Friday, January 22, 2010


Earlier this afternoon, Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich and I conversed on Twitter about Eighth-Grade Superzero. You can view her wonderful book trailer above, with nice little glimpses of Gbemi, Brooklyn, the book, and its characters; and read the Twitter transcript here if you missed the chat itself. Thank you to all who participated!


  1. What a lovely video for a great book :) I enjoyed seeing the sights of New York (very pretty and all the people watching must be so fun and definitely a writer's dream). I especially liked hearing the stories behind the characters (I love Ruthie and I can not wait for her book!!!!! Also, Mialonie is such a pretty name) and learning more about Gbemi who is truly an amazing person.

    Thanks for sharing this trailer with us and for condcuting the Twitter interview. I'm sad that I missed it =(

  2. It was nice to hear someone so genuinely share their faith as a part of the writing process. I feel like I have prayed out every word of my WIP and yet that's not something you tell an editor. So props to Gbemi on many levels and props to you for sharing the story here and on printed pages.

    On a whole other level, what can the writing world do for Haiti? Any ideas of unique ways to raise money for this and other humanitarian needs around our worldly neighborhood?

  3. Wow...people like you make me feel so shallow...great video.

  4. Thanks for the kind words, everyone!

    In terms of the writing community & Haiti here are some links regarding relief efforts, children's literature, education, and more.

    IBBY Appeal for Haiti:

    Haitian-American author Debbie Rigaud:

    great post at Nathalie Mvondo's Multiculturalism Rocks:

    lovely booklist at Mitali's Fire Escape:

    book recs and thoughts from Amadi's Snowman author Katia Novet Saint-Lot:

  5. Cheryl,
    Great interview over at Market My Words!

  6. Wow - this is one of the most beautiful, thoughtful book trailers I've ever seen! Can't wait to read the book.

  7. I discovered the trailer a week ago and loved it! (it's a weak word)

    Olugbemisola, thank you for the list of resources. It's really helpful.

  8. I can't believe how much of this I just wasn't aware of. Thank you for bringing more information to this topic for me. I'm truly grateful and really impressed.