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Review: ‘Hum If You Don’t Know the Words,’ is a Powerful Expression of Love and Hope in the Midst of Tragedy

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Hum If You Don’t Know the Words is one of my favorite debut novels in the last year.  Bianca Marais has created a rich story line that is unique in how the well developed characters navigate very sensitive issues of the time: racism and apartheid in South Africa. In 1976, racism and apartheid was a way of life in South Africa. Here, we meet Robin, a nine-year-old white girl, the daughter of a miner and his wife. Robin’s father did not always treat black South Africans fairly and, tragically, he and his wife were murdered, leaving their daughter alone. Young Robin exhibits incredible coping skills she has developed since she was a baby and despite the culture of the country’s…

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Writer’s Bone Podcast: An Interview with Bianca Marais

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In 2013, Sean Tuohy met Daniel Ford at a Halloween party and they immediately hit it off. The 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. They put their heads together and came up with some of their favorite names, some of which included 2 Gentleman Writers and Hemingway’s Love Children, eventually settling on Writer’s Bone – and we are so glad that they did! Daniel and Sean feel that they are in the middle of something very big and wonderful, featuring new author interviews, fiction pieces, and Boneyard discussions along the way. BookTrib.com met Sean and Daniel recently and invited…

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The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah Will Release Childhood Memoir

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Trevor Noah, the erstwhile comedy-cutie turned host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central, has just nailed a book deal. Noah has promised Spiegel & Grau, of Penguin Random House, a collection of personal essays on growing up in South Africa during the final years of apartheid as a child of a then-illegal biracial relationship. The book, currently untitled, is slated to come out in November, and is said to contain crazy stories from Noah’s youth — including the time when “he was thrown from a speeding car driven by murderous gangsters.” The Associated Press revealed that insiders are reporting the deal is valued at more than $3 million. In a statement about the new deal, Noah quipped, “I couldn’t find…

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