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Digital Publisher to Release New Sci-Fi Book by the Late Octavia Butler in June

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Diehard fans of prize-winning science fiction author Octavia Butler will be ecstatic to know that two of her stories – penned in the 1970s – were discovered and compiled into an e-book titled “Unexpected Stories.” “Unexpected Stories” reveals the themes that would become Butler’s lexicon:...

Book Review: ‘Til The Well Runs Dry by Lauren Francis-Sharma

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Lauren Francis-Sharma’s debut novel ‘Til the Well Runs Dry is a richly woven tale about family, love and sacrifice.  Set mostly in the lush environment of Trinidad in the World War II era, the story’s protagonist Marcia Garcia was inspired by Francis-Sharma’s grandmother.  When Francis-Sharma’s grandmother was...

In 2013, Less Than 3% of Children’s Books Were About Black People

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When I was little, my mother would tell me fairy tales as bedtime stories, and when I got older, I’d devour Babysitter Club books for fun. At the time I didn’t really think about the fact that the characters in most of the stories I...

Oprah Winfrey, Flatiron Books to Release ‘What I Know For Sure’

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Now that OWN seems to be rebounding, Auntie Oprah is busy completing her next project. Flatiron Books will publish “What I Know For Sure,” a compilation of Winfrey’s monthly columns found at the end of every issue of O, The Oprah Magazine. The short, often...

5 Books That Let You Travel Without Leaving Your Couch

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Let’s face it. Traveling can be expensive. No matter how many deals, travel hacks, and coupons you rack up, sometimes you just can’t afford to take the trip that you want. I should know. I’d love to hop on a plane and head to a...

Book Review: The Secret of Magic by Deborah Johnson

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The Secret of Magic by Deborah Johnson doesn’t contain as much magic as one might assume based on the title, but it is a reasonably paced book full of stories big and small that illuminate the nuances of black and white relationships in that era. The...