Category Archives: Books

What Makes Me Happy

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New books to read.

I Dream in Books

Books

Photo credit: Patrick Goethe

I had a weird dream that I was trapped in a library. I wasn’t trying to escape though.

Maybe I should go to bed earlier instead of staying up late reading.

Cover Feedback

 

I’m working on a new short story.

Synopsis:  What happens when your greatest achievement occurred in high school?  Twenty something Rodney Aces faces a cross-road when someone from his past makes him question the choices he has made.  Will he continue to drift through life or make a change?

What do you think of this cover?

New Cover Design

Lie to Me

 

I got a professional to design an ebook cover for my upcoming short story, Lie to Me.  What do you think?

I love it.  It’s much better than my feeble attempts.

Lesson learned:  Hire professionals.

Enjoy!

White Until Proven Black: Imagining Race in Hunger Games : The New Yorker

I must admit I recently downloaded “The Hunger Games” based on the popularity and discussion of the movie.  However, I was disturbed by the back lash against the movie because of some Black characters.

If you  have read the book, it is clear that the characters in question were people of color.  My question is, why is that a bad thing?

As a writer, an African-American writer, I often wonder if my work will be read by people of all races.  I understand that people easily relate to others that are most like them.  But is race the defining factor.  I enjoy Jodi Picoult’s books.  The main characters are White and yet I empathize with their plights and root for them the same way I do with a book by Bernice McFadden or Kimberla Lawson Roby.  Why does it matter?  A good book is a good book.  Period.

Most of the time, I don’t enjoy the movie adaptation of books because the visual element limits the experience.  I do enjoy it when the character on screen mimics the picture I had in my head.    Of course, reading comprehension is  a learned skill.  Maybe those fans of “The Hunger Games” that were surprised about a character’s ethnicity should go back to school.

Please click  the link below:

The Book Bench: White Until Proven Black: Imagining Race in Hunger Games : The New Yorker.

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