Hey you! Kambri Crews, here. I lived in Columbus for a few years & next week I'll be back in town for one day only. I will be signing copies of my memoir BURN DOWN THE GROUND (Random House) at the Ohioana Book Festival and will be on a panel at 10:45AM - 11:30 AM called "Nonfiction: Writing from Real Life".
The festival is free & described as "a fun-filled day to celebrate literacy, reading, writing, and especially Ohio authors and their works."
All the festival info is at http://www.ohioanabookfestival.org.
ABOUT BURN DOWN THE GROUND: A MEMOIR
An unflinching, emotional memoir by the hearing daughter of two deaf parents, about the rampant dysfunction of her rural Texas childhood and the searing violence that left her father serving a twenty-year prison sentence.
Successful New York producer and publicist Kambri Crews always knew that her childhood was unusual– she spent much of it in a tin shack deep with her family in the woods of Texas. But when, in her early 30s, her charismatic and adored father is sentenced to twenty years in prison for stabbing and nearly killing his girlfriend, she must confront for the first time his violent, destructive behavior. In her brutally honest, completely captivating memoir, Crews struggles to forge a relationship with her incarcerated father and revisits her unconventional family and the long road she took to her current life.
"Poignant and unsettling." —Kirkus Reviews
"Crews' story has heartbreaking depth and complexity... this is a rich read.” —Library Journal
"A compelling testament to the strength of the human spirit.”—Booklist
“Harrowing . . . A remarkable odyssey of scorched earth, collateral damage, and survival." —Publishers Weekly
"Crews' account (the title refers to lighting brush on fire to clear out snakes) is as well-paced and stirring as a novel. In her fluid narrative (she's also a storyteller on the side, a gig that helped her develop this book), Crews neither wallows in self-pity nor plays for cheap black-comedic yuks. Instead, this book stands out for what matters most: Crews' story, bluntly told." —Elle magazine