Books

Renowned Poet Maya Angelou Dead At 86
By May 28, 2014 Read More →

Renowned Poet Maya Angelou Dead At 86

Maya Angelou, the poet laureate of the civil rights movement, has passed away at age 86, following a long period of declining health.

Black, Gay Army Vet Recalls Serving In ‘Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell’ Era
By January 17, 2014 Read More →

Black, Gay Army Vet Recalls Serving In ‘Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell’ Era

When then-President Bill Clinton attempted to make changes to the centuries-old ban on gays and lesbians serving in the military, the law that resulted continued the prohibition, but ostensibly permitted closeted individuals to serve, provided no one knew about it. The military wasn’t supposed to pry, and servicemen weren’t supposed to reveal their sexual orientation. […]

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Self Help Featured Book:  Go To Hell
By September 27, 2013 Read More →

Self Help Featured Book: Go To Hell

Go To Hell comes out of my life of struggle and not understanding the why. It is not just another self-help, “feel good” read. It is an experience. Go To Hell was created from my life experiences and, from them, the knowledge that life is not personal. Situations, incidents and circumstances, whether they are positive, […]

Posted in: Books, Sep 2013
O Bobby, Where Art Thou?
By September 21, 2013 Read More →

O Bobby, Where Art Thou?

This column chronicles the rise and fall of romance in the Concrete Jungle. An environment where potential suitors are either committing relationship crimes or just plain committed. Finding love has become more complicated than the New York subway system. Chivalry…well that is somewhere over the rainbow where impropriety and promiscuity paves the yellow brick road […]

Posted in: Books, Sep 2013
Penguin and Random House merger approved by Brussels
By April 7, 2013 Read More →

Penguin and Random House merger approved by Brussels

The proposed merger of Penguin and Random House has been given the go-ahead by the European Commission. Brussels said the merged business – which will be the world’s largest book publisher – would not raise competition concerns, because it will “face several strong competitors”. Random House’s German parent firm, Bertelsmann, will own 53% of the […]

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Q&A: How to Create a South African Society that Rewards Hard Work
By February 24, 2013 Read More →

Q&A: How to Create a South African Society that Rewards Hard Work

Kristin Palitza interviews HLUMELO BIKO, South African investment banker, author and son of well-known anti-apartheid hero Steve Biko   CAPE TOWN, South Africa – In his new book, “The Great African Society – A Plan for a Nation Gone Astray”, Hlumelo Biko, the son of late Black Consciousness leader Steve Biko, says that if nothing […]

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How the end of slavery led to starvation and death for millions of black Americans
By June 16, 2012 Read More →

How the end of slavery led to starvation and death for millions of black Americans

In the brutal chaos that followed the civil war, life after emancipation was harsh and often short, new book argues By Paul Harris Hundreds of thousands of slaves freed during the American civil war died from disease and hunger after being liberated, according to a new book. The analysis, by historian Jim Downs of Connecticut […]

Science Fiction Icon Ray Bradbury Dies at 91
By June 13, 2012 Read More →

Science Fiction Icon Ray Bradbury Dies at 91

By Mike O’Sullivan Iconic science fiction and fantasy writer Ray Bradbury died Tuesday in California at the age of 91. Bradbury, who wrote the classic Fahrenheit 451, about a totalitarian future when books are burned, and more than two dozen other novels and 600 short stories, was probably more instrumental than any other 20th century […]

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Booksellers cry foul at VAT hike on literature
By June 13, 2012 Read More →

Booksellers cry foul at VAT hike on literature

French booksellers are worrying that a hike in VAT will drive another nail in the coffin of France’s cherished network of independent retailers. By Julien PEYRON Books have always been prized in France, a nation that has produced more Nobel literature laureates than any other country. And because of strict price controls, France also has […]

Lazarus is alive but naping
By March 29, 2012 Read More →

Lazarus is alive but naping

There is story telling and there is compelling story telling. And while author Rashid Darden, in his debut novel, invites and educates us into the clandestine world of fraternity pledging on the university campus, the great conflict that is the bedrock of great literature—romantic love versus service duty—is rather tepidly treated here. It is as […]