I can hardly believe it’s been two years since The Weight of Silence: Invisible Children of India was first published. At this two-year anniversary, I have exciting news.
The Weight of Silence has just been re-released, as an all new Revised & Expanded Edition!
Much has happened in the nearly three years since I wrote the last word of the book, and sent it off to my publisher. I have been back to India twice, and the kids have grown. Changes in their lives have happened, and I have kept up with all of them. New work has been advanced in organizations like The Miracle Foundation and Vasavya Mahila Mandali.
The new Revised & Expanded Weight of Silence includes an additional Epilogue chapter, in which I tell you what has happened in those years to Santosh, Daina, Sumitra, Yesu Babu and many of the other children both myself and my readers have grown to know and love.
I can’t believe it, but it’s approaching two years since The Weight of Silence: Invisible Children of India was published.
A lot has happened since then – and at the end of June, I will be announcing a re-release of the book. The updated version will have a new section at the back, with lots of new information about what is going on in the work for children’s rights in India, as well as updates about many of the children featured in the book.
Stay tuned for more information and to get your copy!
Well, the first two weeks of the Book Launch, following its June 15 release date, have been awesome. After The Weight of Silence publication on June 15, I embarked on a 15-day virtual book tour that included website features and interviews, book reviews, and radio and podcast shows. The launch culminated in a Book Release party at The Miracle Foundation on June 30. A lot of people showed up and everyone had a lot of fun. For those of you after we ran out of books – I’m sorry, but if you ordered that night you will be getting yours soon! A big thanks to Stacy Farmer at The Miracle Foundation for all her help.
If you missed the book release tour, below are a few of the highlights – you can check out the entire 15-day launch tour here!
Wandering Educators was the first stop on the Launch Tour, featuring an interview with me about the book, the children, and how travelers can give back.
The Lost Girls featured a fun interview with me – check out the travels and discoveries of three twenty-something New Yorkers who left their lives behind to set off on a trip around the world!
Soul Lab did a great interview with me on BlogTalkRadio:
Brave New Traveler ran a terrific feature about me and the book, discussing among other things the movie Slumdog Millionaire, and the ethics of poverty tourism.
All in all, the book launch was a great success, and I truly appreciate everyone who has hosted me, participated, supported me and otherwise worked to gain more awareness for these kids and their incredible stories.
Just because the release launch is behind us, though, doesn’t mean that there are no more events scheduled for The Weight of Silence! Check out the things coming up:
- July 12 – In-person event at Writing Mamas, 6 pm CST in Lakeway, TX
- July 14 – Conscious Discussions BlogTalkRadio Show, Noon CST
- July 17 – Chronicles BlogTalkRadio Show, 9 pm CST
- July 21 – KOOP Radio Austin’s Idea Lounge Show – Noon CST
- July 21 – In-person event at BookWoman book store – 7 pm CST in Austin, TX
- August 5 – KUT Radio Austin’s Morning Edition Show, 11 am CST
- August 19 – Power Women Magazine Radio Show, 11 am CST
I hope you’ll stop by some of these to check it out! And if you haven’t joined the Facebook page for Weight of Silence yet, then I personally invite you to do so.
The Weight of Silence: Invisible Children of India is officially released! Buy your copy today – I thank you on behalf of these children, and your interest in reading their amazing, inspiring stories.
As you have noticed, today has also unveiled a new design to this site, and kicks off a Media Tour for the book from June 15-30. During the tour I will be appearing on a different website or radio show each day to do an interview Q&A about the book and the topics and issues surrounding these children of India. Some of the tour stops will be online feature articles, where you can just visit the website and take a look. Other stops are local Austin appearances and radio shows, or interactive online chats and podcasts. The book release tour will conclude with a Launch Party at The Miracle Foundation on June 30 at 6 pm (click here for map).
The complete tour schedule can be viewed here. You can also view a schedule of each event on Facebook, and add them to your FB calendar if you wish. While you’re at it, join the Weight of Silence Facebook page!
How Can you Help with this Cause?
- Share this page with people you know
- Place an announcement about the book, with a link, on your own website or blog. Of course you can write whatever you’d like in your own words, and you can also get lots of information from the Media Kit.
- Add this page to Digg, Facebook, MySpace, StumbleUpon or other sites.
- Visit The Miracle Foundation for information on how you can sponsor a child or volunteer
- Get involved with some of the other wonderful organizations I profile in the book
- Make a donation to The Miracle Foundation, UNICEF, One.org, Children’s Defense Fund, or a nonprofit of your choice that is advocating for children’s rights around the world.
Thank you all again for the wonderful support you have all shown me!