Tour Dates!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

The tour for AT LEAST IN THE CITY SOMEONE WOULD HEAR ME SCREAM is being finalized ... for full details, you can go to Appearances.

I will be heading to all points in the Midwest, including Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Louis, and about a zillion spots in Michigan (including Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Traverse City, and loads of great resort towns)!

The book is perfect for readings ... and I can't wait to ingest a quad shot latte and start babbling.

My events are kind of like a verbal Cirque de Soleil ... I read, I babble, I joke, I segue, I take questions. I hug. And I Purel. I've even been known to toss in an impromptu interpretive dance, such as "Ode to Summer."

I love book tours ... honestly. While I like my quiet time and seclusion to work, I look forward to hitting the road, reading, laughing, meeting my fans. It seems that so many of my events end in a party ... people heading out for cosmos, or beers, or margaritas. And, when others buy, it's a win-win.

The hardest part for me is packing ... considering my penchant for clothes coupled with the fact that it's summer in the upper Midwest, it could be 100 degrees, or 50. Meaning, I need shorts, jeans, he-capri's, slides, sandals, shoes, tank-tini's, jackets, hats, caps, pashminas, vests ... basically, I pack a steamer trunk, which makes it very difficult on poor Gary and the poor hotel staff. I tend not to be organized when I get to a hotel room, either ... I just grab and go, toss and throw.

I also have a thing about taking my own blow dryer. Gary thinks they are a space waster, but I have one of those blow driers that has about a hundred different heat and blow settings. The hotel blow dryers always seem to either be melt-your-head hot or briskly cold. And they have two wind speeds: Typhoon and Natural Disaster. I always end up looking like Shirley Temple when I'm done, and that does not make for a good book event.

But the best things about book tours are exploring cities to which I've never traveled, finding the great hole-in-the-wall restaurants, and, mostly, meeting the people.

Book tours prove just how meaningful indy bookstores are to a community ... they serve as resource centers, communal gathering spots, havens for readers.

If you don't see your city listed under appearances, e-mail me ... or better yet, e-mail Random House ( ... enter Wade Rouse) and let them know to send me to your hometown.

I hope to see you this June at one of my book signings ... and, if you're lucky, I'll forget my blow dryer, and will end up looking like Shirley Temple. You can take a picture, and I'll interpretive dance while singing, "On the Good Ship Lollipop" ... complete with "Boop-Boop-Be-Doo!" ending.

And then you can buy a book or two, and me a cosmo, or two.


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