Happy Dia de los Muertos!
I kind of want to walk into this photograph. I love the Dia de los Muertos tradition of placing candles, flowers, incense and sumptuous picnics at family graves—and I was thinking of writing something here like, “Go decorate the grave of your loved one today!” But even as I thought it, I considered the two graves I’d be moved to visit. There’s one grandmother–the one we called Banny—who’s buried in Pennsylvania, and another (whom we called Nona), up in North Carolina. I live in Atlanta—like so many of us today, I’m geographically distant from most of my family members, living and dead. The family cemetery plot is becoming more and more rare in this nation. So if you’re moved to, why not light a candle or two at home today? That’s my plan. Viva, Banny and Nona!
What else. Oh, I know.
We’re planning a party! A book launch party!
And you are oh, so invited.
Mark your calendar for Friday, March 14th at 7:30 pm, and come on down to Manual’s Tavern in Atlanta for live music, raconteurs from Carapace, Atlanta’s amazing storytelling outfit; and more. A Capella Books will be selling brand-spankin’ new copies of American Afterlife (Did you see the pretty cover? Yes, of course you did); I’ll be signing them, and, if I have my way, there will be marigolds.