Mamalita Book Tour

With everything else going on around here–school, family, life–I almost forgot that I have a few upcoming stops on my Mamalita Book Tour.  I’ll be reading at the great Northern California independent bookstore, Copperfield’s, twice. Once, on Sunday, May 22 at 2 p.m. in Petaluma, with other contributors to the West Marin Review. And again on Sunday, June 5, alone, at 1 p.m., at the Montgomery Village location in Santa Rosa.

In late June, our family will attend Colorado Heritage Camp in the Rocky Mountains, where Mamalita is this year’s Latin American Heritage Camp book club selection. The discussion is scheduled for Friday evening, June 24.

After that, I fly to Iowa to read at the legendary Prairie Lights Books on Tuesday, June 28, at 7 p.m. (Yes, that Prairie Lights Books. Yowza!) My dear friend, Gretchen B. Wright, another adoptive mom and writer, lives in Iowa and will be hosting me.  You can read Gretchen’s gorgeous essay about her now-grown son, “Look at Him Now” in the May 2011 issue of  Adoptive Families magazine. It’s one of the best pieces written about adoption that I’ve ever read, anywhere.

On Tuesday, July 5 at 6:30 p.m., I’ll read at the Clairemont Branch of the San Diego Public Library. The San Diego Library system has been incredibly supportive of Mamalita, and I’m very grateful.

From Thursday, August 4 to Sunday, August 7, our family will attend MOGUATE, in the Ozarks of Missouri. The camp is described as “A gathering of families blessed with children from Guatemala.” The kids are thrilled and I am, too. Mamalita will be the book club selection. What a bonus!

Finally, in August, I will return to the Squaw Valley Writers’ Workshop for the Published Alumni Series. I always say that the Squaw Workshop changed my writing life—I attended in 2006 and 2007. To be included in the Published Alumni Series is an honor beyond words. The panel discussion moderated by Andrew Tonkovich will be held in the Olympic Village on Tuesday, August 9 at 3 p.m. The readings start at 5:30 p.m.

Details below. Hope to see you soon~

Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 2 p.m.
Copperfield’s Books Petaluma
140 Kentucky Street
Petaluma, CA 94952

Reading with other contributors to the West Marin Review.

Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 1 p.m.
Copperfield’s Books Montgomery Village
2316 Montgomery Drive
Santa Rosa 95404

Friday, June 24, 2011
Colorado Heritage Camp
Latin American Heritage Camp
book club selection
Snow Mountain Ranch, Fraser, Colorado

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 7 p.m.
Prairie Lights Books
15 South Dubuque Street
Iowa City, IA 52240

Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.
Clairemont Branch Library-San Diego Public Library
2920 Burgener Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92110

Thursday, August 4 through Sunday, August 7, 2011
In the Ozark Mountains, Missouri

Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Community of Writers at Squaw Valley
Published Alumni Readings
Olympic Valley, CA 96146
Reading with fellow Squaw Workshop alumni. Panel discussion moderated by Andrew Tonkovich at 3 p.m.


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8 Responses to “Mamalita Book Tour”

  1. Marianne Lonsdale says:

    Wow! The beat goes on. May try to catch you in Santa Rosa – my sister lives there. And may be camping in Tahoe when you are reading at Squaw so maybe there.

  2. Jessica says:

    It would be wonderful to see you in Santa Rosa, Marianne. Yes, please. And Squaw–try to go, even if not that day, but to observe in general. Even better, apply this year! There’s still time, I think. But somewhere, definitely!

  3. cynthia says:

    Hi jessica,

    I would love to read the article about the grown son , but do not get adoption magazine. if you can would it be possible for you to include the story in one of your blogs? i try to keep up with them. or i could see if i can find it online, i know you already have so much going on.

    so glad you are still doing mamalita readings too.

    best wishes, cynthia

  4. Jessica says:

    Cynthia: I can excerpt the piece, and will, but that part of the magazine isn’t posted on line. Also I’ll photocopy the article and mail it to you. AF is available in some bookstores,but mainly by subscription. It’s a wonderful magazine–very informative and well-written articles–although your kids now are grown, of course.

    I’m thrilled to still be discussing Mamalita. The past few weeks, I’ve also spoken at several local book groups, which has been exciting. Everyone has a different take on the subject and the story–interesting to hear people’s points of view.

    Take care,

  5. Gail says:

    Looking forward to meeting you at MOUGUATE!!!

  6. Jessica says:

    Look forward to meeting you too, Gail!

  7. cynthia rovero says:

    hi jessica,

    thank you so much for taking your valuable time out to get the interesting article to me. would love to return the favor by having you over for lunch. e mail me sometime to arrange it ok?

  8. Jessica says:

    sounds great, cynthia. thank you!

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