Book Briefs: Ludacris, Sapphire, Billingsley

Rapper and actor Ludacris has joined forces with to support the Epic Book Drive to help libraries in New Orleans restock their shelves as they continue to rebuild in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He has filmed a public service announcement urging students across America to share their books. “The campaign is giving something as simple as a book to a student in a much needed area…so they can have the opportunity to read, communicate and be inspired,” he said.

Sapphire readers can anticipate the release of her new novel, The Kid, next month. The book leaves the life of Claireece “Precious” Jones (heroine of Push) and at the start introduces her orphaned son Abdul who narrates his chaotic journey into adulthood in the same profane, vivid first person that iconic of Sapphire. The novel was purchased by Penguin Press and is scheduled to be published this summer.

Bestselling author ReShonda Tate Billingsley travels to the Scotlandville Library July 9 with her newest novel Say Amen, Again.

Billingsley, author of Let the Church Say Amen and more than 20 other novels, is a former television reporter and has won numerous awards for her journalism and fiction, including the Nova Lee Nation Award from the Greater Dallas Writing Association and the prestigious Gold Pen Award for Best New Author for her first novel, My Brother’s Keeper. She will host a discussion on her characters and the upcoming book, starting at noon.

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