After a lengthy hiatus we're back talkin' books. Join us as we discuss Kimani coming to an end and what's currently on our TBR lists.
This week Jeanette and Tahmeka are discussing the world of indie publishing and highlighting some folks for y’all to check out.
Articles Discussed in News:
Books for Girls, About Girls
Big Little LIes
Kerry Washington, Warner Bros. to Adapt 'The Mothers': http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/warner-bros-kerry-washington-adapt-mothers-984828?utm_source=twitter&utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=referral
Chimamanda and the Trans Community
Her New Book:
Books N Bros’ 11-year-old founder wants to help boys love reading at an age when they often don’t: http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/books-n-bros-11-year-old-founder-wants-help-boys-love-reading-age-when-they-often-don-t#stream/0
Constance Burris: https://www.amazon.com/Constance-Burris/e/B00P42MYIU
Alexandra Warren: https://www.amazon.com/Alexandra-Warren/e/B00U6XWUYA
Love Belvin: https://www.amazon.com/Love-Belvin/e/B00CZDLZO0
Danielle Allen: https://www.amazon.com/Danielle-Allen/e/B00JT0JUZS
Indie Love in the A Event Info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/indie-love-in-the-atl-2017-tickets-28541142325
This week we’re discussing The Mothers by Brit Bennett.
It’s Jeanette & Tahmeka, talking’ books.
News discussed this episode:
Hilary Banks- Sweet Blackberry: http://www.sweetblackberry.org/
Author of An Untamed State Pulls Book From S&S: https://www.buzzfeed.com/jarrylee/roxane-gay-pulls-book-from-simon-schuster-in-response-to-mil?utm_term=.euQj3qgm2#.ogOaJ2RNp
Paul Beatty Is Not New to This: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/jan/22/paul-beatty-trumps-america-has-always-existed?CMP=share_btn_fb
Silent Book Club https://www.pw.org/content/dear_readers_you_are_not_alone
Marley Dias: 12-Year-Old Founder Of #1000BlackGirlBooks Gets A Scholastic Book Deal: https://www.becauseofthemwecan.com/blogs/stories/marley-dias-12-year-old-founder-of-1000blackgirlbooks-gets-a-scholastic-book-deal
This week we’re talking Zadie Smith’s Swing Time.
Articles discussed in news section:
Obama’s Secret to Surviving The White House: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/16/books/obamas-secret-to-surviving-the-white-house-years-books.html
We're back! And talkin' books...
Articles discussed in news section below:
Simon & Schuster + That Milo Dudeguy: http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketcopy/la-ca-jc-yiannopoulos-book-deal-20170104-story.html
The Millions Most Anticipated of 2017:
In 2017, publishing really needs a blockbuster:
Friend of the show Ashley stops by to give us some recommendations on (mostly) nonfiction titles regarding race relations.
White Rage - Carol Anderson: http://amzn.to/2fznsAg
More Beautiful and More Terrible - Imani Perry: http://amzn.to/2fNrIRQ
The New Jim Crow - Michelle Alexander: http://amzn.to/2fNoLk2
Southern Horrors and Other Writings; The Anti-Lynching Campaign of Ida B. Wells - Ida B. Wells & Jacqueline Jones Royster : http://amzn.to/2fVAxbB
Sara Baartman and the Hottentot Venus: A Ghost Story and a Biography - Clifton Crais and Pamela Scully: http://amzn.to/2ePOseO
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration - isabel Wilkerson: http://amzn.to/2ftZyY8
Men We Reaped - Jesmyn Ward: http://amzn.to/2eH6Zww
Passing - Nella Larsen: http://amzn.to/2ey2eC4
Stories discussed in news:
Claudia Rankine using MacArthur Genius grant to create an institute to study whiteness & its influence on culture: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/oct/19/claudia-rankine-macarthur-genius-grant-exploring-whiteness
Paul Beatty Wins Man Booker Prize With ‘The Sellout’: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/26/business/media/paul-beatty-wins-man-booker-prize-with-the-sellout.html?_r=0
Take a look: A 'Reading Rainbow' in the digital age: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/80774b3a6e1a4f058cc8e2c7f98a397a/take-look-reading-rainbow-digital-age
Papercuts: A Party Game for the Rude and Well-Read: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/electriclit/papercuts-a-party-game-for-the-rude-and-well-read
This is a new episode of Better Than the Movie.
Stories discussed in news:
There’s a Word for Buying Books and Not Reading Them: http://www.ozy.com/acumen/theres-a-word-for-buying-books-and-not-reading-them/71898?utm_source=MF&utm_medium=pp&utm_campaign=pp
Amazon Prime Members Can Read All They Want For Free: http://www.brit.co/score-amazon-prime-members-can-read-all-they-want-for-free/?utm_content=buffer3d909&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
Sarah Jessica Parker and Ta-Nehisi Coates, on New Literary Paths:
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Says Her Feminism Is Different Than Beyoncé's Feminism, But Both Women Are Doing It Right: https://www.bustle.com/articles/188446-chimamanda-ngozi-adichie-says-her-feminism-is-different-than-beyoncs-feminism-but-both-women-are-doing
Read a chilling excerpt from the Black Lives Matter-inspired YA novel The Hate U Give:
You get two episodes this week! In Tahmeka's absence, I spoke with Brandon Taylor, a PhD candidate in biochemistry and an avid reader, to get some recommendations. What follows is a discussion that includes the aforementioned recommendations as well as random musings about things that are literary adjacent.
Swallowed By The Cold - Jensen Beach: http://amzn.to/2eeQ96P
Arcade - Drew Nellins Smith: http://amzn.to/2dnImkm
Boy Erased - Garrard Conley: http://amzn.to/2e16kGa
The Narrow Door - Paul Lisicky: http://amzn.to/2ebC6zI
The Border Of Paradise - Esme Weijun Wang: http://amzn.to/2dKiIHx
Private Citizens - Tommy Tulathimutte: http://amzn.to/2ept68X
Disgruntled - Asali Solomon: http://amzn.to/2dKgsQu
Ladivine - Marie Ndiaye: http://amzn.to/2ehJyfw
Dinosaurs On Other Planets - Danielle McLaughlin: http://amzn.to/2e14uVN
This week we’re reading an idiot & discussing “diversity”.
Stories Discussed in News Section:
Claudia Rankine Leads This Year’s Class of MacArthur Genius Grant Recipients: http://www.vulture.com/2016/09/heres-2016s-macarthur-genius-grant-recipients.html?mid=twitter_vulture
What I Pledge Allegiance To (Kiese Laymon essay): http://www.thefader.com/2016/09/19/my-mississippi-pledge-kiese-laymon
Who gets to write what: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/25/opinion/sunday/who-gets-to-write-what.html?_r=2
This week we’re discussing the brilliantly written and curated The Fire Next Time. But first…the news! And we also have a special guest in the Honeycomb Hideout—Brooklynn (Tahmeka’s daughter) drops in to give us some kid lit picks!
Articles discussed in news:
What Makes a Reader Stop Reading a Book: http://writerswrite.co.za/what-makes-readers-stop-reading-a-book
Simone Biles Autobiography Deal: http://www.adweek.com/galleycat/simone-biles-inks-autobiography-deal-with-zondervan/124630
Five queer black female authors you need to be familiar with: http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2016/09/5-queer-black-female-authors-who-will-blow-your-mind-wide-open/?utm_content=bufferf2180&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
No, the Internet has not killed the printed book, most people still prefer them: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/03/business/no-the-internet-has-not-killed-the-printed-book-most-people-still-prefer-them.html?smid=nytcore-ipad-share&smprod=nytcore-ipad&_r=0
St. Martin’s Press Acquires New Nick Cannon Novel: https://blackpageturners.com/2016/09/12/between-the-lines-st-martins-press-acquires-new-nick-cannon-novel/
We're coming to you live from Rocky Mountain High on this episode. WE visited a few of the local Denver bookstores and discuss our thoughts about them. This week we’re also tackling the complicated feelings that come along with wanting to support indie booksellers, but ultimately succumbing to the low low prices of The Man (aka Amazon) along with our usual assessment of lit news and other minutiae.
Articles discussed in news section below:
Stop telling black people not to self publish: http://justinaireland.com/dammit-this-is-a-blog/2016/8/17/stop-telling-black-people-to-self-publish
Publisher delays YA novel amid row over invented black 'street dialect': https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/aug/16/delays-ya-row-over-invented-black-vernacular-when-we-was-fierce
What Pres. Obama is reading this summer: http://time.com/4450367/president-obama-summer-reading-list-2016/?xid=tcoshare
We are honored to have author Trisha R. Thomas on the show this week to talk about her latest novel Postcards From Venus which will be released on August 16, 2016. Tahmeka speaks with Trisha about her writing process, the Nappily Ever After book series and her thoughts and views on the state of the literary world in general. Show begins with the usual News You Can Use segment and we also have a brief chat about "hypebeasting" in the literary world.. Articles discussed in news section below:
Oprah’s Book Club Pick
Jonathan Franzen and His Negro Friend
Read Books, Live Longer
Hodgepodge show. We're just yapping away. New stories covered in News You Can Use below...
The Author of An Untamed State and Black Panther
Spoilers Make Stories Better
Beauty and Books—Barnes & Noble
Ben Winters Responds
When We Was Fierce
Wow! This is Episode Fifty! I don't even think we realized it as we recorded. This week's show begins on a bit of a somber note as we reflect on the senseless violence witnessed within recent days. Episode's main topic is the memory Every Little Step by Robert Barisford Brown aka The Kang of R&B.
News stories discussed during episode below:
The Great Second-Half 2016 Book Preview: http://www.themillions.com/2016/07/most-anticipated-the-great-second-half-2016-book-preview.html
Marvel’s New Iron Man Is a Black Woman: http://time.com/4394478/iron-man-riri-williams-tony-stark/?xid=time_socialflow_twitter
Chimamanda’s Had a Baby: http://jezebel.com/chimamanda-ngozi-adichie-quietly-gave-birth-refused-to-1783171806
Audible Channels (wtf is it?): https://www.engadget.com/2016/07/07/audible-channels-audio-shows-subscription/
Brave New World of White Man Doing What Octavia Butler Did Decades Ago: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/05/books/ben-winters-underground-airlines.html?_r=1
SURPRISE! It's a really freaking long episode about Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing.
We're back, you guys! Did you miss us? This week we're talking about alllllllll of the news stories we've missed while on hiatus. Ok not all of them, but a lot of em. All articles discussed below:
15 Books By Black Authors To Dive Into This Summer
Bobby Brown Every Little Step I Take
LitHub Launches Book Marks
Does Literary Criticism Have A Grade Inflation Problem?
Akosua Adoma Owusu Options Film Rights to Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche’s “On Monday Of Last Week”
Kickstarter link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/akosuadoma/on-monday-of-last-week-the-movie
Trisha R. Thomas (FOH episode) Has A New Book Coming
Beyonce Is Not Shining A Light On African Literature- It’s The Other Way Around
You thought we wasn't when we was? Shooooot. Just because we are a literary podcast, don't think we aren't discussing Lemonade like everyone else, ha! We discuss the work on a granular level as well as delve into the idea that Black art is often seen as autobiographical, instead of works of imagination.
Articles discussed in news section:
Why publishers are betting big on debut novelists: http://www.ew.com/article/2016/05/02/debut-novel-millions
Oprah Winfrey to star in “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” film adaptation: http://buzz.blog.ajc.com/2016/05/02/oprah-winfrey-to-star-in-the-immortal-life-of-henrietta-lacks-film-adaptation/
A Reading List For Beyonce: http://bookriot.com/2016/05/02/a-reading-list-for-beyonces-lemonade/
What to read after watching Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’: http://fusion.net/story/295105/beyonce-lemonade-required-reading/?utm_campaign=FusionPop&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=social
This week's show is all about our trip to NY to see a couple of Broadway plays based on two literary works-- Hamilton by Ron Chernow and The Color Purple by Alice Walker. Tahmeka also walks us through the #Hamiltome. But first, the news:
Are Most Romance Novels Badly Written?: http://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2016/apr/18/romance-novels-badly-written-curtis-sittenfeld-eligible-pride-and-prejudice?CMP=twt_books_b-gdnbooks
Rachel Dolezal’s Got a Book Deal: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/apr/13/rachel-dolezal-signs-publishing-deal-book-race-black-white
2016 Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced: http://www.pulitzer.org/article/2016-pulitzer-prizes
This week we're discussing books that we just couldn't finish. Articles discussed in news section below:
Young Lions Fiction Award Finalists: http://www.nypl.org/ylfa
VIDA count: http://www.vidaweb.org/the-2015-vida-count/
Movie Adaptation of An Untamed State: http://deadline.com/2016/03/gugu-mbatha-raw-to-star-gina-prince-bythewood-to-helm-an-untamed-state-1201724469/
10 Books Every Young Black Woman Should Read to Slay (LOL): http://www.lifehack.org/381194/10-books-every-young-black-women-needs-read-order-slay