Leg Three of girlchild’s increasingly legged book tour is done and as I’m unpacking souvenirs I realize that my own copy of GIRLCHILD has become a souvenir catch-all.
Here’s what it’s been filled with on the road:
-page flags that feature roosters, bears, foxes, horses, and rabbits. Each animal marks different trails I’ve followed through GIRLCHILD at readings
-an “Autographed Copy” sticker from Elliott Bay Book Store in Seattle. Leighanne, girlchild’s champion there, and I thought this would be hilarious and we were right
-a newspaper article about the 100-year anniversary of the Girl Scouts and its creator, Juliiette Low, given to me by one of the fantastic members of the Open Book Club in San Diego
-a letter from my mom to her best friend, written well before I was born. In it, she explains her love for the landscape of Reno versus that of California, saying that Reno makes you earn what California gives away for free
-a postcard of “The Raven” by the Brothers Grimm, sent to me with my own words written on the back, from the story of how girlchild’s Rory Dawn made you a CD, as shared on Largehearted Boy’s Book Notes: “…as is to be expected from a climber who carries the entirety of Melancholy under her arm…”
More souvenirs coming soon as the unpacking continues!