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

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CNN Dialogues Video on America's Multiracial Population

At last, the webcast of CNN Dialogue's inaugural discussion in Atlanta is ready for view. The panel, which was moderated by CNN's Wolf Blitzer, included fellow panelists Kris Marsh, Yul Kwon, Dana Young and Edward James Olmos. I was there as the author of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky-- talking about the Census and the New America. It was an awesome experience and spirited discussion. I hope you will enjoy it. You can view it here. Or watch it embedded below.

Roots, Race and My Dad: My Newest Huffington Post Essay

I've done a lot of writing about my dad over the last 20 years since he died, but have kept much of it private.  I wrote this essay for a news organization but ultimately it didn't fit the series.  But I was happy with the balance in the piece, as well as the small measure of peace I found in writing it.  I hope you will take a read over at the Huffington Post: My Father's Silence, A Kind of Grace.

Roots, Race and My Dad: My Newest Huffington Post Essay

I've done a lot of writing about my dad over the last 20 years since he died, but have kept much of it private.  I wrote this essay for a news organization but ultimately it didn't fit the series.  But I was happy with the balance in the piece, as well as the small measure of peace I found in writing it.  I hope you will take a read over at the Huffington Post: My Father's Silence, A Kind of Grace.

I've Added More Appearances for 2013

Paul Simon and MeI've added a few speaking and appearance dates for 2013: Western Oregon University MLK Commemoration, Sterling Bank's Bella Voce Book Club Author Luncheon, California Lutheran University, and the Richard Ellman Lectures in Modern Literature. You can find the details on the appearances page of my website.  I'm looking forward to all of these talks and appearances, but the Richard Ellman Lectures opportunity is one I couldn't have imagined.  The Richard Ellman Lectures 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.

2nd Annual: What Are You? Oct. 4, 2012 7PM

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, a 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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Upcoming Appearances

I have just a few upcoming appearances I wanted to let you know about: Sept. 30, 2012 I will be part of the West Hollywood Book Fair. Yay! I even have a couple of gigs in 2013 lined up too: Feb. 16 a benefit in Rancho Mirage, CA where I will be speaking; and the 4th largest book festival in the country, Tucson Festival of Books, March 9 and 10, 2013. Stay tuned for more details.

Huffington Post Black Voices Reader's Choice Top 20

How cool to find out that Huffington Post Black Voices readers chose The Girl Who Fell From the Sky for the Reader's Choice Top 20 Must Read Books! Thanks guys!

Coming Full Circle with Barbara Kingsolver . . .

Heidi Durrow and Barbara Kingsolver and Hillary JordanLast week, I felt like I had come full circle with this wonderful experience I've had becoming a published novelist.  I shared the stage with my dear friend Hillary Jordan (Mudbound, When She Woke) and Barbara Kingsolver.  Barbara announced and introduced the new Bellwether Winner Susan Nussbaum (congrats!)--Her book should be published some time next Spring: Good Kings, Bad Kings.

Heidi Durrow and Barbara KingsolverI remember the first time I met Barbara a few months before my book was released.  I was so nervous, and this time I was nervous all over again.  But she's just so lovely and put me at ease.  And she said to me: "It's important to me that you write this next book."  Those words spoke to my soul!  I am looking forward to the coming months--no engagements or other duties--just me and the writing.  Wish me words.

 

Mixed Experience History Month 2012

In 2007, I started Mixed Experience History Month on my blog. It's a series of posts in May of profiles of notable people in the Mixed Experience. I hope you will check it out!

Sharing the Stage with Barbara Kingsolver

Heidi Durrow & Barbara KingsolverI won't be speaking, but I will share the stage with Barbara Kingsolver and Hillary Jordan on June 5 at the Book Expo in New York City when Barbara announces the new PEN/Bellwether winner. Very exciting! Now, the question is: what should I wear?

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