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June Interviews

6/02 Terrie Moran, Murder She Wrote: Killing in a Koi Pond

6/09 Connie Berry, The Art of Betrayal

6/16 Kathleen Kalb, A Final Finale or A Fatal First Night

6/23 Jackie Layton, Bag of Bones: A Low Country Dog Walker Mystery

6/30 Mary Keliikoa, Denied

Saturday WWK Bloggers

6/12 Jennifer J. Chow

6/26 Kait Carson

Guest Blogs

6/05 Samantha Downing

6/19 Lynn Johanson


E. B. Davis's "The Pearl Necklace" will appear in the new SinC Guppy anthology The Fish That Got Away to be released in July by Wildside Press. The anthology was edited by Linda Rodriguez. It will be released on June 21st.

Paula Gail Benson's monologue "Beloved Husband," from the perspective of Norton Baskin the second husband of Marjorie Kinan Rawlings (who wrote The Yearling and Cross Creek), appears in the Red Penguin Collection's An Empty Stage (released March 28, 2021).

Martha Reed's "Death by GPS" will appear in the Spring 2021 issue of Suspense Magazine, which will be released in the second week of April. Congratulations, Martha!

Susan Van Kirk has a new audiobook, A Death at Tippitt Pond, that will be released this month. Marry in Haste will be released in May by Harlequin Worldwide Mystery, as will Death Takes No Bribes in September. Congratulations, Susan.

Congratulations to Martha Reed. Her short story, "The Honor Thief" was chosen for the 2021 Bouchercon Anthology, This Time For Sure. Hank Phillippi Ryan will edit the volume, which will be released in August at the time of the convention.

Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Killer Weeds," appears in the January 20 edition of Texas Gardener's Seeds: From Our Garden to Yours. Congratulations, Margaret, who, if you follow Facebook know, is a superb gardener herself!

Congratulations to Paula Gail Benson whose "Reputation or Soul" has been chosen for Malice Domestic 16: Mystery Most Diabolical anthology to be released this spring.

KM Rockwood's "Stay Safe--Very Safe" appears in this year's 2020 BOULD anthology. Congratulations, KM!

Annette Dashofy signed with agent Dawn Dowdle of the Blue Ridge Literary Agency. Congratulations, Annette!


Friday, August 28, 2020

Books Recommended by Barack Obama by Warren Bull

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by Warren Bull

Former President Barack Obama recommended many books during his two-term presidency.  Business Insider culled through his top picks and found 21 titles that deal directly with race relations.  Thanks to Margarite Ward who wrote the article.  This adds more books to my I-need-to-read list.



“Brown Girl Dreaming” by Jacqueline Woodson


From Amazon:

In this young adult read comprised of seven poems, Woodson shares her story of what it was like growing up African American in an era where Jim Crow’s effects could still be felt and the Civil Rights movement was growing. 

“American Prison” by Shane Bauer

From Amazon:

In 2014, journalist Shane Bauer took a job as a prison guard at a private prison in Louisiana for an undercover article that would spark a national conversation on for-profit prisons. In “American Prison,” Bauer digs deeper, explaining private prisons and their role in a post-slavery US. 


“Souls of Black Folk” by W.E.B. Du Bois


From Target:

“The Souls of Black Folk” by Du Bois, a historian, a civil rights activist, and sociologist, is a crucial work of African American literary history and sociology.  



“Finding My Voice” by Valerie Jarrett


From Amazon:

In this memoir, the former Obama senior adviser, documents her decades-long relationship with Michelle and Barack Obama, from interviewing a young Michelle for a job in Chicago to becoming the couple’s trusted political go-to and confidante. 



“In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History” by Mitch Landrieu

From Amazon

The mayor of New Orleans , who removed multiple Confederate statues from the city, talks about racism in the US and argues for white Americans to confront the country’s past. 



I certainly don’t compare myself to the former President in terms of understanding but I would like to add three books to this list that have contributed to my education:


"Waking up White and finding myself in the story of race" by Debby Irving


by Warren Bull

Debby’s honest and unflinching story of how her best efforts to understand the gulf between the races reminded me of my own stumbling attempts and my unknown assumptions that interfered with my understanding. I cringed and laughed, recognizing my errors and my formerly unacknowledged privileges as a white male.



“The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander



By Warren Bull

Michelle Alexander’s scholarly and searing work describes how the caste system of race still exists in the US criminal justice system. Her information about differences in how drugs are viewed by lawmakers when 0ne is primarily abused by whites and another is mostly associated with black is just one example of the way a permanent underclass is brought into existence within our allegedly “colorblind” society.




“Hillbilly Elegy, A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance


By Warren Bull

J.D. Vance wrote the story of his family that gives a picture of the white working class without condescension or idolization. He talked about strengths and weaknesses of an often-invisible section of the nation. When I read it, I thought to myself of people I have known who live in the situations he described and who behaved in a manner that made no sense to me. I am grateful for his honesty and courage.



Margaret S. Hamilton said...

thank you! good resource

Susan said...

That's an interesting list of books, Warren.

Kait said...

Interesting selections.

KM Rockwood said...

An impressive list of thought-provoking books.