Agate Round-Up: News, Reviews, and More

Craft Coffee: A Manual, written by Jessica Easto along with Andreas Willhoff, received a Booklist starred review! Here’s an excerpt, just to give you a taste of what’s to come: “Easto’s manual for coffee enthusiasts goes beyond mere brew guide to pull back the curtain on the bean itself. . . . Clearly written and comprehensive, this book belongs in every home barista’s tool kit.” Preorder the book for a chance to win a 3-month coffee subscription from Halfwit Coffee Roasters! To enter, send a picture of your receipt to [email protected] by November 1 (preorders placed through Agate will be automatically entered).

School Library Journal called Derrick Barnes’s children’s book Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut a “super fun read-aloud” that is a “recommended purchase for all picture book collections.” Not only that, Gordon C. James’s illustrations “jump off the page and invite readers to share in the experience.”

According to Kirkus Reviews, Simba Sana’s memoir Never Stop is a “candid testimony of struggle and achievement.” Booklist also had some praise for the memoir: “Sana’s compelling journey from life as a struggling, hungry black boy to resounding success is one that every reader can celebrate.”

Madelaine Bullwinkel’s Artisanal Preserves was recently featured and reviewed by Food in Jars,  a food blog with an at-home canning focus. Food in Jars wrote of Artisanal Preserves, “If you like vintage cookbooks that burst with voice and personality, then the reissue of this canning classic is very much for you.”

Regina R. Robertson, editor of He Never Came Home, was recently interviewed about the book alongside Regina King on AM Joy, a morning show broadcast nationally on MSNBC and hosted by Joy-Ann Reid.

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