Ladies and Gentlemen, I am happy to reveal the cover for the book, Tomlinson Hill:
Everyone grows up knowing that one should not judge a book by its cover, yet that’s what most people do. So the cover needs to communicate a lot of information with a single glance. The designer decided to let the reader know right away that this is a book about American slavery, and of course, they should know we’re telling a remarkable story about two families who share the same name.
We’re also proudly flying the laurels won by the film Tomlinson Hill. I am keeping my fingers crossed that the book will get its own recognition, but that will come after the release.
Philip Gourevitch, an old friend from Rwanda, graciously provided a blurb that I hope will tell the reader this isn’t only about the olden days. This is a book about the United States of America today, and why yesterday still matters.
All in all, I’m pretty happy with it.
We are getting closer to the launch date, and I have finished going through the copy-edited version. For those who read an early draft, you’ll be happy to know the book is in great shape and much, much shorter than the first draft. I didn’t get to squeeze in as much as I would have liked, but I think it reads much better now.
We don’t know exactly when it will be on shelves, but that should be resolved in the next few weeks. I’ll let y’all know as soon as I do.