Thursday, April 2, 2020
Those Bad Men postcards
The folks at the University of Virginia Press are fast. I knew for some time that I wanted to get postcards designed to assist in promoting my book, Bad Men: Creative Touchstones of Black Writers. I was thinking through ideas on how I would pull it off.
So I mentioned it to Jason Coleman and Emma Donovan, who work in marketing at the press. We traded emails over a few hours, and by the next day, they had produced the final version based on the book cover.
Now before the "shelter in place" recommendations with coronavirus, the plan was for me to circulate the postcards to a hundred or so people. That plan has obviously been postponed. I was still able to take some photos at home of the book and the postcards, so you'll have to take my word for it when I say it turned out fresh. Well, my word and the images.
I never thought the world would be where it is today. Thus, I certainly didn't imagine that my book would be releasing during a pandemic. We're at a moment now where a book about black writing is nowhere near the top of anyone's priorities.
Still, looking at these bad men postcards when I moving around the house serve a good purpose. I see the image and think back to a different moment in the seemingly long ago past that wasn't that long ago. The postcards are a snapshot reminder of a distinct time a while back when I was thinking optimiscally about the future.
You can order Bad Men from the University of Virginia Press. Receive a 30% discount by using the promo code: 10BAD30.
• A notebook on Bad Men: Creative Touchstones of Black Writers