A week from today, I have the honor of doing my first reading in the city in which I have lived for the last eight years and in which my daughters were born, and two days later, I’m lucky enough to be able to go back to the neighborhood in LA from which I moved those eight years ago and read.
Rad Dad: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Fatherhood came out a couple months ago, edited by my friends and colleagues Tomás Moniz, founder of the Rad Dad print zine, and Jeremy Adam Smith, founder of the group blog Daddy Dialectic, and includes an old piece of mine, “Seeing Pink,” that originally ran at Anti-Racist Parent and was then reprinted in the Rad Dad zine.
The “rad” in the title refers not to any contemporary popular notion of “hipster dads” (despite the beautiful cover illustration of a father teaching his child to ride a skateboard—which I cannot do, by the way), but “radical” as in “politics.” The collected pieces, as well as the publications from which they come, are about the different ways in which modern fatherhood is a political act.
I have the honor of reading at Bakersfield’s venerable independent bookstore, Russo’s at the Marketplace, next Thursday, November 10, at 6:30 with anthology editor Tomás Moniz and special guest, local writer and writing teacher (and dad) Nick Belardes. For more information, click here for the Facebook event page and here for Nick’s interview with me. I hope to see a lot of Bakersfield friends, and please, bring your kids!
Next Saturday, November 12, Tomás and I will be at Skylight Books in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, at 5:00 for an awesome, family-friendly event. I’m especially happy to be able to return to the neighborhood where la dra. and I lived for three years from our return from Rhode Island until our move to Bakersfield, and to the neighborhood bookstore where I used to browse and go to readings. Joining us will be two amazing special guests, South Pasadena-based YA/middle-grade novelist Lisa Yee and LA-based kindie musician Mista Cookie Jar. Lisa will be reading from her middle-grade novel Bobby the Brave (Sometimes) [a favorite of mine and The Pumpkin’s], which features the title character coming to terms with his former-pro-football-star-turned-stay-at-home-father, and Mista Cookie Jar will be performing some of his awesome, groovy, kids-like-it-but-so-do-adults music. Here’s the Facebook event page.
Please pass this info on widely among your SoCal networks, and I hope to see lots of you next week! Thank you!