Greetings from Belgrade Lakes, from the heart of a busy spring. Next up is a visit to the University of Maine, in Orono, for two events on Thursday March 21st:
First up, a guest lecture in Professor Caron’s Sexuality class, at 12:30 in DPCorbett. Then, at 3 PM, I’ll be giving a public lecture in the Bangor Room of the Memorial Union. I’ll be reading from my new book, STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU: Parenthood in Three Genders, as well as talking about the tenth anniversary edition of SHE’S NOT THERE. Both books are coming out from Random House in about a month– end of April.
Next week will find me in Winter Park Florida, at Rollins College, where I’ll be giving a reading and a signing. I’ll be meeting with smaller groups during the day and giving a public reading at 6 PM on campus on Thursday March 28. If you’re in the area, do come by– this is my only Florida appearance, so far as I know, scheduled this year.
April will be a cyclone, featuring the publication of the two new books, and appearances by me and the family on two NBC shows– the TODAY show on the morning of April 26, and Rock Center with Brian Williams that same night. The correspondent is Harry Smith, who was tremendously decent to all of us during the shoot last week. There are other readings scheduled for April– Clark University in Worcester, Mass, on the 11th, and at Ithaca Planned Parenthood on April 18. Plus, the Los Angeles GLAAD media awards gala on April 20. I’ll be posting more on the April book tour and rollout as it gets nearer.
There will be an excerpt from the new book as well as a feature on my family, and an interview and photo spread of all of us, in PEOPLE magazine, on sale the last week of April. With any luck, all of this will jump start the book, and I hope it finds its way into the hands of plenty of readers.
This last week I was lucky enough to speak at the Keystone Conference in Harrisburg, PA, and I want to thank all the folks I met there. It was on to the GLAAD media awards Gala in NYC right after that; you can see some of the photos from that event on this page including this photo of me with my guest Augusten Burroughs.
You may have heard news of Madonna, wearing a cub scout uniform, making a tribute to Anderson Cooper, and yes: that happened. But for me the bigger story was the speech made by GLAAD’s president, Herndon Graddick, in which he dedicated the organization to transgender advocacy, placing trans rights at the center of what the organizaiton does. For my guests, most of the transfolks of one stripe or another, it was a very moving moment.
That’s the quick rundown from here. See you soon, I hope– with love, JFB