Show's a bit different this week. Tahmeka's traveling for work, so I'm (Jeanette) manning it solo. I'm speaking with Léonicka Valcius about Canadian literature, working for Scholastic Book Fair and also the Festival of Literary Diversity that we talked about briefly in the last show. Léonicka also provides a reading list of excellent Canadian books/authors to check out. Show rounds out with a solo "What Are You Reading?" because I'm newly obsessed with Rachel Howzell Hall and needed to fangirl.
This week's episode finds us discussing books that have been recently released or forthcoming in the spring. We also briefly discuss the Festival of Diverse Literature that's taking place in Brampton, Ontario Canada in May.
Goodreads list of books here: https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/97553.Better_Than_the_Movie_Spring_Book_Round_up
This week's show finds us discussing the best-selling guide to getting and keepin' a man--Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man by Steve Harvey. We break it down to the most ridiculous points and lose our composure quite a few times as we give this book the close reading it never even deserved.
This week’s episodes about…well, nothing. HA! We’re discussing a smattering of literary related articles. Links below:
Books we should be reading for BHM: http://www.bustle.com/articles/137942-12-lesser-known-black-authors-we-should-all-be-reading-this-black-history-month-and-beyond
Amazon becoming the new Borders: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/bookselling/article/69313-amazon-may-open-400-bookstores.html?utm_source=Publishers+Weekly&utm_campaign=138de93053-UA-15906914-1&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0bb2959cbb-138de93053-305326373
Denene Milner gets her own imprint on Agate Bolden Publishing: https://twitter.com/AgatePublishing/status/696815298452811776
NYT longform article abt Chris Jackson’s black literary movement: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/07/magazine/how-chris-jackson-is-building-a-black-literary-movement.html?smid=tw-nytbooks&smtyp=cur
BR "Formation" reading list: http://bookriot.com/2016/02/08/reading-list-beyonces-formation/ Author of BR piece's blog on "Formation": http://justinaireland.com/dammit-this-is-a-blog/
It's our one year anniversary...well almost! We're coming in a fewwwww days early, but it's all good. : ) This week we're discussing the sanitization of slavery children's books, Jeanette has a wee bit of a rant about some literary related things that have been annoying her and we end with talking about some of our favorite episodes of this podcast and our hopes for its future. Links to articles discussed below:
- A Fine Dessert/A birthday cake for Mr. Washington Childrens books sanitizing slavery shitbacle: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/features/smiling-slaves-post-fine-dessert-world/
- BookRiot Black Editors Piece: http://bookriot.com/2016/01/18/diversity-myth-black-editors-gone/
- Hamilton Book: http://www.playbill.com/news/article/new-book-taking-readers-inside-broadways-hamilton-now-available-for-pre-order-364102
- Article that sparked J’s diversity rant: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/features/new-year-new-reading-resolutions/#continue_reading_post
New year, same us! We're back discussing Lauren Francis Sharma's novel, Til the Well Runs Dry, but first some lit news. Links discussed below...
Barnes and Noble applied for liquor license: http://the-digital-reader.com/2015/12/25/bn-applies-for-a-liquor-licence/
Minx Malone interview (not so much for the romance aspect of it, but the othering bit she speaks about in the 4th question/answer): http://indiereader.com/2016/01/36575/
Damn, You're Not Reading Any Books by White Men This Year? That's So Freakin Brave and Cool from Jezebel: m/damn-youre-not-reading-any-books-by-white-men-this-yea-1751094468
I think the title says it all. :) We begin the show with Lit News business as usual and continue on to talk about our favorite reads of the year.
Articles discussed in Lit News:
New Marlon James Novel is African Game Of Thrones: http://www.vulture.com/2015/12/marlon-jamess-new-book-will-be-an-african-got.html#
15 Powerful Works of Fiction Pubbed by Black Authors in 2015: http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2015/12/_15_powerful_works_of_fiction_published_by_black_authors_in_2015.html
World’s First MA in Black literature offered: http://www.theleopard.co.uk/worlds-first-ma-in-black-literature-is-launched-by-goldsmiths/
U.S. School stops teaching Huck Finn Because the N word: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/dec/14/school-stops-teaching-huckleberry-finn-community-costs-n-word
More Books, Fewer Guns BookRiot piece: http://bookriot.com/2015/12/14/more-books-fewer-guns/
This week's show is all about saying yes. We're discussing Shonda Rhimes' The Year of Yes.
Links to articles discussed in this week's Lit News here:
Misty Copeland to Write a Health and Fitness Book: http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/11/18/misty-copeland-to-write-book-on-health-and-fitness/?_r=0
Maya Angelou Documentary Kickstarter: http://www.adweek.com/galleycat/maya-angelou-documentary-featured-on-kickstarter/113069
Flatiron to Pub Oprah’s Memoir, host her new imprint http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/publisher-news/article/68844-flatiron-to-pub-oprah-s-memoir-host-her-new-imprint.html
Marlon James "Black authors pander to white women": http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/nov/30/marlon-james-writers-of-colour-pander-white-woman-man-booker-event-brief-history-seven-killings?CMP=twt_gu
White Men Are the Minority on This Year’s BIggest Year End Book Lists: http://flavorwire.com/549755/white-men-are-the-minority-on-this-years-biggest-book-lists
Goodreads Best of 2015: http://www.buzzfeed.com/ariannarebolini/the-best-books-of-2015-according-to-goodreads?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Books%20126&utm_content=Books%20126+CID_795f4e44e4917ae538fa4b9895341376&utm_source=BuzzFeed%20Newsletters&utm_term=and%20picked%20the%20best%20of%20the%20best#4ldqpis
After an unplanned hiatus, we're back and talkin' smack! Ok...not really, I just couldn't resist the rhyme. The main theme of this week's show is novels featuring mother/daughter relationships. Before we dig in, however, we discuss a variety of literary related items as well as give some updates regarding the future of Better Than the Movie.
American Writers Museum to Open in Chicago in 2017: http://bit.ly/1MjfPcS
NaNoWriMo article: http://huff.to/1HRuux7
Amazon Article: http://huff.to/1PxgxXI
Clarissa Article: http://huff.to/1SULFiz
List of Books From Episode:
God Help The Child - Toni Morrison
White Oleander - Janet Fitch
Breath, Eyes, Memory - Edwidge Danticat
Claire of the Sea Light - Edwidge Danticat
The Joy Luck Club - Amy Tan
Song of Solomon - Toni Morrison
The Darkest Child - Delores Phillips
The Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd
The Almost Moon - Alice Sebold
Where the Heart Is - Billie Letts
Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood - Rebecca Wells
Carrie - Stephen King
Where’d You Go Bernadette - Maria Semple
72 Hour Hold - Bebe Moore Campbell
Revolutionary Road - Richard Yates
Girl In Translation - Jean Kwok
Third Girl From the Left - Martha Southgate
The Center of Everything - Laura Moriarty
Mama - Terry McMillan
This week we're talking what makes a book good to us. Feel free to talk back via email (email@example.com) or Google voice (210-816-2886) to let us know what draws you in!
Articles discussed in news section:
Marlon James Wins the Man Booker Prize!
Marlon James recommends 5 Jamaican Novels
Kirkus Award winners
Angela Flournoy nom or 2015 National Book Award
PW Annual Salary Survey
Technical difficulties tried to hold us down, but still we rise. While we get sorted, enjoy this mini-sode where we talk about the show in general.
News we discuss this week:
- Meg Rosoff and her incredible wrongness regarding diversity in literature
- Amy Schumer--The Nine Million Dollar Woman
- Quvenzhané Wallis's six-figure book deal
The rest of the show is dedicated to the discussion of the beautifully written Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta.
This week we have a special guest in the honeycomb hideout, one of our favorite listeners--Valerie (aka @Vivaciously_Val on Le Twitter)! She's here to kick off our listener recommendations segment with a treasure trove of AMAZING books to read. For the unabridged list of all the novels she named, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org! We also talk www.recoveringtheclassics.com briefly.
This is a new episode of the Better Than the Movie Podcast.
This week we cover a cornucopia of topics! From discussing the impact of Jackie Collins on the literary world to Grace Jones' memoir to writing from the outside, our news section is brimming with content. Links to articles discussed below. Our main segment is about upcoming books that we're anticipating reading. As always we end the show with our What Are You Reading? segment and introduce a new reader interactive segment.
Articles discussed on today's show:
RIP Jackie Collins: http://www.people.com/article/jackie-collins-dead
From the Outside: http://www.lspark.com/news/from-the-outside/
irl Have You Read?!: www.girlhaveyouread.com
Amazon Article: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/bookselling/article/67986-20-years-of-amazon-com-bookselling.html#path/pw/by-topic/industry-news/bookselling/article/67986-20-years-of-amazon-com-bookselling.html
Oyster Article: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/digital/content-and-e-books/article/68130-oyster-is-shutting-down-operations.html#path/pw/by-topic/digital/content-and-e-books/article/68130-oyster-is-shutting-down-operations.html
Love Love: http://amzn.to/1iKijqQ
Ghost Summer: http://amzn.to/1iKiouP
The Story of My Teeth: http://amzn.to/1L1ZEDa
The Sparrow Sisters: http://amzn.to/1NIqi35
The Queen of the Night: http://amzn.to/1L1ZKuE
WE BACK! : ) This week we're discussing the amazing article written by Jenny Zhang in response to the Yellowface/nom de plume debacle in the Best American Poetry 2015 anthology: http://www.buzzfeed.com/jennybagel/they-pretend-to-be-us-while-pretending-we-dont-exist#.ys3Vww1YYD
We're also discussing a hood lit novel. Yep, that's right. Our friends Ashley and Sarah join us to discuss a novel titled My Bitch, Yo Bitch, Everybody's Bitch. We wrap up the show with our What Are You Reading? segment.
This week's episode we're discussing quite a few hot topics. The show begins with a discussion of Ashley Ford's List of 9 Books to Add to the Modern Brown Girl Literary Canon. We were super impressed by the variety and thoughtfulness of the selections. (http://www.elle.com/culture/books/g26694/selections-from-the-modern-brown-girl-canon/) We also discuss a new comic Raising Dion (www.raisingdion.com) which is about a single mother raising a young boy who is discovered to have superpowers. The premise of this comic is super interesting and the youtube trailer is quite adorable(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dW9EIxEqrJw). The majority of the show is spent discussion Jennifer Weiner's latest "Who Do You Love". We round out the show with a Self Pubbed Spotlight--highlighting books from authors Delaney Diamond and Quanie Miller.
This week's show is a hodgepodge of topics and eventually ends up with our lamentations about our writing woes (real issues, not the Wheelchair Jimmy definition.) Articles discussed are linked below:
Reading for pleasure builds empathy and improves wellbeing: http://readingagency.org.uk/news/media/reading-for-pleasure-builds-empathy-and-improves-wellbeing-research-from-the-reading-agency-finds.html
Man admits to dumping thousands of books onto highway: http://jezebel.com/man-admits-to-dumping-thousands-of-books-onto-highway-1724331038?utm_campaign=socialflow_jezebel_facebook&utm_source=jezebel_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow
Mat Johnson's Loving Day being adapted into Showtime comedy series: http://deadline.com/2015/08/mat-johnson-loving-day-showtime-comedy-racial-identity-1201500174/
In this week's episode we discuss:
- NYT Obituary for Dr. Julian Bond. RIP: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/17/us/julian-bond-former-naacp-chairman-and-civil-rights-leader-dies-at-75.html?_r=1
- An interview between Dolen Perkins-Valdez and Lauren Francis- Sharma about the power of the American story: http://www.salon.com/2015/07/24/the_power_of_the_american_story_i_want_to_read_something_that_reaches_inside_me_and_rips_me_up_and_puts_me_back_together/
- The Iowa Barber offering haircuts for the price of a book being read to him: http://m.globegazette.com/ap/state/article_c208d548-72ab-51c4-b54c-c13e90dad31f.html?mobile_touch=true
- And wrap up with a throwback to Episode Fifteen with books on books on books part deux!
Been gone for a minute now we're back at the jump off. We're back with an extra jam packed show this week to make up for our absence. We're talking Ta-Nehisi Coates' Between the World and Me and some of the criticism it has received about the perceived lack of content regarding Black women. Then we talk about a Michigan bookstore that has decided to offer refunds to anyone who bought Go Set a Watchman and was less than impressed. The bulk of the episode is dedicated to discussing Khaled Hosseini's A Thousand Splendid Suns. Show wraps up with What Are You Reading? Oh! And we also announce a contest to win a Kindle! Check it out!