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!