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Posts Tagged ‘Sue Monk Kidd’

NOOK Launches The B&N Sync Up! Program

nookNOOK Media LLC has announced the launch of B&N Sync Up! The executives have curated a selection of paperbacks for this new in-store program.

Customers who buy one of these books can purchase the NOOK eBook edition of that same title for $4.99. The price for the digital copy has been reduced by 70%. Some of the books that have been made available through B&N Sync Up! include Doctor Sleep by Stephen King, The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, and Life of Pi by Yann Martel.

Here’s more from the press release: “The B&N Sync Up! program was created to offer Barnes & Noble customers the convenience of owning both print and digital formats of a great book at a great value with the benefit of being able to easily gift one or both of the versions to a friend or family for the holidays. Now customers can read and enjoy the same books together with their loved ones. The eBook version can be read on any NOOK device and on a multitude of smartphones and tablets via the free NOOK Reading App (available at www.nookapp.com).”

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Oprah Winfrey Picks ‘The Invention of Wings’ For Book Club 2.0

OPR010114_002Oprah Winfrey revealed her third Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection, The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. Published by Viking, the story of the book features “two unforgettable women, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world.”

Follow this link to view a video with Winfrey’s announcement. In the press release, Winfrey explained that she chose this book because “these strong female characters represent the women that have shaped our history and, through Sue’s imaginative storytelling, give us a new perspective on slavery, injustice and the search for freedom.”

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“Seg-Book-Gation” in Publishing

bm_pic2.jpgEver since she published Sugar ten years ago, novelist Bernice L. McFadden has felt marginalized by the literary fiction world–exiled in the name of diversity.

In an email interview with GalleyCat, she explained her problem with labels in the contemporary publishing industry: “[Publishers] have placed all African-American authors in one box, forcing them to compete for the attention of ONE audience,” she explained, calling the practice “Seg-Book-Gation”–voicing a concern that we’ve heard from other writers as well. What do you think?

McFadden continued: “Art of any medium should transcend color, race, class, religion and ethnicity, but alas, that is not the case in the publishing world … We’re expected to push our books on the streets like our Urban Lit writing colleagues. But we are not hustlers–we are writers.”

Finally, she concluded: “I believe the key is cross-marketing … The success of the novels “The Help” by Kathyrn Stockett and “The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd was due to cross-marketing by Penguin. Even though the cast of characters in both books are predominately African-American, the books were not pigeon-holed as ‘Black Books’ because they were written by white women.”

Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Semifinalists Announced

abna_logo-200.jpgThe 100 semifinalists were announced by Amazon.com and Penguin Group in the second-annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. The panel of judges will name three finalists on May 15, 2009, and Amazon readers will pick the final winner.

According to the release, the semifinalists represent 94 cities, 33 U.S. states and seven countries. Four authors came from New York City and one hailed from Duncraig, Western Australia.

Here’s more from the release: “Once Penguin selects the three finalists, a panel of esteemed publishing professionals–including bestselling authors Sue Grafton and Sue Monk Kidd, literary agent Barney Karpfinger and Penguin Press Editor-in-Chief Eamon Dolan–will read and post their critiques of the top three manuscripts on Friday, May 15, [here].” (Via.)