Every time I see that Macy’s commercial I find myself singing along with their version of Olivia Newton John’s “Magic,” which I believe is from the film Xanadu. If YOU believe in magic, check out The Rejectionist‘s fabulous series on women writers of speculative fiction. So far she’s featured Ibi Zoboi, Andrea Hairston, Hiromi Goto, and Kat Howard. You should also swing by Vanessa Irvin Morris’ blog to read her take on the merging of speculative fiction and street literature. A Wish After Midnight is included in her list of sci-fi/fantasy narratives set in the ‘hood…
I didn’t sneeze once while I was out today and it was a glorious afternoon for a book festival. We had a great conversation about historical fiction, and it was a real pleasure meeting Judy Blundell, Nick Bertozzi, Victoria Sanders and TR (Tanya) Simon. There were lots of other authors on the plaza—I snapped a shot of Jacqueline Woodson and Christopher Grant. I even came home with a free BBF mug, which I promptly filled with honeyed tea…
Nick (with daughter Sabine) signing my copy of Lewis & Clark
me, Tanya, Judy, and Vicky
I’m so excited and honored to be included in this festival! Along with award-winning authors Jacqueline Woodson and Rita Williams-Garcia, I’ll be reading on 9/22 as part of an evening we’re calling “Great Women Were Once Great Girls: An Evening of Strong Girls in Fiction” (8-10pm at Outpost Lounge in Ft. Greene, BK). More details can be found on the Facebook page; you can also check out Toshi Reagon’s websitefor more information.
In response to the conservative political backlash against women’s rights, the first Word, Rock, & Sword festival will unite New Yorkers for eight dynamic days of creativity, support and activism. Conceived by musician-activist Toshi Reagon, Word, Rock, & Sword offers performances, screenings, classes and discussions at Manhattan and Brooklyn performance venues as well as yoga studios, cafés and bookstores, September 18-25.
On Saturday, September 24, famed multimedia art cabaret Le Poisson Rouge will host Word, Rock, & Sword: A Musical Celebration of Women, featuring Tamar-kali, Toshi Reagon, Joan As Police Woman, Meshell Ndegeocello, Morley, Imani Uzuri, Slanty Eyed Mama, Arooj Aftab, and many other noted music artists.
Festival highlights also include a free screening of No Woman No Cry, a documentary by Christy Turlington Burns at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza on Wednesday, September 21. In this gripping directorial debut, Turlington Burns shares powerful stories of at-risk pregnant women in four parts of the world, including a remote Maasai community in Tanzania, a slum of Bangladesh, a post-abortion care ward in Guatemala and a prenatal clinic in the United States.
I hope you’ll attend our panel if you’re in the tri-state area on September 18th! You can learn more about all the festival events at the BBF Facebook page.
1:00 P.M. Reimagining History. National Book Award winner and New York Times Bestselling author Judy Blundell (What I saw and How I lied, and Strings Attached), Coretta Scott King Award Winners, Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon (Zora and Me), and best-selling author Nick Bertozzi (Lewis and Clark) discuss what it takes to tap into and re-imagine unforgettable characters that bring us mystery and adventure wrapped in emotional and timeless settings. Moderated by Zetta Elliott, author of the novel A Wish After Midnight.
Did you miss the “Myth & Magic” reading at Franklin Park last week? The L Magazine posted this great review:
Alexi Zentner, hailed as the inventor of a new genre called “mythical realism,” read passages from his novel Touch, which included a sad, riveting, macabre, and harrowing scene of an accident on a frozen river. Zetta Elliott read from her YA fantasy A Wish After Midnight, a pre-9/11 story that time-travels to Civil War-era Brooklyn; she read two passages set in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, one sweet one in which a black-Latina girl gabs with an old Danish man, and another of ghostly, moonlit, time-folding strangeness. Elliott ended on a breathless cliffhanger that left the crowd scrambling for the merch table; during the break, everyone seemed to have a copy of her book tucked under their arms.