A gaggle of promotional stuff. ! It’s time to get into sales mode. Sent to my mailing list this weekend; sorry if you are getting this twice.
Also sorry it’s a bit long!
Finally, it’s here. One month from today, my book, RADIO SHANGRI-LA: What I Learned in Bhutan, the Happiest Kingdom on Earth will be published, and we’re planning a slew of events so you can come celebrate and see what’s transfixed me the last few years about this Himalayan Kingdom called Bhutan. (Of the book, Amy Tan says it “grabs you by the heart;” Scott Turow calls it “beautiful, touching, and deeply compelling;” Abraham Verghese said other super-swell things beyond my wildest imagination that I’ve pasted below. I hope you’ll like it, too!)
All events are free* but if you want to make a donation to Books To Bhutan and READ Global to help my friends and me build a library in Mongar, Bhutan, I’ll let you know how to do that. (And of course books will be available for sale in all locations; it helps a ton to build much-needed early buzz if you pre-order it from your favorite bookstore now; the digital version is already online for pre-sale, and soon the audio version (recorded by me!) will be, too.)
Feel free to forward this to anyone who might be interested, and if there’s a school/club/speaker series/store where you think I should talk, or a media outlet you think I should hit up, well, all leads are heartily welcomed and gratefully accepted: lisa
As a first-time author who took the leap out of daily journalism in order to write and commit to working for social change, I very much appreciate your support!
Outside the new READ Global library in the village of Ura, central Bhutan
Wednesday, February 9th
Lisa in conversation with esteemed author Simon Winchester (who has several dynamite Bhutan stories himself) at 7pm at the gorgeous Rubin Museum on W. 17th Street/Himalayan Happy Hour (cash bar) and signing before and after.
(This event is not yet listed on the Rubin web site but I promise it’s a go!)
Thursday, February 10th
The fantastic speaker series Jamaica Plain Forum (Boston) is hosting me for a talk on Bhutan and Gross National Happiness (7pm). (Thanks, Chuck!)
San Francisco/Bay Area
Saturday, February 12th
Talk/signing Book Passage/Corte Madera, CA (7pm)
Just come on out!
Los Angeles area
Sunday, February 13th
Laguna Beach Books in, of course, Laguna Beach!, 5pm
Tuesday, February 15th
Vroman’s in Pasadena, 7:00pm
Thursday, February 17th
Track 16 Gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica (Thanks, Tom and Laurie and especially, Ted!)
Lisa in conversation with LA Times columnist/author Meghan Daum; photo show of Bhutanese artist Gelay Jamtsho’s amazing work; morsels from Good Karma catering; Shangri-La iced tea (and stronger) and more!
Photos by Gelay Jamtsho
During the week of February 20th I’ll be all over the beautiful state of North Carolina, where I lived for years; in mid-March I’ll be at the Tucson Festival of Books; and after that, I’ll be at other events throughout Southern California. Please check them out on BookTour.com
And if you haven’t seen any of the videos I’ve been producing, please check out the Shangri-La channel on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/lisajanenapoli?feature=mhum
Finally, here are some complete blurbs for you (and forgive this shameless self-promotion, but it’s my job to get the word out!)
Radio Shangri-La is a beautiful, touching and deeply compelling memoir by a well-known public radio reporter who arrived in the tranquil kingdom of Bhutan to help establish the nation’s first radio station and, as important, to further her own mid-life assessment of a life that felt full of missteps.
Scott Turow, author, Innocent
Radio Shangri-La grabs you by the heart and takes you on a winding dual journey — into the self and into a fairy tale kingdom known for measuring happiness as its gross national product. Charming, illuminating, and often ironic, this memoir is a continuous discovery of myths and realities in finding deeper personal meaning.
Amy Tan, author, The Joy Luck Club
Radio Shangri-La has shades of Pico Iyer and Bruce Chatwin and a similar genius for parachuting the reader into a strange land and culture.
Abraham Verghese, author, Cutting for Stone
Videos, photos, more about Bhutan: