Sometimes it’s the author photo that makes you want to read the book…..
Charles M. Blow author of Fire Shut Up in My Bones A Memoir
coming September 23rd from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Yeah! Such a striking photo (and the book has the chops to match).
You can get away with breaking all of the other rules at least once in a while, but you can’t get away with breaking this one. Readers will accept almost anything from you if you don’t make them feel they have wasted their time and money. Remember, you can bore readers in a lot of different ways. It doesn’t necessarily take a dearth of action; too much action can get you the same result. Everything in writing, like in life, requires balance."
— Terry Brooks (via writingquotes)
— Peter Straub (via writingquotes)
Fire Shut Up in My Bones [Charles M. Blow] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.
A gorgeous, moving memoir of how one of America’s most innovative and respected journalists found his voice by coming to terms with a painful pastNew York Times columnist Charles M. Blow mines the compelling poetry of the out-of-time African-American Louisiana hamlet where he grew up — a place where slavery’s legacy felt astonishingly close
Audio book rights sold! #FireShutUpInMyBones #countdown #Sept23 You can pre-order the book now…
To think to themselves that they’re the only ones
Going through more things than anyone else
But oh, I bet you’ll beg to differ
If you would just consider the bigger picture
Cause then you would see that most people go through
The same things that you do in life"
— Musiq Soulchild
Ralph Ellison was born 100 years ago today in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
“Life is to be lived, not controlled; and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat.”
― Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
Happy 87th birthday to Harry Belafonte — born in Harlem, New York, on this day in 1927.
"You can cage the singer but not the song." —Harry Belafonte
Harry Belafonte spent his childhood in both Harlem and Jamaica, where the toughness of the city and the resilient spirit of the Caribbean lifestyle instilled in him a tenacity to face the hurdles of life head-on and channel his anger into positive, life-affirming actions. He returned to New York City after serving in the Navy in World War II, and found his calling in the theater, before transitioning into a career as a singer and Hollywood leading man. During the 1960s civil rights movement, Belafonte became close friends with Martin Luther King, Jr., and used his celebrity as a platform for his activism in civil rights and countless other political and social causes. My Song tells the inspiring story of a startlingly original and powerful entertainer who has always engaged fiercely with the issues of his day. Read an excerpt here: http://bit.ly/1cj7SGx