That's because also during April, my first middle grade novel LEAVING GEE'S BEND was released in paperback! AND: I heard Anne Lamott, author of the beloved BIRD BY BIRD (and 16 other books) speak! (I shared highlights from her talk yesterday at Live Your Poem.) And now, like a good quilter, I will attempt to stitch all of these elements together.
|Artelia Bendolph, age 10, photo|
by Arthur Rothstein, 1937
(the pic that inspired
|Meeting readers at|
Young Author's Conference
in Mobile, Alabama
|me with all the drafts|
of Leaving Gee's Bend
|quilt by China Pettway|
5. Celebrate! This day, this moment, the May sunshine, the robin dancing on your lawn. Anne Lamott didn't think she'd find love again, but she did. When Penguin let LEAVING GEE'S BEND go out of print, I thought my story was dead. But then another publisher came along and brought Ludelphia back to life! Thank you, NewSouth Books! Life is full of surprises. Unexpected things happen in books and quilts and on the way to the grocery. All the more reason to say "thank you."
And now, a bonus: here is a favorite poem from ARTSPEAK! Portraits, inspired by "Self-Portrait of a Painter" by Vincent van Gogh. Thank you so much for reading!
Irene Latham is the author of more than a dozen current and forthcoming books, including two novels for children: Leaving Gee's Bend and Don't Feed the Boy. Winner of the 2016 ILA Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award, her poetry books for children include Dear Wandering Wildebeest, When the Sun Shines on Antarctica, Fresh Delicious and Can I Touch Your Hair? (co-written with Charles Waters). Irene lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her family where she does her best to “live her poem” every single day by laughing, playing the cello, and walking in the woods.