I remember when I first signed my contract for Farm City. It was 2007, and I thought: holy crap, I have to wait two years before it comes out? Seemed like forever. The hardcover came out the summer of 2009, and it has been such a great ride. I’m so humbled and thankful for all the great reviews and accolades FC has earned this year. Below are my goals and new schedule for touring and events to support Farm City.
Paperback! What? Yup, it’s a gorgeous new cover which features a rooster, a brick wall, and more graffiti. Coming out May 25. We’re setting up the tour right now. So far, it’s looking like Baltimore, Philly, Washington D.C., and Austin. Two small goals for when I’m touring in these cities: Washington DC: meet Michelle Obama and check out their garden/apiary; Philly: be interviewed by Terry Gross (though it seems like girl only interviews celebs these days). In Baltimore, my only goal is to eat as much of their tasty seafood as possible. Please let me know if you’d like me to come to your town, and I’ll see what I can do…
Speaker’s Bureau. I’m signing up to be part of Penguin’s Speaker’s Bureau. The idea is they’ll book gigs for me on college campus and town libraries, so I can come talk about Farm City and urban farming. FC is also part of the offerings for the first book incoming college freshmen read, so they can bond. Why didn’t I have that back in the day?
New Schedule. I’ll post it on my schedule page, too, but here’s where I’ll be this next year (so far).
February 6. Berkeley Author Dinner Fundraiser for the Berkeley Public Library
February 12. Black Panther Commemorator fundraiser, Niebyl-Proctor Library
February 27. Morgan Hill Library reading.
March 13. Tucson Book Festival.
March 21. Raising Rabbits workshop, Biofuel Oasis
March 30. Bernal Heights Library reading (SF)
April 17-19. Fox City Book Festival, Wisconsin
April 29. Arlington, VA Public Reading
May 15. Shelton, WA, Write in the Woods; my hometown’s writing workshop!
More to come as the June paperback schedule solidifies…
New Book. Yup, there’s a new book–well, actually two, in the works. The first is a how-to manual for urban farmers, written by me and Willow Rosenthal; it’s due out February 2011. The other is another memoir but this time focusing on my father and wild things. Then I’ll finally stop writing memoirs, and start in on novels. Whew!