Blue Moon: From the Journals of Mama Mae and LeeLee by Alicia Keys

 

From the interactive story telling app “The Journals of Mama Mae and LeeLee”, Blue Moon is an inspirational and magical tale of discovery created by Grammy Award-winning artist Alicia Keys, and was inspired by her childhood relationship with her own grandmother. Blue Moon introduces readers to young and imaginative LeeLee, who just moved to the big city, and her magical grandmother, Mama Mae. To help LeeLee adjust to her new home, Mama Mae tells her the story of Abey, a young Native American girl from the 17th century, and her adventurous yet magical evening when she too wasn’t sure of her surroundings.

Appearances

11/12/14 6:00 PM at Barnes & Noble – Warren Street. New York, NY.

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The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm by Levar Burton

 

 

When little Mica Mouse is scared by thunder booming outside her cozy home, Papa Mouse reaches for just the right story to comfort her. Hugging her close, he begins to read The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm. In this poetic book-within-a-book, a happy little rhinoceros is overwhelmed by a storm that sweeps away everything he loves. Swallowing the storm just makes him feel worse, so Rhino sets off on a whimsical journey toward healing. Along the way, he meets many friends, including a kind spider, a brave kangaroo, a wise tortoise, and an uplifting whale. With their help, Rhino lets go of the storm inside and learns to see the light in a world turned gray. Mica Mouse is soothed by the story and Papa’s gentle reminder that even though bad things sometimes happen, the world is full of people who care.

In his first children’s book, longtime Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton gives us an engaging resource to help children express their feelings and navigate through difficult experiences. The “Take a Deeper Look” page at the end of the book even provides discussion questions to facilitate a healing dialogue.

Appearances

10/9/14 4:30 PM at BookEnds– East Ridgewood Avenue. Ridgewood, NJ.
10/16/14 7:00 PM at Barnes & Noble – Grove Drive. Los Angeles, CA.
10/20/14 7:00 PM at the Beebe Elementary – East 11th Avenue. Naperville, IL. Books sold by Anderson’s Bookshop.
10/22/14 7:00 PM at the Fayetteville Public Library – West Mountain Street. Fayetteville, AR.
11/8/14 Noon at Costco – Fenton Parkway. San Diego, CA.
11/15/14 Noon at Costco – Garden Grove Blvd. Garden Grove, CA.

Herbie Hancock Signing Copies of New Memoir

Herbie Hancock: Possibilities

 

The long-awaited memoir by one of the most influential and beloved musicians of our time

In Herbie Hancock the legendary jazz musician and composer reflects on a life and a thriving career that has spanned seven decades. A true innovator, Hancock has had an enormous influence on both acoustic and electric jazz, R&B and hip-hop, with his ongoing exploration of different musical genres, winning fourteen Grammy awards along the way.

From his beginnings as a child prodigy to his work in Miles Davis’s second great quintet; from his innovations as the leader of his own groundbreaking sextet to his collaborations with everyone from Wayne Shorter to Joni Mitchell and Stevie Wonder; Herbie Hancock reveals the method behind Hancock’s undeniable musical genius.

Hancock shares his musical influences, colorful behind-the-scenes stories, his long and happy marriage, and how Buddhism inspires him creatively and personally. Honest, enlightening, and as electrifyingly vital as the man who wrote it, Herbie Hancock promises to be an invaluable contribution to jazz literature and a must-read for fans and music lovers.

 

 

Appearances

October 28, 2014 |7:00 PM| 2289 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

A Christmas Prayer: A Novella by Kimberla Lawson Roby

 

 

 Alexis Fletcher hasn’t had a merry Christmas since losing her mother. Every December she remembers the joy her mother brought to everyone during the holiday season, and wishes her family could be whole again. And even as Alexis prepares to start a new family with her fiancé, Chase Dupont, outside forces threaten to destroy her potential happiness. But fate has one more surprise in store for Alexis, and it might be exactly what she needs to finally embrace the one holiday that has brought her nothing but heartache.

The book is slated to be released on October 28, 2014.  Get your copy here.