Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Book update

Hi - 
I Live Here has been out for a month now and Paul, Mike, James and I are amazed by the response so far. The reviews have been great, cool publications are writing about what we’re doing, and the feedback we’re getting from people that we meet has been overwhelming.

I’ve been on the road for the last few weeks, trying to sum up seven years of life-changing travel. To those of you who have come out to hear me speak, THANK YOU SO MUCH. I realized something: How lucky I am to get to share what I have seen. It’s a great exercise in humility and gratitude for the opportunities I’ve been given to work on this project. Each person that comes out to hear about the book is crucial. The event in Santa Cruz was wonderful and we actually sold out of the books! Then the same thing happened in Toronto, NYC, Portland and Seattle.

People are asking: “What can we do? Here is what I know: All that matters is what you are doing. If there is a change you want to see in the world, do it. Dare to do it and stick to it, no matter what obstacles come up. 

Here is one thing – we need you. If you can buy I Live Here, please do so. If you believe in the work we’ve done, let your friends know about the book. Your support will make future projects possible – we are setting up a pilot creative writing program in a juvenile prison in Malawi (thanks to funding from the amazing Causecast.org) and making early plans for the second book in the ILH series. Any royalties will go to Amnesty International. None of us who worked on this book is taking a dime. 

Please come out to the events that are coming up. Don’t be shy to come up to me and share your thoughts about the book.

1/11—Los Angeles, CA/ 6:00 p.m Chapman College Event

11/14—Boston/ 7:00 p.m Harvard Books event Masschusetts Ave., Cambridge 

11/15—Boston/ Amnesty International Regional Conference

11/16—Miami/ 12:00 p.m Miami Book Fair appearance. Miami Dade College. 300 Northeast Second Avenue

11/17—Austin/ 7:00 p.m Book People event 603 N. Lamar Blvd

In the mean, I hope this finds you well. Thanks for checking in with us.

Many Hugs


and Mike, Paul and James