I grew up with my mom in a small town in Northern California, then spent my formative years in New Orleans. I liked these places, but I’ve never felt more connected and loved than in Petworth, my neighborhood in Washington, D.C. I’ll never forget that when I first moved here back in 2008 a neighbor left cookies at our door—cookies!
With my book launch coming up this Friday night, I wanted to take a moment to thank my community for all their support, which has been tantamount to more delicious cookies. In the weeks leading up to the launch, which is scheduled to coincide with the one-year anniversary of Trump’s inauguration, several local people and businesses have very graciously given me a hand.
- Upshur Street Books, the cutest damn bookstore in D.C., has carried my title for almost two weeks now. It is now the only place in the city where you can get a copy, unless you order it online. This will likely change soon, but I strongly encourage everyone in the city to buy it there—or to buy any book there. It’s a great bookstore. You’ll dig it.
- Slash Run, where I’ve seen many of my favorite bands, agreed to host my launch and cede the stage to me on a Friday night. It’s somewhat untraditional to host a book launch at a bar/restaurant—bookstores are the standard choice—but Freedom City is an untraditional book. Also, Slash Run exudes energy, which I love, plus it has a big space, which I aim to fill with subversive bookworm-types.
- The Fuss, a fantastic local ska band, is performing their new album at my launch. I used to be neighbors with Andi, the lead singer, and when her band was practicing I’d walk my dog by her place just to be in their aura. They also have a new album coming out called “Ourselves,” reportedly with a song called “Tear it down.” I haven’t heard the song—nobody has, because the album hasn’t been released yet—but its title suggests it may become the Freedom City anthem.
- Lastly, Petworth News wrote a great article inviting locals to, “Come ridicule the Trump kakistocracy in a fiction book release party at Slash Run!” I’ve bumped elbows with Drew, the chief writer at Petworth News, although I don’t personally know him. I want to know him though, as his writing is one of the primary ways I’ve learned new stuff about my neighborhood over the years. Besides, he just looks like a super nice guy.
As this adventure is just beginning for me, I’m sure there will be others to thank in due course—and also many cookies to give back to the community. For now, I just wanted to say I’m very appreciative of the folks who’ve helped me out so far. It means a lot to me.
Thank you, Petworth! I’m looking forward to seeing you at my launch on January 19th!