Book Tour Schedule

What Start Bad a Mornin Cover

“What start bad a mornin’, cyan end good a evenin’.” — Jamaican proverb.

Booklist Review: “…an engaging and life-affirming read.”

Available now in hard cover, audio, and kindle: 19 September 2023

What Start Bad a Mornin’ was released on September 19, 2023 and we have a lot of activities planned to celebrate! I hope that you can join me at one or more of the events. Check back here or follow me on IG @WriteWithCarol for updates. Also read the reviews.

If I don’t have an event scheduled near to you, talk about the book at your favorite bookstore or if you know of a location that might be interested in hosting an event, please let me know. And if your book club is discussing the book, I would be happy to Zoom in to the discussion.

All times are in EST.

August 9-10
New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association Conference

August 12
  5 p.m.

Reading at LIT BALM: An Interactive Livestream Reading Series

August 21
  1:00 p.m.

Interview with Krylios and Erin Palmer of Team Rayceen. We talk about the origins of What Start Bad a Mornin’, the key takeaways, and what I’m working on next.

August 29
  8 p.m.
Join me as I talk with Eva Greene-Wilson about motherhood and more. Watch on YouTube or on Facebook.

September 10
  12 p.m.
  New York
New York pre-launch event!
Brooklyn Caribbean Book Festival
The event is free but register to attend.
Location: New York University,
370 Jay Street,
Brooklyn, NY.

September 18

Interview with Yolanda T. Marshall in The Caribbean Camera.

September 19
  7 p.m.
  Washington D.C.
D.C. Launch
Sankofa Video, Books & Cafe
Register to attend.
The event is free, but you can prepay for a copy of the book there, if you have not already preordered your own copy.

September 17-30

Cocoa Chapters
IG Tour

September 23
  2:30 p.m.
  Harlem, NY
Harlem Book Fair
I will be in conversation with Simone Adjei of iReadify about “Building A Global Community Through Culturally Relevant Literature”, but I will be at the festival and happy to talk about all of my books!

October 7
  7 p.m.
  Charlottesville, VA
  In person
New Dominion Bookshop Author Event
404 East Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Let us know you’re coming: Sign up on Facebook.
Preorder a copy of the book at New Dominion Bookshop to ensure you can get a copy signed at the event. Pre-order in person, complete the online form, over the phone (434-295-2552), or by email at

October 9
  7 p.m.
  Reston, VA
  In person

Scrawl Books Author Event. A conversation with author Donna Hemans.

October 14
  11 a.m.
Fall for the Book Festival
Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Voices of the Caribbean: Family, Memory & Secrets with Joanne Skerett

October 17
  7 p.m.
Reading at the InnerLoop Reading Series. Location TBD.

October 20 Private book club meeting

October 28
  St. Kitts
  7 p.m.
St. Kitts Launch, Book Talk, and Signing for What Start Bad a Mornin’ by Carol Mitchell in conversation with Nerissa Golden. Register today for free to secure your spot!

November 22 Private book club meeting
February 7–10, 2024
  Kansas City,
#AWP 2024 Panel. Mek We Talk: Language and Identity in Caribbean Writing and Beyond.

April 21, 2024
  New York
Reading at Hudson Valley Writers Center
300 Riverside Drive, Sleepy Hollow, NY

Please check back often as this list will be updated as more events are confirmed.

About the Book

Amaya Lin has few memories of the years before she turned eighteen. Now in her forties, she has compensated by carefully cultivating a satisfying life as a wife, mother, and business professional. Her husband’s law practice is on the brink of major success; her neurodiverse son has grown into an independent adult; and she has come to terms with her aunt’s dementia. This sense of order is disrupted when she encounters a stranger who claims to have an impossible connection, launching Amaya on a tumultuous journey into the past.

What Start Bad a Mornin Cover

Using three interwoven narratives spanning the US, Trinidad, and Jamaica, Carol Mitchell’s debut gives voice to an immigrant woman forced to confront her repressed memories of violent trauma.