2015 #FitReaders Check-in #2

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#FitReaders is hosted by Geeky Bloggers Book Blog and That’s What I’m Talking About. The goal is to commit to exercise for 2015 by standing up and saying “I’m in! I’m committed to getting up and getting moving!” My Starting Goals I own a Fitbit that I will use to log my activity. Feel free to become my friend if you own a Fitbit. My profile is at: Continue Reading...

Author Event: Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile

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Natalie Baszile recently held a discussion and signing event at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh for her novel Queen Sugar. Following a lovely introduction by local author, Angela Epps, Baszile started off by announcing news she had just received that day. Queen Sugar was being optioned by Oprah's Harpo Productions to become a dramatic series on the OWN Continue Reading...

PoC Speculative: Black Science Fiction Writers

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Watch as N.K. Jemisin, Samuel R. Delany, Walter Mosley, and the son of Virginia Hamilton discuss the legacy of powerful African American voices in literature that transcend genres.   Deseree Continue Reading...

Anticipation: February 2015 Releases

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The following are some books I'm looking forward to with a release date in February: Title: Wastelands 2 - More Stories of the Apocalypse Editor: John Joseph Adams Publisher: Titan Books Release Date: 03 February 2015 Blurb From Publisher's Website IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT... For decades, the apocalypse and its aftermath have Continue Reading...

2015 Bookish Resolutions Progress Update – January

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This challenge is hosted by Michelle at Because Reading and Laura of Trips Down Imagination Road. This is a review of my goals and how I'm doing so far: To achieve my Goodreads reading challenge goal of 200 booksSo far, I have read 16 of 200 books. Goodreads indicates that I'm 2 books below where I should be. I will probably fall even further Continue Reading...

2015 Winter’s Respite Read-a-Thon Wrap-Up

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I participated in Season's of Reading Winter's Respite Read-a-thon. This event took place January 26th to February 1st and the goal was to spend time reading during this period. I finished five books and continued reading and listening to two others. One of the books I started prior to the read-a-thon and finished was Measuring Time by Helon Habila. It Continue Reading...

Birthday: Langston Hughes

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In celebration of what would be Langston Hughes' 113th birthday, Google has created an animated Google Doodle to honor his memory. The Harlem Renaissance leader was a poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist and an early innovator of the then-new literary art form called jazz poetry. from "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" (1920) ... My soul Continue Reading...

2015 #FitReaders Check-in #1

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#FitReaders is hosted by Geeky Bloggers Book Blog and That’s What I’m Talking About. The goal is to commit to exercise for 2015 by standing up and saying “I’m in! I’m committed to getting up and getting moving!” Follow along this week's check-ins HERE My Starting Goals I own a Fitbit that I will use to log my activity. Feel free to become my Continue Reading...

Review: Voices From the Other Side edited by Brandon Massey

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Title: Voices From the Other Side: Dark Dreams II Editor: Brandon Massey Publisher: Dafina Keningston Format: Trade Paperback Year: 2006 Pages: 293 Genre: Horror Source: Purchased Challenges Met: GoodReads, BookRiot, Pop*Sugar, Mocha Girls 15, We Need Diverse Books, Diversity on the Shelf, Dive into Diversity, We Read Diverse Books, Outdo Yourself, I Continue Reading...

2015 National Readathon Wrap-Up

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Saturday, January 24th was National Readathon Day, sponsored by the National Book Foundation, Goodreads, Penguin Random House, and Mashable. The goal was read from 12-4 pm in your timezone. Fundraising monies would go to the National Book Foundation. I chose the Book Thief by Markus Zusak and I read until 4:15 pm and got through half the book (273 of Continue Reading...

Awards: 2014 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence

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Mitchell S. Jackson has won the 2014 Ernest J. Gaines Award for his debut novel, The Residue Years. The Award, initiated by donors of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation to honor Ernest Gaines, is designed to inspire and recognize rising African-American writers of excellence as they work to achieve the literary heights for which Ernest J. Gaines is known. It Continue Reading...

TV/Film: Anika Noni Rose Options ‘Bone Street Rumba’

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If you have been reading my posts for the past week, I have mentioned the author Daniel José Older quite a bit. I finished up his collection of short stories Salsa Nocturna earlier this month and purchased his debut novel Half-Resurrection Blues and short story Kia and Gio. All of these are set in the same fantasy universe. I'll be writing my review of Continue Reading...

Awards: National Book Critics Circle Nominations

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Poets Claudine Rankine and Saeed Jones, novelists Chang-rae Lee and Marlon James, and biographer Ezra Greenspan are among the 30 finalists nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Ms. Rankine’s critically acclaimed book of poetry, Citizen: An American Lyric, was nominated in two categories, poetry and criticism. This is the first time that a Continue Reading...

PoC Speculative: 3rd Annual Black Comic Book Festival

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The Schomburg Center in New York held it's 3rd Annual Black Comic Books Festival over the past weekend. Below is an hour-long panel discussion regarding the publishing industry. It is moderated by John Jennings (of SUNY Buffalo and creator of "Kid Code"), the panelists were: Zetta Elliott ("The Deep"), Alex Simmons ("BlackJack"), and Tim Fielder ("Matty’s Continue Reading...