The first on-line coverage of this new edition of Strong at The Heart just went live. It's at The Pirate Tree, a blog about social justice and children's books. Strong is for YA and up, so it fits! They gave me a good amount of space for an interview, too, and I'm glad. It gave [...]
It was a fabulous party. So many people came, friends, strangers and readers of the book. What a great send off!The Northcoast Rape Crisis Team was there (we put this on as a benefit for them). They use Strong at the Heart for crisis worker trainings and to give to clients.One young crisis worker talked [...]
Tomorrow is the official launch of the new, updated, paperback edition of Strong at the Heart. The party will be at one of my favorite places--the bookstore four blocks from my house. If you are local, do come! Northtown Books, 957 H Street, Arcata, CA. The party starts at 7 pm. This morning I was [...]
In the past month I've experience three powerful moments of healing in my own community. "Flash mob, on the Plaza," a friend told me on Valentine's day. "What time?" "2:14." So I ran over to have a look. There must have been upwards to a hundred young teen girls gathered on the Plaza in the [...]
At long, long last Strong at the Heart is coming out in paperback. Before the actual launch in February, I'm updating this website to a responsive site thanks to the skill and the patience of Tiff Renée at DesignMotif. She's making it possible for you to read this site on cell phone or tablet. Here's [...]
(Go to the bottom of this full entry to see the photos of the party.) Well, that was a celebration and a half! I arrived early at the bookstore, carrying the punch, our camera, and a handful of pens while Peter helped our friends who were catering bring in tray after tray of covered food. I was having that before-a-party feeling where you wonder if anyone is going to show up.
I'm just coming off the marvelous rush of speaking on the radio about STRONG AT THE HEART. Live radio interviews are the polar opposite of a writer's usual experience. Radio is more like white water canoeing or maybe surfing. On radio there is no opportunity to ponder, edit, rethink and polish. You are totally in the moment, focused on the interviewer and the questions that come at you--some of them totally unexpected...