Friday, August 16, 2013

OPEN MIC in 25 Days! Reviews, ARC Giveaway, and More ...

Our anthology releases September 10th from Candlewick, and the reviews are beginning to come in.

From The Horn Book, where it was the review of the week:

"...Naomi Shihab Nye offers an eloquent poem about her Arab American dad, whose open friendliness made him 'Facebook before it existed.' David Yoo, Debbie Rigaud, Varian Johnson, and Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich also contribute stories to this noteworthy anthology, which robustly proves Perkins’ assertion that 'funny is powerful.'”

From ALA Booklist:

"...David Yoo’s excellent 'Becoming Henry Lee' is the one that will probably elicit the most laughs. But all invite sometimes rueful smiles or chuckles of recognition. And all demonstrate that in the specific we find the universal, and that borders are meant to be breached."

From Publisher's Weekly:

"...will leave readers thinking about the ways that humor can be a survival tool in a world that tends to put people in boxes."

The book is a Junior Library Guild selection. Yippee!

Also, The Horn Book asked me five questions about the anthology, and the esteemed organization Children's Book Council showed their support.

Here's the audio version from Brilliance. Watch for a series of blog posts featuring the contributors to the anthology, pictured below:

Top Row: Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, Greg Neri, Debbie Rigaud, Gene Yang, Naomi Shihab Nye
Bottom Row: Me, Cherry Chevapravatdumrong, Varian Johnson, Francisco X. Store, David Yoo 

Exciting times, friends. In case you're curious, here are my three "ground rules" when it comes to the intersection of race and comedy, explored further in the introduction to the anthology:

1. Poke fun at the powerful, not the weak. 

2. Build affection for the “other” instead of alienating us from somebody different. 

3. Be self-deprecatory.

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8 comments:

tanita♥davis said...

Oh, Mitali. What a group you've assembled. I can't wait until this comes out. It looks fab - the participants, the cover, everything. Well done on pulling this together.

Natalie Dias Lorenzi said...

I can't wait to snatch this up once it's out on the shelves. Will let my librarian colleagues know about this one for sure.

Corinne Robson said...

Definitely counting down the days until this gem comes out! Most exciting!! Congrats on all you did to get it together.

Fran Mellin said...

So excited for this release-can't wait to show it to teachers!

Asakiyume said...

This looks marvelous, exactly the sort of transcultural anthology people (well, I at least) are yearning for. I love especially your second ground rule: build affection.

--Francesca Forrest (Asakiyume)

Lori Coco Bantel said...

I like to poke fun at the powerful; build affection for others; and I am self-deprecating. If it has Cherry in it it has to be good.

Precious said...

Great!

Mitali Perkins said...

Okay, Fran, you're the random winner. I'll send it to the Pike School, okay? Thanks to all of you for your support and interest!