V's Update - September 2018

Hi posse!

Boot Language Book Party Vanya Erickson

What a great launch party! I’ll never forget standing at the edge of the balcony listening to the seagulls while watching my “worlds” meet each other for the first time. I confess I was a bit nervous, but in no time they were laughing and chatting with new and old friends, teachers, writers, sangha members, children, and equestrians – It was fabulous! 

A big thank you to Bookshop Santa Cruz and my team of helpers who made everything run perfectly. We sold all the books we ordered (thanks to you) and later, Amazon ran out – and rushed to send in their 2nd order. This blows my mind.

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What’s on my bedside table

Tuesdays with Morrie

The more I spend time with students, the more I know that inspiration is needed now more than ever: For them and for me!  Maybe it comes in the form of a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague…but we all seek someone older, patient and wise, someone who is there for you when you are young and searching…Someone who listens and helps you see the world as a more profound place, and gives you sound advice to help you make your way through it. I aspire to be that elder. Might you too? Tuesdays with Morrie opened me up to that possibility.

tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom



Vanya has spent decades teaching writing and public speaking, as well as mentoring educators in the oldest, continuously used schoolhouse in California. Her essays have appeared in a dozen literary journals and anthologies, and in the book, The Magic of Memoir. Her memoir, Boot Language, is now out on the bookshelves!

Book Update: Holy smokes!

  1. Boot Language was included in a roundup of “10 New Books to Binge Over Labor Day Weekend”: https://www.brit.co/books-to-read-labor-day-weekend/
  2. It was also included in a roundup of “10 Life-Changing Memoirs to Pick Up This Fall” on BookBub: https://bit.ly/2NaPIhm
  3. Boot Language’s Goodreads Giveawayclosed with 1,195 entries!
  4. The Boot Language book trailer was “video of the week” on shelfawareness.com. And in case you missed that trailer: https://vimeo.com/281021242
The Great Tree Giveaway - Vanya Erickson
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