America, I will be traveling all over you!

These are my 2014 tour dates. Please come see me or I will be lonely.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

4/1: Vroman’s, Pasadena, CA

4/2: Warwick’s, La Jolla, CA

4/3: Chaucer’s, Santa Barbara, CA

4/7: Elliot Bay Book Company, Seattle WA

4/8: Village Books, Bellingham, WA

4/9: Watermark Books, Anacortes, WA

4/11: Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore, Redondo Beach, CA

4/14: The Reading Bug, San Carlos, CA

4/15: Rakestraw Books, Danville, CA

4/16: Book Passage, San Francisco, CA & Books Inc., Alameda, CA

4/17: Copperfield’s Books, Petaluma, CA

4/21: Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA

4/22: Brookline Booksmith, Brookline, MA

4/23: Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, MA

4/24: Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center, VT

4/26: Wellesley Books, Wellesley, MA

4/28: Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI

4/29: The Bookstall, Winnetka, IL

4/30: Anderson’s Bookshop, Naperville, IL

5/1: Joseph-Beth, Cincinnati, OH

5/6: McLean & Eakin, Petoskey, MI

5/7: Schuler Books, Lansing, MI

5/8: Watermark Books, Wichita, KS

5/12: Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL

5/13: The Bookmark, Atlantic Beach, FL

5/15: Blue Willow Bookshop, Houston, TX

5/18: Mysterious Galaxy Book Club Day, Mission Viejo, CA

6/20-22: Nantucket Book Festival, Nantucket MA



The ALA Midwinter conference has long been a bastion for children’s and YA authors, but I noticed this year a concerted push by publishers to bring more of their adult authors to the show. Among the notable writers making appearances were:  (top left) Gabrielle Zevin (The Storied Life of A.J. Fikrey); (top left) Beatriz Williams (A Hundred Summers); and (bottom right) Rosemary Harris (The Bitches of Brooklyn) with her pal, fellow author Lindsay Faye (The Gods of Gotham; Dust and Shadow). Publishers also made plenty of ARCS available, including Peter Heller’s The Painter.

‘Tis me!

tuesday hijinks no. 10: Printers Row Book Festival in Chicago, suitcase postmortem


1. I packed my red shoes but did not wear them. They make the photo because they go well with the ARC of Because It Is My Blood.

2. I bought the print at the festival. The verse reads:

Lady Tulip, stately dame,

From across the ocean came;

Liked this country very much,

Although she only spoke in Dutch.

This puts me in mind of a few lyrics I like from a Bright Eyes song called “Road to Joy.”

I could have been a famous singer

If I had someone else’s voice

But failure always sounded better

Let’s f*** it up, boys, make some noise.

(more Tuesday hijinks on Monday after an extended absence from the hijinks scene; it is not that I have had no hijinks, but perhaps that the spring has been altogether too hijinksical to even be reported)

tuesday hijinks, no. 9: scenes from the Rochester Teen Book Festival. I wish I could send my teenage self a time machine so I could go to this thing.

1. Cat Patrick, my co-presenter for the weekend. Forgotten is about to become my go-to recommend for teens. Ask her about the sign language troop she was in. Seriously, ask her.

2. I’d say that a handmade “Holden Caulfield thinks you’re a phony” t-shirt is just about the perfect thing to wear to a teen book festival.

3. Handmade book earrings. These Rochester Teen Book Festival attendees are seriously crafty.

4. Gran Torino. The authors were driven in classic cars to the event, and I’d really prefer to always be driven to events this way. The driver’s name I have forgotten, but he was a former shop teacher and an excellent guide. The profile belongs to James Kennedy, who travels with a tuxedo and is the shyest writer you will ever meet.

4. A.S. King & Squid. I liked the both of them immediately.

5. My answer was “A Kitten.” Melissa Walker’s answer was “Grace Kelly.” What was the question?

6. The majestic head of Terry Trueman.

7. Jack Ferraiolo will kill you with his star. (I lost mine somewhere, by the way, but that is the way with stars.)

Thanks to all the incredible volunteers at the Rochester Teen Book Festival. This event somehow concentrates all that is good about writing for teenagers into a single day. I wish I had taken more pictures, but I am photographically-challenged.

P.S. I’ll be signing bright and early at BEA tomorrow for anyone who’s around.