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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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Ilyasah Shabazz Speaks on Her Book Betty Before X About Her Mother Betty Shabazz

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At BookTrib, we are always looking for new opportunities to connect readers and writers. Our latest partnership is with The Mary Sue, a site with “intense passion for… fan trends, social issues, geek fashion and art, innovative gadgets, and beyond.”  This week, The Mary Sue is sharing with our readers an exclusive of Ilyasah Shabaaz speaking on her book Betty Before X. Betty Shabazz (born Betty Dean Sanders) may be known to some as simply the wife of Malcolm X, but to reduce her to that belies a legacy all her own. Much like Coretta Scott King, after the death of her husband, Shabazz worked not only to continue on her husband’s fight, safeguard his legacy from inaccurate portrayals, but also raise their six children.…

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10 Great Books and Films to Celebrate MLK Day

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On Martin Luther King Jr. Day we think back to the man that changed the course of history during the Civil Rights Movement and left an impression that we will never forget. Today we reflect on some of the books and their movie counterparts that have been made possible due to our American history and King’s contributions. These unforgettable novels are must-reads on a day like today, Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. Watch: Eyes on the Prize Read: Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965 With the production of the documentary came the publication of the book Eyes on the Prize. Both the film and book highlight key events during the Civil Rights Movement through first person narratives…

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Strength of a Man: Author Steve Berry Talks about the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Today, we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Later this year, we will be marking the 50th anniversary of his assassination.  Bestselling author Steve Berry has a forthcoming book, The Bishop’s Pawn, a historical novel that looks at the assassination of Martin Luther King in a whole new light and begs the question of why the civil rights icon was assassinated.  To commemorate King Day and learn a little more about what Berry has in store for us in his new novel, we spoke with the author whose insight and understanding pointed to the one thing that is important to remember on this day: the strength and endurance of a man. BookTrib: Your novel focuses…

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Add A Little Glam: 30 New Books to Give as Gifts This Season

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The year is now officially winding down to a close and while we’re all looking forward to 2018 and the new books it will bring, that doesn’t mean that 2017 doesn’t have anything more to offer! This week some of the most interesting new releases have come out, and we couldn’t be more excited about them. Some of the best include Pino Corrias’s new novel We’ll Sleep When We’re Old that promises glamour in Rome with a kick of dark humor; and Gary Disher’s Signal Loss is all but guaranteed to be one of the most suspenseful reads of the year. But if the baked goods that inevitably come with the winter season is more up your alley, there is also…

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#TuesdayThoughts: The Meaning of Freedom

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The subjects of war, freedom and humanity have been trending on Twitter today. While our nation is one of the greatest democracies in the world, we still have a history with roots in the degradation and marginalization of others.  Despite this history, however, we also know what freedom looks like. Our #TuesdayThoughts are on the meaning of freedom with quotes from some of the greatest minds from around the globe. “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” – Nelson Mandela “Freedom lies in being bold.” – Robert Frost “We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.” –…

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Joni Mitchell, Tom Hanks, and Gabrielle Union: This Week’s New Releases

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“By the time we got to Woodstock, we were half a million strong…” Joni Mitchell inspired more than just other female recording artists – she is still to this day one of the best and most influential songwriters in the world. She contracted polio at the age of nine, which ended her athletic lifestyle, and forced her to turn to academics and literature. Though she didn’t take to formal education, she was inspired to write poetry, which was perhaps the first form her lyrics took. Now a nine-time Grammy winner, she has allowed her musical tastes and genres to evolve, but in our opinion, her 1971 album Blue is still the best. This week, Joni Mitchell’s biography Reckless Daughter has been…

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To Live And Dine in Dixie: Mixing food and civil rights

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When we sit down in a restaurant today, we give little thought to any social impact or ramifications. That’s because we live in a world where we don’t HAVE to give it much thought. Most of us sit and eat with people of different races and cultures and the only thing we consider is the menu. We have that luxury today but it wasn’t always so. There was a time in this country’s history when eating a meal at a restaurant could be a statement of defiance, or a statement of deep-seated bias. That’s why Angela Jill Cooley’s new book, To Live and Dine in Dixie: The Evolution of Urban Food Culture in the Jim Crow South (University of Georgia…

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Malcolm X’s story retold by his daughter for a new generation

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Decades after the civil rights movement exploded across America, as our country still struggles with the challenges of its seemingly bottomless racial rift, a new novel based on the life of Malcolm X’s young adulthood, written by the daughter of the iconic civil rights leader, is set to hit the bookshelves. The book, X: A Novel (Candlewick Press, 2015), coincides with the 50th anniversary of Malcolm X’s assassination in New York City on February 21, 1965. As a young boy, Malcolm is told by his parents that he can achieve anything, but life seems to be telling him something else. Malcolm’s father is killed when the boy is just six, and at age 13, he sees his mother taken away…

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Maya Angelou: America’s poet laureate and a voice for the voiceless

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When death took Maya Angelou on Wednesday at the age of 86, it claimed a pioneer, stilled a pen for the ages, and silenced a voice for those who had none. “My mission in life,” Angelou once said, “is not merely to survive, but to thrive, and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” Angelou accomplished that mission through what seemed to be a multitude of lifetimes that included a host of careers and a legion of trials and tribulations. Primarily known as an essayist and a poet, Angelou is perhaps best remembered as the author of the autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and for the recitation of her poem “On…

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Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. with a day of service

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Many of you don’t have to go to work today. Sure, that’s great, sleep in if you like. But when you get up, think about giving back this MLK Day. While the government’s healthcare website might be finicky at best, its site dedicated to this National Day of Service (did you know that existed?) is excellent and lets you pinpoint volunteer opportunities within your community. Check out http://mlkday.gov/serve/find.php to find a project in your area that touches your heart. If you need inspiration, look no further than the man of the day, who underscored to us that “life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘what are you doing for others?’” This is the 20th anniversary of the day we observe…

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