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“Cox said in a statement, ‘By sharing my full, unvarnished story, including details of my life and family history I have never before revealed, I hope to provide a voice and safe place for those who have suffered because of their race, class, gender, abuse, violence and trauma.'” BET

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“Amazon Publishing announced the launch of a Christian imprint that will specialize in faith-based nonfiction and fiction. Titles from the new imprint, Waterfall Press, will be published by Brilliance Publishing, a division of Amazon. The first title from the press, The Four Best Places to Live by Mark Buchanan, will release next month.” Publishers Weekly

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  1. Christine
    Jan 27, 2014 @ 08:23:20

    The Game of Thrones costumes are stunning. I’ve seen the embroiderer’s website linked for many months now and the pictures are all over Pinterest as well. The level of detail is just stunning. It reminds me of the clothes and armor for The Lord Of The Rings movies which is the last time I remember such extensive use of House or Clan symbols in everything. It’s a shame as so many of the details are impossible to see except in photos or exhibits. They truly are works of art. I particularly like the Dragonfly details on Sansa’s gown because they relate to her love of a story in the books I don’t think is mentioned on the show and reflects her romantic nature.

  2. cleo
    Jan 27, 2014 @ 08:49:15

    I had no idea that HQ publishes non-fiction. Thanks for the link.

    Here’s a link with more coverage of the Katie Couric interview, with videos from the show towards the end of the post. Couric looks really uncomfortable in the interview – I give her props for doing this show despite her discomfort, but I really wish she’d asked better questions and better follow up questions. Instead, after Cox deflects her question about genitalia and lists all the problems that transgender people face and would rather talk about, Couric’s like wow, um, you’re really passionate about this, instead of, please tell us more about violence against transwomen or challenges faced by transwomen of color, etc.

  3. Mzcue
    Jan 27, 2014 @ 09:43:12

    This is just a time-out comment to thank you for this, and all the DA News posts, that I’ve come to enjoy so much. You draw on an wonderfully wide array of resources, so many of them brand new to me and fascinating. Today’s discovery is Smatterist, thanks to the link to the Game of Thrones costuming article. You and the other DA contributors have enhanced both my pleasure in reading and my vistas on the resources of the Internet. I deeply appreciate all the effort and expertise you offer us, your readers.

  4. Amanda
    Jan 27, 2014 @ 13:03:18

    I so agree with you about the need for faith-based romances to include religions beyond Christianity. Its not that I dislike Christian romances, though I find that the few I have read seem to assume a great deal about their reader, but I really think there needs to be more diversity.

  5. Janine
    Jan 27, 2014 @ 16:33:08

    The Game of Thrones costumes are amazing. Thanks so much for linking to that. I also saw the Laverne Cox Katie Couric interview (it was linked to in a Salon article) and Cox was so poised and gave such adroit answers that I’ve been tempted to check out Orange is the New Black.

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