Better Than The Movie

...because the book normally is!

Better Than The Movie is a podcast for people who love reading diversely, books, book news, and issues related to literacy and popular culture. Our goal is to review and discuss book themes with passion and an open mind. We want to encourage our readers to look beyond the best sellers lists and  discover new voices and stories. 

We are The Readers, the people who the publishing world should be catering to, but oftentimes  don't . We are smart. We are funny. We are sometimes a little snarky. And we always, ALWAYS, think that the book is better than the movie

 

EPISODE SIXTY-SIX: Who's Bad

It’s been a minute, but we back with the jumpoff. This week we’re talking villains. But first…the news! Links to articles discussed below:

New Books in August 2017: http://blog.mahoganybooks.com/new-books-in-august-2017/ 

LeVar Burton Sued for Using His Reading Rainbow Catchphrase on His Podcast

http://www.vulture.com/2017/08/levar-burton-sued-for-using-his-reading-rainbow-catchphrase.html?utm_campaign=vulture&utm_source=tw&utm_medium=s1 

Ava DuVernay, Charles D. King’s Macro & Victoria Mahoney To Adapt Octavia E. Butler’s Sci-Fi Novel ‘Dawn’ For TV

http://deadline.com/2017/08/ava-duvernay-octavia-butler-dawn-tv-series-victoria-mahoney-macro-1202145539/ 

The Toxic Drama on YA Twitter

http://www.vulture.com/2017/08/the-toxic-drama-of-ya-twitter.html?utm_campaign=vulture&utm_source=tw&utm_medium=s1 

EPISODE SIXTY-FIVE: Wesssssiiiiidddddeeeee!

We're discussing books set out West!

Articles discussed in news:

Tahmeka’s Literary Heart and Literary Brain Have A Conversation

http://www.documentjournal.com/article/junot-diaz-and-toni-morrison

A Joy Luck Club TV Show

http://blog.angryasianman.com/2017/05/a-joy-luck-club-television-series-is-in.html

Well Read Black Girl Conference Kickstarter

http://www.themillions.com/2017/06/well-read-well-written.html

Why Literary Journals Don’t Pay

http://www.themillions.com/2017/05/why-literary-journals-dont-pay.html

EPISODE SIXTY-THREE: My Book, Yo Book. Everybody Book

This week Jeanette and Tahmeka are discussing the world of indie publishing and highlighting some folks for y’all to check out.

Articles Discussed in News:

Books for Girls, About Girls

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/mar/17/childrens-books-for-girls-publishers-writers-gender-imbalance

Big Little LIes

http://www.avclub.com/article/murder-only-one-big-little-lies-many-mysteries-252304

Kerry Washington, Warner Bros. to Adapt 'The Mothers': http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/warner-bros-kerry-washington-adapt-mothers-984828?utm_source=twitter&utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=referral

Chimamanda and the Trans Community

http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketcopy/la-et-jc-adichie-transgender-20170313-story.html

Her New Book:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/15/books/chimamanda-ngozi-adiche-dear-ijeawele.html

Books N Bros’ 11-year-old founder wants to help boys love reading at an age when they often don’t: http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/books-n-bros-11-year-old-founder-wants-help-boys-love-reading-age-when-they-often-don-t#stream/0

Authors Highlighted:

Constance Burris: https://www.amazon.com/Constance-Burris/e/B00P42MYIU 

Renaldo Christopher: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=dp_byline_sr_ebooks_1?ie=UTF8&text=Renaldo+Christopher&search-alias=digital-text&field-author=Renaldo+Christopher&sort=relevancerank

DL White: https://www.amazon.com/DL-White/e/B00RM4Q3J4

Alexandra Warren: https://www.amazon.com/Alexandra-Warren/e/B00U6XWUYA

Love Belvin: https://www.amazon.com/Love-Belvin/e/B00CZDLZO0

Té Russ: https://www.amazon.com/T%C3%A9-Russ/e/B008HSBE34

Danielle Allen: https://www.amazon.com/Danielle-Allen/e/B00JT0JUZS

Indie Love in the A Event Info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/indie-love-in-the-atl-2017-tickets-28541142325

EPISODE SIXTY-ONE: No Sephora

EPISODE SIXTY: A Swing and a Miss

EPISODE FIFTY-NINE: #bttmpodbestof16

We're back! And talkin' books...

Articles discussed in news section below:

Simon & Schuster + That Milo Dudeguy: http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketcopy/la-ca-jc-yiannopoulos-book-deal-20170104-story.html

The Millions Most Anticipated of 2017:

http://www.themillions.com/2017/01/most-anticipated-the-great-2017-book-preview.html

In 2017, publishing really needs a blockbuster:

http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketcopy/la-ca-jc-publishing-2017-story.html

EPISODE FIFTY-EIGHT: Recommendations Vol. 4 ft. Ashley

Friend of the show Ashley stops by to give us some recommendations on (mostly) nonfiction titles regarding race relations. 

White Rage - Carol Anderson: http://amzn.to/2fznsAg

More Beautiful and More Terrible - Imani Perry: http://amzn.to/2fNrIRQ 

The New Jim Crow - Michelle Alexander: http://amzn.to/2fNoLk2 

Southern Horrors and Other Writings; The Anti-Lynching Campaign of Ida B. Wells - Ida B. Wells & Jacqueline Jones Royster : http://amzn.to/2fVAxbB

Sara Baartman and the Hottentot Venus: A Ghost Story and a Biography - Clifton Crais and Pamela Scully: http://amzn.to/2ePOseO 

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration - isabel Wilkerson: http://amzn.to/2ftZyY8 

Men We Reaped - Jesmyn Ward: http://amzn.to/2eH6Zww 

Passing - Nella Larsen: http://amzn.to/2ey2eC4   

 

Stories discussed in news: 

Claudia Rankine using MacArthur Genius grant to create an institute to study whiteness & its influence on culture: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/oct/19/claudia-rankine-macarthur-genius-grant-exploring-whiteness

Paul Beatty Wins Man Booker Prize With ‘The Sellout’: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/26/business/media/paul-beatty-wins-man-booker-prize-with-the-sellout.html?_r=0 

Take a look: A 'Reading Rainbow' in the digital age: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/80774b3a6e1a4f058cc8e2c7f98a397a/take-look-reading-rainbow-digital-age 

Papercuts: A Party Game for the Rude and Well-Read: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/electriclit/papercuts-a-party-game-for-the-rude-and-well-read

EPISODE FIFTY-SEVEN: We just be talkin' & talkin'...

EPISODE FIFTY-SIX: Reader Recommendations Vol. 3 [featuring @brandonrambles]

You get two episodes this week! In Tahmeka's absence, I spoke with Brandon Taylor, a PhD candidate in biochemistry and an avid reader, to get some recommendations. What follows is a discussion that includes the aforementioned recommendations as well as random musings about things that are literary adjacent.

Brandon's Recommendations: 

Swallowed By The Cold - Jensen Beach: http://amzn.to/2eeQ96P 

Arcade - Drew Nellins Smith: http://amzn.to/2dnImkm  

Boy Erased - Garrard Conley: http://amzn.to/2e16kGa 

The Narrow Door - Paul Lisicky: http://amzn.to/2ebC6zI 

The Border Of Paradise - Esme Weijun Wang: http://amzn.to/2dKiIHx 

Private Citizens - Tommy Tulathimutte: http://amzn.to/2ept68X 

Disgruntled - Asali Solomon: http://amzn.to/2dKgsQu 

Ladivine - Marie Ndiaye: http://amzn.to/2ehJyfw 

Dinosaurs On Other Planets - Danielle McLaughlin: http://amzn.to/2e14uVN 

EPISODE FIFTY-FIVE: Can you not?!

This week we’re reading an idiot & discussing “diversity”. 

Stories Discussed in News Section:

Claudia Rankine Leads This Year’s Class of MacArthur Genius Grant Recipients: http://www.vulture.com/2016/09/heres-2016s-macarthur-genius-grant-recipients.html?mid=twitter_vulture

What I Pledge Allegiance To (Kiese Laymon essay): http://www.thefader.com/2016/09/19/my-mississippi-pledge-kiese-laymon 

Who gets to write what: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/25/opinion/sunday/who-gets-to-write-what.html?_r=2 

EPISODE FIFTY-FOUR: This show is on fire!

This week we’re discussing the brilliantly written and curated The Fire Next Time. But first…the news! And we also have a special guest in the Honeycomb Hideout—Brooklynn (Tahmeka’s daughter) drops in to give us some kid lit picks!

Articles discussed in news:

What Makes a Reader Stop Reading a Book: http://writerswrite.co.za/what-makes-readers-stop-reading-a-book 

Simone Biles Autobiography Deal: http://www.adweek.com/galleycat/simone-biles-inks-autobiography-deal-with-zondervan/124630 

Lit Spins Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/797728319/lit-spins-the-first-ever-book-vinyl-subscription-b?ref=project_tweet 

Five queer black female authors you need to be familiar with: http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2016/09/5-queer-black-female-authors-who-will-blow-your-mind-wide-open/?utm_content=bufferf2180&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer 

No, the Internet has not killed the printed book, most people still prefer them: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/03/business/no-the-internet-has-not-killed-the-printed-book-most-people-still-prefer-them.html?smid=nytcore-ipad-share&smprod=nytcore-ipad&_r=0

St. Martin’s Press Acquires New Nick Cannon Novel: https://blackpageturners.com/2016/09/12/between-the-lines-st-martins-press-acquires-new-nick-cannon-novel/

Brooklynn’s picks:

Roller Girl - Victoria Jameson

Pack of Dorks - Beth Vrabel

The Missing Pieces of Me -  Jean Van Leeuwin

Who is Malala Yousafazi? - Dinah Brown

Brown Girl Dreaming - Jacqueline Woodson

EPISODE FIFTY-THREE: Mile High

 

We're coming to you live from Rocky Mountain High on this episode. WE visited a few of the local Denver bookstores and discuss our thoughts about them. This week we’re also tackling the complicated feelings that come along with wanting to support indie booksellers, but ultimately succumbing to the low low prices of The Man (aka Amazon) along with our usual assessment of lit news and other minutiae. 

Articles discussed in news section below:

Stop telling black people not to self publish: http://justinaireland.com/dammit-this-is-a-blog/2016/8/17/stop-telling-black-people-to-self-publish

Save Langston Hughes’ Harlem Home: http://money.cnn.com/2016/08/19/news/economy/langston-hughes-harlem-home/index.html?sr=twCNN081916langston-hughes-harlem-home1248PMStoryLink&linkId=27831546

Publisher delays YA novel amid row over invented black 'street dialect': https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/aug/16/delays-ya-row-over-invented-black-vernacular-when-we-was-fierce

What Pres. Obama is reading this summer: http://time.com/4450367/president-obama-summer-reading-list-2016/?xid=tcoshare

EPISODE FIFTY-TWO: Happily Nappily

We are honored to have author Trisha R. Thomas on the show this week to talk about her latest novel Postcards From Venus which will be released on August 16, 2016. Tahmeka speaks with Trisha about her writing process, the Nappily Ever After book series and her thoughts and views on the state of the literary world in general. Show begins with the usual News You Can Use segment and we also have a brief chat about "hypebeasting" in the literary world.. Articles discussed in news section below: 

Oprah’s Book Club Pick

http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2016/08/04/behind-oprahs-book-club-pick-of-the-underground-railroad/

Slave Narrative

https://twitter.com/NewRepublic/status/760800087173918720

Jonathan Franzen and His Negro Friend

http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/interrogation/2016/07/a_conversation_with_novelist_jonathan_franzen.html

Read Books, Live Longer

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/08/03/read-books-live-longer/?_r=0

EPISODE FIFTY-ONE: We Don't Know

EPISODE FIFTY: The Kang's Speech

Wow! This is Episode Fifty! I don't even think we realized it as we recorded. This week's show begins on a bit of a somber note as we reflect on the senseless violence witnessed within recent days. Episode's main topic is the memory Every Little Step by Robert Barisford Brown aka The Kang of R&B. 

News stories discussed during episode below:

The Great Second-Half 2016 Book Preview: http://www.themillions.com/2016/07/most-anticipated-the-great-second-half-2016-book-preview.html

Marvel’s New Iron Man Is a Black Woman: http://time.com/4394478/iron-man-riri-williams-tony-stark/?xid=time_socialflow_twitter

Chimamanda’s Had a Baby: http://jezebel.com/chimamanda-ngozi-adichie-quietly-gave-birth-refused-to-1783171806

Audible Channels (wtf is it?): https://www.engadget.com/2016/07/07/audible-channels-audio-shows-subscription/


Brave New World of White Man Doing What Octavia Butler Did Decades Ago: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/05/books/ben-winters-underground-airlines.html?_r=1

EPISODE FORTY-EIGHT: ALL of the News

We're back, you guys! Did you miss us? This week we're talking about alllllllll of the news stories we've missed while on hiatus. Ok not all of them, but a lot of em. All articles discussed below:

15 Books By Black Authors To Dive Into This Summer

http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2016/06/15-new-books-by-black-authors-to-dive-into-this-summer/

Bobby Brown Every Little Step I Take

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2016/06/10/bobby-brown-laments-his-mistakes-whitney-bobbi-kristina-memoir/85707484/

LitHub Launches Book Marks

http://electricliterature.com/lit-hub-launches-book-marks-a-rotten-tomatoes-for-books/

Does Literary Criticism Have A Grade Inflation Problem?

https://newrepublic.com/article/134060/literary-criticism-grade-inflation-problem

Akosua Adoma Owusu Options Film Rights to Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche’s “On Monday Of Last Week”

http://shadowandact.com/2016/06/09/akosua-adoma-owusu-and-obibini-pictures-options-film-adaptation-rights-for-chimamanda-ngozi-adichies-story-on-monday-of-last-week/

Kickstarter link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/akosuadoma/on-monday-of-last-week-the-movie

Trisha R. Thomas (FOH episode) Has A New Book Coming

https://www.instagram.com/p/BGPvQL3uotQ/

Beyonce Is Not Shining A Light On African Literature- It’s The Other Way Around

https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2016/jun/08/beyonce-lemonade-african-literature-warsan-shire?CMP=twt_books_b-gdnbooks

EPISODE FORTY-SEVEN: Her Teeth as Confetti

You thought we wasn't when we was? Shooooot. Just because we are a literary podcast, don't think we aren't discussing Lemonade like everyone else, ha! We discuss the work on a granular level as well as delve into the idea that Black art is often seen as autobiographical, instead of works of imagination.

Articles discussed in news section:

Why publishers are betting big on debut novelists: http://www.ew.com/article/2016/05/02/debut-novel-millions

Oprah Winfrey to star in “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” film adaptation: http://buzz.blog.ajc.com/2016/05/02/oprah-winfrey-to-star-in-the-immortal-life-of-henrietta-lacks-film-adaptation/ 

A Reading List For Beyonce: http://bookriot.com/2016/05/02/a-reading-list-for-beyonces-lemonade/ 

What to read after watching Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’: http://fusion.net/story/295105/beyonce-lemonade-required-reading/?utm_campaign=FusionPop&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=social