Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award-Arsenic and Adobo

Award Who: Eleanor Taylor Bland, an African-American pioneer of crime fictionWhat: for an emerging woman of color crime writer When: annually since 2014Prize: a $2000 grant- "This grant is intended to support the recipient in crime fiction writing and career development activities."- from the sister's in crime websiteOther winners: https://www.sistersincrime.org/page/eleanor-bland-past-winners Novel Arsenic and Adobo (Tita… Continue reading Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award-Arsenic and Adobo

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

This is my second novel by this author. The first one was A Gentleman in Moscow which I highly recommend. Towles' masterful prologue still haunts me. I've never gotten so excited by a prologue. It sets the stage perfectly for a flashback of the main character's life. Set in 1930s New York City, Katherine Kontent's… Continue reading Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

Robert Frost Medal- Selected Poems/Gwendolyn Brooks

Did you know that every year the United States Library of Congress appoints a Poet Laureate to represent the art of poetry in America? Well, Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks was a Poet Laureate from 1985-1986. She was also the first African-American to win a Pulitzer Prize. She has many more dazzling accomplishments that I will not… Continue reading Robert Frost Medal- Selected Poems/Gwendolyn Brooks

Flight of the Diamond Smugglers by Matthew Gavin Frank

Rhodes hired mercenaries to slaughter the Matabele people who lived along the South Africa-Zimbabwean boarder, clearing the land for his mining endeavors. Diamonds are ubiquitous. They are in fact not a precious stone. This is the story of how the De Beers corporation turned diamonds into a "girl's best friend," while they oppressed the people living… Continue reading Flight of the Diamond Smugglers by Matthew Gavin Frank