|I will be all over this map in the next two weeks. ALL OF IT.|
I visited North Carolina last spring, when I drove up with the family for a visit and reading at the Cannon School and Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC. Charlotte was as far as we got, but we were smitten. What a gorgeous city, truly.
I knew I'd be back since my publisher, Carolina Wren Press, is out of Durham, and my fantabulous editor, Robin Miura, was working on putting a lengthy tour together for A Falling Star. THEN, I was invited by the good folks at Ecotone and UNC-Wilmington to come up for Writers' Week. SO MUCH NORTH CAROLINA.
So, my travels are about to commence to that beautiful, highly literary state. What's so funny to me is that Miami Cubans have this oddball attraction to North Carolina (Carolina del norte). I can't tell you the number of times a Cuban has told me that his or her dream is to retire there, in a log cabin, among the pines. It's this really bucolic, tv-fueled vision of the American South. Now that I've been there, and will be there again soon, I totally see the appeal!
Behold, my itinerary, with special thanks to Hannah dela Cruz Abrams and Robin Miura. If you're in NC, please come and see me! And I will gush at you about your terrific state and those mythical log cabins;)
UNC Wilmington Writers' Week
12:30 p.m., Warwick Ballroom I--Panel, Writing from the Margins, with May-lee Chair, Amrita Das and Kimberly McLaughlin Smith
7:00 p.m., Morton Hall, 100--A Reading with me and Belle Boggs
10:00 a.m., Azalea Coast Room--Fiction Craft Talk
St. Mary's School, Raleigh
9:15 a.m., Class visit
11:00 a.m., Schoolwide Assembly
UNC Chapel Hill
3:00 p.m. Reading at the Global South Group
NC State, Raleigh
1:30 p.m. Class visit
5:00 p.m. Reading, North Seminar Room, 144
Meredith College, Raleigh
2:00 p.m. Class visit
4:00 p.m. Campus wide Assembly
*plug for another CWP author, Moira Crone, who will be reading with Lee Smith at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh at 7 p.m.!!
10:00 a.m. Class visit, "Latino Voices in Duke, Durham and Beyond."
Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill
6:30 p.m. Reading with Moira Crone
NCWN Fall Conference, Charlotte
All day events! Come on out!
Hope to see some of you soon! I promise to read from A Falling Star, I promise not to bore you and I promise to tell you good stories about being a cubanita in Hialeah, Florida and in Auburn, Alabama. xoxo