I’m alive. I’m happy. I’m blessed.

And I have a LOT of catching up to do!

Look for news and stories next week. Until then, keep eating pie.

In the Home Stretch…

Most of you know that Laurie is very into running; her enthusiasm for the sport even rubbed off on me and my sons when we ran in Paige’s Butterfly Run with her and Scot. (I was last out of the group, but I finished!)  Laurie and Scot will be running in the Philadelphia Half Marathon next weekend; and while thinking about this post and that run, I imagine that at this stage in the book tour Laurie would be in the home stretch to the finish line in a half marathon.  I also know from just running a 5K that the last mile, or home stretch, is the most surreal experience.  You are beyond tired, almost giddy; yet you are so pumped that you have come this far. And then… it’s over.

Laurie has a few more public events and lots of school visits in the last few miles of this marathon book tour.  Come on out and cheer her on!

Thank you to all the booksellers, teachers, librarians, author nannies, parents, and readers (and the behind the scenes peeps – Deb, Anna and Paul) who have made this book tour such a success.  You have carried Laurie through this marathon with your heartfelt stories and praise.  I can’t wait to meet her at the finish line!

At the Halfway Mark!!

In a hurried early morning phone call to the Forest, Laurie asked that I fill you in on her activities since she last posted.

Laurie is so grateful to everyone who has come out to see her at her many events; those that walked a block and those that drove for hours, doesn’t matter, she thanks you.  She has met many new people, has reconnected with friends and fans alike, and has been ushered around this country by some amazing people. (Keep reading to see highlights!)  Here are the public events where you can find Laurie next:

Friday, November 5 – Houston, Texas    4:30PM CST Blue Willow Bookshop “Meet and Tweet” Don’t worry if you don’t tweet, you can still meet!

Monday, November 8 – Seattle, Washington    6:30PM-8:00PM PST Seattle Public Library, Ballard Branch

Tuesday, November 9 – Portland, Oregon    7PM PST  Powell’s Bookshop at Cedar Hills Crossing

Side Note:  While in Portland, Laurie will get to meet the really cool kid who made the CHAINS video.  Yes, check it out!  Isaac ROCKS!!!  (Disclaimer:  not my fault if you can’t get the words out of your head after watching this video.)  🙂

Wednesday, November 10 – Menlo Park, California   7PM PST Kepler’s Books

Thursday, November 11 – Travel Day

Friday, November 12 – School visits only

Monday, November 15 – Chicago, Illinois    7PM CST Anderson’s Bookshop, Naperville



Laurie would share really cool photos that she took while at events, which I am sure she will when she can, but I thought I would share some links to two fabulous blogs.   The first link is to the superbly detailed post by Elizabeth Bluemle in her blog, ShelfTalker, on PublishersWeekly.com about Laurie’s visit to Vermont where she visited the Flying Pig Bookstore and local schools.  Ms. Bluemle’s description of the day makes me wish I had been there.  Were you?

And then there is this recent post from Jamie, over at the Perpetual Page Turner blog.  Jamie drove an hour with her trusty GPS to see Laurie at Children’s Book World in Haverford, Pennsylvania.  Must take a look – short video of Laurie after she lost her mind, something about an android?

Okay, how does Laurie do this?  I have been working on this for most of the morning and a part of the afternoon.  This, my friends, is why I let her be the author.


Queen Louise