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ColumbusReads (coltrane01) | 3684 comments Mod
Here's the place to share any book related articles you run across that you find interesting or inspiring. Included here will be any long-reads, essays, movie adaptations based on literary books, book awards, new short stories from periodicals (i.e....The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper's etc)...

Read any good articles lately?


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ColumbusReads (coltrane01) | 3684 comments Mod
Here's an article I enjoyed about VONA/Voices, the only multi-genre writing workshops specifically for writers of color. While reading this I thought about the "we need diverse books" campaign that seems to be working grassroots and especially in libraries throughout the country. Enjoy!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/vanessa...


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ColumbusReads (coltrane01) | 3684 comments Mod
I love an author-to-author Q&A. Here's a nice one on Salon with Ravi Howard, author of Driving the King: A Novel and Tayari Jones. I'm looking forward to reading this book. Has anyone read it yet?

http://www.salon.com/2015/01/27/ravi_...


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Wilhelmina Jenkins | 2049 comments No, but I'm looking forward to it also.


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Beverly | 2864 comments Mod
Columbus wrote: "I love an author-to-author Q&A. Here's a nice one on Salon with Ravi Howard, author of Driving the King: A Novel and Tayari Jones. I'm looking forwar..."

Yes, I have read it and enjoyed it.
I still need to draft some thoughts on the book.


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ColumbusReads (coltrane01) | 3684 comments Mod
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie writing in The Guardian on her battle with depression:

http://www.theguardian.com/news/2015/...


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Beverly | 2864 comments Mod
Columbus wrote: "Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie writing in The Guardian on her battle with depression:

http://www.theguardian.com/news/2015/..."


Here is the message I got when clicking on the link:

This article was deleted on 1 February 2015 because it was launched in error, without the permission of the author following a technical error. The Guardian apologises unreservedly to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.


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ColumbusReads (coltrane01) | 3684 comments Mod
Beverly wrote: "Columbus wrote: "Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie writing in The Guardian on her battle with depression:

http://www.theguardian.com/news/2015/..."

Here..."


Wow. Wonder what that is about. I'm going to re-check the Guardian website to see if it's there. However, in deference to her, if this is something she never approved, then I wont re-post.


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ColumbusReads (coltrane01) | 3684 comments Mod
Interesting. I checked The Guardian website and the article is no longer there. I then googled her name and depression and another site had reposted the article and then removed it after the Guardian retraction. They followed it up with:

BN encourages anyone going through depression to consult a doctor immediately. Depression is an illness. With proper care and therapy, it can be managed and treated.

Too bad because it's a great article on depression, and the writing was pure Adichie.


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Wilhelmina Jenkins | 2049 comments I hope that she changes her mind. When I heard her speak at the Decatur Book Festival, she moved from very funny anecdotes to saying how, when she was writing Half of a Yellow Sun, she would stand at the window and think about jumping. The whole room stopped breathing for a moment.


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lark benobi (larkbenobi) | 324 comments "Ghosts of the Tsunami" by Richard Lloyd Parry, in the London Review of Books, was like nothing I'd read about Japan before, and I wanted to post it here because, even though it doesn't reference literature at any point, it helped me understand Haruki Murakami somehow:

http://www.lrb.co.uk/v36/n03/richard-...


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Wilhelmina Jenkins | 2049 comments Very interesting, Poingu. Thanks!


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Peggy | 47 comments This one by Roxane Guy may speak to many.

http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/sun...


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ColumbusReads (coltrane01) | 3684 comments Mod
Here's a short story from The New Yorker by Toni Morrison titled "Sweetness." The story is based on her upcoming novel, God Help the Child. Can't wait!

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/201...


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Oprah 2.0 selects Cynthia Bond's Ruby for her book club. Has anyone read it? Are you more or less prone to read an Oprah book club selection? Some books are now often classified as "fit for an Oprah Book Club" and that's not always meant as a positive. I guess it does for the author unless your name is Franzen.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/bo...


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Columbus wrote: "Oprah 2.0 selects Cynthia Bond's Ruby for her book club. Has anyone read it? Are you more or less prone to read an Oprah book club selection? Some books are now oft..."

I read it last year and it was one of my top reads for 2014.
I am not prone to an Oprah pick though I have read some Oprah picks but I usually have read them before they were picked or were on my list already for some other reason.

I am not surprised that this book was picked by Oprah - as it does seem to fit the "profile".

I am happy for the author.

Here are my thoughts on the book:
Bond’s impressive debut flourishing with exquisite language nails the complexities of the heart and survival in this deeply affecting tale. It is the 1940s in East Texas and young Ruby is plagued with a beauty tempting men to unspeakable evils escaping to New York never fully escaping her past and returns to her home. As the town and its inhabitants languishes in Ruby’s tumultuous situations keeping its own secrets close to the chest, Ephram, an outcast himself, reaches out to Ruby in love. The piney woods of East Texas set the mood of the time and place evoking mystical elements that both cower and protect. Concepts of victims victimizing, unimaginable resiliency of the human spirit, and evil lurking makes this an amazing page turner. As it has been often said it is the job of a writer to give voice to those who cannot speak for themselves, and Bond has shed light on those we often want to push aside. I recommend this book for fans of Sugar and those who like well-crafted language with a dark undertone.


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ColumbusReads (coltrane01) | 3684 comments Mod
Beverly wrote: "Columbus wrote: "Oprah 2.0 selects Cynthia Bond's Ruby for her book club. Has anyone read it? Are you more or less prone to read an Oprah book club selection? Some ..."

Nice review, Beverly.

This book is now part of Goodreads Giveaway for those interested. I'm sure the book and author will receive a boatload of publicity for the next couple of months.


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Black History Month Reading List:

Disgruntled and Jam on the Vine: A Novel currently on my nightstand.

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015...


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Mocha Girl (mochagirl) | 211 comments Columbus wrote: "Black History Month Reading List:

Disgruntled and Jam on the Vine: A Novel currently on my nightstand.

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015......"


I hope you enjoy Jam on the Vine as much as I did. Disgruntled is my local club's March BoM, so I'll get to it soon.


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Mocha Girl (mochagirl) | 211 comments Columbus wrote: "Beverly wrote: "Columbus wrote: "Oprah 2.0 selects Cynthia Bond's Ruby for her book club. Has anyone read it? Are you more or less prone to read an Oprah book club ..."

I, too, read it last year and enjoyed it (I think I wrote a GR review for it). Glad to see the author get some recognition!


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Will Gibson | 20 comments Speaking of long-reads in conjunction with the icon for this group, James Baldwin’s photo, as a novelist I often wonder how many more novels Baldwin would have written had he not been burdened with all the responsibilities as a polemicist for the Civil Rights Movement. And God knows we needed all the effective spokespersons we could get at the time to protect the Movement, and God knows Baldwin was very effective at it. He spent countless hours on radio and television and writing articles trying to explain to a reluctant nation why black people were fighting for their civil rights. In that regard Baldwin was like Fredrick Douglas in his day. As an African American I am appreciative of what Baldwin did.

But as a novelist I am a little sad that there were so many more novels he could have written if he had had the energy and time. I feel the nation was the real loser. He was such a beautiful writer. White writers like Saul Bellow and Philip Roth couldn’t hold a candle to him. Go Tell It on a Mountain, Giovanni's Room, and Another Country rank with the best novels ever written in this country. Baldwin’s buddy Norman Mailer liked to boast about how many novels he had published. James Baldwin could have written just as many had he not had to spend so much time educating white intellectuals like Mailer on race.

I will admit that a novelist I’m a bit prejudice in favor of the novel as a literary form.

Will Gibson
http://www.amazon.com/Will-Gibson/e/B...


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ColumbusReads (coltrane01) | 3684 comments Mod
Will wrote: "Speaking of long-reads in conjunction with the icon for this group, James Baldwin’s photo, as a novelist I often wonder how many more novels Baldwin would have written had he not been burdened with..."

Well said, Will. Baldwin is my hero!


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Ming | 154 comments Columbus wrote: "Interesting. I checked The Guardian website and the article is no longer there. I then googled her name and depression and another site had reposted the article and then removed it after the Guardi..."

This interview explains a bit more. http://www.olisa.tv/2015/03/12/exclus...


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Ming wrote: "Columbus wrote: "Interesting. I checked The Guardian website and the article is no longer there. I then googled her name and depression and another site had reposted the article and then removed it..."

Ming, can't wait to read part 2 of this wonderful interview. I'm glad she addressed the depression piece in full with an explanation as to why it was pulled. The Guardian website is one of my favorites and I happen to go on just before the article was removed. I can certainly see why people who experience depression would be moved by that article --heck, I was moved. So revealing, emotiontional, honest.

Then her talking about beyonce and fame and awards, her career arc and the whole "one of the boys" controversy with the Caine Prize. I recall reading that piece from the guy where he went on a rant about that "one of the boys" comment and I thought, what is the big deal?

Great piece! Thanks so much for posting this and enjoy your day!


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Marlon James, next month's featured writer, with a revealing piece about himself.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/15/mag...


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Ming | 154 comments Columbus wrote: "...can't wait to read part 2 of this wonderful interview. ..."

part 2--
http://www.olisa.tv/2015/03/13/exclus...

CNA posted these Olisa interviews on her FB page. I'm very intrigued by the article that was pulled from the Guardian but I honor her decision.


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ColumbusReads (coltrane01) | 3684 comments Mod
Writers of Color: Your Voice Matters

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/6907044


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Wilhelmina Jenkins | 2049 comments The Radical Vision of Toni Morrison in the New York Times Magazine.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/12/mag...


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K.P. Merriweather (kp_merriweather) | 10 comments i enjoyed that article Columbus. i feel much better now...


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ColumbusReads (coltrane01) | 3684 comments Mod
The Guggenheim fellows for 2015 are announced and several writers of color were awarded including Percival Everett, Jeffery Renard Allen and Vikram Chandra (not to be confused with Vikram A. Chandra also an author). The honor comes with a monetary gift of approximately $43,200 - which is always nice. Congratulations!

http://www.gf.org/fellows/current/


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lark benobi (larkbenobi) | 324 comments "A New Way of Writing About Race" in the New York Review of Books--reviews Claudia Rankine's latest book, Citizen: An American Lyric .


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lark benobi (larkbenobi) | 324 comments The Radical Vision of Toni Morrison in the New York Times Magazine today.


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Who intends to read the new Attica Locke? I will, I will! Here's an article on her from the Los Angeles Times:

http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketco...


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Jean | 140 comments Columbus wrote: "Who intends to read the new Attica Locke? I will, I will! Here's an article on her from the Los Angeles Times:

http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketco......"


I'm number 3/4 in the queue at the library. Can hardly wait. Thanks for the "heads up" on the article.


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Beverly | 2864 comments Mod
Columbus wrote: "Who intends to read the new Attica Locke? I will, I will! Here's an article on her from the Los Angeles Times:

http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketco......"


Thanks for sharing.
Yes, I will be reading. :)


WritingReadingSoul (writingsoul) | 9 comments I'll not miss Attica Locke's Pleasantville. Talented novelist with much needed messages.


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Beverly | 2864 comments Mod
Poingu wrote: ""A New Way of Writing About Race" in the New York Review of Books--reviews Claudia Rankine's latest book, Citizen: An American Lyric ."

Thanks for sharing.
I read this book and have been recommending it.
Some people hesitate and say they do not read poetry and I tell them this is just life plainly spoken.


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Peggy | 47 comments A meeting was held in Austin, Texas recently to talk about diversity in children's literature. This link will take you to it.

http://www.pressreader.com/usa/austin...

The article references the Cooperative Children’s Book Center’s annual list of children’s books by/about African Americans. If you would like to get a copy of the 2014 list, email Kathleen Horning, Executive Director for the CCBC (kt.horning@wisc.edu) to request a copy of the 2014 list.

The article also references BookPeople’s Modern First Library series of books. BookPeople (www.bookpeople.com) has developed several packages (3 – 4 books) of first books for baby showers/newborns/birthdays. These packages have a mix of classic works (GOOD NIGHT MOON, THE SNOWY DAY) as well as more recent options. African American authors/protagonists are featured in some of the books. You may want to review these options if you are interested in getting a little one off to a good start.
(http://www.bookpeople.com/bookpeople-...)


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ColumbusReads (coltrane01) | 3684 comments Mod
Peggy wrote: "A meeting was held in Austin, Texas recently to talk about diversity in children's literature. This link will take you to it.

http://www.pressreader.com/usa/austin......"


Wonderful, Peggy. This is really needed and useful. Thanks much!


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Attica Locke with Pleasantville again. She's just all over the place!

http://www.npr.org/2015/04/21/4004134...


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ColumbusReads (coltrane01) | 3684 comments Mod
Toni Morrison & Attica Locke are ruling the book sections everywhere. So great to see! Here's another excellent article on Morrison from the pages of The Guardian:

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015...


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lark benobi (larkbenobi) | 324 comments I'm getting a lot out of Sister Citizen by Melissa Harris-Perry. It's an intriguing combination of literary analysis and sociology. The first chapter combines an exploration of the hurricane scene in Their Eyes Were Watching God with an analysis of media response to Katrina. It's so thoughtfully done. The book is giving me a lot of thoughts about the uses of fiction and poetry as social criticism.


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Beverly | 2864 comments Mod
Here is a link to an interview with Paul Beatty on his book The Sellout.
I have read the book and it is one of my top reads for 2015.

http://lithub.com/paul-beatty-on-sati...


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lark benobi (larkbenobi) | 324 comments I've been looking for lectures etc. that seem relevant to African American literary theory and would like to share this link to a Yale course lecture:

http://oyc.yale.edu/english/engl-300/...

The whole course is interesting, and free. The course focuses on the premise that the reader's unique perspective is at least as important as "author intention" when considering a literary work.


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Beverly | 2864 comments Mod
Jabari Asim on the narratives of race and power in America, and on the importance of writing stories from your hometown.

http://lithub.com/black-stories-matter/

I have enjoyed Asim's books and I am looking forward to reading his new novel - Only the Strong


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Wilhelmina Jenkins | 2049 comments Beverly wrote: "Jabari Asim on the narratives of race and power in America, and on the importance of writing stories from your hometown.

http://lithub.com/black-stories-matter/

I have enjoyed Asim's books and I ..."


I was just about to share this also, Beverly! I'm looking forward to his new one also.


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Dree | 32 comments Great essay that came out today: Noah Cho, "Why I Teach Diverse Literature".

http://the-toast.net/2015/06/10/why-i...


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