Can books have birthdays?
Of course! In just a few days, Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World celebrates her first birthday. I’d love to have your help to think about an appropriate way to thank readers, celebrate story, and find an excuse to indulge in cake and punch. Or more sugar cookies.
Today I have an appointment to plan an event to take place September 18 at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community at 3 p.m.
- A year ago, several hundred people had entered the 100 Day Challenge on this website and were helping to prepare the launch.
- The launch itself packed out Lititz Mennonite Church. We sang, reminisced celebrated and connected. Time and space melted away. More than 140 copies of BLUSH were sold.
- Since then, I’ve traveled about 10,000 miles and given scores of book talks, sermons, retreats, and readings.
- My publisher Herald Press lists BLUSH among its bestsellers, and, every once in a while, Amazon (Mennonite category) does also. It’s in its third printing.
- I’ve talked to many readers kind enough to tell me how they connected to my childhood. I cherish reader letters and emails too. Sometimes readers tell me they are writing their own stories. I always encourage them.
So, as I plan with the wonderful VMRC staff people, I’d love to hear from you, too, about which of these topics you find most interesting. I’ll use the feedback in selecting the topic, and, if one of these seems of high interest, I’ll come back here to write about it. Sorry about the virtual nature of the punch and cookies, but at least they won’t cause you to gain weight!
But if you want to enjoy your own sugar cookies from a distance, here’s the old family recipe printed in BLUSH.
- Are you glad you wrote your memoir? What have been the chief rewards/disappointments?
- What did you discover about yourself, or any other subject, that you didn’t know before?
- What have you learned about memory, truth, love, grace, anger, reconciliation — the big subjects — by writing your own story?
- What disciplines did you use to get the writing, editing, and marketing done?
- What have you learned about/from your readers?
- Other — please specify!
Multiple choice seems only appropriate for a September blog. Please pick one and comment below.
For you memoirists reading this, please feel free to select one of the topics above and write a few sentences about it below, thus introducing yourself and YOUR work to the readers here.