Book Report: RIP Publishing Legend Sonny Mehta, Kobe Bryant, Happy belated Langston Hughes; The “Diverse Editions” Backlash; Current reads & more!

sbc epi 1 collageWe discuss some of the latest news in publishing including the late publishing legend Sonny Mehta (Knopf and Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group); we also recognize Kobe Bryant and Langston Hughes; we discuss the backlash Barnes and Noble Fifth Avenue and Penguin Random House received for their Diverse Edition initiative; Jessica Simpson’s new, trending memoir; some of our current and anticipated reads, as well as other bookish tidbits. Check it out! Read the rest

Interview With HBO’s “Mare of Easttown” Actor Justin Hurtt-Dunkley!

justinhurttdunkleyandnetworksActor Justin Hurtt-Dunkley (HBO’s Mare of Easttown) sees the value in reading multiple genres. He finds novels to be a form of entertainment. “Reading a novel just opens up my imagination a little bit more,” he tells So Booking Cool. “So I’m not seeing this character they’re describing on the screen, I’m creating it in my head, so I think that’s good. I can get exercise for … Read the rest

Interview With “Given” Author Nandi Taylor!

nandiandbookAfter enjoying abundant success online via Wattpad including over a million reads and being a two-time Watty award winner including the 2018 Worldbuilders award, Given by Nandi Taylor is now gearing up for international release under Wattpad Books on January 21, 2020. Taylor discussed why her story ascending into trade publication is meaningful to her. “Posting the book online was kind of my way to keep myself accountable and … Read the rest

Interview With “Urban Xcellence” Author Malcom X. Bowser!

MALCOM-X-BOWSERUrban X.nyc Blog and Urban X Podcast founder and co-host Malcom X. Bowser believes it is time to start highlighting and championing shining examples from one’s community. It is why he wrote Urban Xcellence: Unveiling Extraordinary Stories by Everyday People (January 21, 2020). Initially, Bowser conducted interviews with his peers to provide a platform and gain inspiration. Learning about their journeys helped him navigate his own life such as figuring … Read the rest

Interview With “Dying for Living” Author & Action Villain Star Patrick Kilpatrick! (PART 2)

We couldn’t close 2019 without publishing Part 2 of our conversation with action villain star, writer, producer, and author of Dying for Living: Sins & Confessions of a Hollywood Villain & Libertine Patriot: VOLUME ONE – UPBRINGING, Patrick Kilpatrick!

Kilpatrick discusses an array of topics including his thoughts on some of the most interesting aspects of show business that most people do not get to see. “Well, … Read the rest

Interview (PART 3) With “Supreme Models” Author Marcellas Reynolds!

marcellasandsuprememodelsSupreme Models: Iconic Black Women Who Revolutionized Fashion author, Marcellas Reynolds, is enjoying the reception he continues to receive for his debut book—legendary models like Iman and Pat Cleveland have praised it; production companies are reaching out to adapt it for the screens; and more models now want to be featured and interviewed by Reynolds. Needless to say, the Chicago native has more in store including plans to write … Read the rest

Interview With Gatekeeper Press Co-Founders Rob Price & Tony Chellini!

robpricetonyphoto2Many of us are aware that rejection is often part of the process of trying to get one’s manuscript published. Some aspiring authors give up, some don’t and are eventually published, and some decide to self-publish. As a self-published author (The Ultimate Guide to Weight Training) and publishing professional, Rob Price is intimately aware of these circumstances and was inspired to make a difference. He re-branded his publishing … Read the rest

Interview With Words Without Borders Campus’ Editor & Curriculum Designer, Nadia Kalman!

nadia kalmanIf you’ve ever taught a class, prepared a workshop or seminar, chances are you can relate to Nadia Kalman’s thoughts on curriculum. “A curriculum is only as good as the day that you present a lesson to a particular group of students,” the education consultant told So Booking Cool.  “So, as a teacher, even if you are given a curriculum to execute, you have to modify it for Read the rest

Interview With Senior Literary Editor Kate Napolitano!

headshot.pngWhen you have the pleasure of chatting with Kate Napolitano, two things become abundantly clear about the senior book editor: she is as passionate about books and loves hyping them up as she says she does; and two, she is a go-getter.  Originally, the editor of You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson, wanted to be a teacher, but … Read the rest

Interview With Literary Publicist, Lathea Williams!

LATHEALathea Williams might not have initially chosen book publishing as a career, but the driving force for why she chooses to remain in the industry is due to history. “There was a point in time where as a black person, we weren’t even given the opportunity to read. We were chastised for it. So I’m very much aware of my history and that’s one of the main things that keeps … Read the rest