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Wed April 3, 2019

Bestselling Poet and Author - Iain S. Thomas - Reading and Signing

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Moving away from Thomas’ previous themes of love and heartbreak, “Every Word You Cannot Say” explores loss, growth and self-love, and is the first wholly original book of poetry Thomas has written in several years.
A hallmark of Thomas’ popular poetry, each poem is written directly to the reader, creating intimacy and space where readers can feel empowered to speak the truths that are hardest to say. “May this book find the person it needs to,” says Thomas. “May they find every word they were looking for.”
Besides being about Thomas’ own struggles with depression, anxiety and self-doubt, and the things everyone struggles with at some point, “Every Word You Cannot Say” is a response to today’s incredibly divided, isolated world.
Thomas believes that we can communicate more and faster than ever before, but we’re talking to each other less than ever, and that makes us feel afraid and alone. He believes that we all, “Compare our behind-the-scenes to everyone else’s highlights reel. This book is about the things we can’t say to each other, but more importantly, the things we can’t seem to say to ourselves.”
Because Thomas grew up during the turbulent time of apartheid in South Africa, his work is in part a reaction to living in an environment obsessed with race and classification. As a result, he writes things that could be true of anyone who reads them, regardless of their age, race, location or gender. He made a rule for his first collection of poetry, one that he has kept: that he would only ever talk about “you” the reader, the human being, and not the things other people might use to define or classify someone.

About Iain S. Thomas
Iain S. Thomas is a writer and new media artist. He is author of several books, the most popular of which is “I Wrote This For You” which found an impressive, worldwide fan base: a poetry book which focused on love and heartbreak, and garnered Thomas a huge celebrity following including Steven Spielberg, Khloe Kardashian; Ariana Huffington, Camilla Cabello; worldwide social media star Chiara Ferragni, and more.
I Wrote This For You was a project that started in 2007 as a blog that Thomas wrote early in the morning or late at night or in the car on the way to a presentation or in-between meetings. He paired short poems next to photographs by his friend Jon, a photographer whom he met over the internet. The blog became incredibly popular, spreading across the internet and early social media. Eventually in 2011, it became a bestselling book debuting at the top of the poetry bestseller lists and it continues to sell out across the world.
As a copywriter and a creative director, Thomas worked on innovative design and communication projects for clients which included Nike, Levi’s, Johnny Walker, The Design Indaba (one of the world’s premier design festivals), MTN (Africa’s largest telco), and many more. From Los Angeles, to Amsterdam, to Johannesburg, to Cape Town, his work spanned everything from monuments to biodegradable posters. When Thomas is not writing, drawing or working, he spends times with his family in the outdoors in Cape Town, South Africa.
Moving away from Thomas’ previous themes of love and heartbreak, “Every Word You Cannot Say” explores loss, growth and self-love, and is the first wholly original book of poetry Thomas has written in several years.
A hallmark of Thomas’ popular poetry, each poem is written directly to the reader, creating intimacy and space where readers can feel empowered to speak the truths that are hardest to say. “May this book find the person it needs to,” says Thomas. “May they find every word they were looking for.”
Besides being about Thomas’ own struggles with depression, anxiety and self-doubt, and the things everyone struggles with at some point, “Every Word You Cannot Say” is a response to today’s incredibly divided, isolated world.
Thomas believes that we can communicate more and faster than ever before, but we’re talking to each other less than ever, and that makes us feel afraid and alone. He believes that we all, “Compare our behind-the-scenes to everyone else’s highlights reel. This book is about the things we can’t say to each other, but more importantly, the things we can’t seem to say to ourselves.”
Because Thomas grew up during the turbulent time of apartheid in South Africa, his work is in part a reaction to living in an environment obsessed with race and classification. As a result, he writes things that could be true of anyone who reads them, regardless of their age, race, location or gender. He made a rule for his first collection of poetry, one that he has kept: that he would only ever talk about “you” the reader, the human being, and not the things other people might use to define or classify someone.

About Iain S. Thomas
Iain S. Thomas is a writer and new media artist. He is author of several books, the most popular of which is “I Wrote This For You” which found an impressive, worldwide fan base: a poetry book which focused on love and heartbreak, and garnered Thomas a huge celebrity following including Steven Spielberg, Khloe Kardashian; Ariana Huffington, Camilla Cabello; worldwide social media star Chiara Ferragni, and more.
I Wrote This For You was a project that started in 2007 as a blog that Thomas wrote early in the morning or late at night or in the car on the way to a presentation or in-between meetings. He paired short poems next to photographs by his friend Jon, a photographer whom he met over the internet. The blog became incredibly popular, spreading across the internet and early social media. Eventually in 2011, it became a bestselling book debuting at the top of the poetry bestseller lists and it continues to sell out across the world.
As a copywriter and a creative director, Thomas worked on innovative design and communication projects for clients which included Nike, Levi’s, Johnny Walker, The Design Indaba (one of the world’s premier design festivals), MTN (Africa’s largest telco), and many more. From Los Angeles, to Amsterdam, to Johannesburg, to Cape Town, his work spanned everything from monuments to biodegradable posters. When Thomas is not writing, drawing or working, he spends times with his family in the outdoors in Cape Town, South Africa.
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