Tunxis Writer’s Festival and RAW

Today Tim Fish and I did two CT events. Early this morning we spoke at the Tunxis Writer’s Festival (at Tunxis Community College in Farmington) and in the evening we spoke at Real Art Ways, a cool art and theater space in Hartford, CT. These were pretty significant events to me since they’re the first “hometown” appearances I’ve made. West Hartford is where I grew up and attended high school, the place that definitely inspired parts of my book, Tough Love. So it was good to see my family there and also teach about graphic novels and spread the word on mine and Tim’s work. We also got some nice write-ups in the Hartford Courant and The Hartford Advocate as well as The Metroline. Yay!
I had to get up deadly early for the Tunxis event but it was totally worth it. It was hard to know what to expect as many of these kids were attending for class. A captive audience! They were great though and I hope we get to do it again sometime. We were preceded by a speech by the school president and she mentioned recent events like the Imus scandal and the shootings in Virginia. She discussed the power of words in relation to these events (the shooter apparently had written some disturbing stories that raised red flags with some teachers). She also mentioned blogging and youtube, the power of people to hurt with words posted online so often. Lots of food for thought.
Our event at Real Art Ways was tied into a Day of Silence rally. The Day of Silence is  an annual event held to bring attention to anti-LGBT bullying,  harassment and discrimination in schools. A major topic touched on in Tough Love.
So this is just the start of my crazy travel week of excitement. I’ll be in San Francisco from tomorrow until next Wed. Should be fun! See you at APE!