Fire up the engines, honey, it’s time to take this book on the road!
In about a month, I am the very lucky author who gets to visit 20 cities in 12 days, and (fingers crossed, toes crossed, jumping up and down) meet hundreds and hundreds of you guys in the process.
I am not sure exactly how the cities were chosen, except that I do know that an effort was made to get me to a couple of places I had not visited before.
There are three kinds of events on this tour. Because I write for teenagers, my smart publishers went to a lot of trouble to get me in front of them. I will be visiting 7 high schools in the course of this visit. (It was supposed to be 8, but administrators at one school apparently got spooked because of the nature of my books.) These SCHOOL EVENTS are not open to the public. Sorry. I wish they were.
A STOCK SIGNING is kind of a drive-by signing. It is not a formal book signing, but booksellers don’t seem to mind if people show up. Generally, the author sprints from the car to the store, signs a lot of books, gets to hang out with the booksellers (who tend to be very interesting people), then sprints back to the car.
A PUBLIC EVENT, is, well, open to the public. That means you and everybody you know are invited to hang out. Bring the dog, too. I like dogs.
If you see a gap of a couple of hours between events, I am sad to report it does not mean I can get together with you for coffee. Every minute of this tour is spoken for between traveling, speaking, lunches and dinners with librarians and booksellers, and – occasionally – sleep.
Enough babbling, let’s get to it!
TWISTED TOUR, Mar. 20 – April 1, 2007
Tuesday, March 20 – fly half-way across the country. Try not to bore people sitting next to me with details of the new book. However, if stuck on tarmac for more than an hour, volunteer to hold plane spellbound by reading the first 15 chapters out loud.
Wednesday, March 21 – Arkansas & Mississippi
8am – SCHOOL EVENT – Blytheville, AK
Sponsored by: That Bookstore
11am – STOCK SIGNING: That Bookstore
316 W. Main
Blytheville, AR 72315
7:00pm – PUBLIC EVENT!: Books-A-Million
135 Towne Square Boulevard
Southaven, MS 38671 (suburb of Memphis, TN)
Thursday, March 22 – Mississippi
10:30 am – SCHOOL EVENT, kinda sorta
Young Authors Fair – Oxford Conference for the Book
Gertrude Castellow Ford Center for the Performing Arts
100 University Ave.
P.O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677-1848
Midday – super-special treat for me which I will be raving about endlessly, I swear. Man, oh, man. It is going to be faulking amazing. (Yes, that was a hint, duh.)
3:30 pm – PUBLIC EVENT: Square Books, Jr.
160 Courthouse Square
Oxford, MS 38655
Friday, March 23 – Florida
12:30 pm – SCHOOL EVENT – Miami, FL
Sponsored by: Barnes & Noble West Kendall
Kendall Village West
12405 N Kendall Drive
Miami, FL 33186
7:00 pm – AMAZING PUBLIC EVENT, including a Battle of the Bands as well as a booksigning! 20% of the money from my book sales that evening will be donated to The Children’s Home Society of Florida Please bring a new or gently used book to donate to the Society. If you do, you’ll get a raffle ticket. The store is going to raffle off some Miami Heat tickets, a gift certificate to American Apparel, and other stuff. (Isn’t this great?)
Where will this awesome thing happen?
Books & Books
265 Aragon Ave.
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Saturday, March 24 – Kentucky & Ohio
12:00pm PUBLIC EVENT: Blue Marble Bookstore
1356 S. Ft. Thomas Avenue
Ft. Thomas, KY 41075
3:00pm PUBLIC EVENT: Joseph-Beth Booksellers
2692 Madison Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45208
5:30 pm STOCK SIGNING: Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore
3054 Madison Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45209
Sunday, March 25 – Ohio
2:00 pm PUBLIC EVENT Books & Co.
The Greene Town Center
4453 Walnut Street
Dayton, Ohio 45440
6:00 pm PUBLIC EVENT: Signing at Upper Arlington High School (open to public)
(event location) 1650 Ridgeview Rd.
Upper Arlington, OH 43221
This will be sponsored by: Cover to Cover
3560 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43214-4041
Monday, March 26 – Michigan
12:00pm – SCHOOL EVENT – Lapeer, MI
Sponsored by: Halfway Down the Stairs
114 E. 4th St.
Rochester, MI 48307
7:00pm – PUBLIC EVENT! Signing at Southfield Public Library
26300 Evergreen Rd.
Southfield, MI 48076
Sponsored by: The Book Beat
Oak Park, MI 48237
Tuesday, March 27 – Michigan
3:30 pm – PUBLIC EVENT: Borders/Birmingham
Birmingham, MI 48009
7:00 pm – PUBLIC EVENT: Nicola’s Books
Westgate Shopping Center
2513 Jackson Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Wednesday, March 28 – Illinois & Missouri
4:30pm PUBLIC EVENT: Piece of Mind Books
1530 Troy Rd.
Edwardsville, IL 62025
7:00 pm PUBLIC EVENT: Signing at St. Louis Public Library – Buder Branch
4401 Hampton Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63109
Sponsored by: Left Bank Books
399 N. Euclid
St. Louis, MO 63108
Thursday, March 29 – TEXAS!
10:30am – SCHOOL EVENT – Houston, TX
Sponsored by: Blue Willow Bookshop
14532 Memorial Dr.
Houston, TX 77079
1:30pm – ANOTHER SCHOOL EVENT – Houston, TX
Sponsored by: Brazos Bookstore
4:00pm – PUBLIC EVENT: Brazos Bookstore
Houston, TX 77005
Friday, March 30 – Texas
2:00pm – SCHOOL EVENT – Austin, TX
Sponsored by: Book People
4pm STOCK SIGNING – Book People
603 North Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78703
Saturday, March 31 – California
4:00 pm PUBLIC EVENT: Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park CA, 94025
Sunday, April 1
Sleep on plane.
Drool all over self.
Sign cocktail napkins in a daze.
Sign walls of airplane bathroom in stupor. Sign face of appalled flight attendant.
Sleep in squad car.
Read TWISTED out loud to cell mates.
Have husband bail me out.
Start writing new book.
Signings after the Official Tour
Saturday, April 28 – New York
6:00pm – River’s End Bookstore
19 W Bridge St
Oswego, NY 13126
Friday, May 11 – Pennsylvania
6:00pm PUBLIC EVENT: The Moravian Book Shop
428 Main St.
Bethlehem, PA 18018