News: Gmorning, Gnight! Audiobook previews
Oct 16, 2018
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October 16, 2018 is the day Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You is out! The book comes a week earlier than it was stated when it was announced in three formats: hardcover, ebook and audiobook narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda himself. Buy the one you prefer on Penguin Random House.

Meanwhile, you can hear two previews of the audiobook shared by the British publisher Headline Books and by Vulture. The Variety one is a bit spoiler-y because it’s the introduction Lin-Manuel wrote specifically for the book, so if you don’t want to ruin your fun holding the book consider this a warning.

 


Under the cut you can read the text of the introduction shared by Vulture.

I wanted to wish you good morning.
I wanted to wish you good night.
I started to write these on Twitter,
A way of just being polite.

I’m really quite hooked on the Twitter,
They should take my phone out and lock it.
The biggest distraction for someone like me?
An audience up in my pocket.

So I start the day with a greeting.
And end with a night variation.
It safeguards my evenings and weekends at home,
To sign off, a mini-vacation.

The greetings are sometimes flirtatious,
Or cheeky, or weirdly specific.
They’re pulled from my life or my brain or my thoughts,
Terrific’ly Twitter prolific.

I don’t have a book of quotations
Or wisdom I pull from the shelf;
Most often the greetings I wish you
Are the greetings I wish for myself.

So if I write “relax,” then I’m nervous,
Or if I write, “cheer up,” then I’m blue.
I’m writing what I wish somebody would say,
Then switching the pronoun to you.

And after a few years of greetings,
They started to vary in tone;
And people said, “Lin, your gmornings and nights
Are the nicest things up in my phone.”

Now I get tweets like “This saved me”
Or often, “I need this reminder.”
You tell me, “I printed this out and I keep it
Around, on my desk, in my binder.”

So you asked, “Will you make a book, please?”
I replied, “Oh, consider it done.”
Then I reached out to Kassandra Tidland
Who lit’rally RT’s my best T’s for fun.

And speaking of best T’s, and besties,
There’s besties I’ve made through my writing.
Among them is polymath Jonathan Sun,
His drawings and words so inviting.

Then we sat down together and made this;
It’s the book that you hold in your hands.
You can open it at any moment or page
With the hope you find something that lands.

And it’s nice to have things to hold on to,
Some kindness right here, within sight.
You can read this whenever you want to.
It will be here. Gmorning. Gnight.