Must Be That Time of Year Again…

Jeff VanderMeer • June 6th, 2009 @ 7:44 am • Photos

Hot, muggy, and no matter where you park around our house, this happens. If we lived in Nawlins and it was Mardi Gras time, I might get away with driving around like that. As it is, the local bagel place employees looked askance at the vehicle. Like somehow it meant I was living in it.

Some more random photos for your Saturday, while I work away on BookFinch and Finchlife stuff.

Oh–and the “endurance book tour” behind Booklife and Finch, for November-December, will be fleshed out by the end of the month. If you’re affiliated with a university, a writers workshop, or a bookstore that might be interested, or you’re aware of possible venues, drop me a line at vanderworld at I’m starting in Seattle, driving down the West Coast, then heading inland through Arizona, coming up through Colorado toward the Great Lakes area and then through the Northeast and down the East Coast.

20 Responses to “Must Be That Time of Year Again…”

  1. Adam says:

    Where exactly will you be by the Great Lakes area?

  2. Jeff VanderMeer says:

    Heh. From one end to the other. Nothing’s out of the question.

  3. spencer says:

    Come to Cincinnati! (Or Miami U. in Oxford, OH.)

  4. Adam says:

    We’d love to have you come to the University of Wisconsin-Superior in Superior, Wisconsin. It’s at the far eastern tip of Lake Superior.

  5. Jeff VanderMeer says:

    It looks like I’m definitely coming to Madison and that area. So my question is–when you say “we” are you afiliated with that university, and is there a reading series or whatnot I can tap into? You can email me any info at vanderworld at

    Spencer–got any solid info? Email me! Thanks.

  6. Michael says:

    I feel your pain with the tree bits all over the place. Directly across the street from me is a GIANT cottonwood tree and right around this time of year it becomes winter in the summertime. :P I was talking with Jim Hall ( Cult-Pop partner in crime ) about the Vandertour last night. You know we would love to have you in the Detroit-area. We could you a tour of our lovely post-apocalyptic wasteland.

  7. Hellbound Heart says:

    thanks for showing an example of the aesthetically pleasing and tasteful momentos that are available down under if you care to visit here…..remember one new year’s eve a few years ago, my beloved and i went down to sydney to see the fireworks and to whoop it up….HUUUUUGE night, vaguely remember the opera house morphing into some strange shape……

    finch books look wonderful, congratulations on the arrival of your finchlings!

    peace and love….

  8. Jeff VanderMeer says:

    Michael: Do you think you guys could help set something up? Re Detroit? I’d love to meet you both. It’s just there are so many stops I’d need some help with Detroit. I’d be more than willing to call it a CultPop-sponsored event, no matter where it was.

  9. Larry says:

    I’m curious: Is it true that Jackson is smarter than the average honors student? If so, that might explain my experiences as a teacher in less than two sentences.

    At least you don’t have the pigeon dive-bombing target look to the car this time. That’s a positive, right?

  10. Jeff VanderMeer says:

    Yes, Jackson is smarter.

  11. Nadine A says:

    Hi Jeff-I know of a local indie bookstore in the phoenix area that would love to have you. it’s called The Poisoned Pen, and is in Scottsdale. They’re really reaching out lately to the spec fic community and hosted Charles Stross recently, as well as having signed UK eds of The City and the City.

  12. Jeff VanderMeer says:

    Hey, Nadine–thanks for that. It’s on our list. It’s good to know that’s a good choice, though. If you have any personal contacts there, let me know.

  13. Michael says:

    Hey Jeff: Yeah I’m willing to help out. In fact we were talking about possible venues to have you sign at. We should be able to get something set up for you. :)

  14. Jeff VanderMeer says:

    Cool–thanks, man!!! Let me know. And I’ll let my publisher know it looks like a probable.


  15. Nadine A says:

    Yes, I do. I will call the events manager Monday-I know she’d love to have you.

  16. Jeff VanderMeer says:

    Thanks, Nadine. When she says she doesn’t know who I am, tell her I’m that comedian with all the props.

  17. Nadine A says:

    Jeff, I just spoke to Lorri and she’d love to do a workshop with you themed around some of the Booklife stuff on a Saturday.

  18. jeff vandermeer says:

    hey–thanks. can ya email me at vanderworld at

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