BY: GREGORY HEDGEPETH
Sometimes, shit happens and things don’t go as planned. Such is the case for the three Vital Narrative books listed below, originally scheduled to be released on the busiest shopping day of the year.
Calliope of Atalan: The American Dream by P. Curry
Son, SHINE by The Habitual Wordsmith T.J. Love
Ebony wings by Sankara “Le Prince Heritier” Olama-Yai
Unfortunately, due to a litany of issues, these releases are now set for Friday, December 14. Pre-orders for each book will still begin at midnight on November 23.
DATE: Friday, August 31, 2018 - Sunday, September 2, 2018
WHERE: A private location in Memphis, TN
PURPOSE: To unplug for three days, fellowship and read the work of other authors, as well as offer the opportunity for authors to receive a critique of their works in progress
COST: $350 ($275 if booked before August 15)
Spots are limited. Click here for tickets.
Darlene Campos' second novel, Summer Camp Is Cancelled, will be released on August 3rd, but today, we officially reveal the cover. Pre-orders will begin Friday, June 22nd.
Summer Camp Is Cancelled is a young adult novel about Lyndon, a Mexican boy from Bat Springs, Texas who is enamored with his best friend Melody, a deaf girl who uses a whiteboard as her voice. Pre-orders will begin Friday, June 22nd.
On August 3, Darlene Campos will follow up her incredible debut novel (Behind Mount Rushmore) with Summer Camp Is Cancelled, a young adult novel where 12-year-old Lyndon is madly in love with Melody, the most beautiful girl in Bat Springs, TX.
Pre-orders will begin on June 15.
About a month after our third anniversary, I lost someone close to me and it took a while for me to get over. Coincidentally, she was incredibly vital to Vital Narrative since the very beginning and I would be remiss not to mention her contributions to the company. Her name was Panda, and back when I was still sleeping on my grandmother's couch, she allowed me to create and share my talents with the world.
That's because Panda was my 21-inch iMac computer and she was where every Vital Narrative document lived.
Unfortunately, old age caught up with her and despite my best efforts, she still ended up joining that old Apple graveyard in the sky. So after I grieved an appropriate amount of time, I found a suitable replacement named Simba and immediately got back to work.
If there was a silver lining to the whole ordeal, it was that everything had to be transferred over and it gave me a chance to go through our archives. I went on a wild trip down memory lane and came across some of our old logos from WAAAAAY back.
Looking at where we came from made me even prouder of what we've become and where we are headed in the future. But in doing that, I knew it was time for the company itself to evolve into something more representative of what's to come.
When we first began, the bear was the key element of our brand, meant to represent how multi-faceted people of color are despite mainstream media's obsession with pigeonholing our experiences.
Not long after Panda died, we posted this on our Facebook page:
To the casual observer, this was probably just another post - but it was really the mark of our new identity: we are the lions who learned to write.
With fake news running rampant these days, it's imperative that we write and share authentic experiences with the world. It's easy to complain about how we are portrayed in media, but now, more than ever, we have the ability to control these narratives.
The hunters have told tall tales of their journeys for centuries - but now that the lion has the pen, we have a duty to honor all that came before us.
We are the lions who learned to write - and writing is what we will do.
BY: DARLENE P. CAMPOS
Floods aren’t anything new in Houston. We’ve gone through hurricanes before. We knew the neighborhoods most prone to flooding before Harvey paid us his visit. We prepared ourselves with full hoards of food, bottled water, and gas. We thought we were ready.
Harvey showed us we were wrong the minute he arrived.
Yet, unlike thousands of fellow Houstonians and Texans in other cities, I didn’t lose anything.
I didn’t lose power.
I didn’t lose water.
I didn’t lose my car.
I didn’t lose my house.
I didn’t lose my life.
The only physical loss I had was a couple of pounds because I was so petrified, I could barely eat. Harvey made me lose weight. That’s it.
Harvey also made me lose pieces of my heart. The neighborhood where I grew up is in shambles. A beloved bakery my fiancé and I visited whenever we wanted a good dessert is gone. The libraries I practically lived in during my college years are severely damaged. Watching your city, the place you call home, conquered by floodwaters is agonizing. Yet, Harvey did not take Houston’s hope. We Houstonians watched our city be ravaged by Harvey. We Houstonians have come together to rebuild.
After Harvey, I was overjoyed to be unharmed, but I felt so guilty to be spared. Why didn’t Harvey come for me? He tried. He flooded my entire street and then the water crept up to the rear of my car. By morning, the water receded. Harvey came close. For others, he came full force and showed no mercy.
I pledge to donate my royalties from September 15th through October 15th to the Greater Houston Community Foundation’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. For the next month, all of my royalties will go directly to helping Houstonians rebuild their lives. Please visit https://ghcf.org/hurricane-relief/ for more info or to donate.
“And so there are claims forgiven
And so there are things that are gone
Houston is filled with promise…”
- R.E.M., “Houston,” 2008
In a press release on Easter Sunday, CEO Gregory Hedgepeth II announced a continuation of the Author Appreciation Sale through Friday, April 21.
Along with a reduced price of $10 for all paperbacks on its site, all Vital Narrative eBooks (currently on sale for just $1 through Amazon Kindle) sold throughout the month of April will result in a 100% royalty for the author.
In addition, this also includes one more week to get Darlene Campos' first novel, Behind Mount Rushmore, at a discounted price as it just began presales last Friday.
You can purchase all paperbacks here.