Archive for the ‘awesomeness’ Category

Headed to Hedgebrook

This fall, I’ll be doing a brief residency at Hedgebrook, a women’s writing and retreat center in Washington State. Applications for the 2015 Hedgebrook residencies are up online and the deadline is September 3, 2014. Basically, I’ll be living in… Read the rest

Panther Photos!

I’m out in San Francisco and Oakland, doing research for my upcoming nonfiction book about the Black Panthers, tentatively titled PANTHERS! There’s a lot of material to review, and the research itself is rather intense, but it’s also really neat… Read the rest

New Website!

I just finished a very long process of revising and updating my website. With the help of a fabulous web designer, all my new content is up and ready for viewing! I’m very pleased about how it all turned out.… Read the rest

The ARCs are here!

I just got my Advanced Reader Copies for 37 Things I Love, due out from Henry Holt in May 2012. People sometimes ask if things like this get old after you’ve done a few books. Well, NOT FOR ME!!! It’s… Read the rest

New Year, New Directions

Okay, so it isn’t the new year yet, but I can’t believe how fast the summer disappeared, and how quickly the fall seems to be getting chomped up, too. It’s already mid-October (eek!) and I’m sure I’ll be dragging out… Read the rest

The BIG 3-0!

I just posted this on Chicks Rock!, but want folks to see it here, too: Well, as of this weekend I’ve officially crossed the threshold from 20s into 30s! I always planned to throw a big party for myself on… Read the rest

Drumroll Please….

I woke up this morning to a call from my favorite editor (@EditorK) informing me that The Rock and the River and I have won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent. This is a huge honor in… Read the rest

NAACP Image Awards

I always get good news when I’m in the library. When I saw my book cover for the first time, I was in the library. When I heard I was getting a NYTimes Book Review, I had just come from… Read the rest

As If BEA Wasn’t Enough…

Last night I got to give a copy of The Rock and the River to Ms. Phylicia Rashad. I handed her a signed copy, and she looked at it, then asked me to personalize it. I was over the moon.… Read the rest