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March 23rd, 2014
thesmithian

…takes not one but three women who are alone and places them at the heart of the Somali civil conflict—in other words, in the very eye of the sun.

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March 21st, 2014
thesmithian

Random House is to publish “Every Day Is for the Thief,” a shorter work of fiction that Teju Cole wrote before “Open City,” but previously available only in Nigeria, where it was published in 2007.

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Random House is to publish “Every Day Is for the Thief,” a shorter work of fiction that Teju Cole wrote before “Open City,” but previously available only in Nigeria, where it was published in 2007.

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March 21st, 2014
thesmithian

…searing and systematic evidence that women in Pakistan…can also be victims of institutions and traditions that are deeply lodged in its culture and politics.

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…searing and systematic evidence that women in Pakistan…can also be victims of institutions and traditions that are deeply lodged in its culture and politics.

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March 21st, 2014
thesmithian

chroniclebooks:

For every hit, there has to be a sequel. The Great Tumblr Book Search is back and the search for the next big humor book is on!

Last year, Chronicle Books partnered with Tumblr on the first-annual Great Tumblr Book Search. The winning Tumblr was Sh*t Rough Drafts by Paul Laudiero. Chronicle offered Laudiero a publishing contract and now Sh*t Rough Drafts the book is coming to a bookstore near you on April 15th. And YOU could be next!

How to Enter:

Use Tumblr to explain your humor book idea. Then our editors will judge the entries and choose a grand-prize winner whose idea will be considered for publication. You may use an existing Tumblr or create a new Tumblr to illustrate your book idea. Just make us laugh!

To enter, tag a post “TumblrBookSearch” and include:

1)      The title of your humor book

2)      A written synopsis of  your idea (200 words or less)

3)      Examples of the book’s concept (can be photos, animated gifs, artwork, video, text, or any media supported by Tumblr)

Then, hop over here to give us your basic contact information and the link to your post.

Hurry, the contest ends 3/31/2014. Read the official rules and submit your Tumblr entry now! Winners will be announced by April 30th.

1 Grand Prize:

  • Book idea considered for publication
  • $300 of Chronicle books
  •  Feedback session with a Chronicle Books editor

3 Runners-Up:

  • $100 of Chronicle books
  • Written critique from Chronicle Books editors

Questions? Email contests@chroniclebooks.com

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March 18th, 2014
thesmithian

What do yakuza gangsters, rogue catering companies, sumo wrestlers, and a giant gorilla rampaging through the streets of New York City have in common? These characters inhabit the world of Johnny Hiro, an ordinary college-aged underpaid sushi busboy who often finds himself landing in extraordinary situations.

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March 18th, 2014
thesmithian

…exploring the relationship between African American and Native peoples of Virginia, she unraveled the story of…a racial divide that the Civil Rights movement has never eroded. Virginia’s miscegenation laws, from the law of hypo-descent to the Racial Integrity Act, are burned into the hearts and culture of Virginians, white, black and Indian.

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…exploring the relationship between African American and Native peoples of Virginia, she unraveled the story of…a racial divide that the Civil Rights movement has never eroded. Virginia’s miscegenation laws, from the law of hypo-descent to the Racial Integrity Act, are burned into the hearts and culture of Virginians, white, black and Indian.

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March 18th, 2014
thesmithian
…Deserve it, then. Study, do your work. Be honest, frank and fearless and get some grasp of the real values of life. You will meet, of course, curious little annoyances. People will wonder at your dear brown and the sweet crinkley hair. But that simply is of no importance and will soon be forgotten. Remember that most folk laugh at anything unusual, whether it is beautiful, fine or not. You, however, must not laugh at yourself. You must know that brown is as pretty as white or prettier…The main thing is the YOU beneath the clothes and skin—the ability to do, the will to conquer, the determination to understand and know this great, wonderful, curious world. Don’t shrink from new experiences and custom. Take the cold bath bravely…Enjoy what is, and not pine for what is not. Read some good, heavy, serious books just for discipline: Take yourself in hand and master yourself. Make yourself do unpleasant things, so as to gain the upper hand of your soul.

W.E.B. Du Bois

In 1914, his soon-to-be 14-year-old daughter, Yolande, left the family home to study at Bedales School in England. He wrote her the [above, excerpted] letter of advice soon after her arrival…

March 17th, 2014
thesmithian

NoViolet Bulawayo has won the PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award for “We Need New Names,” her novel about a 10-year-old Zimbabwean girl who travels to the United States in search of a fresh start.

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NoViolet Bulawayo has won the PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award for “We Need New Names,” her novel about a 10-year-old Zimbabwean girl who travels to the United States in search of a fresh start.

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March 13th, 2014
thesmithian

…uses a decade of deep research to show that Africans an established part of English society in the 1500s and earlier—and not just as slaves:

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March 9th, 2014
thesmithian

A “Jeopardy” answer might be: “He was the most famous civil rights activist not to attend the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.” The correct question to that answer is “Who was Stokely Carmichael?” Another such answer might be: “He invented the slogan ‘Black Power’ and married famed South African singer Miriam Makeba.” The question again is “Who was Stokely Carmichael?”

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A “Jeopardy” answer might be: “He was the most famous civil rights activist not to attend the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.” The correct question to that answer is “Who was Stokely Carmichael?” Another such answer might be: “He invented the slogan ‘Black Power’ and married famed South African singer Miriam Makeba.” The question again is “Who was Stokely Carmichael?”

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March 9th, 2014
thesmithian

…Jonestown’s children have become but a blip. In “Children of Paradise,” Fred D’Aguiar seeks to reanimate them, fleshing out a group of imagined Jonestown children in a way only fiction can.

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…Jonestown’s children have become but a blip. In “Children of Paradise,” Fred D’Aguiar seeks to reanimate them, fleshing out a group of imagined Jonestown children in a way only fiction can.

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March 9th, 2014
thesmithian

…the lost interlude of African hope that flourished between the end of colonialism and the rise of authoritarianism in many countries…

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