I’m finally able to unveil the full-throttle intensity of my Endurance Tour in support of Booklife and my new novel Finch. Yep, that’s correct–it’s 27 events in 36 days, not including classroom visits, getting a tattoo, gigs like covering the National Book Awards for Omnivoracious, and adventures at meerkat farms. I’ve also arranged to team up with the following writers for selected events, something I’m really looking forward to:
- Cherie Priest and Cat Rambo in Seattle
- Jay Lake, Cat Rambo, and Jeff Johnson in Portland
- Glen Hirshberg in San Bernardino
- S.G. Browne in San Franciso
- Kevin Smokler at MIT
- David Anthony Durham and Paul Tremblay in Boston
- Geoff Manaugh, Jeff Ford, and Ron Hogan in NYC
- Eric Schaller at Plymouth State University
- Sandra Rutton and Brian Lindenmuth in Baltimore
- Ekaterina Sedia in Delaware
- Mur Lafferty and Natania Barron in Chapel Hill
- Will Hindmarch and J.M. McDermott in Atlanta
I’ll be doing readings, signings, workshops, lectures, humorous talks, kaffeeklatsches, spontaneous storytelling, discussions of fantastical cities, debate about noir, and much more—basically, anything short of actual juggling and fire-eating. So come on out and support my drive to utterly exhaust myself. I’ll need your energy, and I hope to see a lot of old friends as well as people I only know through the intertubes. For the events with other writers, we’ll often be hitting a bar across the street after an event with anyone who wants to join us.
The virtual part of the tour will include podcasts for, among others, If You’re Just Joining Us, Starship Sofa, and Mystery Theater, as well as Big Idea blogging for John Scalziâ€™s Whatever blog, two weeks on the Borders SF/F Blog (second week with Jack O’Connell), a week for Powellâ€™s, a post on musical influences for Large-Hearted Boy, and extensive coverage for Amazon. After the tour, I believe I’ll be writing about the experience for the Washington Post’s book blog. (Full schedule right before I leave for World Fantasy.) During the tour, a twitter feed will be available on this blog so I can report interesting stuff from the road.
You’ll find all of the details below the break. Note that at all events both Finch and Booklife will available, no matter what the emphasis of the particular event. You can also access the information in different, less intensive forms:
—This blog’s events listings (also shows up in the sidebar)
—At Booklifenow (these lack the extended descriptions)
I’ll also post a link to the high-res version of the event posters pictured below very soon.
Such a long and somewhat insane tour doesn’t happen magically. It’s a lot of hard work by a lot of people. I’d like to thank my wife Ann for advice, intel, and travel planning, Matt Staggs for helping get events and promote them, Selena Chambers for getting the information out to all of the national book tour sites, Will Hindmarch for awesomely cool event posters, my publishers, and all the people who provided intel on local venues—you know who you are, and hope I didn’t forget anyone…
Late next week or early the week after, I will have a full roster of Finch-related “artifacts” for readers to deploy as they see fit.