Interview With “Black Star” Filmmaker Akira Chan!

akira and black star posterBlack Star is a captivating short-film that explores why and how artists are prone to addiction. The documentary, which was created by Artists for Addicts, recently debuted at the Boston International Film Festival. Just last year, it won the Audience Award for Best Short Film at the Illuminate Film Festival. Check out our Q&A below with the film’s director, Akira Chan, to learn more about the … Read the rest

Interview With Nono The Poet About Her Poetry Book “Soul Vagina”!

SOUL VAGINAWhen asked how she thinks her book, Soul Vagina: In Between Sex and God, Who Am I? will be received for years and generations to come, Nomxolisi Ndlangana carefully considers the question before answering, “Depending on which part of the world we’re talking about…this is a book that might be banned. And if that is the case, then I have done something very right.” Ndlangana, known as Nono The Poet, … Read the rest

Trevor Noah’s “Born a Crime” to Become A Movie, Lupita Nyong’o to Star!

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The Daily Show host, comedian, and author Trevor Noah‘s blockbuster autobiography, Born a Crime: Stories from an African Childhood, is becoming a film. Noah will co-produce his biopic through his production company, along with Norman Aladjem of Mainstay Entertainment, Derek Van Pelt, Sanaz Yamin and actress, Lupita Nyong’o. Nyong’o will portray Noah’s mother and hero, Patricia.

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Joseph Jackson, Patriarch of the Jackson Family, To Release Memoir!

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Joseph Jackson, the patriarch of the Jackson family, is releasing his debut book, Precious Moments on March 8th. The coffee table memoir will include a collection of Jackson’s favorite quotes from lyrics, film, and television. Jackson, 90, has been in the music industry as a talent manager for over 60 years. Precious Moments is published by self-publishing company, BookBaby.

Precious Moments is not the first coffee table title … Read the rest

Interview With S&S Digital Marketing Manager & Angela Yee Book Club Partner Tasha Hilton!

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Yesterday we had the pleasure of speaking with Tasha Hilton, the Digital Marketing Manager at Atria Books, about her career in publishing and her role in the Angela Yee Book Club: Kickin’ it From the Stoop. She originally worked as a digital marketer in the entertainment industry before deciding she wanted to expand her horizons, leading her to pursue publishing and join Simon and Schuster in June … Read the rest

Interview With Tony Forte, Partner of the Angela Yee Book Club!

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On Wednesday, August 30, the Angela Yee Book Club: Kickin’ It From the Stoop will host its fifth meeting at its home location, the WOODstack Ivy, a sportswear store in Brooklyn, New York. Tony Forte, Vice President of Sales and Marketing /GMM at the WOODstack company, talked to So Booking Cool about his partnership with Yee, one of the radio personalities on the nationally syndicated show, The Breakfast Club.… Read the rest

Interview With Senior Editor at Simon and Schuster, Christine Pride!

Christine2Like many publishing professionals, Christine Pride, a senior editor at Simon and Schuster, did not know there were opportunities for bookmaking, i.e, publishing. Pride earned her Bachelor’s in Broadcast Journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and then worked at a non-profit organization catering to disadvantaged mothers.

It was during her four-year tenure at the organization as a Public Relations Associate and Director of Development and PR that she connected … Read the rest

Interview With Publishers Weekly’s Associate Editor John Maher!

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John Maher, award winning journalist and the associate editor at Publishers Weekly recently talked to So Booking Cool about overseeing the web and print version, and social media of the trade company, his trajectory from pursuing music to poetry, writing, and seeking publishing jobs to becoming a reporter, and the book launch for the infamous alt-right English political commentator Milo Yiannopoulos.

For those of you unfamiliar, Simon and Schuster (S&S) … Read the rest

Interview With Executive Editor and Writing Life Coach Kendra Levin!

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We had the pleasure of talking with Kendra Levin, the executive editor at Viking Children’s Books, an imprint of the Penguin Young Readers Group, about her multifaceted career and views on the industry. In addition to editing all ages in the children’s market, which means everything from picture books to young adult novels, Levin is also an author, teacher, and life coach to writers around the world. “Everybody has to … Read the rest

Interview With Author Kellye Garrett on Her New Hollywood Detective Series!

updated-cover1Debut author and #PitchWars mentor Kellye Garrett chatted with us about her new critically-acclaimed comedic, mystery novel, Hollywood Homicide, the first in her Detective by Day series.  The title was a Library Journal Debut of the Month and Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review and lauded it as a winning first novel and series launch. The book was published by Midnight Ink, which specializes in mystery and … Read the rest