So I am on book tour for reals. I’m in the Chapel Hill / Durham area for the next couple of days, then I head to Roanoke, where I went to grad school.
Notes so far:
- I saw a brown bunny on the front lawn of my friends’ house, where I am staying. This was at 1am, when I went out to get my computer out of my car. After setting off their alarm. Nice to see a bunny in the front yard rather than, say, someone trying to break into your house. (Clearly my mind runs toward the paranoid.)
- I got lost at WUNC. I went to the bathroom, then could not find my way back to the green room. It was ridiculous; it’s not as if the station is labrytine or anything. I’m just direction-deficit. I finally had to go back to the front desk receptionist and ask her to show me the way.
- I’ve been able to re-connect with my old friends, Leslie and John. John and I have known each other since we carpooled together as 4-year olds. Leslie was my best friend in high school. She and John started dating in high school and eventually, in their mid-twenties, got married. Now they are the parents of two ADORABLE kids. It’s been really fun to spend real time with the kids and get to see their distinct personalities. Madeline has a curious, playful soul and this innate sweetness to her. Their youngest son is a power station worth of energy and sweetness, quite jolly, loves to eat, and has a fondness for pushing furniture from one side of the room to the other. Leslie said at first she thought there were ghosts in the house because the chairs kept showing up in odd places.
- The public library in Chapel Hill–where I am now–has beautiful views of untouched woods.
- The talented and debonnair William Conescu, author of Being Written, came to my reading at McIntyre’s. So cool.
I posted my tour schedule a while back, but I’m going to re-post since the original is now buried. If I happen to be reading in a town near you, I’d love to have you come to the event!
Saturday, March 14th
7:00pm Regulator Bookshop (720 Ninth Street, Durham, NC 27705)
Wednesday, March 18th
7:00pm Barnes & Noble (4802 Valley View Blvd. NW, Roanoke, VA 24012)
Thursday, March 19th
6:00pm Fountain Books (Historic Shockoe Slip, 1312 E. Cary St., Richmond, VA 23219)
CHARLOTTESVILLE (VA Festival of the Book)
Friday, March 20th
4:00pm Virginia Festival of the Book panel and signing
Barnes & Noble, 1035A Emmet Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903
NOTES: This is a panel discussion with Cary Holladay (A Fight in the Doctor’s Office) and Jayne Pupek (Tomato Girl). We will discuss our novels of young Southern women.
Wednesday, March 25th
5:15-5:20am “Wake Up Alabama”/WIAT-TV (CBS affiliate)
6:00pm Alabama Booksmith (2626 19th Place, Homewood, AL 35209)
Thursday, March 26th
5:30pm Turnrow Books (305 Howard Street, Greenwood, MS 38930)
Friday, March 27th
Sometime very early in the morning: “Good Morning Mississippi”/WABG-TV (local FOX and CBS affiliate)
Monday, March 30th
9:00-10:00am “Live at 9”/WREG-TV
6:00pm Davis-Kidd Booksellers (387 Perkins Road Extended, Memphis TN 38117)
Tuesday, March 31st
7:00pm Davis-Kidd Booksellers (The Mall at Green Hills, 2121 Green Hills Village Drive, Suite 281, Nashville TN 37215)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA:
Saturday, April 4th
12:30pm Literary Luncheon hosted by Book Passage (51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA 94925)
NOTES: The ticket price (including cost of book) is $40.
12:30-12:45pm Guests are seated, lunch is served
12:50-1:20pm Bound South presentation
1:20-1:40pm Q & A
Monday, April 27th
7:15pm GA Center for the Book, Decatur Public Library, 215 Sycamore St, Decatur, GA 30030
NOTES: This will be a panel discussion with Sandy Novack, author of Precious. Each author will speak for 15-20 minutes, then followed by a Q & A.
Thursday, April 30th
Time tk Cyrano’s Books, 390 Main Street, Highlands, NC 28741
Friday, May 1st
7:00pm Malaprop’s Bookshop (55 Haywood St Asheville NC 28801)