Do It For Chicago!

It’s finally here—book launch day. Many of you have already bought God, Improv, and the Art of Living; some of you are reading advanced copies and reviewing it, and some are even blogging about it, or pitching articles to various websites and magazines about its content. I’m thrilled to have my tiger team by my side.

I want you to be a part of the team too--and it's for a great cause. 

Patricia Madson's Improv Wisdom features a great definition of an improviser that guided me throughout the writing of God, Improv, and the Art of Living.

An improviser is
someone who is awake,
is not self-focused,
and is moved by a desire to do something fruitful
and to give back,
and who acts on this impulse.

It’s the last part—wanting to give back, and acting on it—that’s my focus today.

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I spent three weeks in Chicago over the course of writing this book, taking classes and attending shows at Second City. (Thanks to the Louisville Institute for the grant funding that made it possible!) Chicago is the improv capital, as far as I’m concerned, and it also happens to be one of my favorite cities.

And so, just for today, I am donating $4 per book sold to Chicago Lights. Founded in 1964, Chicago Lights seeks to support and meet the needs of children, youth, and adults facing the challenges of poverty in Chicago. I am excited to support the city that has given so much to me personally, and was so foundational in the writing of my book.

Here’s all you have to do:

1. Purchase the book TODAY, May 8, from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Eerdmans Publishing Company, or your favorite independent bookseller.

2. Send me a screen shot of your receipt—either email maryannmcdana@gmail.com or send it through social media—Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. You have until midnight EDT.(You can obscure or crop out any personal info you don't want to share.)

I’ll do the rest!

You get a great book, and we do a beautiful thing for a beautiful city, together. Happy Launch Day!