Last week the highly accessible publication BookPage posted a feature called 25 Books That Showcase Black Talent on their website. They chose five books in five reading categories to highlight, and among the five fiction books their editors selected is Edward Kelsey Moore’s The Supremes At Earl’s ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT! You can read what they briefly had to say about Edward’s debut novel and also explore the twenty-four other recommendations for great books by talented black writers — click here! While you are looking at the article, click on the Supremes At Earl's book title to find an in-depth interview that BookPage did with Edward at the time it was first released, before The Supremes At Earl’s ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT was translated and published in nine other languages and optioned for a film (still in pre-production, as good things are worth the wait)!
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Edward Kelsey Moore, author of the New York Times bestseller, The Supremes At Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat, and Melanie Benjamin, New York Times bestselling author of Mistress of the Ritz, have been busy writing (of course) and also sharing conversations together — that you can listen in on! The podcast they co-host, Who The Hell Are We? has been posting a new episode each week during these months(!) when we (in Illinois) have continued to Shelter In Place. And our hosts have A LOT to say about all of that (much of it humorous). They also share their thoughts on a truly wide range of other topics, and in recent weeks have added a show segment on marvelous old movies from the 30s and 40s, with behind the scenes tidbits and occasional industry gossip about each one! Recent films they’ve had their say with include: Sunset Boulevard (this current episode), Born Yesterday (last week), The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946), Double Indemnity, Mildred Pierce, Funny Face, and more! If you’re not yet a subscriber follow this link to find out (briefly) about podcasts, and how to subscribe -- free! OR… go ahead and listen to the latest podcast episode (free!) by clicking the “PLAY” arrow> on the page here, OR on this page. You can also leave comments, and your 5-star ratings!
A note to parents: there is the occasional cuss-word in some recent podcast episodes.
Authors Edward Kelsey Moore and Melanie Benjamin are keeping their wits about them during the pandemic by getting together (online) for wide ranging conversations several times a week — and you can listen in! Who the Hell Are We? is an ongoing, free podcast hosted by these two bestselling authors, who have a lot to say about their lives and also a few things to say about books that they are reading.
Mel and Ed have shared two special “Shelter In Place” episodes this week, with more to come in the days ahead! Some of the recent ideas discussed have been: Re-dicovering crafts (remember crafts?) that amused and entertained Edward in the past, and Melanie can’t stop herself from enjoying word puzzles. Also movies and books that are lifting their spirits. And, of course, America’s most pressing concern… toilet paper!
Note to parents that there can be an occasional cussword in some recent episodes — these are challenging times!
If you’re not yet a subscriber follow this link to find out (briefly) about podcasts, and how to subscribe -- free! Or listen to the latest free podcast episode by clicking the play arrow> on the page here, or here. You can also leave comments and your 5-star ratings! If you have any suggestions for podcast discussions that you’d like to hear, or just want to send a pandemic greeting to Mel and Ed you can email them here: firstname.lastname@example.org