But back to me doing them. I love it! Talking about books to people who showed up to see some talking about books? It is obviously awesome. I get very nervous of course, but claiming that it is not awesome would be like saying candy tangerines and rollercoasters are not awesome: patently untrue.
My very favourite thing is doing them with other authors. Partly of course this is because I fear people will not show up for just me, and it will be me in the bookshop with the tumbleweeds blowing by. (Occasionally, I would catch a tumbleweed and blow my nose with it.) Mostly it is because there is someone there to say intelligent things, and also I can have fun talking about their books.
small snippet of The October Tour With Scott Westerfeld
SARAH: Let me tell you who should make out in Scott's books! Wait... let me do an impression!
SCOTT: Silence miscreant!
Therefore I was very excited when Melissa Marr, aka melissa_writing, came to me and spoke to me sooth.
MELISSA: Sarah, you like things that are awesome, yes?
SARAH: Melissa, I love things that are awesome.
MELISSA: What say you to a group of authors of YA books, from many different publishers but united by awesome, going about the Americas and Canada like a travelling circus of awesome? What would you call that?
SARAH: I think I would call it awesome, Melissa.
MELISSA: We will call it the Smart Chicks Tour.
So, mark your calendars for awesome! (For those not in any of the areas, I will be doing Covenant stuff both sides of the ocean in May, and I have extremely exciting news about this also, but that is for another post.)
Here are the dates for all the author appearances. I have copied them all from melissa_writing, for I feel people who read this journal may like to go to feasts of awesome which I cannot attend! My bits are bolded.
September 13th—Tour launches at Book People in Austin, Texas w Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Alyson Noel, Holly Black, Rachel Caine , & Cassandra Clare 7:00 pm BOOKPEOPLE BOOKSTORE
September 14th—B&N The Woodlands in Houston, TX w Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Alyson Noel, Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, & Rachel Vincent. 7:00 pm B&N, THE WOODLANDS 1201 Lake Woodlands Drive The Woodlands, TX 77380
September 15th—Blue Willow in Houston, TX w Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Alyson Noel, Holly Black, Sarah Rees Brennan, & Cassandra Clare 7:00 pm Remote location details to come Off site event hosted by: BLUE WILLOW
September 16th—Lemuria Jackson, MS w Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Alyson Noel, Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, & Sarah Rees Brennan 6:00 pm LEMURIA BOOKS 202 Banner Hall 4465 I-55 North Jackson, MS 39206
September 17th—Poisoned Pen Phoenix, AZ w Melissa Marr, Alyson Noel, Kelley Armstrong, Holly Black, Sarah Rees Brennan, Kimberly Derting, and Becca Fitzpatrick 7:00 pm Hosted by POISONED PEN at the Scottsdale Civic Library Auditorium (holds 300 people)
September 18th—Keplers SF, CA w Melissa Marr, Alyson Noel, Kelley Armstrong, Melissa de la Cruz,, Becca Fitzpatrick, & Rachel Vincent KEPLERS (Remote location details to come )
*chicks naps on the 19th*
September 20th—Vroman’s w Melissa Marr, Alyson Noel, Kelley Armstrong, Rachel Caine, Melissa de la Cruz, & Mary Pearson 6:00 pm VROMANS BOOKSTORE
September 21st —Mysterious Galaxy w Melissa Marr, Alyson Noel, Kelley Armstrong, Mary Pearson, Rachel Caine, & Carrie Ryan Time & Remote location: Encinitas County Library, 540 Cornish Drive,Encinitas, CA 92024
September 22nd —Anderson’s Chicago w w Alyson Noel, Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Jackson Pearce, Jennifer Barnes, & Carrie Ryan 7:00 pm ANDERSON'S BOOKSHOPS 123 West Jefferson Avenue Naperville, IL 60567-3832
September 23rd —Dayton OH w Alyson Noel, Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Jackson Pearce, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, & Kami Garcia 7:00 pm “BOOKS & CO: AT THE GREENE”
September 24th —Cincinnati w Alyson Noel, Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Jessica Verday, Jeri Smith-Ready, & Margaret Stohl 7:00 pm Joseph Beth
September 25th —Toronto w Alyson Noel, Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Jeri Smith-Ready, Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl 2:00 pm CHAPTERS BRAMPTON 52 Quarry Edge Drive, Brampton, ON
I was very honoured to be asked to be part of the tour, and shall be very honoured to meet anyone who wants to come out! We will be doing stuff like chat, answer all your questions no matter how inappropriate, and sign books, and brawl for your amusement, and do impressions. You know - awesome stuff.