Sunday, August 20, 2017

Pictures and Stories from the Counter-Protest in Boston

Yesterday, about 20,000 protesters marched through Roxbury and the South End, joining another approximately 20,000 protesters who were already gathered at the Boston Common. We were 40,000 strong, protesting a handful of people having a "free speech," a.k.a. hate speech, rally in our city.

Kevin and I, with some friends, were part of the marching contingent. Here are some of my favorite pictures.

"It's not about free speech. It's about bigots normalizing hate."

"These guys don't get why we can't get along."

"Stop pretending that your racism is patriotism."

"Prejudice is an emotional commitment to ignorance."

"Silence = compliance."

I loved all the people who came out of their businesses to cheer, yell their support, watch. Like these dentists!

And these people on roofs.

Me and Kevin.

"All live matter but… not every race is targeted for execution."

Jesus was a socialist, middle-eastern Jew."

"Bad hombre reporting for duty."

On the subway train on the way home, a man making loud racist remarks began to focus his vitriol on a woman near him who was holding a protest sign. People nearby were ignoring it, pretending it wasn't happening. Then a man crossed the car to the woman, asked her if she was okay, and stood with her keeping her company, putting himself between the racist and her. I was so proud, because that was Kevin.

"Jerks on the Common aren't the main Boston story. This is."

Dear readers, marchers, vulnerable people, and people pushing back against hate: this is your story, and you are the heroes. Keep up the good work.

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Some Jane Stuff and My 41st Birthday!

I haven't been great about sharing nice news about Jane, Unlimited in the world, because life has been busy, and also because... well... I would generally rather talk about anything other than my own books! Ha! Also because I keep forgetting which things are public and which haven't been officially announced yet, so then I end up not saying anything at all. So. I'm disorganized. BUT, I know I'm allowed to say that Jane has been chosen by public librarians as a September 2017 LibraryRead, along with nine other beautiful books – check out that list. Also, I can report that so far Jane will be translated into Swedish, Russian, and Polish, and also Spanish and Portuguese for the Latin American market. I don't have any timing on that yet, but I will report things as I learn them!

In the meantime… It's birthday week! You know, when I was a kid, forty sounded so freaking old. But now that I'm in my forties, I feel so young – and so connected to myself at so many ages – and so better able to understand my own feelings and make decisions I can be proud of – and so better able to cope with scary things. I know what I want. I know how to take care of myself. Forty-one is my favorite age so far.

To my young readers: you will gain more control over your own story as you get older. There are wonderful things ahead. ♥ ♥ ♥

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Announcing My Tour for Jane, Unlimited -- mark your calendars!


All of my events will involve an "in conversation" with a local author or book person, a Q&A, and a signing – and possibly also a brief reading, though we haven't worked out the details yet. I'll be blogging again with more details as we sort it out! I hope I'll get to see a lot of you out there. Here's a bit more info, with more to come soon:

Tuesday, September 19th at 7 PM -- with Tui Sutherland!
Harvard Book Store
1256 Mass Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138

Wednesday, September 20th  at 6 PM
Oblong Books & Music
6422 Montgomery Street
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

Friday, September 22nd  at 6:30 PM
Parnassus Books
3900 Hillsboro Pike, Ste 14
Nashville, TN 37215

Saturday, September 23rd at 4 PM 
Barnes & Noble
12193 Fair Lakes Promenade Drive
Fairfax, VA 22033

Sunday, September 24th at 2 PM
Quail Ridge Books & Music 
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road
Raleigh, NC 27609 

Monday, September 25th at 6 PM  -- with Stephanie Perkins!
Malaprop’s Bookstore
55 Haywood St.
Asheville, NC 28801

Tuesday, September 26th at 6 PM
Mysterious Galaxy
5943 Balboa Ave #100
San Diego, CA 92111

Wednesday, September 27th at 7 PM
A Great Good Place for Books
6120 Lasalle Avenue
Oakland, CA 94611

Thursday, September 28th at 7 PM
Children's Book World
17 Haverford Station Road
Haverford, PA 19041

Friday, September 29th at 7 PM
An Unlikely Story
111 South St
Plainville, MA 02762