September 26, 2014

Book News You Can Use 9/26/14


“In truth, love is everything. You can live without money. You cannot live without love…of someone or something. Everyone is forever trying to find love in some way. Everyone is trying to win something. Wanting some satisfaction.”— Paul from “In Search of Satisfaction" by J. California Cooper
Relax in Paradise J. California Cooper and Alastair Reid.

Congratulations to all of the Amtrak Residency Program winners!

Publishers Weekly wrote about diversity in the publishing industry and realized that it was sorely lacking. Duh.

The mother of one of the Columbine shooters is writing a book.  Um...I don't know about this.

I'm looking forward to reading The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace.  The author, Jeff Hobbs, spoke to an NPR station about the book.

Another book I am looking forward to is New York Times columist Charles M. Blow's memoir.  Read an excerpt here.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez's books will be released as e-books.

R.L. Stine supports Amazon's low e-book pricing.  Stephen King thinks that paper books will be around for a long time.

Speaking of Stephen King, his book about the Kennedy assasation will be developed for a series on Hulu.

This is Banned Books Week and we are still dealing with stuff like this in 2014. Even The Fault in Our Stars isn't immune.  You can celebrate by reading all of these banned books.

We are ONE WEEK AWAY from the Gone Girl movie! This article suggest that you should read (or re-read) the book.

The Rosie Project has been optioned by Sony to become a movie!

Want to travel to Africa without leaving your home?  Here is a list about books based in Africa!

Four universities, including two in Chicago, have been selected as finalists for the Obama Presidental Library.

We always give love to the public librarians, but don't forget about those who work in the schools!

Did you know that reading slow for 30 minutes benefits your brain and cuts stress?

Here are tips on how to get out of a reading rut. I have been in one all year long and numbers 3 and 5 aren't working.

Picture is from Art Sancutary in Philly. Quote is from Facebook.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Mailbox Monday 9/22/14

More books have arrived in the mail so it's time for another edition of Mailbox Monday!

I received two books from Harper Books.  One is about college basketball and one is about education, so I may eventually give them to the parents.  My mother is a principal and my stepfather likes reading about sports.

Bleeding Orange
Lessons of Hope

Does any of these titles interest you?  Hit me up in the comments section! Thanks to Harper Books for the ARCs!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Book News You Can Use 9/19/14



Congratulations to all of the National Book Award nominees!

The MacArthur genius grants were announced this week and the winners include Columbia native Terrance Hayes.

A Brooklyn poet is moving to Detroit after winning the Write a House Project contest.

Is Oscar Pistorius trying to pull an OJ and write a book about killing his lover?

Yamma Brown, the daughter of the Godfather of Soul, talks about her parents' abusive relationship and how she fell for an abusive man.

Meanwhile, her brother Daryl thinks that James Brown was killed by those in his inner circle.  He must be comparing notes with the Jacksons.

The war of Amazon vs. Hatchette continues with Hatchette authors going after Amazon's board.

Speaking of Amazon, new Kindles and Kindle Fires were just released, including a version for children.

Barnes and Noble has suspended the ability to download their e-books on your personal computer.

Maya Lang read To Kill A Mockingbird for the first time and talks about how she was able to parallel the book to what's going on in Ferguson.

After 60 Minutes exposed him as a fraud three years ago, Three Cups of Tea author Greg Mortenson is trying to return to the public spotlight.

Tom Clancy's widow doesn't want to pay taxes on his estate and wants to pass the bill to his children. That's not how it works. That's now how any of this works.

Joan Rivers' body isn't even cold in the ground and a biography is in the works.

Why is Sony remaking I Know What You Did Last Summer?  WHY???!!!

Would you believe that tomorrow marks 30 years since the Cosby Show premiered on TV?  Mark Whitaker talks about writing Bill Cosby's biography, which was released this week.

The New York Public Library has a new exhibit on Sesame Street.

Ebony continues to feature African-American books on their website I would have never heard of, but their featured book is my Friday Reads. Yes, I'm reading Steve Harvey's new book.

Here is a reason why publishers are giving away e-books or selling them for next to nothing.

Do you suffer from reading insecurities?

A new survey shows that more young adults (30 and younger) are reading books.

Can someone please tell the author that God created Goodreads and Shelfari so she won't have to have a spreadsheet of all of the books she's read?  She must be a metadata librarian. Or neurotic.

I know this article is from last year, but I have some new job options in case the librarian thing doesn't work out.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Mailbox Monday 9/15/14


More books have arrived in the mail so it's time for another edition of Mailbox Monday!

I received these books two weeks ago.  But due to my busy schedule, I was unable to post them last week.  So here are the books I received from Kensington Publishing:


Do you see any books that you would like to read?  Hit me up at the comments section!  Thanks to Kensington for the books!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Book News You Can Use 9/12/14



Relax in Paradise Graham Joyce.

Congrats to all of the short-list nominees of the Booker Prize!

Here is the 20 most beloved books of all time...according to Facebook.

In light of what happened last week when a review about a book about slavery wasn't received well, what happens when book reviews don't go so well?

Former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly has a book deal.

YA author Jane Quin-Harkin says that 80s teen lit never gets old.

We are three weeks away from the Gone Girl movie and author Gillian Flynn interviews Rosamund Pike (who plays Amy) for Glamour.

Judge Judy is offering her new book for free.

There is a new project that will adapt novels to become television series.

Don't be surprised if the Lambly (also known as Mariah Carey's fans) come after Nick Cannon for leaving her name off a children's book they were suppose to write together.

A teen secretly publishes his mother's manuscript, which boosts her writing career. Please give him the Son of the Year award.

My friend VaLinda has done some (much deserved) traveling this summer and has posted pictures of her vacation, which includes meeting a few authors.

To celebrate for the 40th anniversary of For Colored Girls, an art exhibit inspired by the play will be at the Schomburg Center in New York City.

Usher and Scholastic have joined forces to try to get more young people to read. YEAH MAN.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Book News You Can Use 9/5/14


Relax in Paradise Joan RiversCharles Bowden and A. J. Langguth.

Labor Day is over which means lists of fall's anticipated books will be making their arrival.  Here is USA Today's.  And Jason Mott got featured in Wednesday's book section!

A teacher in Maryland was suspended from his teaching job for writing a book about a school shooting.  The school district said that is not the case.

Here are 10 things that happen when you can't put down a good book.

Sony Pictures has hired someone to find books and develop them into TV shows and movies.  That sounds like a cool job!

I'm still trying to figure out why there is a 50 Shades of Gray movie.  Why are there plans for a sequel and why is Kendall Jenner possibly up for a role?

Speaking of those who hustle on a regular basis, Nick Cannon is coming out with a poetry book for children.  And what's going to happen with that children's book he was working on with Mariah since they are separated?

In today's "What took you so long?" news, LeVar Burton is coming out with his first children's book.

You will see more of R. L. Stine's works on screens soon with a Mostly Ghostly movie out on DVD this week and a Goosebumps movie next year.  Can we get a Fear Street movie?

A comic artist has paid tribute to Dr. Seuss in a new book.

Maya Angelou's writings will be featured on an upcoming hip-hop CD.

Margaret Atwood is writing a book that is scheduled to be published in 2114. Yes, that is 100 years from now.

Looking for a place to buy books?  Don't want to go to a chain store or Amazon?  This directory might help!

What happens to your e-books, music, apps and other digital materials when you die?  The state of Delaware may have come up with an answer.

This 5-year-old has restored my faith in humanity.

The picture with Joan's quote comes from Cosmopolitan.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Book News You Can Use 8/29/14



Relax in Paradise Desmond O'Grady and Robert Sherrill.

Congratulations to Robert Hass for winning the Wallace Stevens Award (and the $100,000 that goes with it).  Congratulations also go out to the American Book Award winners.

The UK children's laureate (who happens to be Black) received racist taunts after calling for diversity in children's books.

Here is a New York Times review of Brown Girl Dreaming.

Speaking of children's books, check out an expert of Zero Degree Zombie Zone by Essence editor Patrik Henry Bass.  Headline on the top of the article's a little misleading.

Check out this new app that helps you find children's and YA books from African-American authors.

Here is an article (with audio) from NPR that talks about the struggle of achieving diversity in publishing.

Kobo is introducing a waterproof e-reader.  Didn't know there was a need for such things.

If you were watching the Emmys this week, you probably saw this new Gone Girl trailer.

The movie adaptation for Inferno (the sequel to Angels and Demons and The DaVinci Code) will start filming in April.

Zane's new book The Other Side of the Pillow has become a play and will make its debut in October (after Addicted comes out).

Hey, can Charleston County Public Library get a floating library?  Maybe I will bring it up at the next board meeting.

The oldest public library in America is in danger of closing.

Pastors in a town in Texas want some teens books removed from the local library because it deals with (in their words) the occult.

Robin Williams hasn't been dead a month and a biography is already in the works.

Was Suge Knight shot (again) over a book proposal?

Soccer star Tim Howard will be releasing a memoir (for adults and kids) in December.

Add children's author to Bruce Springsteen's many accomplishments.

Today would have been Michael Jackson's 56th birthday.  And with all that is going on in the world, this song has been on my mind lately.  Almost 20 years later, this song still have a relevant message.  Have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend!