Archive for September, 2009

On the Road Again

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Hi everyone. Greetings from Dallas, Texas, where I am at the midway point in my “Marley Goes to School” tour. So far, it’s been going great, I’m eating my vegetables, and enjoying meeting lots of new and really wonderful folks.

The tour began Monday with a 23-station radio satellite tour from home. Then Tuesday I flew to Atlanta and did an evening talk at a Barnes & Noble there, followed on Wednesday by appearances in two schools, one public, one private. Then I hopped on a plane for Houston, where I made stops at two more schools and at Brazos independent bookstore. This morning I caught a short flight to Dallas, where I spoke with 200 kids at St. Monica’s Catholic School, and then gave a talk/reading/signing at a Borders store. Tomorrow I head for Denver, then Boulder and Seattle before heading home. To see when and where I’m appearing, please click the “events” tab on the top of this page.
Meanwhile, here are links to two media spots about Marley Goes to School. The first is from CNN, whose studios I stopped by while in Atlanta. The second is from the Dallas Morning News.
Now I’m off to sleep. Up before dawn tomorrow to catch my flight to Denver. If I’m going to be in your neighborhood, please stop in and say hello.

Off on Book Tour

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

August was a blissfully lazy month for me, filled with long, wide-open days in which I weeded, picked blueberries and eggplants (but no tomatoes; the deer devoured every last plant), sailed, plucked herbs from the garden for the evening meal, watched the bees come and go from their hives, and strummed guitar with friends around campfires. But those dog days are over now. It’s September, the kids are back in school…and it’s time to get busy!

And busy I am about to get. My book tour for my new illustrated children’s book, “Marley Goes To School” (which is hanging tough at #3 on the New York Times’ children’s picture-book bestseller list) kicks off this Monday, Sept. 14, with a satellite radio tour. Basically, a satellite radio tour entails waking up at an ungodly hour, drinking large quantities of coffee, and chatting in my peppiest voice with various morning-show hosts, one after the other, by telephone while still in my pajamas. Six hours later I will be done, and a whole lot of radio listeners will have heard my nasally voice, which at that hour of day, just might constitute cruel and unusual punishment.

That’s Monday. The next day, I leave on an eight-day tour that will take me roughly in a giant clockwise circle around the country. In each city, I will talk to students at two different schools during the day, and then appear at a bookstore for a reading, talk, Q&A, and signing in the evening. I’m posting my schedule below. I’d love to say hello to anyone who stops by. Kids, grownups and everyone in between are heartily welcome. (I’ll be signing Marley & Me, The Longest Trip Home, and my other kid books at these events, as well.)

In October, I’m back out on the road, making a similar cross-country trek for the paperback release of The Longest Trip Home. More details about that tour to come.

OK, here’s the children’s tour info. See you there!

Tuesday, September 15
7PM Barnes & Noble
Talk/Q&A/Signing 7660 North Point Parkway
Alpharetta, GA 30022

Thursday, September 17
7PM Brazos Books
Talk/Q&A/Signing 2421 Bissonnet
Houston, TX 77005

Friday, September 18
7PM Borders
Talk/Q&A/signing 10720 Preston Road
Dallas, TX 75230

Saturday, September 19
3PM Tattered Cover
Talk/Q&A/Signing 9315 Dorchester Street
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129

Sunday, September 20
4PM Boulder Books
Talk/Q&A/Signing 1107 Pearl St
Boulder, CO 80302

Tuesday, September 22
7PM Third Place Books
Talk/Q&A/Signing 17171 Bothell Way
Lake Forest Park WA 98155