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News from Heidi

Here you can find news about the book, festival, and what's happening with Heidi.

Please Check Out My Weekly Podcast: The Mixed Experience

I am so incredibly proud of my weekly podcast, The Mixed Experience.  I've had the chance to interview some really amazing people including writer Celeste Ng (#1 Amazon Book of 2014), writer Natalie Baszile (her book Queen Sugar is going to be an OWN TV show directed by Ava Duvernay), award-winning writer Kiese Laymon, and many many more.  You can listen live every Monday at 5pm or subscribe and download it live on itunes.  And if you do check it out on itunes would you please leave a review? Thanks!-Heidi Durrow NOTE: Because of the holiday, the next show will be on March 2. Tune in!

On the Same Page: Jones Library Amherst, MA

I am so thrilled that Amherst, MA's Jones Library has picked The Girl Who Fell From the Sky for its community-wide read.  I'll be there on March 11, 2015.  You can find the complete list of activities for the month here.

February 6 - March 13, 2015 - Atrium

Of Many Colors Exhibit - Of Many Colors includes photographs and interviews with 20 families (children, teens, and adults) who have bridged the racial divide through interracial relationships and/or adoption. In a world where race is considered by many to be a formidable barrier between people, the families in this traveling exhibit have discovered richness and value in diversity. This exhibit of multiracial families has a great deal to teach about racial identity and racism. Of Many Colors is also a beautiful companion book (featuring over 40 families) published by the University of Massachusetts Press and available to borrow from the Jones Library. Both the exhibit and the book were created by Family Diversity Projects

Tuesday, February 24 at 7:00 pm - Woodbury Room

Book Discussion of The Girl Who Fell from the Sky - Join us for an interactive book discussion designed for adults and high school students. We'll explore the impact of community on identity with fun & engaging activities, which will lead into sharing and discussing The Girl Who Fell from the Sky
Refreshments will be served.
Co-sponsored by the Jones Library, Amherst Together, and the Equity Project Intergenerational Team at Amherst College.

Thursday, March 5 at 7:00 pm - Woodbury Room

Multiracial Families: The Amherst Experience - Parenting in multiracial families can bring its own set of challenges and joys, especially in regards to identity and race. A panel of Amherst parents share their personal experiences of parenting biracial children in our community. The panel will be moderated by Peggy Gillespie, adoptive white mom of a multiracial daughter and Co-Founder/Director of Family Diversity Projects, a national non-profit organization that creates and distributes exhibits and accompanying books on diversity issues. 

Wednesday, March 11 at 5:30 pm - Munson Memorial Library

Friends' Reception - Please join the Friends of the Jones Library System and author Heidi Durrow at this special reception. All are welcome. Sponsored by the FOJLS, this event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, March 11 at 7:00 pm - Munson Memorial Library Hall
*** General admission seating - doors will open at 6:30 pm. ***

On the Same Page...with Heidi Durrow - Join us for this author appearance at the Munson Memorial Library Hall in South Amherst. Heidi Durrow will speak about the book and the various themes she explores in her writing and answer questions from the audience. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

 

 

More Amazing Art Inspired By My Book!

I wanted to share more great artwork inspired by my book.  These drawings were done by a student from ENG 200H, Critical Thinking & Writing, Honors class at Wor-Wic Community College taught by Melissa Reddish. To see more artwork inspired by my book, check out this wonderful image gallery.

Beautiful Art Inspired By My Book!

I was elated and honored to receive an email with this image from Jill Kuanfung, an incredibly talented young artist who was inspired to paint this piece after reading The Girl Who Fell From the Sky.  Check out more of her work here.  I see an amazing career in the works!  To see more artwork inspired by my book, check out this wonderful image gallery.

Help Make The Girl Oyster Book's Most Popular of the Year!

It's Oyster Books' (think of them like the Netflix of books) 1st Birthday and they are celebrating with a giveaway!  Vote for your favorite books and you have a chance to win a year's subscription to Oyster!  The Girl Who Fell From the Sky is up for Most Popular against some heavy-hitters including fellow Yale Law grad Gretchin Rubin's The Happiness Project and the classic The Giver by Lois Lowry.  Please vote now.  Voting closes on Sunday.

I'm Teaching a Week-long Writing Workshop

 

I'm excited to announce that I'll teach a week-long writing workshop (Writing the Debut Novel the Non-MFA Way) in February 2015 at Djerassi, an idyllic writer's retreat where I was in residence for 4 weeks in 2005 and 2013. 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 me. Full novel review available for an additional fee. Applicants accepted pending review of writing samples.  Space is limited.  I hope you'll apply and make the promise you've made to yourself come true: finish that novel you've always wanted to write! Learn more here.

 

Statement:

"At age 29 I quit my job and set out to write the Great American Novel by age 30. After 6 years of feeling stuck, I realized I was only playing at writing a book while I waited for my muse to come and for someone to discover my talent. I had to treat my ambition to become a published novelist the same way that I had planned out my professional career. That’s when I started to see results the non-MFA way. I learned to grow my craft and my career and ended up with a New York Times best-selling novel that continues to grow a wide readership now internationally. This workshop is tailored for the person who has always wanted to write for a living, but doesn’t have an idea about how to start. I'm looking forward to sharing my process and helping other writers who are looking for a way to take tangible steps toward achieving their dreams."--Heidi

 

Salem College: First Year Read Visit Sept. 16, 2014

I'm excited to visit what was once my homestate on Sept. 16.  I'll be visiting with students and speaking at Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC.  The school selected The Girl Who Fell From the Sky as the First-Year Read.  It's an incredible honor and I can't wait to hear what the students have to say!

The Mixed Experience Podcast Season 2

I'm super excited to kick off the new season of The Mixed Experience, my weekly podcast, that features the musings of a mixed chick on a mixed-up world, culture, politics, and the arts.  Season 2 begins with an interview with the wonderfully talented author Celeste Ng (Everything I Never Told You).  Her book--which has received rave reviews--is a great-read: a literary thriller about an interracial family.  Check out the interview here.

Mixed Remixed Festival Attracts More than 700 Multiracial Families and Individuals

More than 700 multiracial and multicultural families and individuals enjoyed a day of workshops, panel presentations, film screenings, readings and performance at the Mixed Remixed Festival June 14, 2014.

"The event was a huge success," said Festival Founder Heidi Durrow.  "What people kept telling me was that they felt like they were coming home!"

Heidi Durrow Mixed RemixedThe Festival featured more than 5 dozen writers, scholars, filmmakers and performers in a varied set of programs.  Festival attendees were also treated to music DJ'ed by Power 106 and wonderful take-aways from Miss Jessie's hair products, Cards in Color, and LA Parent magazine.

The Festival culminated in an amazing performance that featured the talented TV actress and singer Erica Gimpel (Fame/Profiler), poet Aaron Samuels, musician Mya Greene, and the award-winning stage actress Khanisha Foster. The Storyteller's Prize was presented to Comedy Central's Key & Peele, Cheerios, and writer Susan Straight.  The next Mixed Remixed Festival will be held in June 2015.  Dates will be announced in September.--Heidi Durrow

 

Behind the Brilliance

I truly enjoyed this conversation with Lisa Nicole Bell, host of the podcast Behind the Brilliance.  Check it out here.  I've been off the interview circuit for so long, I didn't have my "rehearsed" stuff to say and end up sharing a lot of stuff I haven't shared before about my life and my process and writing The Girl Who Fell From the Sky.  Lisa called the show "From 48 Rejections to New York Times Bestseller."  Let me know what you think!

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