I wish all of you guys and gals Seasons Greetings, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Festive Kwanzaa, Pleasant Winter Solstice, or whatever else you do/do not celebrate (dude, I’m just happy to have a few days off work to relax and unwind). Mostly I just hope that your holiday is filled with happiness and joy and that you forget your troubles for a while :)
I saw this excellent 60 Minutes story that I would like to share with you. I loved how brave and articulate the homeless children profiled in this story are. I hope they have a lovely holiday as well. I read in an update that following the story, they were offered a full four-year scholarship and that Arielle Metzger wants to be a child-advocacy attorney when she grows up, so I have a feeling their luck is changing. *Fingers crossed* In summation, though, these kids kick ARSE.
Read the story and watch the segment here: Hard Times Generation: Families Living in Cars
Also, two tiny shameless plugs:
1) The tGGtH book is coming out in Australia in January!!! If you’re an Australian reader, look for me on Sunrise with Mel and Kochie on Monday, January 9th (via satellite). I’m really excited because I’ve seen them on The Chaser’s War on Everything. I will also be doing some print and radio. I hope they send me to Oz one day. I’ve never been, but I can already tell it would be one of my favorite places on Earth. I want to swim with whale sharks and poke wombats with sticks and such things ;)
2) Library Journal selected The Girl’s Guide to Homelessness as one of it’s Best Books of 2011, in the Memoir category. I can’t tell you how honored and humbled I am to be listed among such a slew of brilliant and talented authors, especially Margaux Fragoso (whom I pretty much idolize and met at ALA when we shared time on a literary panel…she was kind enough to sign my copy of her book and put up with my wide-eyed author worship) and Andre Dubus III (whom I’ve never met, but come on, he wrote House of Sand and Fog! That’s pretty much all you gotta say, right?) Read their books. Seriously. Doooooo it.
Have a wonderful holiday and the happiest of New Years, foks :)