Brooke Obie, writer-in-residence

August 30, 2019

A photo journal from the Summer 2019 Maison Baldwin writer-in-residence


I am on cloud nine here in Saint-Paul de Vence, as a writer in residence with La Maison Baldwin, celebrating James Baldwin and this program that was established for young Black writers in his honor.


I am writing every single day for myself, working on the sequel to my award-winning debut novel Book of Addis: Cradled Embers -- which I haven't done at all in the past year that I've lived in L.A.! I'm also thrilled to rediscover that I'm still in love with Addis and these characters and their journeys! It's only torturous to write when I'm putting undue pressure on myself to finish. When I just zone out here on the balcony of La Maison Baldwin and live with these characters, telling their story is a JOY.



When I'm not writing on my amazing balcony at La Maison Baldwin in the mornings, I'm at Le Tilleul, just down the road, getting these words in before the sun gets too high in the sky. It's flowing out of me now.