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Avengers Film Begs a New Look at ’16 Black Panther Comic

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Black Panther has taken the world by storm.  In fact, it is so popular, the new Avengers: Infinity Wars film was moved up from its original release date of May 4 to April 27 and a new trailer featuring more of the beloved characters from the film has appeared on television and across social media. With the success of the film and its star Chadwick Boseman’s hilarious portrayal of T’Challa on SNL, Marvel’s Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book 1 (written by Ta-Nehisi Coates, winner of the 2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction and recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant) deserves a new, more introspective look. It would be unfair to say that he’s arguably one of the most important…

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‘The Light We Lost’ Author Jill Santopolo Chats about the Upcoming Film Adaptation and Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club

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In 2013, Sean Tuohy met Daniel Ford at a Halloween party and they immediately hit it off. The Writer’s Bone podcast wasn’t born on that exact night, but they were able to discuss some of their favorite things like writing, screenwriting, books, movies, comedy, and comic books. Daniel and Sean feel that they are in the middle of something very big and wonderful and BookTrib is happy to be a partner in this endeavor.  Jill Santopolo, author The Light We Lost, returns to the podcast! She chats with Stephanie Schaefer about the paperback edition of the novel, writing the screenplay for the upcoming film adaption, and Reese Witherspoon selecting The Light We Lost for her book club.   To learn more about Jill Santopolo, visit her official website, like her Facebook…

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Reese and Kerry to Adapt ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ for TV

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Celeste Ng’s bestselling novel about trouble in suburbia is set to become a television series. It’s been a little over a year since we obsessed over Reese Witherspoon’s adaption of Big Little Lies, and now the star is bringing a second suburban drama to the small screen. Last week, Witherspoon announced that, in partnership with Scandal’s Kerry Washington, she will develop Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere into a television series. Both actresses are the founders of the Hello Sunshine and Simpson Street production companies, respectively. This is not a drill 🚨 @reesewitherspoon has teamed up with @kerrywashington to turn @pronounced_ing’s #LittleFiresEverywhere (our September Book Pick!) into a limited series!!! 🔥 Tap the link in bio for all the details… and don’t forget to read…

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New Star Wars Film Coinciding With Eight New Books

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Star Wars was introduced 41 years ago, in 1977, and has been a staple of American pop culture since. Not only are the films an iconic slice of Americana, so are the many books written on or about the film and its characters. The new Star Wars film, Solo, is coming to theaters May 25th and a host of books will be forthcoming this spring and into the summer.  Take a look at some of the best new additions to the Star Wars book collection:   Star Wars: The Last Jedi Expanded Edition (Del Rey, March 6, 2018), Jason Fry This is the novelization of the latest Star Wars film to hit theaters. Here, we return to our friends Rey, Poe and Finn as they…

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‘The Last Watchman of Old Cairo’ A Spellbinding New Novel Transports Readers to Egypt

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The latest novel from Michael David Lukas, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo (Spiegel & Grau) is a spellbinding novel that takes place in Cairo, Egypt and focuses on the Ezra Scroll— a legendary, perfect copy of the Torah written by the Prophet Ezra himself. Written across three different time periods, from three different perspectives, the result is an intricate history of Jewish people in Cairo and throughout Egypt. We got to talk with Michael David Lukas, who also wrote the bestseller The Oracle of Stamboul (Harper Perennial) about living in Cairo, discovering a little known history and the experience of writing three different time period from three different perspectives. BookTrib: Reading this, I felt like I was right there in Old Cairo, you…

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The New Voice Behind Jessica Fletcher’s ‘Murder, She Wrote’

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I got the call from my agent on a Sunday afternoon last May. “Don Bain isn’t well,” he said, referring to another client who’d penned all 46 titles in the Murder, She Wrote series. “He’s not going to be able to write the ‘Murder, She Wrote’ books anymore. Would you be interested in taking the series over?” It took me all of two seconds to respond.  “Absolutely,” I said. Of course, at that point I had no idea what I was in for because I’d never read a single book in the series, although I was a huge fan of the spectacularly successful television show on which they were based. I’d also never written in first person, much less from…

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Podcast: James Forman Jr. on Political Activism

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The Wall Street Journal says, “If we are going to have a national conversation about race in the United States, a book like [James Forman Jr.’s] Locking Up Our Own ought to set the tone.” The Yale Law School professor, former public defender, and charter school founder brings his experience to the complex minefield topic of race and incarceration in his first book, Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America. James and Roxanne explored the intricacies of political activism and the role it plays today. They also discuss the current gun debate, the decriminalization of marijuana, and James’ father, the civil rights leader James Forman Sr. Stay tuned next week for Part 2 of our conversation with James Forman Jr. Want more BookTrib? Sign…

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Hamilton, Romance and Glamour of the Big City

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  This is where it all began. When I started writing the MacKenzies so many years ago, I fell in love with them not because of the heroes and heroines I created, but because of their love, devotion, and loyalty to each other as a family. But where did that love and devotion start? It started with two brothers—one a lawman and the other an outlaw—and the start of a new legacy that would endure for generations. Please write to [email protected] to win one of five copies. Visit the book website at:  http://www.1001darknights.com/liliana-hart-dawn-of-surrender/. We were blown away by reader response to NYT Bestselling AMERICA’S FIRST DAUGHTER–thank you! Now we’re back with MY DEAR HAMILTON–the untold story of Eliza, the wronged wife…

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Overwhelmed? Had a Busy Week? Slow Down with a Poem

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When things get overwhelming and you feel knee deep in distractions, what do you do to slow things down? Some people turn to meditation. I use poetry as my remedy. As soon as I sense a whiff of spring, I dig up the first stanza of T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land” and recite these words to whomever will listen: April is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain. I don’t know why I memorized this part of the poem in college, but through this exercise I realized that reading and experiencing a poem can be transformative.  It takes me away from what’s happening around me, an escape…

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C.D. Rose’s Latest Answers the Literary Question: ‘Who’s Who When Everyone is Someone Else?’

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C.D. Rose is master of the short story, but his latest work, Who’s Who When Everyone is Someone Else (April 10, 2018, Melville House), is a novel that combines elements of mystery, fantasy and satire. Rose turns one man’s story into an exploration of something we love at BookTrib— forgotten books. In a series of twists and hysterical turns, an unnamed narrator is invited to give ten lectures on “lost” books at an unnamed university in an unnamed country. What follows is an adventure you have to read to believe. Who’s Who When Everyone is Someone Else is witty and poetic, displaying beautiful symmetry between the characters and the scenery to the very end. Over a series of emails, I talked with C.D. Rose…

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Kristy Woodson Harvey Sprinkles a Dash More ‘Southern Charm’ in ‘Slightly South of Simple’ Sequel

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In The Secret to Southern Charm, Kristy Woodson Harvey returns to beloved Peachtree Bluff and the cast of delightful characters readers fell in love with in Slightly South of Simple. It’s no surprise that readers and critics alike have been clamoring for Harvey to revisit Peachtree Bluff to continue the story of Ansley and her daughters Caroline, Sloane, and Emerson. Harvey gripped our hearts and captured our imaginations in the first installment of the series, and The Secret to Southern Charm is the perfect continuation. When Sloane discovers that her military husband is missing in action, her world is shattered. Unable to care for herself or her children, Sloane must rely on her own mother to hold what’s left of…

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It’s National Poetry Month!: 30 Unique Ways to Celebrate Poets and Their Craft

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April is National Poetry Month! Inaugurated in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, it has become the largest worldwide literary event. Schools, libraries, bookstores, publishers and fans of literature celebrate poets and their craft with events like Poem in Your Pocket, Poem-a-Day, and Dear Poet. If you are looking for creative ways to celebrate poetry in all its forms, here are 15 suggestions from the Academy of American Poets’ list of 30 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month: Sign up for Teach This Poem, a weekly series for teachers. Review these concrete examples of how poetry matters in the United States today. Learn more about poets and poetry events in your state. Ask your governor or mayor for a proclamation in support of National Poetry…

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Poet, Social Activist and Storyteller Cleo Wade Talks from the Heart

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The Cut called her The Millennial Oprah,  Fast Company named her one of the country’s 100 Most Creative People of 2017, and with featured articles and photoshoots in Elle, Time, and Entertainment Weekly, it is clear: Cleo Wade is not your average “Instagram poet.” A self-proclaimed social activist, poet, artist and storyteller, Wade isn’t just an online personality who wrote a book to cash in on her celebrity.  For her, this comes from the heart and her words of inspiration and advice are anything but run-of-the-mill; they’re art that speaks to both your mind and your soul. Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom for a Better Life (Atria/37 INK), Wade’s first book, is a poetry collection that reads more like you’re having a personal…

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Bookish: Book Recommendations for Our Favorite This Is Us Characters

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. The Bookish staff has fallen in love with the Pearson family. We laugh with them, we cry (frequently) with them, and now we want to read with them. Here, we’ve carefully paired our favorite This Is Us characters with the perfect book recommendations. Some are poignant, some are lighthearted, and some are simply hilarious. You can never have too many book recommendations. Tell us in the comments which books you’d pair with This Is Us characters. For Jack Pearson: Behold the Dreamers Jack is the pillar of the Pearson family. He is their rock and guiding light. For Jack, we recommend Imbolo Mbue’s Behold the Dreamers—a moving tale about an immigrant family who moves from Cameroon to Harlem. There are strong…

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VIDEO: Author Peter Green Talks Cancer Diagnosis, Recovery and Regaining Strength

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Everyone has been touched by cancer whether it be a personal battle or that of a friend or family member.  It is human nature to want to help but it is also in our nature to be unsure as to what actually is helpful. Survivor and author Peter Green is all too familiar with this predicament. Green was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2005, and immediately started chemotherapy. As someone who frequently competed in triathlons, he was left shaken by how weak the treatment made him feel. This is what first inspired him to go looking for a form of exercise that increased blood circulation and worked the muscles without exhausting the body. Today, Green is in remission and has…

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What We Still Don’t Know About the MLK Assassination 50 Years Later: Interview with Author Steve Berry

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Today marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King. We recently spoke with author Steve Berry about his book The Bishop’s Pawn (Minotaur), what happened at the Lorraine Motel 50 years ago, what we don’t know about the investigation and whether or not history has been kind to the man and the movement.   In this latest Cotton Malone novel, we learn that what we think we know about the assassination of civil rights icon, Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4, 1968 may not be what actually happened.  Could it be we’ve been wrong about James Earl Ray being the lone shooter? Berry takes readers on an exploration of this theory, based on his own research…

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