Books Are Magic and Emma Straub are hosting an event on Wednesday, October 17 to celebrate the book launch for Girls Write Now: Two Decades of True Stories from Young Female Voices (Tin House). Please join us and pre-order the book. The book is a passion project that we’re eager to share with the world because the stories of our mentees matter. We are honored to work with the Tin House team, including Editor Masie Cochran, who had the vision for this book two years ago and made it happen. The book also includes wise words from Zadie Smith, Roxane Gay, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Gloria Steinem, and Alice Walker. Teen Vogue and Kirkus give the book enthusiastic thumbs up and we think this is the book to read right now.
An event not to miss!
- Where: Books Are Magic, 225 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
- When: Wednesday October 17, 7-9 PM
- Format: A group of Girls Write Now mentees and mentee alums will read their stories from the collection, followed by conversation with Emma Straub that covers everything from their writing to their experiences with Girls Write Now. The audience will have a chance to ask questions, and plenty of time for book buying, signing, and general mingling/celebration.
A sample of story titles from the book:
Dear Kanye, by Danni Green
Hajabi or Jihadi, by Romaissaa Benzizoune
Model Minority Girl, by Maggie Wang
Inspiration from My Mother, Fanta Camara
Excerpt from Roxane Gay:
“Everyone has a voice. It’s just a question of just finding the courage to use it, and the first step in finding the courage is knowing that no matter who you are or how quiet you think your voice is, your voice matters. You’re never going to please everyone with what you say, but you don’t have to worry about that. You have to only satisfy yourself to start with, and I think, with that kind of acceptance, you can begin to use your voice. Regardless of any insecurities you feel, you have to have an innate confidence in yourself and your voice, because if you don’t believe in your voice then no one else is going to listen.”