Book Tour Day 7 Report & Sarah Dessen is a Classy Dame

Sleep is magical, don’t you think? By the time I crawled into bed last night my eyes had rolled up into my skull and I had to fumble to turn out the lights. I fell asleep with my hand on the light switch. I probably woke up the entire floor with my snoring. I know I woke myself up.

Before I recount yesterday’s events, I have to point out that my friend and fellow YA author Sarah Dessen is a classy dame. Sarah is a huge North Carolina fan. Huge. And I love my alma mater, Georgetown. Sarah graciously let me bully her into accepting a public bet on the outcome of the UNC/Georgetown basketball game in thr NCAA tournament. And, of course, UNC lost. Which means Georgetown won. ::dances, pumps fist in air::

Sarah is a good sport and lived up to the conditions of the bet. But the truth is, she didn’t really want to make it in the first place. In fact, she might be thinking that she jinxed her team with it. So to honor her, I’m going to send a copy of TWISTED for her public library, too. And I sure hope she is pulling for Georgetown against Ohio State.

Now, after a great night’s sleep and a disgustingly healthy breakfast, let us return to the scene of yesterday’s crimes.

Book Tour Day 6 Report – Ohio friends are the best

Short entry because it’s late and the day starts early tomorrow.

It did not start early today, thank goodness. I enjoyed a lovely breakfast, read my book, talked to family members and chilled until it was time to leave for Dayton. When I got there, I was shocked to see an actual crowd. On a Sunday. The bookseller was happy, the author was happy, the readers were happy. Happy, happy Dayton.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic This is just one section of the crowd, The Extreme Readers Book Club from Ross, Ohio. Thank you Jen Rettig and Alyssa White for bringing the group!

Image and video hosting by TinyPic I was moved to tears by these two, Sue and Georgina Grant. I met them 19 years ago when Sue’s family and mine moved into the same neighborhood. Our girls played together for years.

After Dayton, I hopped in the car and headed for Columbus, Home of the Movie Version of Speak. I was certain that few people would come out. I mean, come on – a Sunday night? During March Madness? With the event held in a high school? I had low expectations and felt bad for the bookseller.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Once again, Columbus came through for me. We had 125 people who wanted to spend their Sunday night with me. It was a magnificent audience (waves hi to the kids in the back row) and I wound up talking for more than an hour. bananagirl19 posted about the presentation on her LiveJournal. Many of the people there were teachers. One was Ann Laubach, who I grew up playing with as a kid in Syracuse. (Small world, eh?)

“But,” you exclaim in wonderment. “How could that be? The Georgetown/UNC game was playing. How could you have missed it?”

Once again, my LJ friends came to the rescue. toomuchtv37 had her mom texting her throughout my presentation. Every ten minutes or so I would point to her and she gave us all an update on the score. I talked and talked and signed a lot of books and the game was tied at the buzzer. And my girl toomuchtv37 kept me up to date. And, then? And then! She came up to me with the glorious news – Georgetown won!!!!

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Bless you, toomuchtv37. Bless you, and your mom, and modern technology. Hoya saxa, indeed.


12:00 PM
Speaking at Lapeer West High School (not open to public, sorry)

Sponsored by:
Halfway Down the Stairs
114 E. 4th St.
Rochester, MI 48307

7:00 PM
Signing at Southfield Public Library (yay! open to public!)
(event location) 26300 Evergreen Rd.
Southfield, MI 48076

Sponsored by The Book Beat
26010 Greenfield
Oak Park, MI 48237

Book Tour Day 5 Report – Catching my Breath in Ohio

It was another early flight out of Miami, but it wasn’t hard to make the plane because I was still buzzing with adrenaline from the Books & Books event. I flew North, to Ohio.

My author schlepper here is Kathy Tirschek. (The proper title is “media escort.”) Her job is to take me from event to event, and make my life on book tour as smooth as possible. Kathy is a total pro. As we drove to Fort Thomas, KY to the first event, I didn’t even notice the car was moving.

The Blue Marble Bookstore, an independent children’s bookstore, was my first stop of the day. I met the owners, Tina and Peter Moore at the McConnell Literature Conference years ago, and it was delightful to finally make it to their store. Along with being wonderful people and experts on children’s literature, their bookstore has a Goodnight Moon room.

Haven’t you always wanted to step into a book?

Book Tour Day 4 Report – Part 2 – Hot Miami Bookstore



….. we interrupt this LJ post to point out that the author is pretty much speechless at this point because she is so completely blown away by the Books & Books event tonight. Please bear with her….

Freaking – ohmigah – wow.

The world of bookselling changed tonight. Books and Books raised the bar for YA events and proved that if you speak to the condition of teens, they hear you and respond. By combining music and books and an author in a friendly, fun atmosphere, the Event of the Century was pulled off. More than 400 people came. FOUR HUNDRED. Most of them were teenagers. To a bookstore. On a Friday night.


Image and video hosting by TinyPic This was the first of FIVE bands that completely rocked the house.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic These are The Corrupters. (See the guy in the Nirvana shirt? He signed his guitar pick for me.)

The other bands were Raffa & Ranier, The Skamatics, Three Beef Burrito, and a couple whose name I can’t find in my notes. And DJ Brian Brooks spun music (from the TWISTED playlist, thank you very much) in between sets.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Did I mention the 400 people? They came to dance, to chat, to eat free pizza, to win raffle prizes, to hang out with me, and to be a part of a rocking night.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic The music was very good and very loud. Many parents sought refuge in the cafe.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic This is Mitchell Kaplan, who owns the store.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic About 125 people squeezed in to hear my talk, which took place while the bands were trading places.

Approximately one billion books were sold. Maybe not quite that many. But close. And a couple hundred teens saw a bookstore as a great place, and a whole bunch of families affirmed reading as a priority. Countless teachers heard me thank them for using contemporary YA novels in the classroom. I don’t know how much pizza was scarfed. I did not dare brave the starving hoards. Wow.

Thank you Emily, Cliff, and Mitch for simple everything, and thank you Miami for a day I will never forget.

Tomorrow’s events:
Wake up too early. Go to airport. Get on plane. The right plane. Fly to Ohio. Meet the author schlepper du jour.

Signing at Blue Marble Bookstore
1356 S. Ft. Thomas Avenue
Ft. Thomas, KY 41075

Signing at Joseph-Beth Booksellers
2692 Madison Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45208

5:30 PM
Stock Signing at Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore
3054 Madison Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45209

LATE BULLETIN!!!! It’s going to be Georgetown against UNC on Sunday for the East Championship!!