It’s official. In 2007, I will join the faculty at Rutgers University, Newark Campus. Yes, this means that I will get to live in New York, and it also means that I will be able to be a part of a really exciting M.F.A program. Rutgers-Newark is not only the most diverse college campus in the country, but it will be home to a truly urban M.F.A. program.
I am thrilled to pieces that Target has chosen The Untelling as a “breakout book”! This means it will be featured in all 1,431 Target stores all around the country.
Are you thinking: “They sell books at Target?”
Yes, they do. And I think that Target just may be our new favorite bookstore.
More happy-dancing is in order. I’ve just found out that I will be the 2006 Jenny McKean Moore Writer in Residence at George Washington University. It’s a sweet gig. Low teaching load, cool Foggy Bottom Housing, and of course THIS MEANS ANOTHER YEAR IN DC!
Here’s the good part: The Jenny McKean Moore writer in residence also offers a FREE community writing class for people in the DC Area. There will be more details to come, but if you would be interested in participating the class, comment and I will put you on the list of people to send more information!
I love good news! I just got word that I was accepted to the Gibraltar Point Artist Residency in Toronto! It’s like summer camp for writers!
I was trying to keep this low, but my good friend Jacqueline let me know that my buisiness is already in the street, so I’ll announce it here. Aletha Spann of 30Nineteen Productions has optioned film rights for LEAVING ATLANTA.
Of course, an option is just one baby step toward actually having a movie made, but it’s fun to sort of think of the possibilities.
I mean, how would a person cast LEAVING ATLANTA? One of the fun things would be finding kid actors. And how refreshing it would be to see a black movie without all the usual suspects. Not that I have anything against the black actors who have acheived success, but it will be nice to see some fresh faces.
As everyone knows, I don’t have a TV. And I hardly ever make it to the movies. So, I am asking you all who you would cast for the grown up parts? Who would be Octavia’s mother? What about Rodney’s dad? And we can’t forget the uptight teacher, Mr. Harrell. I wonder if they would let me be in, just in a bit part. I’d love to put on a hairnet and play the role of the compassionate cafeteria lady!
El Cobre, a publisher in Spain, has released a Spanish translation of Leaving Atlanta ! Check out the cover art. Which do you prefer, the Spanish or American version?
(Okay, so I clicked on google to translate the review. It’s kind of funny. The father is described as a “despotic castrator.” I wish my Spanish was good enough for me to translate it myself. I am pretty sure that the well meaning google-bot is missing something….)
Tomorrow, Thursday January 18, at 11am (EST), I will get to talk with M.H. Abrahms, the founding editor of The Norton Anthology of English Literature. The conversation will be on the NPR radio show, “On Point” which is broadcast from Boston’s NPR station, WBUR. Click here to see if you can listen on your radio. But if you can’t, tune in for the web broadcast (live) or the podcast (listen in later!).
Think about it.. haven’t you ever wondered how certain authors and writers get to be “classic”? Well, this time tomorrow, we will know for sure. (And of course, I’ll give my perspective.)
If you plan to tune in while I work, I promise to keep it clean. (smile)
No, I didn’t say ADORATION, I said UNDERRATION. The creators of the blog, The Syntax Of Things, asked prominent literary bloggers to list writers for the 2005 list of under-rated writers. I am proud to have been nominated for this distinction by C.A.A. Frye of the blog, Tingle Alley. Check out the whole list. What a kick to be in such good company. Question: Which new books do you think deserve more attention?
I’ve got Stevie Wonder on my iPod. “Happy Birthday to ya! Haaaapppy Biiirrthday!” And of course, there’s red velvet cake. And vodka gimlets. And very good shoes. And very very very good friends. Thanks everyone for such a good year. Love, Tayari
I’ve just gotten good news from my publisher, Warner Books. Leaving Atlanta is under-going a fifth printing in paperback!