The book is about a fictional African-American family as told through their epitaphs and illustrated portraits. Basically, the book contains brief stories and recollections from the perspective of people after they’ve died.
We were inspired by Edgar Lee Masters’ 1915 book Spoon River Anthology. Our book is written in the same way, but will also include illustrations. It makes you want to read about all of the family members so you know what happened to everyone in the last 100 years.
Our book portrays African Americans through complex yet beautiful and sometimes heartbreaking perspectives during actual historical events. The book also highlights several LGBT characters and their passions and struggles. The goal is to create a positive literary and illustrated work which covers a kaleidoscope of black stories and individuals.
While many of the stories are about everyday things like people gossiping or talking about their favorite memory or something as simple as remembering a good romantic date, some stories are based on family, friends and our own experiences.
To accurately characterize the family members, we had to do a lot of research into the social, political and economic history of the United States as it pertains to African-Americans. Even for the illustrations, I had to look up a ton of fashion references. The entire process has been educational and enlightening.
Part of putting out this book is to show our perspectives as people of color. It wasn’t until college that I was assigned to read anything by an African-American author. I think it was The Women of Brewster Place, which is still on my bookshelf today. Any other book written by a person of color was read on my own.
Because Anand and I didn’t grow up reading works by or about people of color in school, we decided one of our goals would be to donate copies of the book to 50 libraries across the United States so students can easily have access to these stories.
Title: 100 Years From Now, Our Bones Will Be Different
Illustrator: Lawrence McWilliams
Writers: Lawrence McWilliams and Anand Vedawala
Size: 9" x 6"
Pages: Approx. 100
Finishing: Color, Softcover
Printing: $3500 (incl. shipping)
Kickstarter/Credit Card Fees: $600
Distribution (to Libraries)/Marketing: $200
Alternative Press Expo: $283
Shipping Materials: $200
Unexpected Costs: $300
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