I heart  Roxane Gay . I follow
her online where her  tweets  are pithy and profound, lol funny, and utterly
entertaining. I love her brave, beautiful, brilliant collection of essays on
gender, race, sexuality, and pop culture,   Bad
Feminist  . My colleague and I even have an unofficial two-person Roxane Gay
fan club. (Meetings consist of us running into each other in the hallway and
saying how great Roxane is.) And yesterday I got to meet her!!! A few days ago
Roxane found herself in California and tweeted that she was looking for a store
to do a reading at for  California Bookstore Day ;  Vroman’s  answered the call and
I found myself hanging out with her before her reading, totally geeking out. In
person she was gracious and whip smart, funny and charming, in an unassuming,
quiet way. Her debut novel,   An Untamed
State ,  about a ravaged Haiti and one family’s nightmare in the wake of a
kidnapping there, is just out and receiving rave reviews from   Publisher’s Weekly  ,   Kirkus  , and  Tom Perotta , to name a few. Roxane also contributed a
small, limited edition chapbook for California Bookstore day, called  Urgent, Unheard Stories —only available
at independent bookstores.    For me what makes Roxane one of the greats is that she engages in one of the ultimate political acts: she speaks the truth. And that’s the only way the world can ever change. In the meantime, while we wait for the world to change, she makes the wait enjoyable. I thank her for doing both.

I heart Roxane Gay. I follow her online where her tweets are pithy and profound, lol funny, and utterly entertaining. I love her brave, beautiful, brilliant collection of essays on gender, race, sexuality, and pop culture, Bad Feminist. My colleague and I even have an unofficial two-person Roxane Gay fan club. (Meetings consist of us running into each other in the hallway and saying how great Roxane is.) And yesterday I got to meet her!!! A few days ago Roxane found herself in California and tweeted that she was looking for a store to do a reading at for California Bookstore Day; Vroman’s answered the call and I found myself hanging out with her before her reading, totally geeking out. In person she was gracious and whip smart, funny and charming, in an unassuming, quiet way. Her debut novel, An Untamed State, about a ravaged Haiti and one family’s nightmare in the wake of a kidnapping there, is just out and receiving rave reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus, and Tom Perotta, to name a few. Roxane also contributed a small, limited edition chapbook for California Bookstore day, called Urgent, Unheard Stories—only available at independent bookstores.

For me what makes Roxane one of the greats is that she engages in one of the ultimate political acts: she speaks the truth. And that’s the only way the world can ever change. In the meantime, while we wait for the world to change, she makes the wait enjoyable. I thank her for doing both.