If you are interested in blogging or want to promote your book next year, please contact E. B. Davis at writerswhokill@gmail.com

Our April author interviews: Perennial author Susan Wittig Albert--4/5, Sasscer Hill, horse racing insider--4/12, English historical, cozy author, TE Kinsey--4/19, Debut author, Susan Bickford--4/26.

Saturday Guest Bloggers in April: Heather Baker Weidner (4/1), Christina Hoag (4/8), Susan Boles (4/29). WWK Saturday bloggers write on 4/15--Margaret S. Hamilton and on 4/22--Kait Carson.

Julie Tollefson won the Mystery Writers of America Midwest Chapter's Holton Award for best unpublished manuscript (member category) for her work in progress, In The Shadows. Big news for a new year. Congratulations, Julie.

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Warren Bull's new Lincoln mystery, Abraham Lincoln In Court & Campaign has been released. Look for the Kindle version on February 3.

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published.

Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Once a Kappa" was published as a finalist in the Southern Writer's Magazine annual short story contest issue. Mysterical-E published her "Double Crust Corpse" in the Fall 2016 issue. "Baby Killer" will appear in the 2017 solar eclipse anthology Day of the Dark to be published this summer prior to the eclipse in August.

Linda Rodriquez has two pending book publications. Plotting the Character-Driven Novel will be released by Scapegoat Press on November 29th. Every Family Doubt, the fourth Skeet Bannion mystery, is scheduled for release on June, 13, 2017. Look for E. B. Davis's interview with Linda here in June!

Cross Genre Publications anthology, Hidden Youth, will contain Warren Bull's "The Girl, The Devil, and The Coal Mine." The anthology will be released in late November 2016. The We've Been Trumped anthology released by Dark House Press on September 28th contains Warren Bull's "The Wall" short story and KM Rockwood's "A Phone Call to the White House." KM writes under the name Pat Anne Sirs for this volume.

James M. Jackson's 4th book in the Seamus McCree series, Doubtful Relations, is now available. His novella "Low Tide at Tybee" appears February 7 as part of Lowcountry Crimes: Four Novellas, which is available for order.


Friday, January 13, 2017

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates: A Review by Warren Bull

Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates: A Review by Warren Bull

This book is in the form of a letter from the author to his adolescent son about living as a black man in America. It is heart-rending, awe-inspiring and well deserving of the National Book Award for Non-fiction, the NCAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work, the Pen/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay and the other honors it gathered.

I am well aware that I have not shared the experience described in the book. I cannot understand it as the author and his son do. I have lived in places where my pale skin and blue eyes marked me as a member of a minority — Caucasian. I have worked where if someone came in and asked for, “that white guy” he or she was looking for me. I have worked for and with African-Americans. As a therapist, I have been honored to hear the life story of many African-Americans. And much of this book is new to me. 

This is an honest account. It was sometimes not easy to read and it raised my emotions throughout.  For a glimpse into the black experience, I give this my very highest recommendation. As Toni Morrison said, ”This is required reading.”


Linda Rodriguez said...

I agree, Warren. It is a modern classic. Pair it with Claudia Rankine's Citizen for a real education.

Shari Randall said...

Another book that I am eager to read. Thank you, Warren!

Gloria Alden said...

Thank you for this recommendation, Warren. It's something I want to read. I've written it down to order. I think it will be something I'll choose for my book clubs to read, especially the one with one member who has shown signs of prejudice.

Art Taylor said...

I've heard so many great things about this book, from so many different people. Thanks for reminding me that I need to read it myself!

KM Rockwood said...

Like Art, I have been meaning to read this book.

I had one supervisor who vowed (in a staff meeting) to fire "all the white folks." Fortunately, someone recorded her saying this, and while the recording might not be admitted to court, since she did not consent to it, when it was played to the coordinator of our reasonably powerful union, he was able to get a transfer out of that worksite for anyone who wanted it.

I have not, however, experienced the day-to-day problems encountered by many of my friends, things like the offense of "driving black."

And there's a video somewhere of an Officer Friendly-type talking to a group of teens in a high school about dealing with the police. His first statement was, "First, try not to be black or Hispanic."

Because I know I can't even begin to understand, much less internalize this situation, I am extremely hesitant to include many minority characters in my books, although I do have several.

Margaret Turkevich said...

on my list. Thank you, Warren!