Saturday, February 4, 2012

Lisa See and My Thoughts on Book Tours

I just got an email from Lisa See, the bestselling author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, about her upcoming tour for her new book, Dreams of Joy. If you scroll down, you can see whether or not she’ll come to your area.

I decided to post her schedule for two reasons: 1. I loved Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, and 2. She answered some questions I had about foot binding for Fierce, which I greatly appreciated.
(Yes, I put foot binding in my African retelling of the Greek legend of the Amazon warriors because the idea just wasn’t odd enough.)

As I looked through her schedule for her 3-month-long tour from one side of the country to the other, I fantasized about doing the same thing. Whenever I daydream about being an author, my thoughts always stray to two things: seeing my book cover for the first time, and going on a tour.
Touring sounds like the most amazing experience in the world. I’ll dress up all classy and sound all smart while people ask though-provoking questions and fawn over me. They'll stand in line that stretches to the bookstore's entrance to get their copies signed. I’ll meet interesting people and dine with them in restaurants where I’ll eat lobster and steak while we discuss literature and people tell me how I’m poised and amazing and they all want to be just like me.

It’s a pretty fantasy. I wonder what a book tour is really like?

I don’t know what book signings are like for famous people such as Lisa See, but I’ve heard the experience is often demeaning. People just pass you by without giving you a second glance. I wonder if I’ll ever go to a reading and only a handful of people will show up. I’ve heard book tours aren’t as effective as people think, and they’re expensive.

I don’t care. Maybe this is just me being green, but the experience still sounds amazing.

On November 2010 I started querying my novel before it was ready. I realized today that if everything had gone exactly the way I planned it (four months to find an agent and editor and one year to get my book printed because, as you can probably tell, I’m that optimistic), I’d be packing for my book tour by now. Instead, I don’t plan on querying again for at least six months.

Life never works according to plan.

I used to make meticulous life plans, but they’ve almost all gone awry – goodness knows, I never thought I’d move from Oregon to Mississippi and work at a call center. This used to bother me. It’s gotten to the point where when things take an unexpected turn, I just roll my eyes and think, “Here we go again.”

Anyway, click below to see if Lisa See is going to visit your area.

Events

EVENTS 2012
Tuesday, February 7 – Southern California
12:00 P.M.
Lunch, talk, & signing
VROMAN’S BOOKSTORE
www.vromansbookstore.com/

695 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101
For information and tickets for box lunch, call 626-449-5320
7:00 PM
Talk, Q&A, Signing
DIESEL BRENTWOOD
Brentwood Country Mart
225 26th Street, Ste. 33
Santa Monica, CA 90402
For information: (310) 576-9960, or email: brentwood@dieselbookstore.com
Wednesday, February 8 – Southern California
11:30 AM
Luncheon
PAGES (A BOOKSTORE)
904 Manhattan Avenue
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
For ticket information: 310-318-0900, or email: info@pagesabookstore.com
7:00 PM
Discussion, signing
BARNES & NOBLE
Amerige Heights Town Center
1923 West Malvern Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92833
For information: 714-871-9855, or http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/73584
Thursday, February 9-PALM DESERT, CA
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Discussion, Q & A, signing
UCR Arts and Lectures Event (In Support of the Universities Literary Programs)
UCR PALM DESERT
75080 Frank Sinatra Drive, Palm Desert, CA 92211
For tickets, visit http://palmdesert.ucr.edu/programs/arts_letters.html
Saturday, February 11-Long Beach, CA
1:30 PM
Talk, reading, and signing
LONG BEACH PUBLIC LIBRARY
101 Pacific Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90822
For information: 562-570-7500 or www.lbpl.org or http://apostrophebooks.net
Sunday, February 12-Van Nuys, CA
12:00
Signing
COSTCO
6100 Sepulveda Boulevard
Van Nuys, CA 91411
For information: 818-464-1480
Monday, February 13-Centennial, CO
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Talk and signing
Arapahoe Library District
KOELBEL PUBLIC LIBRARY
5955 S. Holly Street
Centennial, CO 80121
For information: 303-542-7279 or visit www.arapahoelibraries.org
Wednesday, February 15 – Corte Madera, CA
12:00 PM
Literary Luncheon
BOOK PASSAGE
51 Tamal Vista
Corte Madera, CA 94925
For ticket information: 415-927-0960 or http://bookpassage.com
Thursday, February 16-San Francisco, CA
7:00 PM
Talk & Signing
BOOKSHOP WEST PORTAL
80 West Portal
San Francisco, CA 94127
For information: 415-564-8080 or http://www.bookshopwestportal.com/event/lisa-see-dreams-joy
Friday, February 17-San Francisco, CA
1:15 PM
Talk & Signing
9th ANNUAL SAN FRANCISCO WRITERS’ CONFERENCE
MARK HOPKINS HOTEL
1 Nob Hill
San Francisco, CA 94108
For ticket information: http://www.sfwriters.org/
Sunday, February 19 – San Pedro, CA
2:00 PM
Talk, audience Q & A, signing
SAN PEDRO LIBRARY
Grand Annex
434 West 6th Street
San Pedro, CA 90731
Notes: Ticket price includes copy of paperback
For reservations, visit www.friendsspl.org
Tuesday, February 21- Northeast
7:00 PM
Keynote Speaker
BOOK CLUB CELEBRATION co-sponsored by Library and FFLD U.
FAIRFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Oak Room at FFLD U
1080 Old Post Rd.
Fairfield, CT 06824
For reservations, visit Events/Registration at www.fairfieldpubliclibrary.org
For more information: 203-256-3155
Thursday, February 23-Beaufort, SC
12:00 PM
Talk, luncheon, Book signing
USCB BEAUFORT LUNCH WITH THE AUTHOR SERIES
HOLIDAY INN BEAUFORT
2225 Boundary St.
Beaufort, SC 29902
For ticket information, call Jo Ann Kingsley at 843-521-4147 or Kingsley@mailbox.sc.edu
Friday, February 24-Chapel Hill and Raleigh, NC
12:00 PM
Talk, signing, Q & A
FLYLEAF BOOKS
752 MLK Jr. Blvd
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
For information: 919-942-7373 or
http://www.flyleafbooks.com/event/2012/02/24/day
7:30 PM
Talk, signing, Q & A
QUAIL RIDGE BOOKS & MUSIC
3522 Wade Ave
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
For information: 800-672-6789 or http://www.quailridgebooks.com/event/lisa-yee-dreams-joy
Saturday, February 25-Ellicott City, MD
7:30 PM
In conversation with Ron Charles
Evening in the Stacks Gala
HOWARD COUNTY LIBRARY
Miller Branch
9421 Frederick Road
Ellicott City, MD 21042
Tickets are required and can be purchased at http://hclibrary.org/index.php?page=330
Tuesday, February 28—Jackson, MS
5:00 PM
Talk, Q & A, signing
LEMURIA BOOKS
202 Banner Hall
4465 I-55 N.
Jackson, MS 39206
For information: 601-366-7619
Wednesday, February 29-Austin, TX
11:45 AM Lunch
12:15 PM Talk/Q&A
WESTWOOD COUNTRY CLUB in conjunction with BookPeople
3808 West 35th Street
Austin, TX 78703
For information: Katie Lazar, 512-610-0462
7:00 PM
Talk, Q&A, Signing
BOOKPEOPLE
603 North Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78703
For information: 800-853-9757 or http://www.bookpeople.com/event/lisa-see-dreams-joy
Thursday, March 1-Orlando, FL
8:00 PM
Talk, Q&A, signing
ADULT LITERACY LEAGUE’S READING BETWEEN THE WINES EVENT
Sheraton Orlando Downtown
400 West Livingston Street
Orlando, FL 32801
For information: http://adultliteracyleague.org/rbtw
Saturday, March 3-Torrance, CA
2:00 PM
Talk & Signing
TORRANCE PUBLIC LIBRARY
3301 Torrance Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90503
For information: 310-618-5959 or
http://www.torranceca.gov/events/webevent.plx?cmd=listmonth;token=guest.3cedba14256f11931ae53048e651074a;y=2012;m=3;d=
Tuesday, March 6-Charlotte, NC
12:00 PM
Talk, Luncheon, Signing
41st Annual Book and Author Event
QUEENS UNIVERSITY OF CHARLOTTE
1900 Selwyn Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28274
For ticket information, contact Dr. Carol Walker Jordan at 704-337-2400 or jordanc@queens.edu
Wednesday, March 7 – Los Angeles, CA
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Talk and Signing
Von der Ahe Family Suite (William H. Hannon Library, L3)
Loyola Marymount University
1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA
For information: http://libguides.lmu.edu/content.php?pid=245370&sid=2026914
Thursday, March 8-Fairway, KS
7:00 PM
Talk, signing, Q&A
VILLAGE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Off-site event sponsored by Rainy Day Books
6641 Mission Road
Prairie Village, KS 66208
No ticket required. Buy a book to enter.
For information: 913-384-3126 (Rainy Day Books)
Friday, March 9-Omaha, NE
11:00 AM
Talk, signing
COLLEGE OF SAINT MARY
7000 Mercy Road
Omaha, NE 68106
For information: RSVP to Jaime Corsar, jcorsar@csm.edu or 402-399-2309, or http://www.csm.edu/About_Us/News__Events/
Saturday, March 10-Tucson, AZ
1:00 PM
Panel
For the Love of Book Clubs with Eleanor Brown and Randi Susan Myers
TUCSON FESTIVAL OF BOOKS
U OF ARIZONA CAMPUS
3:00 P.M.
Signing
Mostly Books booth
TUCSON FESTIVAL OF BOOKS
U OF ARIZONA CAMPUS
4:00 P.M.
An Hour with Lisa See
TUCSON FESTIVAL OF BOOKS
U OF ARIZONA CAMPUS
For information: http://tucsonfestivalofbooks.org/
Sunday, March 11-Tucson, AZ
1:00 PM
Tucson Festival of Books
History Through Women’s Eyes with Alice Hoffman and Nancy Turner
U OF ARIZONA CAMPUS
For information: http://tucsonfestivalofbooks.org/
Monday, March 12- St. Louis, MO
11:00 AM
Luncheon
St. Louis Women’s Club
4600 Lindell Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108
For tickets, contact CarolynGFarrell@gmail.com
6:00 PM
Talk and Signing
Left-Bank Books’ Maryville Talks Books series
Maryville University Auditorium
650 Maryville University Drive
St. Louis, MO 63141
For information: 314-367-6731 or http://www.left-bank.com/event/maryville-talks-books-lisa-see-dreams-joy
Tuesday, March 13-Tulsa, OK
7:00 PM
Talk, Signing, Q&A
CENTRAL LIBRARY (with BOOKSMART)
400 Civic Center
Tulsa, OK 74103
For information: (918) 697-9042 or http://www.booksmarttulsa.com/events/
Wednesday, March 14-Iowa City, IA
7:00 PM
Talk, signing, Q & A
PRAIRIE LIGHTS BOOKSTORE
15 S. Dubuque St.
Iowa City, IA 52240
For information: 319-337-2681
Friday, March 16 –Huntington Beach, CA
11:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Talk, signing, Q & A
THE HUNTINGTON BEACH PUBLIC LIBRARY
7111 Talbert Ave
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
For information and event registration: 714-375-8429
Saturday, March 24-Arcadia, CA
12:00 PM
Luncheon
American Association University Women –Arcadia Branch
Offsite event at CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD
JORDAN FELLOWSHIP HALL
400 W. Duarte Rd.
Arcadia, Calif. 910007
For tickets, please contact pattypoppy9401@yahoo.com
Sunday, March 25-Boca Raton, FL
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Talk, Q&A, Signing
ADOLPH & ROSE LEVIS JCC, THE SANDLER CENTER
21050 95th Avenue S.
Boca Raton, FL 33428
For reservations, call 561-558-2520
Monday, March 26-Naples, FL
12:00 PM
Talk, Q&A, Signing
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY OF COLLIER COUNTY / NICK LINN LECTURE SERIES
NAPLES GRANDE BEACH RESORT
475 Seagate Drive
Naples, FL 34103
For information to purchase tickets: 239-262-8135 or http://www.collier-friends.org/lectureseries.html
Tuesday, March 27-Los Angeles, CA
10:00 AM
Luncheon event
UNIVERSITY WOMEN OF JUDAISM
COLEN CONFERENCE ROOM
American Jewish University
15600 Mullholland Drive
Los Angeles, California 90077
Reservations required.
For more information, call Betty Carmona at 310-440-1283
Wednesday, March 28-Westlake Village, CA
10:00 AM
Talk, Q & , and Signing
BOOKS ‘N’ BRUNCH
NORTH RANCH COUNTRY CLUB
4761 Valley Spring Drive
Westlake Village, CA 91362
For reservations, call Susan at 805-388-0579
Saturday, March 31-Whittier, CA
2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
Closing Key note address
12th annual Whittier College Friends of the Shannon Center Bookfaire
The Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts
Whittier College
6760 Painter Avenue
Whittier CA 90608
For information: http://www.shannoncenter.org/calendar.html
Monday, April 2-Pittsburgh, PA
7:30 PM
DRUE HEINZ ARTS & LECTURES
Carnegie Music Hall
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
For information: 412-622-8866 or http://pittsburghlectures.culturaldistrict.org/production/28927
Saturday, April 7-Covina, CA
2:00 PM
Talk, signing, Q & A
COVINA PUBLIC LIBRARY
234 N. Second Ave.
Covina, CA 91723
For information: 626-967-3935
Saturday, April 14– ORANGE COUNTY, CA
1:15 PM
Keynote Speech
Literary Orange
UC IRVINE STUDENT CENTER
For ticket information: http://literaryorange.org
Monday, April 16—San Diego Area
11:30 AM
Lunch, Talk, Signing
Fallbrook Library
Annual Community Read Luncheon
124 S. Mission Road
Fallbrook, CA 92028
For reservations, visit http://fallbrooklibraryfriends.org
7:30 PM
Talk, Q&A, Signing
WARWICK’S
7812 Girard Avenue
La Jolla, California 92037
For information: 858-454-0347
Tuesday, April 17- Rancho Santa Fe, CA
11:30 AM
Lunch, Talk, & Signing
Del Mar Country Club
6001 Clubhouse Drive
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
For reservations, call Kristy Kielborn at 858-759-5500 ext. 274.
Thursday, April 19 – Sunday, April 22 – Tucson, AZ
The Literary Escape at Canyon Ranch in Tucson
Ancient Wisdom for Todays World
Don’t miss the opportunity to join bestselling author Lisa See, along with famed book group guru Julie Robinson, for an intimate book club weekend.
Canyon Ranch,
Tucson, AZ
For information and special group rate contact LiteraryAffairs@earthlink.net
Friday, April 27 – Valencia, CA
9:30 am
Keynote and Signing
College of the Canyons
Writing Matters Conference
26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd
Valencia, CA 91355
The event is free and open to the public
For more information: www.canyons.edu/writingmatters


 

2 comments:

  1. LOL Teralyn, your author fantasy sounds just like mine! But you're right, we might actually have to be JK Rowling to draw the crowds we envision. Still, it helps keep me going:)

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  2. Totally... I like my pretty little fantasies, even when they're outrageous!

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