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On the Radio ~ with Ashes Into Light

yogagrannysmallWe are proud to announce that a radio interview with author Gudrun Mouw aired today at 10 am on KCHO in Chico, California and other Northern California stations (collectively known as NSPR). Nancy Wiegman, host of Nancy’s Bookshelf, interviewed Mouw about her novel From Ashes Into Light which published in February. Mouw reads sections of her book and answers some intriguing and metaphysical questions about her writing process and her own experience.

Please visit the radio link to listen:

Gudrun Mouw’s interview on Nancy’s Bookshelf

Spoiler Alert:

Do note that if you haven’t read From Ashes Into Light yet, you might want to wait to listen to the interview since there are some spoilers!

 

 

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Diversity at IBPA’s Publisher’s University

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Electric Bike for Borrowing in Salt Lake City, #PubU2016

Every year I consider going to IBPA’s conference Publisher’s University. This year, one of the reasons I chose to go was that IBPA brought in Newberry Award Winner Kwame Alexander to do the keynote speech. I live in a small college town where there’s is a great used bookstore, but never nationally renowned author events. I miss living in the Bay Area where there are so many events to chose from and a very diverse population. And as a publisher with multicultural titles, I was interested in learning more about success in the genre.

Kwame Alexander was an incredibly inspirational speaker. He appeared to have an endless amount of enthusiasm for the subject of publishing, and had such an awesome story about his own journey. Kwame encouraged us to tweet his hashtag #KwameRules which was fun. Then a huge gaggle of us went out to the hall to purchase one or more of his 12 books. I purchased “Surf’s Up” for my boys (aged 4 and 6). I came home yesterday and read it to them last night–they loved it!

I was happy to see a lot more diversity in the attendees than in the conference I attended two years ago and in the award winners in the Benjamin Franklin ceremony. It was heartening to me because I feel like the gaps that the big publisher’s leave is mainly in the non-white, non-male subjects like, for instance, Native American heroes (represented by In Search of Nampeyo by Steve Elmore, Benjamin Franklin Gold Medal Winner). But I don’t want to fall into romanticizing diversity either. From a White person, that is unsavory.

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There is an edge I learn more about walking every day. How to be a thoughtful, engaged White person, who is not frightened by my own blind spots, but that goes out and tries to remedy them. I could not do it with out others pointing out privilege and sharing their personal stories about discrimination. And I’m grateful for the diverse stories out there.

In that vein, I talked to a lot of different folks at the IBPA conference about Raincloud Press’ forthcoming book that is in Spanish. This will be a big adventure learning how to get the graphic memoir Spot 12 (Spanish: Cunero 12) to an American Spanish-Speaking audience. I’m looking forward to what I will learn.

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Taking the TRAX to the airport, #PubU2016
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Ashes Free All This Week!

FlyingBks_AshesThe novel we published in February, From Ashes Into Light by Gudrun Mouw, is free (Kindle version only) this week for the first time! It’s pretty fun giving a book away for free and seeing copies go out into the world and get into the hands of folks who wouldn’t otherwise have taken a look. As I write this, the book has been free only this morning and already about 60 people have downloaded it, and that makes me smile.

From Ashes Into Light is a special project for so many reasons. First and foremost because the subject matter is intensely relevant. This visionary and historical novel incorporates so many themes significant to right now, like:

  • War Refugees
  • Genocide
  • Overcoming Intolerance
  • Native American Issues
  • Spirituality
  • Judaism
  • Overcoming Sexual Abuse
  • Speaking Out Against Hate

From Ashes Into Light weaves a powerful, thrilling tale contributing to discussions on racism, anti-semitism, sexism, and sexual abuse. And this is the goal of publishing for us, at Raincloud Press, to be in the fray of helping boost consciousness and help where we can encourage greater harmony in the world. Now, of course, we do want to recoup our expenses eventually so we can keep doing this. And some of our authors need help with expenses, so we are interested in material success too. And in that vein, we ask for your help to review our books when you read them, because that helps us get the word out and sell more books. Review on Amazon, review on Barnes and Noble, review on Goodreads, or anywhere you may go for your reading information. Reviewing also helps contribute to this global and lively discussion, and whether you loved or hated the book, your review is valuable to us!

From Ashes Into Light will be free at the Kindle Store today through April 8th. But if you are reading this after, we will have another discounted window (where the Kindle version will be 99 cents) the week of April 18th (I don’t have the exact dates at this point).

From Ashes Into Light visits “Pimp That Character” today, check out the post!

And for the 6th week of our blog tour, there are some great stops this week. Stay tuned for another post with all the links! And thanks go out to all the bloggers that are making this happen.