Archive for August, 2009

A Children’s Bestseller

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

I’m happy to report that my new illustrated children’s book, “Marley Goes To School,” will debut on the New York Times children’s bestseller list this Sunday at #5. I was especially pleased, and quite honestly surprised, to see it pop up on the list before kids head back to school and before my tour to promote the book begins next month.

“Marley Goes to School” is my third illustrated children’s book, with the talented Richard Cowdrey providing the charming pictures for each. Our first book together was “Bad Dog, Marley!” which was followed by “A Very Marley Christmas.” Both were #1 New York Times bestsellers.

I’m enjoying a sleepy August around the house, but I know it is the lull before the storm. On September 15 I kick off a multi-city tour for “Marley Goes to School that will take me from Atlanta to Houston to Dallas to Denver to Boulder to Seattle to Philadelphia. In most cities, I will speak and read at two schools during the day followed by an evening event at a bookstore. It will be a whirlwind, but I always enjoy getting out around the country and talking to readers about my books. Inevitably, I meet some of the nicest people on the planet.

After the children’s tour, I’ll have a couple weeks at home before heading out again — this time on tour to promote the Oct. 13 paperback release of my memoir, “The Longest Trip Home.” That tour begins on or about the 13th and will take me across the country, including: Canaan, Connecticut; Mendham, New Jersey; Milwaukee; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Lexington; St. Louis; Portland; San Francisco; Boston; and Philadelphia. More details to come as we get a little closer.

My “Events” page will be up to date with my tour cities and venues shortly after Labor Day.

Thank you to everyone who already has gone out to pick up a copy of “Marley Goes to School.” You can email me at to let me know what you think. And I hope to say hello to as many of you as possible when I begin my two fall tours.

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