Hometown Tourist

Still Ground…

We’re still posted up in the house, so this is your friendly reminder to wear a mask and wash your hands, people! To say the last few months have been difficult is like saying that hell is a little warm. The good news is that in between the hurt, I have found a few bright spots, particularly in the book world.

In Author-ish News

I am super excited to be moderating a panel hosted by the iconic Ripped Bodice! Even better, I get to chat with Jayci Lee, Lauren Layne, and Brittainy C. Cherry about their new books and other mischief we are into these days. Join us for a chat on September 9, from 5-6pm PST. To learn more and RSVP for this free event click here.

What I’m Reading

  • Fearing the Black Body, by Sabrina Strings. This book is fabulous and a must-read for anyone who enjoys history and wants to gain a deeper understanding of fat phobia (Hint, because slavery).
  • One of the things racism stole from me was my ability to read fiction (Shout out to all the Black people trying to keep it together in 2020. Do what you gotta do to get by, boo!). After literal months of not being able to pick up a book, I finally started Get A Life, Chloe Brown, by Talia Hibbert, and y’all it was the cure for my slump. Such a delight!
Books I’ve finished in the last few weeks with a special shout out to Sujata Massey’s Widows of Malabar Hill, which is my 95-year-old great aunt’s favorite!

This and That

  • Short on ingredients and long on sourdough starter? Try these eggless pancakes from Cultures for Health. I made the recipe into waffles, and it worked like a charm!
  • This article, by Elon Green for The Appeal, on how the whiteness of true crime writers affects society’s ability to perceive crime, who are the victims, who are the perpetrators, what the definition of crime is, and how valuable a police perspective it is, or is not in reporting crime.
  • The San Francisco Ballet commissioned this gorgeous piece that made my heart float. It’s only 7 minutes long and is the perfect bit of bite-sized art to brighten your day.
  • Tired of the view outside of your window? Try someone else’s window for a while!

What I’m Seeing

A few photos from my corner of the world, including shots from the vineyard, how I made coffee in a blackout (Desperate times, my friends. Desperate times.), socially distant celebrations, and a sunset for good measure.

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