ROCK HILL, S.C. – Winthrop University’s 2014-15 Common Book author will be a familiar name for much of the campus community. The selected reading is a second book, “Where Am I Eating,? by author Kelsey Timmerman. Winthrop’s previous Common Book was Timmerman’s “Where Am I Wearing?”
University College Dean Gloria Jones said she and members of Winthrop’s Common Book Committee wanted a book that focused on an issue of global concern. This year’s selection was food.The book…
This despite the fact that I wore a sweater vest to the Homecoming dance and that we dated for 11 years before getting married. That’s right…11 years! That’s totally a record, and one that I might add, I came very close to not achieving.
Each year I get invited to speak at 20 to 30 universities across the country about my travels and my books, which are regularly selected as the common reading books that all incoming freshmen are supposed to read. And each year there is one question that freshmen women who are still with their high school boyfriends want me to answer:
“How did Annie put up with you?”
Only Annie can truly answer that question, but this…
You write and you write and you write. You have so many insecurities and questions.
“Is anyone else ever going to read this?”
“Will I allow anyone else to read this?”
Deep down you think that just maybe this book that you’ve slaved away at might be something. You go to the Midwest Writers Conference. You learn to pitch an agent. You pitch one agent and then another agent, and before it’s all said and done EVERY agent at the conference is interested in your book!
Right when this sinks in, I stick a camera in your face.
As reported in the LA Times (!!!!), I’ll be speaking at the Green Festival today alongside Chris Yura of Sustain U. So, if you are in the area, stop in. You can come for free. Just tell them at the entrance that you are one of the speaker’s guests and then tell them you are my guest at the registration table.
Find me and I’ll buy you an organic beer or Fair Trade coffee.
Free entrance, free beer. How’s that for brightening a rainy Saturday in LA?
Central American migrants ride atop trains to make a better life for their families in the United States. In some places, the locals are sick of the migrants and throw rocks at them, in others they throw bread. The women in this video are throwing bread and they rock.
So thankful people like this helped my friend Amilcar on his three month journey.
(Thanks to Rachel Taber of Alta Gracia for pointing me to this)…
What do you think or Rule29‘s redesign of my site? Do yourself a favor and reload until you see the banana costumes.
To celebrate, I’m giving away a Fair Trade T-shirt and an autographed copy of the 2nd edition of Where Am I Wearing? Just leave a comment, serious or otherwise, about what you’d like me to blog about and I’ll randomly select a commenter as the winner….
“Hello, Kelsey, this is Simon Tatum. How are you jolly ol’ chap?” (Simon is British and I don’t think he actually says jolly ol’ chap, but that’s what I hear.)
“How’s life in Hollywood?” I ask, back home in Muncie, Indiana, where it’s almost dinner time. I have spit up on my shirt and I may or may not have pee on my pants. I’m not an invalid; I have kids, which is close to the same thing when you think about it.
“Well, Kelsey, that’s why I’m calling you. I’m shooting a pilot. Would you be interested in being in it?”