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March 25th, 2007

March 25th, 2007

West Coast Book Tour

Portland was great! So nice to start the tour seeing familiar faces from Lewis and Clark, and even someone from my old high school in SF: The Urban School. I got to touch a pregnant mom's belly, and cheer on a gorgeous couple that just inseminated last night (encouraged to get to it by my talk last month). Also had a great conversation on KBOO with book club members, one of whom was the mother of five! I love how this book elicits birth stories and pregnancy narratives, and especially important discussions about how our culture can do more to support mothers, children and families.

For more info on that check out http://www.mothersmovement.com/ and http://www.momsrising.org/.

Can't wait to see who shows up in Seattle! Peace and love.
March 22nd, 2007

New York Times Clarification

I gather from some of the responses to the way I compare my relationship with my biological child to my relationship with the child I helped my ex-girlfriend to raise that I have been taken out of context. My situation is unique to my experience and it was this specific relationship that I describe in my memoir. I am sorry to have offended anyone, as it was not my intention.

However, I still do feel that this dialogue is important and worthwhile.
March 20th, 2007

Celebrate your success, know that many cannot

I am sensitive to the fact that discussing the intimacy of family relationships can be very polarizing in our society. The strong feelings that arise are the evidence that this topic deserves attention, and so we must all make sure that as parents we are listening to our children. This includes inquiring with an open mind and an open heart in a way that can receive that which we may not want to hear. If we find that those whom we love the most are free from the difficulties that face many step and adoptive families, then celebrate the unique and positive accomplishment of having created healthy relationships that can endure throughout a lifetime. There is no harm in doing this.

At the same time I hope that everyone will consider that there are millions of people who cannot celebrate this accomplishment. I believe that they deserve to have a voice that stimulates dialogue about their situation. Remember that while many families may be doing well, there may be many more that are not. Responding negatively to the discourse of the issues of those families is exactly the kind of response that suppresses the voices of those who yearn to be heard. It is injurious to them in a way that compounds an already difficult situation.

Until we can think of the families who are struggling with these issues and wish for them the support, respect, openness, and caring that they deserve, books like Baby Love will continue to raise an extremely important dialogue that is good for individuals, families and our society. Please feel free to offer supportive advice and acknowledgment of the difficulties others may be enduring as a way of expressing the depth of your understanding, compassion and altruism.
March 19th, 2007

Danzy Senna Book Comments

"In Baby Love, Rebecca Walker has shone a bright light on the Ambivalent Generation --those of us raised to remain daughters rather than become mothers, to wonder rather than to know. Moving, wise, and deeply honest, Baby Love has illuminated a crucial question for our times."

Danzy Senna, author of Caucasia and Symptomatic, Whiting Award recipient.
March 18th, 2007

NPR Podcast

Here's a podcast from last month that NPR recently posted on biracial children. Michel Martin interviewed me on my experiences and Black, White and Jewish and we also talked about Mixed, the anthology I just wrote the Foreword to, and, of course, Baby Love. Hopefully, this Mocha Moms podcast will become a regular NPR segment.

Take a listen and let me know what you think. I'd love to hear from other mothers exploring these issues.

March 13th, 2007

Asha Bandele Blurb

"Those of us who have followed Rebecca Walker have come to expect a brilliant journey, one that locates the balance between reason and emotion, blood and sinew. Baby Love does not disappoint. Walker's offering does what all finely craft memoirs should: expose the experience of the writer but only to illumine the experience of the reader. As a daughter, but most of all as a mother I read this book and was transformed." --Asha Bandele

Nice, huh?

Asha Bandele is an editor at Essence Magazine as well as a Revson Fellow at Columbia University. She is author of one of my favorite memoirs, The Prisoner's Wife.
March 9th, 2007

Publisher's Weekly Book Review

Check out the Publisher's Weekly early review of Baby Love. It is currently up on Amazon.com, where the book can be pre-ordered. PW is an industry standard and these early words of support mean so much. Rebecca notes that she's very pleased.
March 8th, 2007

Book Tour

Rebecca writes from the road:

"Welcome to everyone I met last week in California! With Baby Love coming out soon, the excitement is building and with the book release comes a book tour. If there is an event near you, please come out and see me. Posts will follow regarding engagements in cities across the country. If you need any more information about a particular location, visit the full list of book tour events. I want to see your beautiful faces and answer your questions, so put a Baby Love event on your calendar."
March 2nd, 2007

Speaking Event

Rebecca's comments on her recent UCSB visit:

"The talk was wonderful. It was great to see so many open, thinking people. And the UCSB campus is quite beautiful, right on the ocean, with many impressive older and contemporary buildings. Even though UCSB has 20,000 students, the scale of the campus is still quite intimate and human. Lots of people riding bikes, and lots of students, staff and faculty with happy looking children. I hope to see some of my new friends at the Literary Festival on Saturday. I have a feeling it will be amazing."
February 24th, 2007

Women's Literary Festival

If you were able to make it to Santa Barbara this week, you may want to stay through the weekend. The city is hosting the Women's Literary Festival at Fess Parker's DoubleTree Resort. Check out the list of amazing writers who will be speaking . The event will be focusing on diversity, literacy, and social justice, and Rebecca will be reading from Baby Love for the first time, exciting in the midst of so many brilliant women! Here's a recent interview Rebecca did with the Santa Barbara Independent article. Come hang out and soak up the writerly vibes! It's sure to be an inspiring day.
February 23rd, 2007

UC Santa Barbara

Rebecca will be a reading from and discussing Black, White, and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self at UC Santa Barbara today at the MultiCultural Center Lounge. Topics of the talk will include multicultural identity and transformational human awareness. We are expecting 100 people, at least, so it should be a thoughtful and lively discussion. If you happen to be in or near Santa Barbara, come join us from 4 to 6:30pm!
February 22nd, 2007

Welcome

Welcome to the Rebecca Walker blog! This will be the place to find out all the latest news about the new book, speeches, and Baby Love tour dates as well as other insights from the road. Come back soon as we will be adding new updates often, and feel free to leave thoughts and comments.

Also, be sure to watch for early feedback and reviews of Baby Love. The book will be out on book shelves on March 22, 2007, and you can pre-order it from Amazon or your local bookseller today.

Enjoy!
February 21st, 2007