Last night in Milwaukee: a collaborative reading/performance at Boswell Books. Shakespearean actors performed the scene from Lear that opens the book; I picked up at the line where the actor dies and read for a while, they dramatized the book’s interview sections—the shock and joy of hearing your text brought to life—we closed with a chapter where I read and they said lines from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I’ve never done a more thrilling event. These weeks of strange new things.
“What does it feel like?” the sales rep asked when he picked me up at the Milwaukee airport the other day, asking about the National Book Award longlist. I don’t know. It’s wonderful. It doesn’t always seem quite real. It makes me very happy and also I’m aware at all times they could just as easily have picked an entirely different set of ten books for the fiction long list. This stuff’s crazily subjective.
Above: the art museum, not far from my hotel. I walked there yesterday with a few hours to kill between a radio interview and the Boswell event. It was closed when I visited, but beautiful to look through it at the lake on the other side.
Can’t wait for Stephanie Perkins’ Isla and the Happily EverAfter? Pre-order the book from the select retailers below and you’ll receive a set of Stephanie Perkins inspired buttons and a set of decals! Also, 25 lucky people will receive a Perkins tote bag as well!
Below is a list of participating stores.
NOTE: Not all stores take on-line preorders and though we’ve noted which stores do take pre-orders, it’s always good to double check with the stores themselves to make sure you will receive your Perkins Prize Packs!
So these are the books that I hardly ever feature in my photos because they’re stored in a storage box I have under my desk. I keep forgetting about them because of where they’re kept, haha. But I will get to them…Sometime…. 😂❤️📚👏🏻📖😍👍🏻
Mac Barnett and me are hitting the road for our new book, Sam & Dave Dig A Hole, which comes out next week— here are the dates. There’s some local LA stuff to be announced in addition to these a little later on. Also, I’ll be doing some Canadian dates on my own in November.
Tues, Oct. 14:Boswell Book Company
6:30 pm 2559 North Downer Ave Milwaukee, WI
Wed, Oct. 15:Anderson’s Bookshop Naperville
7 pm 123 West Jefferson Avenue Naperville, IL 60540
Thurs, Oct. 16The Book Stall
4:30 pm 811 Elm Street Winnetka, IL 60093
Fri, Oct. 17 Reading Reptile (early for families, later for adults)
6 pm & 9 pm 14 West 10th Street Kansas City, MO 64105
Sat, Oct. 18 Barnes & Noble
10 am 2208 Bernadette Drive Columbia, MO 65203
6 pm Spencer Road Branch Library
427 Spencer Road, St. Peters, MO
Sun, Oct. 19 Indianapolis Public Library (with Kids Ink)
2 pm 40 East St. Clair Street Indianapolis, IN 46202
Join us at Boswell Books Monday, August 29th, as we welcome Ernest Cline and his novel, Ready Player One, to their second Milwaukee stop on the tour! This is guaranteed to be a geeky good time. We’ll be bringing some 80s-themed merchandise to get everyone in the right state of mind! If the staff recommendations for this book aren’t enough to sell you, talk to Margaret! She read the book and loves it!
August 29, 2011 - 7pm Boswell Books - 2559 N. Downer Avenue