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EPISODE SEVENTY-FIVE: I-N-D-E-P-E-N-D-E-N-T
This episode we're talking independently released books from Black female authors that run the gamut from romance to urban to work memoir to YA(ish). But first...the news! Articles discussed linked below:
Nappily Ever After on Netflix: https://shadowandact.com/netflix-unveils-poster-announces-premiere-date-for-film-adaptation-of-nappily-ever-after-starring-sanaa-lathan/
Victoria Christopher Murray + TD Jakes collaboration:
This Anna March malarkey: http://www.latimes.com/projects/la-ca-jc-anna-march/
Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited and its relationship to publishing: https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/07/amazon-kindle-unlimited-self-publishing/565664/
EPISODE SEVENTY FOUR: skip to my Lou (featuring Rachel Howzell Hall)
Hey hey! This episode is a special one because we got to talk about and to one of our favorite writers, Rachel Howzell Hall. We speak about her creative process, the dearth of Black female crime writers, and her love of Prince!
Links to news discussed in show:
Lambda Literary Awards
18 Black Music Month Reads
EPISODE SEVENTY-THREE: a chat with eric jerome dickey
A note from Jeanette: So guys...mea culpa, this show should have been out a couple of weeks ago, but I got slammed with life, which delayed the editing. So some of the things discussed herein are old news, but our takes are still pretty fresh, so yanno, balance. ;-)
Today's show is pretty special. If you have been rocking with us from the beginning, you'll remember our very first episode was about the books of one Eric Jerome Dickey. Well friends, our little show has come full circle because we were afforded the opportunity to have a conversation with Mr. Dickey. We played it cool, but we were pretty excited! Hope you enjoy listening.
News stories discussed in the show:
FOLD Human Lit Library: http://thefoldcanada.org/
Pulitzer Winners: http://www.pulitzer.org/news/announcement-2018-pulitzer-prize-winners
GSK Killer Caught: https://www.forbes.com/sites/michellefabio/2018/04/25/true-crime-author-michelle-mcnamaras-legacy-sealed-with-arrest-in-golden-state-killer-case/#78495d32378a
8 Books You Should Read in April: http://www.vulture.com/2018/04/best-new-books-april-2018.html
Universal Fan Con: https://www.theroot.com/it-be-your-own-people-on-universal-fancon-and-the-perv-1825481924
EPISODE SEVENTY-TWO: the gift of gab
This week we're discussing Gabrielle Union's memoir We're Going to Need More Wine. Articles discussed in news are below:
Junot Diaz on the legacy of childhood trauma: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/04/16/the-silence-the-legacy-of-childhood-trauma
New Generations of Black bookstores: https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/bookselling/article/76545-a-new-generation-of-african-american-owned-bookstores.html
Black bookstores directory: https://aalbc.com/bookstores/list.php
Laurie Hernandez's upcoming book: http://www.nj.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2018/04/laurie_hernandez_shes_got_this_picture_book_1.html
Aspen Words Literary Prize: http://www.aspenwords.org/programs/literary-prize/
RWA and the RITAs clusterfuck: https://www.rwa.org/p/bl/et/blogid=20&blogaid=2170
EPISODE SEVENTY-ONE: Jumping the Broom
We're finally talking about An American Marriage by Tayari Jones! But first, we discuss this article in The Atlantic in which Tayari talks about writing a feminist article from a man's point of view: https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2018/03/by-heart-tayari-jones/556010/
EPISODE SEVENTY: burn it down
This week we're discussing Celeste Ng's Little Fires Everywhere, but first...the news! Articles discussed below:
Prize for Thrillers with No Violence Against Women?
How to Make Money Self-Publishing Short Romance Novels on Amazon: https://www.makingsenseofcents.com/2018/02/make-money-writing-romance-novels.html
15 New Theatre-Related Reads Out This Spring: http://www.playbill.com/article/15-new-theatre-related-reads-out-this-spring
Lupita Nyong'o and Danai Gurira are adapting Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah for TV: https://www.avclub.com/lupita-nyongo-and-danai-gurira-are-adapting-chimamanda-1823405299
Thread bout there being more black book reviewers: https://twitter.com/brownbookworm/status/968614017790021635
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