First, good news!
Portuguese/Brazilian rights have been sold for five of my books. (Dreams come true!)
PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ will be published in Brazil [only] by Novo Seculo Editora
EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS, ASK THE PASSENGERS, REALITY BOY & GLORY O'BRIEN'S HISTORY OF THE FUTURE will be published in Brazil and world Portuguese by Editora Autentica. These should start hitting shelves in 2015-ish.
So it started with the launch party at Aaron's Books in Lititz, PA. I love Aaron's Books. They served tacos. And cake. They were wonderful hosts, as always, and they gave me a lovely gift and treated me like a rock star even though I'm just a simple country girl. Friends, family and supporters who pre-ordered from Aaron's or came out to join us in the fun: Thank you. By doing this, you supported my local economy. You supported a family run business that cares about people, not shareholders.
|Here's Todd packing up pre-orders a few days before launch.|
Note: This is a tiny back room in a real live store, not a warehouse.
Your pre-orders helped keep the lights on for human beings.
So, tour pictures. I was touring with Paolo Bacigalupi who was talking about his new book, THE DOUBT FACTORY. He told such compelling stories about the history of the doubt industry. You have to read the book to understand, but it's chilling stuff. Trust me.
First stop, Santa Cruz, CA
I have no pictures of Book Shop Santa Cruz, but it was a great event. The next morning we stopped at Aptos High School and this was where my unforgettable day began.
Now, excuse me while I talk about redwoods.
They are magical.
Here are more pictures than you probably want. But one just wouldn't do it.
|Cheryl called this a fairy circle of redwoods. And it was exactly that.|
They were amazing trees and Yes, I did hug one.
I may have kissed it, too.
I love trees.
|Me and trees. Best friends forever.|
|Photo Cred: Cheryl|
Proof that I did hug the tree.
I can't wait to go back to the west coast and hike in forests
of these beauties. And Sequoias.
Tree love-rant over.
|Photo Cred: Cheryl|
|Photo Cred: Kathy/Cheryl|
Here we are before we took off in a car for San Francisco.
I love Paolo's shirt.
Next stop, same day, San Francisco. After many many many years of Maggie Tokuda-Hall and I wanting to get me into Books Inc. for a visit, it finally happened. I was so excited to meet her and to be part of San Francisco's LitQuake Festival. It was a great event for all kinds of reasons.
|Reason #1: Someone drew this.|
|Photo Cred: Lianna|
Reason #3: VCFA
Maximum respect to the VCFA crew of the Bay area!
You coming out to see me that night made my day even better and
I HUGGED REDWOODS THAT DAY. So this is huge.
Thank you! Thank you!
Next stop, Austin for the Texas Teen Book Festival.
|Photo Cred: Andrew Smith|
That's Andrew, A very tired me, James Dashner and the epic Gayle Forman.
We had a great night, but had to get to bed early-ish so we could do the festival the next day.
|Photo Cred: Julie|
Said post-festival bar time was a damn fun crowd.
Here's my favorite picture from the night--me and Drew with Julie Murphy who
ROCKS OUT LOUD.
So then I flew home.
I breathed for four days. I got my tooth fixed. I started the copy edits. Etc.
Last Thursday night I had an event at Children's Book World in Haverford, PA.
You all know how I feel about this bookstore, right? Heather Hebert is an independent bookselling goddess. We had a lot of fun and a huge shout out to the high school students who bused in to see me! That was AWESOME. I saw some superstars that night. Kate Walton was there, Sister Kim the mega-librarian was there (I'll be at the Little Flowers Festival in April), Jenn Hubbard was there, and Beth Kephart--who took the most amazing pictures, as usual. She has a magical camera. Let me show you.
|Photo Cred: Beth|
She always manages to catch me in the right light...
Next stop, the Boston Book Festival.
Aaaaand we're done for a few weeks. Thank you for enduring the me me me tour post.
And thank you for all of you who came out to see me on my travels.
And thank you for all of you who read the books.
And my brain is officially fried now.
- Clinton Book Shop, Clinton, NJ on Nov. 7th at 7pm.
- Reading Public Library, Reading, PA on Nov. 8th at 1pm.
- Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe location, AZ on Nov. 21st at 7pm.
- BONUS appearance: Changing Hands, Phoenix location, for a screening of e.E. Charlton-Trujillo's AT RISK SUMMER--a film that will blow you away, at 5pm on Saturday 11/22/14. I'll be there with mi hermana e.E. for Q&A after the screening. Proud to be a part of this project and its bright future pairing authors with facilities for at-risk youth.