Saturday, January 11, 2014

Thank you to Carmichael's

Carmichael's Bookstore on Frankfort Avenue and Louisville welcomed more than forty people in from the snow and sleet for my first ever public book signing. Friends new and old came in--and strangers too. Nina Maples of Highland Baptist introduced me, and I talked about how the book came to be, read a little from it, and answered questions--and then signed books! 

Jay Schwandt, Carmichael's Events Coordinator, made all the arrangements and hosted us. My respect for independent bookstores and confidence in their continued vitality received a definite boost. 

Amazon might offer its kindle books (and I see mine is now one of them), its new and used books, and click-and-receive services. I say, go to Amazon to look for books and read the reviews, but order them from Carmichael's!

Speaking of Amazon, here are some reviews of Inhabiting Eden...

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

In the Media

 A sign of parental success is watching your children do greater things than you ever dreamed of. A couple of weeks ago I posted an interview with my daughter Claire about her social work and teaching of family counseling in Pokhara, Nepal.

Now it’s my son Ian Willey’s turn to take the spotlight. Dean of KIPP Washington Heights Middle School in New York City, Ian combines his passion for children’s education with artistic talent—specifically, love for words, rhyme, and rhythm. Since his own high school days in Louisville, he has been developing as a hip-hop writer and performer, mentored by our good friend John McClure, who runs Jonymac Studio out of his home in Nashville. Ian (or I.C.Will, or Mr. Willey) is assembling a new album to come out this April, and has produced his first music video.

The video features his song “Bored of Education,” performed along with others in the education and hip-hop community of New York and 66 energetic fifth and sixth graders.