>This is going to be a (hopefully coherent) hodge-podge of a post. Due to the lateness of the hour and all the random things I’ve run across at times when I haven’t been able to post.

Kitty Kelley’s newest bio-subject is:
Oprah.
That’s right, Oprah. I would love to read a good biography of Oprah, though I feel she has told so much of her own story, that it’d make more sense for her to do an autobiography (and that would probably sell more copies). It will be interesting how it comes out – if it comes out. Got that nugget from galleycat. Here’s the article.

Also from galleycat – a promotional idea
Cookies, books and authors. Sounds like a sweet deal, though having such an event at a feminist bookstore seems both subversive and stereotypical. I’ll have to think on that for awhile. But I do love baked goods, so I’d be willing to go for the concept. Perhaps Tayari Jones could do it with red velvet cake.

Books in stores – and a contest
Take a picture of Marilynn Griffith‘s latest book, If the Shoe Fits, on your local bookstore’s shelves and you may win a copy. Or you could just buy it after you take the pic, right?
BTW, there’s a cookie recipe on MG’s site. So she could certainly do the cookie/signing idea.

Are you an Edward P. Jones scholar?
Then this is for you:
Deadline extended for a proposed panel on Edward P. Jones at the eighteenth annual conference ofthe American Literature Association to be held in Boston, May 24-27, 2007.Papers that focus on his short fiction are particularly encouraged, though papers on his novel, TheKnown World, will be considered. All approaches are welcome.Please email 200 word abstracts and a CV no later than January 10, 2007 to Gregory Miller,University of California at Davis (glmiller@ucdavis.edu)
Pulled from kalamu’s cyberdrummers listserv for and about writers of African descent. Email kalamu@aol.com to be added.

Review surfing
WashPost review of There Goes the Neighborhood: Racial, Ethnic, and Class Tensions in Four Chicago Neighborhoods and Their Meaning for America By William Julius Wilson and Richard P. Taub

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