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Kernels popping — keep up the heat 

Early Stage Popcorn is the best metaphor I’ve got for the way things feel right now. Everywhere my message lands—that it’s time to make age discrimination as unacceptable as any other prejudice—it “pops,” hits home, ignites. The 2016 International Conference on Positive Aging in August will kick off with a call to mobilize against ageism. The NYC Dept. for the Aging is launching an anti-ageism initiative on September 21. The 26th International Day of Older Persons, held at the United Nations on October 6th, will focus on ageism. The heat under the pan is coming from the culture, and it’s very exciting.

Want to help keep the popcorn popping? Movements get built by creating public opinion, so I’d love to get my book to 200 influential people. Who do you know and how could you help me get it into their hands? Show them this profile in the Washington Post, this fantastic review in the LA Review of Books and the amazing comments on Amazon. Here’s a Q&A about the book for journalists. Email me. Thank you.

If you haven’t gotten your copy yet, please do. Pass it around. Ask your local bookstore and library to stock it. (It’s available on Ingrams, the wholesaler they all use.) Share it with a book group—I’ll show up, virtually or in person, if I’m not on the road. Suggest it to teachers for course adoption. Review it on Amazon and/or Goodreads, please. Self-publish together to change the world!

Signing a book for the very first time, at City Lit Books in Chicago in April, and outside Watchung Booksellers in Montclair, NJ, in May with Midcentury Modern’s Debbie Galant. It was standing room only at the Regulator Bookshop in Durham, and I hope New Yorkers will come to reading + signing at Book Culture on July 7 at 7 (info below). I’m getting the hang of these events, and love being joined by other people reading passages that speak to them. It’s a manifesto: up for appropriation.

I had the honor of presenting a Maggie Kuhn Award to the NYC Chapter of the Gray Panthers, the organization Kuhn founded, and was rewarded by a shout-out from Donna Corrado, the Commissioner of the NYC Dept. for the Aging; here’s the video clip.

A trip to St. Paul on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day conference sponsored by the Minnesota Elder Justice Center on June 15—my mother’s birthday, which I find darkly humorous—was also my first solo venture: no sherpas, no helper to wrangle the credit-card machine. Ask for help, right? I couldn’t have found a better companion than Paul Ryberg, who organized a wonderful pot-luck and reading the night before at the Lake Elmo Public Library. Tragically, I was so tired that I left that excellent hat on the plane.

Translation rights to the manifesto have been sold to Italy, Slovenia, and Korea! 

I’m on my way to Italy, where I’ll meet my Italian publisher and stagger along Christo’s new art piece on Lake Iseo. Then to London, where I’ll be giving three talks (info below). 

The sign is courtesy of AARP, which hosted a party for CEO JoAnn Jenkins, whose book Disrupt Aging came out at the same time as mine. I loved what Jenkins had to say about owning your age and confronting negative stereotypes, but she never mentioned ageism or discrimination. Where do those negative messages about age and aging come from, and what purpose do they serve? Unless we dig deeper, “disruption” is only skin-deep.

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Upcoming talks:
book talk & coversation
Where: The Premises Recording Studio, 205-209 Hackney Rd, London
When: June 26, 2016 07:30 pm
More info: Free and open to the public. Email to reserve:
A World Without Ageism — talk at the Royal Society of Arts
Where: 8 John Adam Street, London,
When: June 30, 2016 01:00 pm
More info: 
Free and open to the public; please RSVP. Speakers who participate in the RSA's public program are "united by a belief in the power of ideas to inspire and motivate social change.”

Book signing at Book Culture Bookstore
Where: 450 Columbus Ave, NYC
When: July 7, 2016 07:00 pm
More info: Free and open to the public; link

Book Event, Library of Congress, Washington DC
Where: West Dining Room, James Madison Building
When: August 25, 2016 12:00 pm
More info: Free and open to the public

keynote, International Conference on Positive Aging
Where: Capitol Hilton, 1001 16th Street, NW, Washington, D.C.
When: August 26, 2016 09:00 am
More info: Open to the public; register

presentation, Certified Senior Advisors Conference
Where: Capitol Hilton, 1001 16th Street, NW, Washington, D.C.
When: August 27, 2016 10:45 am
More info: Open to the public; register

Book signing at Prairie Lights Bookstore
Where: 15 S Dubuque St, Iowa City, IA
When: September 12, 2016 07:00 pm
More info: Free and open to the public.

Reimagine Aging 7th Annual Fundraising Breakfast Sound Generations (formerly Senior Services)
Where: Washington State Convention Center
When: September 14, 2016 08:00 am
More info: Free and open to the public; register

Seattle Speaks with Ashton Applewhite about Age Equality
Where: Cornish Playhouse, Seattle Center
When: September 19, 2016 02:00 pm
More info: A conversation with the author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism, including local readers sharing favorite passages from the book and a lively Q&A about age bias, where it comes from, and what we can do about it.
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