I’ll be honest. It was tough for me to say goodbye to 2019, a year that began and ended with beautiful career highs.
So it’s a good thing that January is looking is so fly. To start, I pressed send on my next novel featuring Merci Suárez, and I got to see the gorgeous final art for my upcoming picture book, EVELYN DEL REY IS MOVING AWAY. You can read all about that and other upcoming book news right here in Publishers Weekly.
But, I’m also doing a few sweet events at the end of the month, including two in my hometown of Richmond, VA, that I’ve been looking forward to for months.
First stop: I’ll be in New York City on January 23 for a presentation to teachers. Carl Anderson, author of A Teacher’s Guide to Writing Conferences*, will be presenting, and then I’ll speak on my own days as a writing teacher and my life as an author. Did what I teach about writing reflect what I actually do as an author today? Sometimes – but there’s plenty I’d do differently.
I head home on January 25th for an “In Conversation With” appearance with one of my favorite authors, Lamar Giles, at the main branch of the Richmond Public Library. He’s on tour for his new contemporary young adult novel, NOT SO PURE AND SIMPLE (HarperCollins.) It’s new this month, and it’s been crushing it with starred reviews in Kirkus, PW, and School Library Journal. Set in central Virginia, it’s the story of high schooler Del Rainey and his scheme to join a purity pledge group at his mother’s church to land the girl of his dreams. Darkly funny, this page-turner is an honest look at all the ways we twist kids’ understanding of sexuality. I don’t know about you, but my sex ed was laughable. Is it any better for high schoolers now? Lamar and I will unpack it all for you.
Finally, on January 30th, I wrap up the month with a long-awaited conversation at The Broad. Set up as a combination of inclusive workspace and social club for womxn in Richmond, it’s the perfect badass answer to women’s clubs of yore. I’ll be joining Book Riot’s Amanda Nelson (a great broad for sure) for a talk about girls, women, and feminism – and how all that intersects with my books. Check here for tickets.
And remember, there are deals on my books floating around this month, like this one through e-volt for the audio of Burn Baby Burn*.
See you around town!
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