Judy Blume, James Patterson and other authors are helping PEN America open Florida office
Judy Blume, James Patterson and Michael Connelly are among 24 prominent writers who have raised more than $3 million to help PEN America open a center in Miami and expand it efforts to counter Florida’s surge in book bannings in recent years.
Kamala Harris books surge in popularity after election
Books by and about Kamala Harris proved to be a popular purchase following the election. The vice president-elect was the subject or author of four books on Amazon's top 10 Sunday. They included her own children’s book “Superheroes Are Everywhere,” her memoir “The Truths We Hold: An American Journey,” a children’s book by her niece Meena Harris called “Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea” and Nikki Grimes’ illustrated “Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice.”Harris made history as the first Black woman to become vice president. President-elect Joe Biden also got a spot on the charts just outside of the top 10. Dr. Jill Biden’s children’s book “Joey: The Story of Joe Biden” landed in 14th place.
Picture book on Kamala Harris coming Aug. 25
All rights reserved)NEW YORK That didn't take long: Just weeks after making history as the running mate for Democratic nominee Joe Biden, Sen. Kamala Harris will be the subject of a new picture book. Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing announced Wednesday that prize-winning author Nikki Grimes has written Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice, which features illustrations by Laura Freeman. In June, Simon & Schuster published Joey: The Story of Joe Biden, a picture book written in part by his wife, Jill Biden. Harris, a California Democrat, is the first Black woman and first Asian American woman named to a major party presidential ticket. Harris told her own story in The Truths We Hold, which came out last year.