Birthday: Zora Neale Hurston

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In celebration of what would be Zora Neale Hurston's 123rd birthday, Google has created a Google Doodle to honor her memory. The Harlem Renaissance novelist was best known for her 1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watching God.   Deseree Continue Reading...

Reviews: 2014 PoC Speculative Fiction Reading Challenge

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Please link your reviews for the 2014 PoC Speculative Fiction Reading Challenge here. To sign-up for the challenge, click here. I'll track my progress here, as well. Please link to the review page and not your blog home page. My suggested naming format is: Title of your blog - Title of the book by Author Example: Dusky Literati - Kindred by Continue Reading...

Reviews: 2014 Harlem Renaissance Reading Challenge

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Please link your reviews for the 2014 Harlem Renaissance Reading Challenge here. To sign-up for the challenge, click here. I'll track my progress here, as well. Please link to the review page and not your blog home page. My suggested naming format is: Title of your blog - Title of the book by Author Example: Dusky Literati - Passing by Nella Continue Reading...

Bookstore Review: Letters Bookshop in Durham, NC

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Bookstore: Letters Bookshop in Durham, NC Type: New and Used Bookstore Hours: Tues-Sat 11am-8pm / Sun 12-5pm Address: 313 W. Main Street, Durham, NC 27701 Phone: 919.973.2573 Website Pros: What can I say about the store, other than it's beautiful and has the feel of an art gallery when you walk inside. Even though the day was gloomy due to the Continue Reading...

Book Thoughts: Transatlantic by Colum McCann

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Title: Transatlantic Author: Colum McCann Publisher: Random House Format: Hardcover Year: 2013 Pages: 305 Genre: Literary Fiction Source: Purchased My Thoughts: Having visited Dublin in the past, I always look forward to reading books based in Ireland. What attracted me to Transatlantic by Colum McCann is that it's a work of historical Continue Reading...

PoC Spec Fic: The Year in Chinese Speculative Fiction

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If you are looking for Chinese speculative fiction for the reading challenge, the Daily Beast just published an article about this genre. I plan on checking out The Fat Years by Chan Koonchung as part of the challenge. It has been sitting on my TBR pile since last year.   Deseree Continue Reading...

Reading Challenge: Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards

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Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards Reading Challenge hosted by duskyliterati.com <a href="http://www.duskyliterati.com/2013/12/reading-challenge-hurstonwright-legacy-awards"><img alt="Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards Reading Challenge" src="http://www.duskyliterati.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/hurston__wright-e1388364387323.jpg" Continue Reading...

Reading Challenge: 2014 PoC Speculative Fiction

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2014 PoC Speculative Fiction Reading Challenge hosted by duskyliterati.com <a href=" http://www.duskyliterati.com/2013/12reading-challenge-2014-persons-color-speculative-fiction"><img alt="2014 PoC Speculative Fiction Reading Challenge" Continue Reading...

Reading Challenge: 2014 Harlem Renaissance

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2014 Harlem Renaissance Reading Challenge hosted by duskyliterati.com <a href="http://www.duskyliterati.com/2013/12/reading-challenge-2014-harlem-renaissance"><img alt="2014 Harlem Renaissance Reading Challenge" src="http://www.duskyliterati.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/harlem_renaissance.jpeg" /></a> The Continue Reading...

Video: Junot Diaz Interviews Toni Morrison

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On December 12, 2013 the New York Public Library sponsored a conversation between Junot Diaz and Toni Morrison. This livestream event was quite powerful as Toni Morrison discussed various topics including her time as an editor at Random House where she edited books by Muhammad Ali, Henry Dumas, and Gayl Jones, the banning of her books by schools and Continue Reading...

Anticipation: New Bookstore, Letters, Now Open in Downtown Durham

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A new bookshop, Letters, opened Wednesday, December 10th in downtown Durham at 313 West Main Street. The store will mainly sell used and rare books, with some selections of new books. A focus of the store will be children's books. Land Arnold, the founder of Letters, was one of the three founders of Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill. Store Hours: Tues - Sat Continue Reading...

Awards: James McBride Wins National Book Award

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James McBride has won the 2013 National Book Award for his novel, Good Lord Bird. To be eligible for the award, authors had to be American citizens and to have written books that were published in the United States between Dec. 1, 2012, and Nov. 30, 2013. The winners received $10,000 and a bronze statue. Maya Angelou was also recognized with the Continue Reading...

Book Trailer: Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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I read Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in 2010 and am excited that it has been adapted for the big screen. The movie stars the incredibly talented Chiwetel Ejiofor who is currently in 12 Years a Slave for which he is receiving well-deserved Oscar buzz. He's also starring in the Starz mini-series Dancing on the Edge. Half of a Yellow Sun Continue Reading...

Awards: 2013 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence

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Attica Locke's The Cutting Season has won the 2013 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. 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...

Book2MovieReview: The Counselor by Cormac McCarthy

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Title: The Counselor Author: Cormac McCarthy Publisher: Vintage Books Format: Paperback Year: 2013 Pages: 184 Genre: Screenplay Source: Purchased Challenges Met: 100+ Reading Challenge, Book to Movie Goodreads Synopsis: The story of a lawyer, the Counselor, a man who is so seduced by the desire to get rich, to impress his fiancée Laura, that he Continue Reading...