Category: Novels

FILMS BASED ON BOOKS: Trick Baby by Iceberg Slim

Iceberg Slim, the charismatic pimp turned author brought the gritty streets to the world of literature.

One of his most famous books, ‘Trick Baby’, tells the story of “White Folks,” a blue-eyed, light-haired, con-artist whose pale skin allows him to pass in the streets as a white man. Folks is tormented early in life, rejected by other children and branded a “Trick Baby,” the child conceived between a hooker and her trick. Refusing to abandon his life in the ghetto and a chance at revenge, Folks is taken under the wing of an older mentor, Blue.

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In 1972 Trick Baby was brought to the screen as a Blaxploitation-style film; directed by Larry Yust and starring Kiel Martin and Mel Stewart.

The movie was produced with a $600,000 budget and was produced independently.

Universal Pictures bought the film for 1 million dollars and the movie grossed 11 million dollars at the US box office.
The cast was not well known before the movie’s release.

 

ADRIAN DENTON’S RECOMMENDED BOOKS: The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor Lavelle

 

One of NPR‘s Best Books of 2016!

People move to New York looking for magic and nothing will convince them it isn’t there.

Charles Thomas Tester hustles to put food on the table, keep the roof over his father’s head, from Harlem to Flushing Meadows to Red Hook. He knows what magic a suit can cast, the invisibility a guitar case can provide, and the curse written on his skin that attracts the eye of wealthy white folks and their cops. But when he delivers an occult tome to a reclusive sorceress in the heart of Queens, Tom opens a door to a deeper realm of magic, and earns the attention of things best left sleeping.

A storm that might swallow the world is building in Brooklyn. Will Black Tom live to see it break?

“LaValle’s novella of sorcery and skullduggery in Jazz Age New York is a magnificent example of what weird fiction can and should do.”
Laird Barron, author of The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All

“[LaValle] reinvents outmoded literary conventions, particularly the ghettos of genre and ethnicity that long divided serious literature from popular fiction.”
Praise for The Devil in Silver from Elizabeth Hand, author of Radiant Days

“LaValle cleverly subverts Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos by imbuing a black man with the power to summon the Old Ones, and creates genuine chills with his evocation of the monstrous Sleeping King, an echo of Lovecraft’s Dagon… [The Ballad of Black Tom] has a satisfying slingshot ending.” – Elizabeth Hand for Fantasy & ScienceFiction

Source: https://www.mahoganybooks.com/9780765387868

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: DERRICK D. BARNES

Derrick D. Barnes is the author of the critically acclaimed picture book Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (Denene Millner Books/Agate Bolden) which recently won the 2018 Erza Jack Keats award.

It was also a huge winner at the American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards, taking home 4 awards: the Coretta Scott King Author honor, Coretta Scott King Illustrator honor, Newberry honor, and the Caldecott honor.

He is also the author of the best selling chapter book series entitled Ruby and the Booker Boys (Scholastic). His 2011middle-grade hardcover classic We Could Be Brothers was re-released in paperback in 2017 by Just Us Books.
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Prior to becoming a published author, Derrick wrote best-selling copy for various Hallmark Card lines and was the first African American male staff writer for the company.

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To see more of this author’s work, visit the site  – https://derrickdbarnes.com/

Interview with Author: Kester Grant

Q: A Court of Miracles on Goodreads?

Yes! Add it to your TBR list here

Q: Where can I pre-order A Court of Miracles?

Nowhere yet! I shall keep ya’ll posted.

Q: When is A Court of Miracles being published?

ACOM will be published in the United States and Canada in 2019 by Knopf, Random House, and in the UK by Harper Voyager, and a whole bunch of other countries that are listed on the BOOKS page. I don’t have anything more specific on a month, day, or international pub dates yet but I will try to share them as I receive them.

Q: Is A Court of Miracles the first in a series?

ACOM is the first in a trilogy. Book 2 is scheduled for publication Fall 2019 and Book 3 in Fall 2020.

Q:How diverse is A Court of Miracles?

As a writer of color, representation is very important to me. I tried my best to introduce a diverse cast to the all-white narrative of Les Miserables, the main character of ACOM, Nina, is a POC and so are many of her compatriots. I also drew on my own personal experiences with prejudice surrounding religion, class and race to illustrate the contrasting societies of the diversity-rich Miracle Court, and the all-white nobility/royal court.

Q: What are your thoughts on Rudyard Kipling’s imperialistic world-view and Disney’s versions of the Jungle Book? 

As a Mauritian Indian-Creole whose great-great grandmother was brought from India as a slave, representation is very important to me. ACOM is not based on Disney’s Jungle Book rather it is based on Kipling’s original Jungle Book stories, subverting Kipling’s narrative to free it from its sometimes problematic roots.

Q: Enquiries about foreign rights, permissions, blurb requests, or other business stuff ? 

Please contact my agent JOSH ADAMS

 

 

Source: https://www.kestergrant.com/faq/

ADRIAN DENTON’S RECOMMENDED BOOKS: FLY BETTY BY TREASURE BLUE

Cash Money Content’s own Harlem-bred literary giant Treasure Blue, brings you Fly Betty, the third installment in the acclaimed Harlem Girl Lost series.

IN THE MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR A YEAR ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY THERE IS a secret society of women that few are privy to. All of these women are vying for one thing – an opportunity to live a luxurious, lavish lifestyle by snagging a rich and famous singer, rapper or athlete.

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Betty Blaise, or Fly Betty to those who truly know her, was not in it to be a wife or even the baby momma of a wealthy public figure – she had her sights set higher, much higher. While most of these women use sex as their weapon of choice, Betty, a senior majoring in psychology, has developed skills she learned from her mother’s diaries that prove much more powerful.

Up until now Betty has lived her life according to her own strict rules and standards, refusing to compromise for anyone, even if it potentially meant shielding herself from true love. But when she encounters a man that she would never have anticipated falling for in a million years, the very tools she used so effectively against men begin to turn against her – and deadly consequences are sure to follow.

Recommended by Simon & Schuster UK  –
http://www.simonandschuster.co.uk/books/Fly-Betty/Treasure-Blue/9781936399314

Writer of the Week: Tomi Adeyemi

Tomi Adeyemi is a Nigerian-American author and creative coach.  She is known for her West-African and Black Lives Matter inspired YA novel ‘Children of Blood and Bone.’

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Tomi Adeyemi graduated from Harvard University with an honors degree in English Literature, then studied West African mythology on a fellowship.

Fox 2000 has purchased the film adaptation rights to the book. Reportedly the deals for the publishing and film rights were approximately seven figures: which would make it one of the biggest deals for a Young Adult novel.

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RECOMMENDED NOVEL: THE MOTHERS BY BRIT BENNETT

A dazzling debut novel from an exciting new voice, The Mothers is a surprising story about young love, a big secret in a small community and the things that ultimately haunt us most.
Set within a contemporary black community in Southern California, Brit Bennett’s mesmerizing first novel is an emotionally perceptive story about community, love, and ambition.
It begins with a secret.
“All good secrets have a taste before you tell them, and if we’d taken a moment to swish this one around our mouths, we might have noticed the sourness of an unripe secret, plucked too soon, stolen and passed around before its season.”
It is the last season of high school life for Nadia Turner, a rebellious, grief-stricken, seventeen-year-old beauty.
Mourning her own mother’s recent suicide, she takes up with the local pastor’s son. Luke Sheppard is twenty-one, a former football star whose injury has reduced him to waiting tables at a diner. They are young; it’s not serious. But the pregnancy that results from this teen romance and the subsequent cover-up will have an impact that goes far beyond their youth.
As Nadia hides her secret from everyone, including Aubrey, her God-fearing best friend, the years move quickly. Soon, Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey are full-fledged adults and still living in debt to the choices they made that one seaside summer, caught in a love triangle they must carefully maneuver, and dogged by the constant, nagging question: What if they had chosen differently?
The possibilities of the road not taken are a relentless haunt. In entrancing, lyrical prose, The Mothers asks whether a “what if” can be more powerful than an experience itself. If, as time passes, we must always live in servitude to the decisions of our younger selves, to the communities that have parented us, and to the decisions we make that shape our lives forever.

Recommended by MAHOGANY BOOKS – https://www.mahoganybooks.com/9780399184512