It’s been an incredible few months since the release of Spark. Now that things have calmed down I’d like to take a moment to thank you all. I’m enormously grateful to everyone who has picked up a copy, said a kind word, interviewed me about the book, or hosted me at their bookstore. Here’s a snippet of a review from Wandering Educators.
“One of the best books I’ve ever read, Patricia Leavy’s Spark is, you guessed it, a story that you can’t put down, so plan on staying up until you finish… I won’t give away the ending, but I will say this: READ THIS BOOK. You’ll think about it for the rest of your life…it’s that good.”
Yeah, that made me blush. Here are some highlights from my Spark journey.
As someone most comfortable at home in sweats writing away, I rarely do
public book events, but I had fun doing a couple in support of Spark.
Thank you to Barnes & Noble and Burgundy Books for hosting me and huge
heartfelt thanks to everyone who stopped by! I also loved chatting with
friends, colleagues, and new readers at the American Educational Research
Association Conference in Toronto. Thank you, Guilford Press for hosting
a wonderful book signing!
I’m also thrilled to know folks are using Spark in book clubs and professors are adopting it as required reading in a host of courses. If you’re using Spark in one of these capacities and you’d like me to Skype into your book club meeting or class for a Q&A, please message me on Facebook. I’m happy to virtually join groups when scheduling permits.
I’ve been privileged to have the chance to talk and write about Spark in different forums. This novel was a labor of love and also a special project, one that can’t be replicated, and I’ve enjoyed explaining the inspiration. Here are some blogs, interviews, and podcasts.
Interview with We Are the Real Deal: http://wearetherealdeal.com/2019/03/02/patricia-leavy-on-her-ground-breaking-novel-spark/
Interview with the Salzburg Global Seminar: https://www.salzburgglobal.org/news/latest-news/article/this-is-how-salzburg-global-sparked-a-new-novel.html
Interview with The Sociological Review: https://www.thesociologicalreview.com/literary-sociology-an-interview-with-dr-patricia-leavy-about-her-new-release-spark/
Interview with the Sociological Cinema: https://www.thesociologicalcinema.com/blog/sociologists-new-novel-teaches-research-methods-and-critical-thinking
Interview with Wandering Educators: https://www.wanderingeducators.com/best/stories/read-this-inspiration-joy-life-patricia-leavy-spark
Interview with So Fi Zine: https://sofizine.com/extra-content/feature-interview-patricia-leavy/
Podcast with New Books Network: https://newbooksnetwork.com/patricia-leavy-spark-the-guilford-press-2019/
Blog for Mogul “What’s My Spark”: https://onmogul.com/stories/what-s-my-spark-a-visual-tour-of-my-office-and-the-objects-that-inspire-me
Blog for Mogul “Sparking Critical Thinking through Fiction”: https://onmogul.com/stories/sparking-critical-thinking-through-fiction
Finally, I’m overjoyed for the recognition this little novel has received. Spark was honored as an award-winning finalist by the International Book Awards in the categories Best New Fiction and Inspirational Fiction. I’m truly humbled. Spark has also been nominated for five American Fiction Awards… waiting for the results to be announced. I share all of this recognition with the incredible team at Guilford Press.
If you haven’t read Spark yet, Guilford Press is happy to offer 20% off and free shipping to folks in the US/Canada. Use promo code 7FSPARK here: https://www.guilford.com/books/Spark/Patricia-Leavy/9781462538157
As for what’s next…
I’m looking forward to the American Sociological Association Conference in NYC. For those attending, please stop by for a chat or to pick up a signed book. I’ll be doing a signing for Spark and my other Guilford Press titles from 10:30-11:30 Sunday August 11th at Booth #329. I’ll be doing a signing for Privilege Through the Looking-Glass and my other Brill/Sense titles from 10:30-11:30 Monday August 12th at Booth123.
I’m also busy as ever with new projects. After 7 years of labor, The Oxford Handbook of Methods for Public Scholarship will come out in September. I also have a very special release coming in late fall, something I love more than I can possibly say… more on that soon. I’m also continually writing, both fiction and nonfiction, with many new projects in the pipeline. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your support on this journey! We are possibilities. A spark exists.
Love and light,