Andrews McMeel Publishing (AMP) is pleased to announce the upcoming book tour for Mixed Feelings: Poems and Stories by Avan Jogia, beginning on Sept. 17.
Jogia is an artist whose work spans film, writing and music. He was raised in Canada, the son of an Indian-British father and English-Irish mother. He has been featured in Vogue, GQ, W Magazine, Parade and OUT Magazine, and on Buzzfeed and The Huffington Post. Mixed Feelings is his first book of poetry. It explores what it means to be mixed-race within a world increasingly fixated on racial identity.
“I think that in a world that is increasingly polarized by race, mixed people might have a different perspective — you know, maybe not the answer, because who has the answer, but that we’re forced to look at the world in a different perspective,” said Jogia in his tour announcement with Entertainment Weekly.
Mixed Feelings is a raw and moving collection of poetry, stories and art that asks, “What does it mean to be mixed?” The book explores the complicated emotions around race, identity, religion and family. It takes a deeply personal look at Jogia’s stories, and the experiences of mixed-race individuals interviewed by Jogia himself.
“Avan Jogia’s poetry is the sort that becomes even more interesting when read aloud. Add his undeniable stage presence, and I think he will have a dynamite book tour,” said Jogia’s editor, Melissa Rhodes.
Jogia’s Mixed Feelings book tour starts with a reading and signing at The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles. Jogia will visit 10 cities across the United States and Canada, with stops at notable booksellers such as Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon, Strand Bookstore in New York City, and Indigo Bay & Bloor in Toronto. View the full schedule of Jogia’s tour stops on Read Poetry.
“[Jogia] is a bookseller’s dream,” said Lynne McAdoo, AMP vice president, publishing sales. “He does a terrific job of promoting his events, which drives traffic to the store. Lots of customers means lots of books sold, which is good for everyone!”