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Event: Stripes Equali-Tea


today I have an event write-up to share today. I was invited to Stripes blogger event where they showcase their upcoming titles and recent publications. This was my second year attending, this time it was hosted at The Apple Tree.

Before the main portion of the event, Ruth Bennett, editorial director at Stripes for up to say a few words

IMG_20190126_193710_812.jpgFirst up was Gabriel Dylan, who talked about Whiteout, the latest book on the Red Eye series, the inspiration for it coming after getting snowed in while on a ski trip in Austria during his early days as a teacher and his journey to publication (starting with his wife encouraging him to send it off) before reading from the book. This book is definitely worth a read, Whiteout is out now.

Then we had four authors who contributed to the Proud anthology, Michael Lee Richardson, Karen Lawler, Kay Staples and Cynthia So. Michael couldn’t be there and sent a video message instead. Charlie chaired a brief chat with them ahead of them reading the first page from their stories. I’m really excited about this one and can’t wait to start reading and raving about it! I’m afraid I don’t have photos of this part as I couldn’t see from where I was sitting. Proud is published March 7th.

IMG_20190126_194405_726.jpgNext up we had Alex Bell talk about her upcoming book, Music and Malice in Hurricane TownI’ve been looking forward to this one since finding out about it. Alex talked about the inspiration for the book, New Orleans and the Marde Gras festival. Music and Malice sounds right up my street, luckily there were proof copies available so I can start reading it straight away. You can find out more about it here.

IMG_20190213_212107_702.jpgThere’s only two more titles left now, Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay couldn’t be there as he lives in America but kindly recorded a video message for us. Last but not least, My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma (already published in the US), and Sarah Shaffi’s first acquisition as Stripes editor-at-large. the cover was also shown and it’s awesome! Nisha was also unable to be there as she was getting married that day. Both of these sound awesome and I’m really looking forward to reading them.


I had so much hanging out with blogger friends, meeting Alex and Gabriel. Thank you all at Stripes for another awesome event!

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