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Early Bird Books: Viola Davis Pens New Adventure for Corduroy the Bear

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Corduroy Takes a Bow will be published in September for the series’ 50th anniversary. She wins Oscars! She gets away with murder! She…writes books? In a recent statement to PEOPLE, award-winning actress Viola Davis discussed her authorial debut: a new installment in the classic Corduroy series. Titled Corduroy Takes a Bow, the upcoming book sees the titular bear visit the theater with his human companion, Lisa, for the first time. Davis took to Twitter to reveal the cover and fall publication date, which will mark the series’ 50th anniversary. For Davis, the book was more than a cute story for kids—it offered much-needed representation in the mostly-white world of children’s literature. In what she referred to as a childhood of “abject poverty and dysfunction,” a young Davis found…

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TGIT Recaps – What to Expect From Your Fave Shonda Shows

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Warning: Major spoilers for the latest episodes of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder ahead! Last Thursday was the ABC winter finales of all of our favorite Shonda Rhimes shows – otherwise known as TGIT. Thank goodness it was Thursday, indeed. The winter finale event kicked off with Grey’s Anatomy at 8PM, Scandal at 9PM, and How to Get Away with Murder at 10PM. Each show promised to deliver on the drama and reveals, leaving us waiting with baited breath for new episodes to return January 26th. And we weren’t disappointed. From characters getting shot to blood-soaked helicopters, last night was a real rollercoaster – and exactly what you would expect from a Shondaland production. If…

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‘How to Get Away With Murder’: Books That Keep You Guessing Who’s Next

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Soapy and twisty, one of our favorites, How to Get Away With Murder, is everything you could want out of a Shonda Rhimes-helmed show. Complicated defense attorney Annalise Keating is the glue that holds it all together as she kicks ass in the courtroom, deals with her crazy and meddling students, and tries not to crack under the pressure of all those murders. Played by Davis, Annalise is the type of character we don’t quite fully like (or hate), but who we’re still rooting for anyway. Season 4 airs tonight on ABC and we’re already taking bets on just who might end up murdered this year. Davis was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for this year’s 69th Emmy…

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The Antiheroes We Love to Hate and Can’t Stop Watching

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We’re so used to instantly recognizing our heroes on television: that do-good attitude, those all-American good looks. Even an initially prickly nature is usually smoothed out in the first few episodes, leaving us with a hero or heroine we will always root for. But what about those characters who never quite get redeemed? The ones who will destroy anyone in order to protect themselves? In this golden age of television we’re running into more and more antiheroes who we simply love to hate. I call them likeable jerks: those characters who are just a little smarter, more cutting and definitely more ruthless than anyone else around them. They use those smarts to succeed in business and relationships, and they don’t…

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Shonda Rhimes Inspires Positivity with a Year of Yes!

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Shonda Rhimes just reminded me what happens when you spend a year saying, “Yes!” to life’s possibilities. In 2008 this became my mantra. It had been a bad year—major surgery, my employer cheated out of $90 million by Bernie Madoff, massive layoffs (including me), the end of a valued relationship. My son, who was in middle school at the time, dragged me to see Jim Carrey in Yes Man. Inspired, I decided to try to turn my life around by saying “yes” for a year. As Rhimes points out in her new memoir, Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person (Simon & Schuster; November 10, 2015), life takes on an…

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You Are Now Entering Shondaland: Binge at Your Own Risk

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You know you’ve made it in TV when you’ve got three shows on the air, a stable of talented actors and actresses, and you’re basically a household name. Enter: Shonda Rhimes, the woman behind three of the hottest shows on television. It all started with Grey’s Anatomy, where the world was introduced to Meredith Grey, McDreamy and more juicy backstage drama than anyone could conceivably keep up with. Since then, “Shondaland” has taken over TV, with her strong female characters and compulsively watchable stories. Here are the three Shonda shows you should be bingeing—and one book!—to keep you occupied before the season premieres next week. Scandal Oh, Scandal. You complete me. Even when your storylines are ridiculously over the top,…

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Publishing is losing the race at depicting race

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I was raised in the day before the full corporatization of the publishing industry. Back then, mention publishing, and immediately names like John Updike, Joan Didion, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Toni Morrison came to mind. Publishing was among the intellectual gentry of the art forms—ahead of the curve, daring, pushing the socio-intellectual envelope. Today publishing houses are subsidiaries of multinational snack food manufacturers and they’re expected to return an ever-growing profit to shareholders. So, mention publishing, and you think fan fiction, self-help books and comics. Among the ugliest outgrowths of fiction publishing’s evolution is its growing segregation and retrograde assumptions on race. More than a decade ago, publishing houses spun off black imprints, essentially creating separate and supposedly equal spaces…

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