Quotes from five of the essays and speeches by Martin Luther King, Jr. that speak to 2021. … More Martin Luther King, Jr.
Black books by black authors during these trying times for black people. … More Shannon’s Reading List: The Street; Heaven, My Home; How We Fight For Our Lives
Self-isolation: an excuse to stay in and veg? I’m so in! Until . . . … More Shannon in Self-Isolation
On some of my picks of essay collections by black women authors. … More Shannon’s Reading List: We’re Going to Need More Wine, Meaty, and So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson I read this book in preparation for the author’s visit to Albuquerque for a public library fundraising event. It’s a multi-award winning memoir written in verse style, which I had to get used to. But after a few pages I was devouring chunks in one sitting. If I were … More Shannon’s Reading List: Brown Girl Dreaming, Bad Feminist, and Always and Forever, Lara Jean
So this happened: Stephen King came to li’l ol’ Albuquerque as part of his End of Watch tour, and got interviewed by George R.R. Martin. All thanks to our local indie bookstore, Bookworks. Here are some notes from that June 16, 2016 conversation. “They saved my life.” –Stephen King on George R.R. Martin’s Song of … More Notes on the Stephen King and George R.R. Martin Conversation
One of the highlights of my summer was listening to the audiobooks Black Water Rising and Pleasantville by Attica Locke. This list from Bookriot turned me on to these books, and I recognized the author’s name as being one of the writers from the show Empire. Once I read the synopses on Goodreads, I knew … More Shannon’s Reading List: Black Water Rising and Pleasantville
I found out via a Facebook tag from my friend who lives in Atlanta (go figure) that Judy Blume was going to be in Santa Fe for a book signing. To which I commented, “Eeeeee!” So I contacted my blogging buddy, Permed to Natural, who also loves Judy Blume, and we drove up to Collected Works … More I Get to Meet Judy Blume, Again!
Facebook, Twitter, AND Instagram tag from Dia: “Let’s read MISADVENTURES OF AWKWARD BLACK GIRL, Moreau. I have my book and everything.” After recovering from shock that Dia actually went out and bought a book, I replied, “Okay.” I couldn’t let her show me up in the reading department, let alone the diverse books reading department. … More Shannon’s Reading List: The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl