Category Archives: Travels

Win’s Acronym & a Few Notes on My Book Tour

I’ve been on book tour for The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry and indeed, I’m still on book tour! Come see me at an event if you have an evening.

Many amazing things have happened to me on this book tour, and when I have a moment to catch my breath, I plan to write about a few of them. I think of the many babies in baskets I have encountered (and the one cat in a basket), the spectacular islands of Washington, the Fikry-reading Sasquatch in Anacortes, etc., etc. I have bought more books than I will be able to read in my lifetime, been stuffed with pie, lefse, cupcakes, Orca-shaped cookies, and love, seen numerous friends, chatted with booksellers of every taste and constitution (quite a few A.J. Fikrys, as is probably to be expected), met readers ranging in age from toddlers to 80+,  and yes, visited twenty or thirty bookstores, each delightful in her own way. (I do not know that I will ever tire of visiting a new bookstore.) And the tour is not quite half finished!

However, the reason I write you tonight is because of an event I did earlier this week at Books Inc. in Alameda, CA. A reader handed me a letter along with a bar of admirably dark chocolate. The letter concerns the Anya Balanchine books, and it answers a question that many of you have been asking me for months (and that I have promised to answer for months): namely, what DOES Win’s acronym mean in In the Age of Love and Chocolate? She was VERY close — all but three words. My corrections are in black ink. 

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

 

libraryjournal:

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!