It's official: The release date of LIFE DOESNT FRIGHTEN ME (Twenty Fifth Anniversary Edition) is set for JANUARY 9, 2018.
Beloved by so many children and adults and still in print, this classic has been refreshed with updated graphics, updated biographies of both of these icons of American creativity, Dr. Maya Angelou and Jean-Michel Basquiat plus an afterword by me as to why I created this book, and new resources to check out the work of both of the poet and artist.
So excited by this.
There will be more to come but know at present that I am hoping to be out and about with the book, for book signings and some events, at the least in February, Black History Month and beyond. We were delighted to be so generously advised by Caged Bird Legacy, the Estate of Dr. Angelou, that there will be events surrounding what would have been her 90th (!) birthday this coming April 2018. BTW, April is also Poetry Month, so fitting for this powerful poet. What a gift to all of us she has been.
Just before her death, Dr. Angleou recorded several of her writings, including LIFE DOESN'T FRIGHTEN ME and we are so happy to be able to hear it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6yAhMOnMpM
As well, there is great new publicity for Jean-Michel Basquiat, always contemporary, involving his current exhibition in London at the Barbican, a new documentary focusing on his teen years and then, next year an exhibition, again in Europe, at the startling and vital Foundation Vuitton in Paris, an awe-inspiring museum designed by our own Los Angeles architectural genius, Frank Gehry.
We - Abrams Books, myself the creator/editor of LIFE, Caged Bird Legacy - the powerful presence today of the Estate of Maya Angelou - and those so involved in continuing the focus of one of the great artists of the 20th Century, Jean-Michel Basquiat - are so proud that we can bring this book out to all you new readers and those that have known it as a classic for so long.
More to come!!!
If you would like to know where I will be, especially in February, email me and/or check into this blogger post!