Heidi W. DurrowHeidi W. Durrow

Appearances

Ongoing Online Events:

The Mixed Experience

A live weekly podcast hosted by a mixed chick sharing her mixed thoughts on a mixed-up world, arts, culture & politics. Find out more or subscribe via itunes.

 

Upcoming In-Person Events:

Write Your Debut Novel the No-MFA Way

The workshop is geared to debut novelists and is well-suited for those writing about difference, race, and social justice. The workshop will include workshop manuscript critiques, time for new writing as well as workshop writing prompts, a private consultation of 50 pages of your manuscript, and talks on actionable steps you can take to start your career as a published writer. Includes up to 50 pages manuscript consultation in private 1/2 hour session with Heidi Durrow. Full novel review available for an additional fee. Applicants accepted pending review of writing samples by Heidi Durrow.

Dates: Saturday, February 21 – Thursday, February 26, 2015
Deadline: November 19, 2014  
Notifications: by December 3, 2014

Application fee: $10

Workshop fee: $1200/$1700 private room, shared bath/private room and bath
Special couples rate: $1000 each (shared room/bed)
Includes 5 nights lodging, all food, and local transportation from and to the San Francisco Airport.
Deposit of $500 due by December 8 ($250 non-refundable)
Final payment due by January 12

Application Process:
Applications for the workshop can be accessed through this link: https://djerassi.slideroom.com
 

Application materials requested:

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Pre-AP English Class

Meeting with some awesome pre-AP English students who are studying The Girl Who Fell From the Sky!

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AWP Conference

I'll be at the 2015 AWP Conference.  Catch me on the panel called Rejection: How to Cope With It, How to Grow From It.  Time TBD.

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Mixed Remixed Festival 2015

Year two of a most amazing festival!

Past Events:

Mixed Remixed Festival Movie Meet-Up

Join us for the first Mixed Remixed Movie Meet-Up and help support the indie film Dear White People.  Details about time and location to come.  Email info(at)mixedremixed.org to make sure you get timely updates on this event.

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Mixed Remixed Festival 1st Write-In

Join us at 11am with your writing project and focus on the work for a couple of hours among good friends.  For more information click here.

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Salem College First Year Read

A day with the wonderful students of Salem College for the First Year Read program.

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Mixed Remixed Festival 2014

This is going to be great!  Learn more on our website: www.mixedremixed.org.

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UC Riverside Visit

I'm excited that The Girl Who Fell From the Sky is required reading in the wonderful Susan Straight's writing course this term at UC-Riverside.  I look forward to my visit to the university!

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Ellman Lectures with Paul Simon: Atlanta, GA

I'll be introducing singer/songwriter extraordinaire at his mini-concert!!  I can't wait.  Learn more about the event here.

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Tucson Book Festival: Tucson, AZ

This is the 4th largest book festival in the country! I'll be speaking on three different panels with a couple of my favorite writers too: Lisa Genova and Naomi Benaron.  Don't miss this awesome festival!

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California Lutheran University: Thousand Oaks, CA

I'll be speaking and meeting with students at the university. Details to come!

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Friends of the College of the Desert Library Benefit: Rancho Mirage, CA

A wonderful benefit for a wonderful cause! Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Richard Ellman Lectures in Modern Literature: Atlanta, GA

This is the biennial event held at Emory University to celebrate literature. This year the speaker is Paul Simon. Yes, that Paul Simon and as a committee member I will introduce him for his mini-concert on Feb. 12 at Emerson Concert Hall, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. Needless to say, I'm over the moon! For more information visit the website.

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Western Oregon University: Monmouth, OR

I'm excited to speak about "Unity and Community" for the university MLK commemoration.

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Brooklyn Historical Society: Brooklyn, NY

Join me for this great panel discussion: 2nd Annual: What Are You?. Let’s talk about race and ethnicity, and where we’re from (or where we’re from from); how we express our own multicultural identities, and how others perceive us. Panelists will start the conversation and we hope you’ll join in. We’ll discuss big questions like: How does our cultural background shape us? Can we see race? Is identity fixed or fluid? #CBBGwhatru

Featuring:

Jen Chau, founder of Swirl

Erica Chito Childs, author of Fade to Black and White: Interracial Images in Popular Culture

Heidi Durrow, co-host of Mixed Chicks Chat and author of The Girl Who Fell from the Sky

Ken Tanabe, founder of Loving Day

Angela Tucker, director of Black Folk Don't

Co-sponsored by Swirl, a multi-ethnic, anti-racist organization that promotes cross-cultural dialogue. Brooklyn Brewery beer and light refreshments will be served. RSVP: http://cbbgwhatru.eventbrite.com/

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West Hollywood Book Fair: West Hollywood, CA

This is the 11th annual West Hollywood Book Fair. Check out the great line-up here.

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Smart Summer Reads, Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore: Redondo Beach, CA

Come join the fun of the Smart Summer Reads program at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore along with me, Robert Goolrick, Gigi Levangie Grazer, and Jill Smolinski, Pamela Ribon!  Everyone who attends will receive a gift--customized just for them. Other surprises may be in store … so don’t miss this event!  Please contact the Redondo Beach store if you are planning to attend to make sure that the store has enough goodies for everyone.

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Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival, Los Angeles, CA

Join us for the 5th Annual Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival.  Free and fun for all.

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Book Expo, New York City, NY

Barbara Kingsolver will announce the name of the 2012 winner of the PEN / Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction at Book Expo America in New York City at 11 a.m . June 5. I will be there as well as the wonderful Hillary Jordan author of Mudbound.

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Wy'East Book Shoppe & Art Gallery, Welches, OR

Meet me for a fun reading and talk at the Wy'East Book Shoppe & Art Gallery67195 E Highway 26 Ste A, Welches, Oregon 97067on May 11, 2011 at 7:30pm.

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Beach Books, Seaside, OR

Join me for a fun Literary Luncheon at Beach Books in Seaside, Oregon on May 10 at Noon. For more information visit the Beach Books website!

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Santa Barbara Women's Literary Lunch, Santa Barbara, CA

I'll be a part of this wonderful program. For more information click here.

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Brown University

I'm excited to speak as part of the Multiracial Identity Series at Brown University, April 18, 2012 at 8pm!

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The Writer's Center, Bethesda, MD

I'm excited to be awarded the McLaughlin-Esstman-Stearns First Novel Prize. Join me for the prize presentation and reading and a special reception to follow. Location: The Writer's Center, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD 20815.

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Rutgers University - Camden, NJ

I'm thrilled to do a reading and signing with writer Tiphanie Yanique.

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Story Week Festival, Chicago, IL

I'm thrilled to be part of this Festival doing a few different events: Wednesday, March 21 Center for Teaching Excellence afternoon conversation (Time TBD); Thursday, March 22 at 11:00 AM Panel: A Conversation on Seeing Narrative with Zach Dodson, featherproof books publisher, CCC Assistant, Prof., Graphic Design; Audrey Niffennegger, Her Fearful Symmetry, and me. Location: Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash; Thursday March 22 at 6:00 PM Literary Rock & Roll--Readings/Signings: Heidi W. Durrow, The Girl Who Fell From the Sky; John Sayles, A Moment in the Sun; Patricia McNair, The Temple of Air Location: Metro Chicago, 3730 N. Clark

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AAUW Literary Lunch, Laguna Beach, CA

I'm thrilled to be part of this program. For more information click here.

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Missouri State University, Springfield, MO

I'm excited to speak about my writing and the theme of "Women's Education and Women's Empowerment."

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Everybody Reads 2012, Portland, OR

I'm thrilled that The Girl Who Fell From the Sky is the Everybody Reads 2012 selection and I will do a presentation at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. For more information and ticket information, click here.

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Pasadena Festival of Women Authors, Pasadena, CA

I'll be part of the wonderful Pasadena Festival of Women Authors featuring Susan Straight, Fannie Flagg, Michelle Huneven, and moderated by Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey. For more information visit the Festival website.

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AWP Conference, Chicago, IL

Join me for this great panel: Keeping a Debut Book Alive with Justin Taylor, Marie Mockett, Joanna Smith Rakoff, Dylan Landis, and me! Thursday, March 1 at 1:30 PM to 2:45 PM. Scheduled Room, Hotel, Floor: Crystal Room, Palmer House Hilton, 3rd Floor!

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University of Washington, Seattle, WA

I look forward to seeing you at University of Washington. Be sure to make a reservation here.

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Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH

I'll be speaking at Youngstown State for African-American History Month. Details to come!

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Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH

I'm excited to be a part of this day-long celebration with workshops and panels at Exeter.

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Nature of Words

I'll be part of the wonderful Nature of Words conference. More details here.

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SE Missouri State

I'm excited to visit SE Missouri State for a reading and booksigning. For more information click:here.

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How to Get Published!

Don't miss this wonderful panel on "How to Get Published!" I'll be talking about my process and tips along with the lovely writer Michele Young-Stone, and agent extraordinaire Michelle Brower. WORD Bookstore, 126 Franklin St, Brooklyn NY 11222.

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Reading & Signing

Reading and signing at Long Island University

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Reading & Visit

I'm excited to do a reading and visit with students at Catlin Gabel School. Details to come.

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Novel Affair 2011

A wonderful benefit event to support the amazing Ragdale artist colony. More details at www.ragdale.org.

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Race: Are We So Different?

I'll be doing a reading at the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum, 2559 Puesta del Sol, Santa Barbara, CA 93105, Santa Barbara, CA, in conjunction with the RACE: Are We So Different? Exhibition. For ticket information please visit the Museum website.

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Pen on Fire Writers' Salon

I'll be reading with Danzy Senna at the Scape Gallery as part of the Pen on Fire Writers Salon. For information on purchasing tickets to this event click here.

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CNN Dialogue with Wolf Blitzer

I'm excited to be a part of this new series CNN Dialogues on Race moderated with Wolf Blitzer. Other panelists include Edward James Olmos, Yul Kwon, and Professors Kris Marsh, and Dana White. For ticket information visit the university website.

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Dirty Laundry Lit - PEN Center USA

I'll be part of the very first installment of Dirty Laundry Lit hosted by the PEN USA Center featuring some talented writers and musicians (I'm part of the talented writer part smile ) at The Mandrake which is located at 2692 South La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA. For ticket information visit the event website. Hope to see you there.

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Algonquin Book Club Night: Heidi Durrow Interviewed by Terry McMillan

An Algonquin Book Club Event! Literary luminary Terry McMillan interviews Heidi Durrow at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA 94925. This interview will be a live webcast so you can see it anywhere. Mark your calendars. And check out all the other goodies the Algonquin Book Club is offering!

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Author Talk in Boone, NC

I am pleased as punch to visit Boone, NC to talk about The Girl Who Fell From the Sky. This is part of the Summer Author Series at Appalachian State University. Reception and book signing immediately following.

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Nature of Words 2011 Benefit

A wonderful benefit event to support the Nature of Words conference held in November in Bend, OR.

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Sundance Author Series

I am thrilled and honored to be a part of the Sundance Author Series.

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Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival 2011

The 4th Annual Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival of which I am a founder. Come see what the fun is about! It's free!

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Poets and Writers Featured Reading

A reading with several authors from the Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival and the Levantine Cultural Center and more held at Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Bl. Venice, CA 90291

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Danish Cultural Cent

An author brunch at the Danish Cultural Center! A dream come true! 16881 Bastanchury Road, Yorba Linda, CA. For more information visit the Center's website.

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LA Times Book Festival 2011

The annual big festival of books at University of Southern California. Panel with Danzy Senna, Jessica Hagedorn, & Susan Straight

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Vermin on the Mount Reading Series

Jim Ruland's popular Vermin on the Mount Reading Series downtown in LA's Chinatown. This event features me, Stephen Elliot, and Terese Svoboda. Come on out! It's just down the street from the LA Times Festival of Books.

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The New School

Reading & talk moderated by the wonderful Jeffery Renard Allen, at the New School, Alvin Johnson/J. M. Kaplan Hall, 66 West 12th Street, room 510, New York, NY. In person purchases can be made at The New School Box Office at 66 West 12th Street, main floor, Monday-Thursday 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., and Friday 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. The box office opens the first day of classes and closes after the last paid event of each semester. Reservations and inquiries can be made by emailing boxoffice@newschool.edu or calling 212.229.5488

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Booktowne Reading & Talk

Reading and talk at Booktowne, 171 Main Street, Manasquan, New Jersey 08736. Call to reserve a spot: 732-722-7255

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South Carolina Post and Courier Author Luncheon

An annual event hosted by the Post and Courier featuring me, Paula McClain (The Paris Wife), Luanne Rice, and more.

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Author Tea: Jerrol's Bookstore & Friends of the Library

A night for tea and talk of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky with the wonderful folks in Ellensburg, WA.

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Costco Signings in Southern California: Marina del Rey & Hawthorne

Costco signings at Southern California warehouses in honor of being Pennie's Pick! You know you're going to Costco anyway--come say hello at 11AM-12:30PM at Costco-Marina del Rey and 1PM-3PM at Costco-Hawthorne.

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Portland Community College Reads

I'll be visiting several campuses as part of the PCC Reads program:

* 10 to 11:30 a.m., Great Hall, Southeast Center (2305 S.E. Division St.) Panel on Biracial Identity
* 1:30 to 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 13, Event Center, Building 9, Rock Creek Campus (17705 N.W. Springville Road) Reading & Signing
* 9 to 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 14, Moriarty Arts and Humanities Building Auditorium, Cascade Campus (705 N. Killingsworth St.) Talk about My Educational Journey
* 1:30 to 3 p.m., Thursday, April 14, Performing Arts Center, Sylvania Campus (12000 S.W. 49th Ave.) Live Podcast Discussion & Performance

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Waucoma Books

Reading & talk hosted by the wonderful Waucoma Bookstore, at Naked Winery 102 2nd St., Hood River, OR.

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Columbia Journalism School Alumni Book Signing

A very special night to gather in the Low Library Rotunda for an Columbia J-School Book Signing Event.

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California African American Museum: Identity: You Me and What Others See Panel Discussion

A wonderful panel discussion held in conjunction with the exhibit: "IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas" at the Museum.

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LA Times Book Festival 2011

The annual big festival of books at University of Southern California. Details to come!

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Rediscovered Books

Reading & talk at the wonderful Rediscovered Books, 180 N. 8th Street, Boise, ID 83702, 208-376-4229.

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Literary Women

An appearance at Literary Women in Long Beach, CA, along with Jayne Anne Phillips, Elaine Showalter, Tatjana Soli, Jennifer Haigh, Linda Gordon, and Rae Armantrout.

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Long Beach City College

Reading & talk at the Marian Sims Baughn Literary Arts Center, Long Beach City College, 4901 East Carson Street, P104, Long Beach, California 90808, 562 938-4973.

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Lewis & Clark College Campus Read

Reading & visits with the students of Lewis & Clark College who are reading The Girl Who Fell From the Sky.

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Portland Public Schools Visits

Reading & visits with the students of Portland Public Schools who are reading The Girl Who Fell From the Sky.

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Corona Public Library

Reading & talk at the Corona Public Library, 650 South Main Street, Corona, CA 92882.

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Santa Monica Public Library

Reading & talk at the Santa Monica Public Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. Santa Monica, CA.

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Algonquin Night: Watermark Books

A celebration of all things Algonquin and a reading from The Girl Who Fell From the Sky at WatermarkBooks, 4701 East Douglas Avenue, Wichita, KS 67218-1012.

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Algonquin Night: Rainy Day Books

Rainy Day Books, 2706 West 53rd Street, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-384-3126.

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Orange County Literacy Council Luncheon

Details and location to come!

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Orange County Literacy Council

4th Annual Writers for Readers featuring me, Jeffery Deaver, Mark Richard, and Kim Severson. For information click: here.

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Costco: Vermont

Signing at Costco. 218 Lower Mountain View, Colchester, VT 05446.

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The Book Cellar

Reading & talk at The Book Cellar, 120 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT.

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RJ Julia

Reading & talk at the wonderful R.J. Julia, 768 Boston Post Rd. Madison, CT 06443 203-245-3959.

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Watchung Booksellers

Watchung Booksellers, 54 Fairfield Street, Watchung Plaza, Montclair, NJ, 07042, 973-744-7177.

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Odyssey Bookshop

Odyssey Bookshop, 9 College Street, South Hadley, MA 01075, 413-534-7307.

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AWP 2011 Conference

"Short Story to Novel": a panel with Marie Mockett, Alexi Zentner, Tea Obreht, and Eugenia Kim. Thurgood Marshall North, Marriott Wardman Park

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Boulder Book Store

Boulder Book store, 1107 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO, 80302, 303-447-2074.

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Tattered Cover Book Club Weekend

Tattered Cover Bookstore, 1628 16th Street, Denver, CO, 80202.

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34th Annual Stanford Books on Review

The 34th Annual Books-on-Review raising money for Stanford undergraduate women. I will appear with Shilpi Somaya Gowda, Steven Winn, and Tobias Woff. For tickets ($30) please call Chair Ann Tipton 925-254-5612.

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Anderson's Bookshop

Anderson's Bookshop, 123 West Jefferson, Naperville, Il 60540, 630-355-2665.

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Women & Children First Books

Women and Children First Books, 5233 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640, 773-769-9299.

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Magers & Quinn Booksellers

Magers & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55408, 612-822-4611.

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Diesel Books Brentwood

Diesel Books, 225 26th Street, Santa Monica, CA 310-576-9960.

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Book Passage

Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Boulevard, Corte MAdera, CA 94925, 415-927-0960.

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Third Place Books

Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155.

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Costco: Seattle

Signing at Costco, 4401 4th Avenue S., Seattle, WA 98134.

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Elliott Bay Books, Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas, & NW African American Museum

A wonderful partnership between Elliott Bay Books, Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas, and the NW African American Museum. Join us at the NW African American Museum, 2300 S. Massachusetts St., Seattle, WA 98144. For tickets click here: $7 general, $5 students/seniors.  For more information contact: Additional info, Randi Courtmanch, 206-323-4032.

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Broadway Books

A celebration of the paperback release of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky in my hometown at the very awesome Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232 (503-284-1726).

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Algonquin Night at Flyleaf Books

A celebration of all things Algonquin and a reading from The Girl Who Fell From the Sky at the awesome Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd (Historic Airport Rd.) Chapel Hill, NC 27514. See you there!

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Algonquin Night at Malaprop's Bookstore

A celebration of all things Algonquin and a reading from The Girl Who Fell From the Sky at the legendary Malaprops Bookstore, 55 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC 28801, 828-254-6734. See you there!

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Bibliocracy Radio Interview

Listen from the KPFK website here.

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Miami Book Fair

An appearance at the Miami Book Fair along with writers Joanna Smith Rakoff author of A Fortunate Age and Susanna Daniel author of Stiltsville: Miami Dade College, 300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132, Room 7106/7107 (Building 7, 1st Floor).

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Words & Music: New Orleans, LA

A reading at the Words & Music in New Orleans.

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Capital Book Fest: Charleston, SC

A reading at the Capital Book Fest in Charleston, S.C.
LILA MAINSTAGE (Library First Floor), Nov. 6: 10:30 a.m. – 11:25 a.m. Reading/Talk
Noni Carter- Good Fortune
Heidi Durrow – The Girl Who Fell From the Sky

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Beverly Hills Literary Escape

An appearance at the Beverly Hills Literary Escape along with an amazing line-up of authors including Aimee Bender, Robert Goolrick, Ethan Canin, Tatjana Soli, Dani Shapiro, Abraham Verghese and more.
1. The "Moveable Feast" on Canon Friday, Oct. 22 - 7 PM Beverly Canon Gardens 241 N. Canon Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90210
2. Cafe Conversations: Sunday October 24- 10AM (Please arrive by 9:15AM) Saban Theater, 8440 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
3. Literary Luncheon: Fiction and Memoir Sunday October 24- 1PM Via Alloro, 241 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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Laguna Beach: City-Wide Read

An appearance for the City-Wide Read of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky event.

Sponsored by Laguna Beach Books and St. Mary's Episcopal Church

One City, One Book

Beginning on September 1, 2010, the people of Laguna Beach will join together to read one book. On Thursday, October 21 at 7 pm, the author will join us at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 428 Park Avenue, Laguna Beach, CA 92651, (949) 494-3542, to discuss what we've read.

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West Virginia Book Festival

A workshop at the West Virginia Book Festival in Charleston, W.V.

"Writing about Race, Social Change & Identity"

How do you find the words to put on the page when what you are writing is sometimes "beyond words" - like issues of race and identity? How do you write into your story your vision for social change without sacrificing the readability? Heidi Durrow talks about her process writing her debut novel, The Girl Who Fell From the Sky, which was chosen by Barbara Kingsolver for the Bellwether Prize for Literature of Social Change.

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Skype Visit with Glencoe, IL

A Skype visit with the good folks of Glencoe, IL!

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Wordstock: Portland, OR

A reading, panel and workshop at the annual Wordstock in Portland, OR.
Saturday, October 9, 9am-10:15am
"Write Yourself into Fiction" Workshop OCC Room B119 The old adage says “write what you know,” but it can be tricky to build a fiction structure on real life experiences and emotions. How do you fictionalize life? Reserve your spot: tickets on sale through Tickets Oregon. $35 for one workshop, $60 for two, and $20 for each additional. Show your proof of workshop purchase at any information booth for free festival admission.
Sunday, October 10, 11am Reading & Talk: Columbia Sportswear Stage
Sunday, October 10, 3pm “What Works for Me” (panel) McMenamins Stage The Wordstock Book Fair @ the Oregon Convention Center 777 NE MLK Jr Blvd. Portland, Oregon 10am-6pm $7 for one day, $10 for two days. Tickets are available at TicketsWest or the door. Children 13 and under are free.