Today is the official publication date for Working in the Shadows! Of course, it has been out in bookstores for two weeks now–but still exciting, nonetheless.
Thanks to everyone who came to the book release party last Thursday, and for all who spread the word about the event. The turnout was crazy, and it was great to see so many people and hear so many kind words about the quality of my guacamole. It was also nice to be able to introduce Enrique, from my first book There’s No Jose Here, and to help support the very important work that La Union is doing (for more information, you can go to http://www.la-union.org).
If you’re a radio listener, today NPR should be airing an interview I did for a program called Tell Me More. I usually walk out of radio interviews pretty dazed, but I do recall that both the host and the producer had read the book, which is very unusual. Marketplace, another program on NPR, should be running an interview either tomorrow or Wednesday. I’ll post the audio files once they’re online. I’m also slotted to be on a show called Morning Joe on MSNBC this week, which promises to be terrifying/intriguing.
I’ve also been really, really lucky with press from last week, much of it completely unexpected. TIME magazine reviewed Working in the Shadows, instructing people to read it (other less happy instructions could have been to “skim it” or “skip it”–receiving a “skip it” review would have definitely ruined my day). A magazine called The Week excerpted a section of the book about lettuce cutting. They called it “A Gringo in the Lettuce Fields,” which was actually one of the earlier book titles I came up with. I picked up a hard copy of the magazine at Grand Central yesterday, and learned that they also included two color photos, which look great.
Two interviews also ran, one with the Yuma Sun and another with The Indypendent, conducted by a really cool writer named Micah Williams. Since I’m too tired to do much writing at the moment (I’m worn out from obsessively checking my Amazon ranking), I thought I’d just post links to new reviews and excerpts below.