Ta-da! I’ve hit the refresh button on my website today to feature the upcoming release of My Son Wears Heels. You’ll find it on the shelf of your favorite bookstore on Tuesday, Sept. 6th. It really feels right to me that this labor of love will officially debut the day after Labor Day. (I did, after all, title one of my first blog posts, “There’s no epidural for birthing a book.”)
As for the look of the book, I want you to know that I chose this particular photo of Harry for a reason. His dad, Ken, took the portrait at his design studio when Harry was five years old. Ken is also a fine art photographer, so there was no shortage of photos for me to choose from. But, for me, this one captured the essence of Harry as an incredibly self-aware kid. I hadn’t realized at the time how well Harry knew his inner self, his truth, and his power.
When I look at this photo of Harry now, I see every child – those who meet society’s gender expectations, the gender creative ones, and transgender kids. I see every child eager to make friends, discover their favorite toys and activities, and find their place in the world. I see every child seeking love and approval. I see your child, your niece or nephew, your grandchild, your neighbor, your student.
As for the title of the book set down the left side, that was Ken’s idea. I smiled hard the first time I saw his design of the cover. I thought it spoke perfectly to my expect-the-unexpected, 22-year journey with Harry that unfolds on the pages within.
My Son Wears Heels will be in stores in the U.S. and Canada on the official release date of Sept 6th. There will also be an Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble NOOK offered in September.
The book will be available in Europe and elsewhere starting in October. If you’re in Europe you can pre-order from your favorite local bookseller or from Eurospan Bookstore.
Thank you so much for joining the kickass journey!
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