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You Made The Girl Oyster Book's Reader's Choice Most Popular Book of the Year!

I won!  Thanks to all of you.  The Girl Who Fell From the Sky leads the Oyster Books Yearbook as Most Popular!  Can you believe it?  This is what Oyster said: 

 

"The Girl Who Fell From the Sky has been the Seabiscuit/Airbud/Erin Brockovich of Oyster this year. Up against classic favorites like The Giver and The Perks of Being a Wallflower, this book still came out on top. This PEN/Bellwether Prize winner is debut novel from Heidi W. Durrow—fellow New Yorker, former podcast host, corporate lawyer, and Life Skills trainer (and big reader on Oyster to boot). We see this underdog victory akin to that smart new gal from second period beating out the prom court incumbents. Sure, it might not have happened often in high school, but it would have been pretty cool if it did."

Thank you everyone!  I was never the Most Popular anything so this is well, kind of disorienting, but very much appreciated!

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!

The Girl Who Fell From the Sky $1.99 TODAY ONLY

Help make The Girl Who Fell From the Sky a #1 Bestseller!  It's currently #64 on Amazon Bestseller list for ALL ebooks.  And it's on sale for $1.99 TODAY ONLY!  You can also get it for Kobo (support indie bookstores!) and on Bookbub for $1.99 too!

Mixed Experience History Month 2014

It's May and that means it's Mixed Experience History Month, a month-long celebration of people and events that have shaped the Mixed experience.  I founded this celebration in 2007 with the hope of bringing awareness to the long history of racial and cultural connectedness.  I had become frustrated with the idea that my discussions of "mixed-ness" was for a small niche-group and set out to show that the Mixed experience is the American experience--that we're all part of this larger story.

Can you believe it's year 7?  Over the years I've profiled close to 80 important historical figures of the Mixed Experience.  The profiles have been of political dignitaries, activists, artists, religious leaders, inventors, and musicians.  This year I promise to profile a diverse and dynamic bunch again.

Starting tomorrow I will post a new profile of a person or event in the Mixed experience each weekday of the month.  If you have nominations for inclusion, please leave a comment below. 

Mixed Heritage Month Badge 2014 2-01

Mixed Experience History Month is the annual blog post series created by The New York Times best-selling author Heidi Durrow celebrating the history of the Mixed experience. Established in 2007Mixed Experience History Month is an effort to highlight the long history of folks and events involved in the Mixed experience.  Please look for more profiles of people, places and events of the Mixed experience every weekday of May at Lightskinned-ed Girl, the blog!  Thanks for reading.  And check out some of the previous year's profiles: 2007200820092010, 20112012,  2013. Copyright 2014.

 

I Made Them All "Just White People"

We're doing a fundraiser for the Mixed Remixed Festival, www.mixedremixed.org, which will take place June 14, 2014 at the Japanese American National Museum in downtown LA.  Please consider giving to the Festival.  You can do good and get great stuff!. Check out the campaign here.

 

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