My new book is out! And other things…

Hello, friends and acquaintances! Sorry for the posting delay. Things have been very busy lately. This will be a short post.

  • My new teen-targeted nonfiction book about apocalyptic pop culture — The End: 50 Apocalyptic Visions From Pop Culture That You Should Know About…before it’s too late  is OUT NOW!  Hurray. Go buy it here. It’s not just for kids, either; adult doomsday buffs will LOVE this book. I promise!
  • I’ve written a few fun things recently. Last Friday on Salon.com, I wrote about Madonna’s bizarre recent “MDNA” tour antics. I explored whether she is, indeed, crazy, or if it’s just the same old same old provocation shtick she’s been doing, well, forever. On Huffington Post  I wrote about the gender gap in apocalyptic cultural works. Read it here. And in the next few days, a piece I wrote about my teenage obsession with summer camp will go up on WomanZine, so keep your eyes peeled for that.
  • There’s an interview with me over on the Zest Books blog.
  • I’ll be reading from Madonna & Me with Susan Shapiro and Wendy Shanker on August 16 at Barnes & Noble in West Bloomfield, Michigan (outside Detroit). Come see us! 7 – 9pm EST.

Hope everyone is having a nice summer! Bye for now.

Rookie mag! And more “Madonna & Me” readings (NYC and Baltimore, I am staring at you).

Hello there, beloved fans! Just kidding — I don’t know if anyone actually reads this, but I wanted to update you, my invisible friends, with a few important items of note.

  • The following night at 7 pm, I’ll be reading from Madonna & Me with Susan Shapiro, Emily Nussbaum, Dana Rossi, and Colleen Kane at one of my very favorite bookstores: St. Marks Bookshop! The event starts at 7 pm. I have many fond memories of browsing their impeccably stocked shelves when I lived in New York, especially when I lived right around the corner on 9th St. and 2nd Avenue, circa 2003/2004; their magazine racks were my personal vision of heaven. I’m thrilled to read there — it’s been a neighborhood staple since 1977 and so many esteemed writers have read and/or frequented the place.
  • And last but not least, on Friday, May 25 I’ll be reading with contribs Kelly Keenan Trumpbour and Maria Raha at Baltimore’s Atomic Books. We will be “sharing” the event with author Michael Fournier, who will be reading from his new novel Hidden Wheel. Very excited! I haven’t visited Atomic before, but growing up in DC, I’ve been hearing great things about it for years.
  • In other news, as a recently jobless person, I’m looking for new writing & editing projects to take on! Yes! This means if you have leads, you should please email me (laura at laurabarcella dot com).
  • And please “like” Madonna & Me on Facebook here, and buy it-then-write-an-Amazon-review here, and follow it on Twitter here, and follow yours truly on Twitter here. Thanks, and bye for now…

“Madonna & Me” is ON TOUR! It is stressful and also kind-of fun!

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Oh my god, you guys. It’s been CRAZY. I’m on a book tour for Madonna & Me, my just-released anthology of essays about Madonna by women writers. (And, um, I’m willing to bet that if you’re reading this blog, you already know all about it.)

So far I (with an assortment of my brave fellow anthology contributors) have done readings outside Boston (at Newtonville Books), at Monmouth University’s gender-studies program on the Jersey Shore (!), at le Poisson Rouge in NYC, and at Barnes & Noble-Greenwich Village in NYC. All the events were pretty much superb. The Newtonville Books event kicked off the tour nicely — tons of people showed up (maybe 70?) — and it was standing-room only!  I hosted the event and introduced our four incredible contributors (Erin Trahan, Christine Bachman, Kelly Keenan Trumpbour, and Sarah Sweeney), who each read great renditions of their essays from Madonna & Me.

Off to Monmouth U. the next day!  There I read with contributors Jamia Wilson and Shawna Kenney. That event was fun, too — quite a bit smaller and more intimate than Newtonville, but it is always fun and strange to be around youthful and inspired college kids.

Yesterday I hit NYC and read at the Soundtrack Series, a super-fun monthly lit-reading series organized and hosted by spitfire/writer supreme Dana Rossi (she is also a contributor to Madonna & Me). The event was a specially themed “March Madness Madonnathon,” which was cool and appropriate. Dana and I read our Madonna-themed pieces, along with fellow contributors Jamie Beckman, Kristin McGonigle, and Gloria Feldt. It was packed and lively and New Yorky, a cool scene. We were interviewed for the NY1 TV station!  But I have no clue  what will come of that. Fingers crossed!  A few of my good friends showed up, too, which is always great.

Tonight the indomitable Susan Shapiro organized an amazing Madonna & Me charity reading at Barnes & Noble Greenwich Village. We had an awesome Madonna & Me window display and everything! Sooooo exciting! I read a shortened version of my uber-personal essay, along with essays from Sue Shapiro, Gloria Feldt, New Yorker TV critic Emily Nussbaum, and Kelly Keenan Trumpbour. My agent also showed up and participated in a fun little Q&A with the rest of us. We had a pretty strong turnout (50 or so?), and it was less stressful than some of the other events because all of us speakers got to SIT AT A TABLE and read from there instead of standing awkwardly in front of a huge clunky podium.

I still have a bunch of readings to come (Philly, DC, SF, and LA), and I’ll keep you all abreast of those events as they pop up.

Check out the updated PRESS page at the Madonna & Me site — we’ve been getting a good bit of nice new press lately (um hello, The Atlantic!? Ms. magazine?!)

Until later… Thanks for reading!

-L

My long-awaited new anthology, ‘Madonna & Me,’ is finally here!

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OMG, there’s just so much to discuss right now.

1. Madonna & Me is officially OUT!  It’s published!  It lives!  It’s on shelves! It’s on the Internet!  It’s (hopefully) on your bookshelf or your Kindle!  You get my point. The book hath been published. Go buy it right now. You will love it, I promise.

2. HuffPost Women had a huge Madonna & Me spread on its front page yesterday! It was super-exciting. They ran a slightly modified version of my essay from the book, as well as a slideshow of cute “Madonna-fied” images of kids dressed up like Madonna (reprinted from the Madonna & Me website). Yay all around! Go read my HuffPo essay here, and leave a comment if you’re feeling generous.

3. Today I was interviewed for this cool website 12 Questions. I talked about a bunch of random stuff, like movies and books and what I want my headstone to read when I die. You will find that Q&A right here.

4. If you are one of the lucky few to have already read Madonna & Me, will you consider making me exceptionally happy by writing a customer review of the book on Amazon?  It would mean the world to me. Thank you!

5. The San Francisco launch party for Madonna & Me is going to be INSANELY FUN! It’s happening on March 29 at the Cat Club in SF. There will be three contributors (Wendy Tokunaga, Kelly Keenan Trumpbour, and Marisela Huerta) reading from the book from 8-9, and then hours and hours of dancing to ’80s and Madonna music. The reading will be part of the club’s themed Madonna Night, and there will be giveaways, plus copies of the book for sale. Plus lots of sweaty, cute Madonna-lovers dancing their asses off. And I’ll even be there, live and in person, wearing something lacy and neon.  If you live in SF, please come check it out!

6. Because it’s finally out, Madonna & Me has been getting more press lately — check it out here. Some highlights were a mention in ELLE magazine and a glowing review in Library Journal!

‘Madonna & Me’ madness is starting in earnest

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The Madonna & Me machine (um, that would be me) is in overdrive right now, because the book is coming out in just 2 weeks!  It’s already shipping from Amazon, so go ahead and order your copy NOW, dammit.

A few things to note… I will be reading my essay from Madonna & Me tonight at Literary Death Match in SF. If you’re in the Bay Area, you should come out!

And please check out Tara Hanks’ great review of Madonna & Me over at For Books’ Sake. We like.

Also, please RSVP for the upcoming NYC Madonna & Me reading on 3/22. It’s part of Soundtrack Series, an awesome monthly lit event where writers tell stories about their favorite songs.

You can also RSVP here for the DC reading at Busboys & Poets on 3/27.

“Madonna & Me” Tumblr, Super Bowl, Frisky article, etc.

Some of you already know this, but I recently launched a Tumblr for Madonna & Me. It’s for fun random stuff: Madonna photos, quotes, and news about the book (duh). We’ve also got some really bright, fun animated Madonna GIFs  made by my talented media-maven friend Marisa.  And the Tumblr is open for submissions,  so please feel free to submit your own Madonna-centric thoughts and stories!  Do it now! You know you want to!

In other news, I couldn’t possibly have been a bigger fan of Madonna’s half-time performance at the Super Bowl. You? It was so smooth and seamless — she looked incredible and her performance was pretty much flawless, IMHO. I didn’t understand all the nitpicky commentary out there, but I guess haters will always hate, yeah?  Now check out my piece for The Frisky about why Madge was a perfect Super Bowl pick!

And here’s yet another reminder: go and buy Madonna & Me pronto. It’s about to sell out on Amazon! And it’s shipping now, so if you order it today you will get it in the mail supersoon. EXCITE. More soon…

Madonna & Me giveaway!

In honor of Madge’s upcoming half-time performance, I’m giving away a free copy of Madonna & Me every Sunday until the Super Bowl!

Want to win a copy of the lovely & amazing finished book, signed by yours truly?

Enter a comment below telling me your all-time favorite Madonna song. I’ll draw a winner at random!  Come back again next Sunday for a new drawing. :)