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.
Until later… Thanks for reading!