I’ve wanted to report on this for a few weeks now but my internet has been on the fritz, still is actually ;( in any case, here we go!
Coffee House Press has published and released the full length book by my wonderful friend and mentor, Quintan Ana Wikswo, titled “The Hope of Floating Has Carried Us This Far.”
It is almost indescribable to be able to hold this beauty knowing all the hard work Quintan put into creating it.
As writer’s we are often faced with the uncertainty of others and more frequently our own uncertainty. Those loud and annoying voices in our heads that convince us every so often that we’re not going to make it, that we’re not going to actually be able to produce anything let alone anything that is well received or dare I say successful. And yet, we continue, we dare everyday. We write. Which is why I am so proud and happy for Quintan.
This book is made up of a collection of short stories, all of which are evocative and masterful works, beautiful poetic pieces that peel back layers of our humanity and expose their truths, our truths.
On Tuesday June 23, I was lucky enough to be able to make it out to the Los Angeles book launch party for “The Hope of Floating Has Carried Us This Far.” It was held at Monk Space in K-Town and it was absolutely fabulous. Quintan read selected pieces from the book and each piece was accompanied by a live music composition, it was both lovely and haunting. The whole ensemble was so beautiful I even cried. Afterwards, Quintan signed autographs and took pictures with her adoring fans like me 😉
This whole experience was so eye opening and inspiring. I hope to one day achieve this success and have a book published. In the mean time I will continue writing and celebrating others like Quintan.