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Start Off Black History Month With a Book From the Rolling Thunder Book Bus!

Black History Month is here! Starting the month off on a good foot (or tire) is a book bus offering lots of books to a school in Oklahoma. The Rolling Thunder Book Bus is offering tons of new books donning the faces of several important figures in black history such as Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King Jr., Booker T. Washington, Harriet Tubman, W.E.B. DuBois, and many more.

 

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Many second graders in the school waited patiently as NBA player Dennis Schröder was on the book bus helping students pick two books each. You can check out quotes from the students and Schröder himself here.

 

 

One child asked if Schröder had any Michael Jordan Books, which prompted him to find the book for the student aboard the bus. Schröder stated, “Just to be with kids, it makes me happy.”  A second-grade teacher, Berna Johnson, emulated civil rights hero Rosa Parks as she conducted students on and off the bus.  Students were referring to her as Ms. Parks the entire day.

 

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Having Dennis Schröder on the bus distributing books could serve as an example to the students to love reading. Berna Johnson said, “It will sure help the teachers because we can always say ‘you know, Dennis Schröder was on the bus, he loves to read.’  That’s all it takes.” Having a sportsman promote reading reminds children that it doesn’t have to be one or the other.

 

 

If you’d like to read books from important black history figures, the links for them are at the top!


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Literary Master Toni Morrison Passes Away

Toni Morrison, celebrated author of at least 30 books, has passed away, the BBC reports today.

 

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Morrison’s most famous novels include The Bluest Eye and Song of Solomon, and Beloved won both the Pulitzer Prize and The American Book Award in 1988. Morrison won more than 30 across her 40 year writing career, including the Nobel Prize for Literature, Commander of the Arts and Letters, Library of Congress Creative Achievement Award for Fiction, The Presidential Medal of Freedom, and honors from several prominent universities. Morrison is quoted, as well, on The National Memorial for Peace and Justice.

 

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Toni receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama, April of 2012 | Image via BBC News

 

Toni Morrison was a senior editor at Random House for 20 years before becoming a professor at Princeton, and held teaching positions at many prestigious universities, including Yale, Bard, and Rutgers.

Morrison’s death was confirmed by her family this morning, after a brief illness. She leaves behind a sorrowful family and a monumental legacy of massive contribution to the literary cannon. Toni’s words were an inspiration for women and people of color across the world.

Morrison was 88, and passed away peacefully in her sleep. She will be missed dearly.

 

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The Man Booker Prize Shortlist Features Youngest Ever Shortlist Nominee

The 2018 Man Booker Prize shortlist was just announced celebrating six phenomenal authors around the world.

 

The authors included on the list derive from Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. The novels themselves are just as diverse, ranging from a lexicographer on the search to find her missing mother to a WW2 veteran with PTSD on the journey to find peace in a post-war paranoid America in a narrative that is reminiscent of a film noir. 

 

The shortlist was decided upon by a panel of five judges including philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah, crime writer Val McDermid, cultural critic Leo Robson, feminist writer Jacqueline Rose, and graphic novelist Leanne Shapton. Appiah praised the novels as, “miracles of stylistic invention,” adding that the diverse novels share the exploration of pain in a fractured society but each offers glimpses of hope and triumph.

 

“These books speak very much to our moment, but we believe that they will endure,” he wrote.

 

The list also features the youngest ever Booker shortlisted nominee, Daisy Johnson, for her novel Everything Under

 

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The shortlisted novels are:

  

 

Milkman by Anna Burns (United Kingdom)

 

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan (Canada)

 

Everything Under by Daisy Johnson (United Kingdom)

 

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner (United States of America)

 

The Overstory by Richard Powers (United States of America)

 

The Long Take by Robin Robertson (United Kingdom)

 

 

The winning novel included in the shortlist will be announced on October 16th. All six finalists will receive £2,500 each and a specially bound edition of their novel. The winner will receive an additional £50,000 and international recognition. 

 

 

Featured Image shows cover of Everything Under by Daisy Johnson Via Jonathan Cape imprint.

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Dylan Farrow Lands Huge Two-Part YA Book Deal After Bidding War

Dylan Farrow’s highly sought after YA book, Hush, is finally acquired after a huge bidding war between publishers. The New York Post reported that Hush was acquired by St. Martin’s Press who will be publishing the novel as part of a two-book deal.

 

The author previously turned down a $250,000 dollar bid by an unnamed agency, according to New York Post. It’s undisclosed how much St. Martin’s Press paid, but we’re guessing Farrow is cashing in at the bank.

 

In regards to the content of the novels, a spokeswoman for St. Martin’s said:

 

“The novels are set in a world where those in control of society have the magic to control and silence the truth.”

 

The novels will reportedly be published under Wednesday Books, a crossover coming-of-age imprint for young readers. Further details including a release date have yet to be announced.

 

Dylan Farrow is the daughter of actress Mia Farrow and director Woody Allen, and the sister of journalist Ronan Farrow. 

 

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