>This post by Sandra Beasley, a writer who quit her job during a recession to write full time, really hit home for me. She does have a book under contract, so it’s a smart move. Still, I see the risks.
A new collection of essays by Chinua Achebe. Reviewed in the Christian Science Monitor.
I saw This Is It (the Michael Jackson rehearsal film) this weekend. Enjoyed it – I’ll always enjoy his music. Now I see that there’s a book about his final years. I’m interested in it, but afraid it will be so sad and chaotic. Here’s a mediabistro post on it.
There’s a new Coretta Scott King book out – by Ntozake Shange. Looks wonderful.
Carleen Brice weighs in on the Precious debate (which is also a debate, again, about Sapphire’s novel, Push).
Do you know about The Black Book. It’s a compendium of images from Black history in the U.S. A 35th anniversary edition is out now. The original editor was Toni Morrison. Thanks to Felicia Pride for writing about this on TheRoot.com.

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