Buy Indie Day

Hey, everybody, it’s Buy Indie Day!

May 1st has been declared Buy Indie Day. The idea: buy one book—paperback, hardcover, audiobook, whatever you want!—at an independent bookstore near you.

Here’s my suggestion. Head out to that independent bookstore near you and buy Jessica Valenti’s The Purity Myth, which I was supposed to write about at length this week and didn’t get to.  It is awesome.

And if you’ve still got money burning a hole in your pocket after that (and really, who doesn’t have extra cash these days?) today would be a perfect day to pre-order Lessons from the Fat-o-sphere from somewhere like Powell’s or my own local feminist indie, Women and Children First. At this point, pre-ordering is practically just ordering, because holy crap, THE BOOK WILL BE AVAILABLE ON TUESDAY!

If your favorite local indie has a website, please leave a link in comments.

Help Us Plan a Book Tour!

OK, Shapelings, lots of you have been asking where we might be going on a book tour, and the answer is, we have no idea yet.

Well, we have one idea. There will definitely be an event at Re/Dress in Brooklyn on June 5. Other than that, nothing’s firm yet. So we need a little help from American readers. (Apologies to non-American readers, but right now, we can’t afford to tour anywhere else.) 

First, questions:

1) Do you own/work for/frequent a venue (bookstore, plus-size boutique/bar) that might be interested in hosting an event with us? Can you put us in touch with someone there?

2) Do you attend/work for a college that might be interested in having us come to speak about body image/lead a workshop/whatever? Do you know who to talk to about that?

3) Do you live in a city where you suspect (or better yet, know for a fact) we could get a large audience to come out for an event? If so, where?

And now, caveats:

1) Our publisher is contributing precisely $0 to our travel fund, so this whole tour will be coming out of our own pockets. Realistically, that means we might only be able to hit a few cities, and they will probably be the big ones that everybody goes to. If we had unlimited time and money, we would LOVE to visit the little ones nobody goes to, but that’s just not feasible right now — with the exception of college towns where the colleges will pay to bring us in as speakers. (If you know of a great venue or think we could get a great crowd in a smaller city, please do mention it! We’ll consider anything! Just be aware that there are some pretty severe time and money limits going on here, so we don’t want anyone to be surprised and disappointed if it turns out we just hit a few big cities on the east coast, plus our hometowns.)

2) In light of the above, there will probably be very few events at which both of us will be present. The Re/Dress shindig will be one, and we will probably both be in Minneapolis at the end of June, so we’ll try to organize something there. Otherwise, it’s likely to be  just one of us. 

All right, take it away, U.S. Shapelings. Where should we go? Who might want to host us? What kind of fatty networks do you know about in your hometown? 

Thanks in advance for whatever you’ve got.

We Have a Pre-order Page!

I just discovered today that the Amazon pre-order page for Lessons from the Fat-o-sphere: Quit Dieting and Declare a Truce with Your Body is up! Squee! As if that weren’t enough, I got a bunch of bound galleys in the mail. (So, you know, if you’re a super-influential, rockstar-type person who wants to blurb or review it, shoot me an e-mail.) Holy crap, y’all. It’s really a book! Well, almost.

I can’t get a decent picture of the galley cover (which, as far as I know, is pretty much the same as the real one will be), but when I do, you’ll understand why there are now hyphens in “Fatosphere.” Sigh.

Speaking of pre-ordering, if you haven’t got your copies of Yes Means Yes! and Feed Me! yet, you should go do that, too. It is evidently my year to appear in anthologies with exclamation points in the title.