New Anthology Benefits World Central Kitchen

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. (Margaret Mead)

I’m honored to have had an essay (“What We Do with Words”) accepted for publication in this lovely new anthology, published last week by She Writes Press.

Art in the Time of Unbearable Crisis was conceived as a response by women writers and artists to the cataclysmic events of the last few years. Writing about the pandemic, Ukraine invasion, political and societal unrest, and more, authors address the vast range of human response to crisis in all its forms. They explore how we can find beauty, hope, and deeper interpretation—even when the world seems to have been turned upside-down, inside-out, and shaken.

The book is also intended to make a tangible difference. All royalties from book sales will go to support the tremendous work of chef José Andrés, his nonprofit World Central Kitchen, and their Ukrainian relief efforts.

If you’re interested in learning more about the book, or purchasing a copy, here’s a link to it on Bookshop.org, the wonderful discount retailer that supports independent bookstores. Of course, the book is also available through other online booksellers, and can be ordered through your local indie store. (As of this writing, the price is lower on Bookshop than on Amazon.)

Seattle Area Friends

If you happen to live in the Seattle area, please join me and seven other Puget Sound-area contributors on Thursday, August 11, at 7:00 p.m., at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park. We’ll be doing a reading and talking about the role of writers and artists in responding to crisis. The event is free, including refreshments, and proceeds from sales will benefit World Central Kitchen.

It will be a wonderful evening. I’d love to see you there!

P.S. – Here are some early reviews:

“This extraordinary anthology reminds us that, in the end, love always triumphs. It’s a gift for each reader and a much-needed balm for our collective heart and soul.” ~Debra Landwehr Engle, author of The Only Little Prayer You Need and Twenty

“Want a perfect example of `show, don’t tell’? It’s this book. Show us that art matters in times of despair. Show us the power of a publisher on a mission to raise women’s voices. Show us those women coming together to create something beautiful. It’s all here in these pages.” ~Jennie Nash, founder and CEO of Author Accelerator

“These are brave and beautiful and riveting pieces that reinforce the absolute truth that art indeed saves lives, and to make art in the midst of war or crisis or any form of turbulence is triumphant.” ~Amy Ferris, author of Marrying George Clooney, Confessions from a Midlife Crisis  

“On most days, the biggest thing you can do is a small act of kindness, decency or love.” (Cory Booker)

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