And so it begins…

11 Mar

I went in today to my publisher, Simon and Schuster (Atria) to tape a video for their website, book clubs, bloggers, etc. It was a Q & A with me looking into a camera–operated by the lovely Peter who made the whole process less anxiety provoking, almost fun. My publicist, Kathryn Santora, was off camera asking me questions about my upcoming book. I was nervous going in, not really knowing what to expect, but knowing I had to be on-camera aka “on” and dressed up, well not fancy but out of my usual yoga pants and whatever sweater I haven’t worn too much that week, braided hair and zero makeup. I do my writing at home and most days look like, well, not fixed up. Other than my husband and son, the only mammal I see all day, everyday is my dog Charlie. He’s not judgemental and he’s blind.

Here’s a picture of all the new makeup I bought for this publicity train, which is churning, just about pulling away from the station.


My book, Welcome to My Breakdown, is coming out April 21. There will be a hometown book launch party sponsored by the African-American Cultural Committee at the Montclair Art Museum on that day, 6-8pm. Admission is free, but you gotta buy a book. Books will be sold by our amazing independent bookstore, Watchung Booksellers.

I’ll be at the main branch of Newark Public Library @5pm on April 22nd.

April 23rd I’m in Brooklyn @ the Akwaaba Mansion. Details to come.

April 27th @ the Barnes and Noble in New York, Upper West Side, 7-8pm.

April 28th @ the Barnes and Noble in Springfield, N.J., 7-8pm.

May 7th @ Community Books in Brooklyn–Park Slope, 6-8pm.

I’ll be in Philly, D.C. and will let you know where and when. I’m Atlanta in August for the National Black Book Club convention.

May 20 @ NJPAC in downtown Newark

More event postings to come.

I look forward to seeing you!

13 Responses to “And so it begins…”

  1. Cynthia Sloan March 11, 2015 at 11:11 pm #

    Look forward to the signing in Atlanta.

  2. Jean Gatto March 12, 2015 at 2:40 am #

    I wouldn’t miss it. See You on the 21st.😊 Sent from my iPhone


  3. Stephanie Littles March 12, 2015 at 11:53 am #

    Look forward to signing in DC.

  4. Rochelle March 12, 2015 at 5:55 pm #

    You have another Atlanta fan awaiting your appearance! Excited! You’re gonna do wonderful. You’re brilliant. You’re beautiful. You’re blessed!

    • Benilde Little March 16, 2015 at 6:17 pm #

      You’re so sweet. Thanks for your support. I so appreciate it. See you then.

  5. valca2015 March 13, 2015 at 4:11 pm #

    congratulations benilde! what about d.c.??? be blessed, valca

    • Benilde Little April 20, 2015 at 7:51 pm #

      Hey there,
      There’s talk of sending me to D.C. but plans haven’t been firmed up yet. I’m thinking now it probably won’t happen till fall. I’ll let you know. Thanks for your kind words and support.

      • valca2015 May 15, 2015 at 2:03 am #

        pls do let me know benilde so that i can work with you folk to set up an intimate book party at someone’s home. peace and blessings my lady!

  6. Syl April 24, 2015 at 12:30 am #

    What about Los Angeles? I ordered my book today & would welcome the opportunity to meet you!

    • Benilde Little April 25, 2015 at 5:21 pm #

      No plans for LA yet, but I will post if I do head that way. Thanks for your support.

    • Benilde Little May 4, 2015 at 4:13 pm #

      Hey there my beautiful friend! Just want you to know I am enjoying your book immensely. I’ve only read the first 50 pages and thus far it has made me laugh and cry. Your descriptions are animated, spirited and insightful.
      Who knew you came from a small african village located on the Atlantic coast of North America called “Newark”! Lol… You my friend are the product of two types of educational systems…. “the good” and “ the hood”. What a wonderful combination!!!
      Though, I met your mom on a few occasions and found her to be incredibly funny and forthright I’ve come away with this from reading your book so far…. You are sensitive, astute, intelligent, an escapist and a daydreamer….. And while your mother possessed these very same qualities her more outspoken, candid side prevailed. The world needs more dreamers who do!!! She liked to do…. much more than talking about or listening to others talk about doing! What an amazing role model….
      Looking forward to reading the rest. Just want you to know you are appreciated and loved for what you offer, what you do and who you are! Love you lots. Enjoy your day.

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