What an incredible year it's been thus far! And things have gotten so hot, so fast, I'm just going to give it to you in hashtags and links. I know you're busy, but I've missed you, and I promise to keep the update quick.
Ready? Let's go!
#blackcool: Black Cool
The Black Cool movement: WOW. Alongside many of my most recent books' amazing contributors, I visited cities across the U.S. and connected with many of you driving the #blackcool heat. The events are too numerous to list, but include beautiful conversations at RISD, with Michaela angela Davis at the Schomburg, and MoAD in the Bay. I was on Melissa Harris-Perry's new show on MSNBC (with Rev. Al Sharpton!), had fun on NPR's Talk of the Nation, and rocked a great panel with Kevin Young at the LA Times Festival of Books. As if the cool could get any hotter, EBONY published a #blackcool feature, Lambda Literary ran a great interview, and readers and tech geniuses have started this cool portal, still in beta, but destined for greatness: ourblackcool. Buy the book. Share it. Tweet it. Hashtag it. You know. LIVE IT.
The Art of Memoir is still the best writing retreat ever. Just read what our alums have to say. Life-changing, inspiring, seismic. YES. Have you dreamed of going on a tropical island adventure and returning with a completed manuscript, or the start of the next NYT bestselling memoir? Well, dream no more. Join me this August at the beautiful Lumeria Maui retreat center for 7 days of deep relaxation, fierce productivity, and powerful self-reflection. In the last several months, AOM alums have finished books, graduated from MFA programs, published in magazines and journals, found agents, and raised enough money through indiegogo to self-publish the book they started in workshop. One also just got engaged! Click here for all the details, and meet me at organic breakfast.