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It’s a Reading and Writing Affair

December 9, 2008

Established in 2000, RAWSistaz (Reading and Writing Sistaz) Literary Group is committed to the support and promotion of books by, for and about African-Americans. Every year, RAWSistaz presents an annual gathering for the members of their online group in various cities.  In addition to being a reunion for the group’s members, The RAWSistaz Affair spotlights authors and focuses on various topics as it relates to literature and increasing the appreciation of the written word.  This year, the RAW Affair will be held online.  As a matter of fact, it is taking place this week beginning December 8 – 13, 2008.

Although primarily a promoter of adult literature of all genres, RAWSistaz is a Brown Bookshelf partner. They’ve wholeheartedly supported our mission to increase exposure of children’s books written and illustrated by African Americans to parents, librarians, teachers and other gatekeepers in a young reader’s life.  On Wednesday, December 10, 2008, visit the RAW event to talk to the members of The Brown Bookshelf as we discuss the best ways to get young readers excited about books, overcoming the required reading slump, and supporting literary balance as the influx of YA street literature increases.  Join Paula, Varian, Don, Kelly, and Carla throughout the day on December 10th in a great discussion about children’s literature.  To visit our panel, or any other, click on the panel topic and submit a comment or question.

At Long Last

April 29, 2008

The sequel’s coming!  The sequel’s coming!  In my best Spongebob voice:  I’m ready!  I’m ready! 

And I’m not even talking about Just Be, the sequel to Freshman Focus.  I am talking about the sequel to Sister Souljah’s The Coldest Winter Ever.  I encountered The Coldest Winter Ever in January 2000 and was hooked from page one.  That weekend that I read it, I didn’t entertain too many phone calls.  I just fully immersed myself in Winter’s world.  It’s been eight years since I read this masterpiece, but it’s one book that stayed with me.  I remember feeling emotionally invested in what happened to Winter, her parents, her sisters, and her love for Midnight.  

In Winter’s eyes, Midnight was perfection and I carried that with me.  Why didn’t Midnight want Winter as much as every other man did?  Why did he rebuff her outside of the age thing and that he worked for her extremely powerful father?  Is Midnight as handsome as Winter leads us to believe?  Who is Midnight?

Well, in October 2008, I believe we can find out the answers to some of our questions as we read Midnight:  A Gangster Love Story.  How will Winter and her sisters be a part of his story?   Will she be out of prison? I am drawing a blank on some of the details of The Coldest Winter Ever so my plan is to re-read it at the end of September to refresh my memory in preparation for October 14th, the date of Midnight‘s release.

I’m excited to see what Sister Souljah has written.  I cannot imagine what is contained in the 352 pages, but I do know that her words were chosen with care.  Well, that’s my intuition.

And maybe once Midnight arrives, someone who is the best person for the project will finally tackle the movie version of The Coldest Winter Ever.  And while I am no Spike Lee, Steven Spielberg, in my experience of seeing books translated into movies, I lean heavily on the side of making The Coldest Winter Ever into a mini-series similar to what they did to The Starter Wife last year on USA.  I say this because I often look forward to seeing a beloved book on the big screen only to be disappointed at how they crammed hundreds of pages into an arbitrarily chosen length of film.  The Coldest Winter Ever is 400+ pages and should not be a 2 hour movie.  2 hours each night for 5 nights with no commercials would suit me just fine.  If they have commercials, then it needs to be limited commercials like they do on TBS and give me 2 extra days.  I’m just saying.

So again, I remind you and myself that I’m ready, I’m ready!