Horribly behind on my blogging responsibilities. This I know. I promise to make it up to you. Next week.
Until then, I have a couple of things to share with you:
If you follow me on Facebook and/or Twitter, you know I've had a lot to say about the ethnic studies/book banning in Arizona. Trying to do as much as I can to support efforts to change the ridiculous situation developing out there. An incredible graphic artist in Iowa City was so moved by the bravery of the students and the Save Ethnic Studies movement that she designed a pair of letterset broadsides that use quotes from The Devil's Highway and Queen of America. I am so proud to have my work associated with her art. She designed and printed the limited edition broadsides to specifically benefit Save Ethnic Studies. We distributed a bunch in Tucson at the Festival of Books (I still need to talk to you about that!) and took orders for others -- and thanks to you, will send $900 to Save Ethnic Studies!
My pal Trinity Ray has just put up a pair (the last of 'em) for auction on ebay with ALL proceeds going to Save Ethnic Studies. You can see the broadsides and bid here. They are gorgeous and you should bid on them. It's important.
I am on my way tomorrow to Denver where I will be named the newest Evil Companion! I am so excited about this I can't tell you. You can read about it here and here. Some of my favorite writers are Evil Companions, including Pam Houston, Thomas McGuane and Ted Conover. Hope you can make the party if you are in the area.
Me and Bill Moyers. They're finishing up edits on my segment with him that we taped last month. Don't have official word on air date but will let you know when I do. They seem excited. Just hoping not to embarass myself! Remember: "Moyers & Company airs weekly on public television – Check your local listings ” You can check details at www.BillMoyers.com.
OK, will work on the backfill blog postings and get back to you after Denver.
Book club members have been some of my most enthusiastic and careful readers. I’m thrilled to share my work with you, answer your questions and tell you some of the stories behind the stories. This is our spot, just for us. Here, we can chat: If I’m nearby, I’ll come and visit your club. Otherwise, we can Skype, talk over the phone or email. Sometimes, I’ll send surprises or hold contests.
Lecture and booksigning as part of Bilingual Minifest and naturalization ceremony celebration.
Workshop, readings, etc. For more information,here.
Montclair State University reads The Devil's Highway. Details to come.
Aurora reads Into the Beautiful North. Lecture/discussion in Spanish Oct. 23 and in English Oct. 24. Details to come.
Reading, book signing, discussion. Details to come.