"10 Titles to Pick Up Now," O Magazine * Top 10 Summer Reads, Saturday Evening Post * Best of July, Goodreads * Best Memoirs and Biographies of the month, Amazon * Best Books of July, Signature Reads * Best Books of the Month, O Magazine * New and Noteworthy, Poets & Writers, Page One * Best Books of July, Christian Science Monitor

Here are some events coming up. I am excited to see you there! 

July 20 - Cambridge Public Library, Cambridge, Massachusetts at 6:30 PM 

Aug 1 - Bookbug, Kalamazoo, Michigan (my hometown!), at 6 PM 

Aug 3 - Literati, Ann Arbor, Michigan at 7 PM

Aug 7 - University Press Books, Berkeley, 12:30 PM

Aug 14 - Vroman's, Pasadena, California, at 7 PM

Sept 26 - Little Rock, Arkansas, noon, Sturgis Hall

Sept 27 - Turnrow Books, Greenwood, Mississippi (details soon)

Sept 28 - Off Square Books, Oxford, Mississippi (details soon)

Nov 1 - Powell's, Portland, Oregon, at 7:30 PM

Some media & interviews:

"Tell Us Five Things About Your Book," with John Williams at the New York Times. We talked about contrition as the reason for writing, how quickly literacy skills can grow, and how Jeremy Lin gave Asian Americans permission to be visible. 

Interview with NPR in Michigan, Stateside. We thought about language as a source of meditation, the criminal justice system, and the brain drain in rural areas. 

"A Canon of Our Own," an interview at TaiwaneseAmerican.org. Some topics: growing up without much Asian American literature, forming cross-racial bonds with African Americans, and trying to find a place in the black-white dichotomy. 

Interview with BookPage, cover story. On when we feel most loved, teaching in Arkansas, and how the experiences described in Reading with Patrick continue to resonate. 

Loved talking to Huffington Post's podcast So That Happened. We discussed rural county jails, the danger of assuming that "rural" means "white," and reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe in jail. (Interview starts at 18 minutes.)

Books Riot's All the Books podcast says about READING WITH PATRICK: "Books are political, reading has always been political ... This is an inspiring, important, timely book not just about the relationship between one teacher and one student, but about education, race, justice in the rural South. [It's] about the politicizing role of books and literature, the ways that books wake us up in the world." (Catch the discussion at 27:10.)