I had an opportunity to catch up with Aldis Hodge to discuss his acting career, to laugh a little with him in between our chat, because he is quite the comedian, and to discuss what's next for him in his upcoming roles.
Hashtag activism and symbolic gestures have their place, but transforming the publishing industry will take sustained pressure; increasing diversity in children's literature will require support not only for inclusion but innovation.
Of late, it lost its buzz, and is appears buried by the hype machine, almost being treated as an also ran. The entertainment media no long seems to take it seriously. All the focus is on other films and the big US stars.
On May 8th, Tayari Jones' third novel, Silver Sparrow, which deals with the two families created by a single man, came out in paperback. Jones took some time to talk about her work, the writing life and future plans.