Wow! It has been a very busy few weeks! Elliot and I criss-crossed the country on a book tour to promote Little Elliot, Big City. We met lots of new friends! Here are some highlights from each stop…
9/19 Norfolk, VA
I started my journey at SIBA (Southern Independent Booksellers Association).
9/20-21 Arlington, VA
Next stop was NAIBA (New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association). This was a treat because I had most of Saturday free, so I got to see my brother-in-law, Kevin, who just happened to be in town, and I got to walk around DC, which I’ve never done before. I took quite a few fun pics while walking the Mall…
On Sunday I was a part of the Discover New Authors Moveable Feast, and met a lot of friendly East Coast booksellers. I also got to stop by the Jefferson Memorial.
9/22-24 Seattle & Bellingham, WA
I returned to my second home, Seattle for several days. Though I had a book release party there in August, I was able to have an in-store event on the 23rd at Third Place Books in Ravenna for all the folks who couldn’t make the last one (and a few diehards who came for round 2!)
On the 24th, I read at Village Books in Bellingham, WA. I was so excited to see my old friends Natalie & Kay there! We had some yummy crepes afterward.
I also read that day at Lowell Elementary, my first school visit on the tour!
On the 25th, I was back in Seattle, reading at View Ridge Elementary and Highland Terrace Elementary.
9/25-26 Bay Area, CA
San Francisco was wonderful! Though I was staying in the city, my events were in Marin & Sonoma Counties.
The good folks at Book Passage supplied books at Coleman Elementary and Glenwood School in San Rafael. When we were waiting for the auditorium to clear out from music class, I got to watch a really enthusiastic teacher lead about 150 kids in the cutest rendition of Pharrell’s “Happy.”
We stopped by Book Passage on the way back to town, and my media escort, Kevin Peters, spotted this…
That night I had a lovely dinner reunion with my friends Christine, Michael, Karl & Wynn.
The next day we headed up to Petaluma to Miwok Elementary, Old Adobe Elementary, and Valley Vista Elementary.
Afterwards, I had a “meet the author” event at Copperfield’s Books.
9/27 Portland, OR
On Saturday, I read at two Powell’s Books locations! After being a Northwesterner for ten years, this was a pretty big deal for me.
My favorite surprise was a cameo by Maggie Rudy at my Cedar Hills Crossing reading & signing. I’ve been such a fan of her work for such a long time, so it was so awesome finally meet her. We ended up getting a very quick lunch (as in she watched me scarf down a salad), as I was whisked away to the train station to head to Tacoma!
9/27 Tacoma, WA
At PNBA (Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association), I was part of the brand spanking new Sweet & Greet, a showcase where booksellers can meet authors to learn about their book, get one signed, and have some dessert. It’s as if it were designed with me in mind. Also, I ran into my buddy Michael Buckley there, so after “work” was done, we got to hang!
9/28-29 St.Louis & Washington, MO
I flew into sunny St Louis, where the temperature was in the 80s! I’m glad they didn’t get the memo about it being Fall.
Chris Stuckenschneider from The Missourian asked me to visit her little friends at Washington West Elementary. Later that day, we had an event at Washington Public Library, where folks were having a pajama party and making their own paper elephants!! Here is Chris’ write up of the event.
9/30-10/1 Naperville & Chicago, IL
When I visited Patterson School in Naperville, IL, not only was I greeted by over 500 students, there was also a local news crew! Just your typical day…
I also visited St. Isaac Jogues, then headed to the hotel for some downtime. I may have slept for a few hours, then had a veggie wrap while sitting in a hot bath. Though I wasn’t washing dishes like Elliot, I too believe in multi tasking.
Best of all, my high school buddy Brian showed up, and I got to meet his wife and kid for the first time! Woah woah woah!
The next day it was on to Chicago! We visited Mann School and Holmes School in Oak Park. Books were provided by Magic Tree Bookstore, the cutest little shop (and we all know I like cute little things).
My media escort, Bill Young, gave me a quick tour of the gorgeous Oak Park neighborhood. It has many architectural and historical gems…
10/2-4 Raleigh-Durham, NC
The last leg of the trip was in North Carolina! Quail Ridge Bookstore provided books at St. Timothy’s and St. David’s Schools in Raleigh. Both schools not only gave cupcakes to me, but to all the students too!! Sounds like somewhere I’d like to be enrolled.
I finished early that day, so I got to spend some time at the North Carolina Museum of Art. They have a lovely collection.
Possibly the best dinner on the tour was had at NOFO at the Pig, a little cafe in what used to be a Piggly Wiggly.
The cafe next door had an alluring dessert case, so Elliot and I went in to investigate…
On Friday we went to Chapel Hill. Fly Leaf Books provided books at Estes Hills Elementary and Sewell Elementary.
Later that day, my cousins from Charlotte met up for a Cassidy Family Mini-Reunion!
Saturday was the last day of the tour!!! We visited The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, and it was a lovely ending to an amazing trip.
Finally, it was off to the airport to go HOME!
Buuut turns out my flight was cancelled. I did finally get home the next morning. At least the hotel I stayed at gave me this warm and gooey consolation prize…
I have to shout a great big THANK YOU to Macmillan for sending me on such a rare adventure!!! I think Elliot and I made a lot of new friends who I hope I will see again in the future. Also, a special thank you to all of the media escorts, who made sure everything went smoothly, drove me to and fro, and ensured that I had enough water, food, and underpants: Diane Duthweiler, Kevin Peters, Laura Tarrish, Bill Young, and Cindy Sellars. You were all great company.
Keep an eye on my events calendar for more events happening in the NY-NJ area this Fall!