North of the Tension Line takes its show on the road next weekend in and around Chicago.
Saturday, February 21st at 1:00 p.m.
Barbara’s Bookstores in Burr Ridge
810 Village Center Drive
in the Burr Ridge Center Village
Burr Ridge, Illinois 60527
Sunday, February 22nd at 3:00 p.m.
City Lit Books
2523 N. Kedzie Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60647
Please stop by to say hello.
Riverside Brewery and Restaurant
255 South Main Street
11:30 am Monday, December 1st
Books will be available for sale.
I’d be happy to meet you. Please come!
I’m taking a hiatus from the book tour this week. My favorite niece (See above. She’s bigger now.) is getting married and I expect to fulfill my auntly duties by running errands and tying bows on things. Apparently I am also the designated cake decorator, in which, fortunately, I will be assisted by a talented friend of the family.
I will make a strong effort not to drop anything.
Please come and say hello.
On Saturday September 27th I will be joining other Wisconsin authors for a day-long event, discussing the use of the settings of Door County in our work and signing our books. Please stop by the Peninsula Bookman in Fish Creek between 10 am and 5 pm to say hello.
So many writers have written about the humiliation of book tours: the awkwardness of sitting at a table waiting for strangers to approach. There are people who don’t want to buy a book and feel that it would be a form of rejection to stop and not purchase (and they’re right), but I hadn’t realized how many people are actually just shy. I watched today as people carefully turned their heads so as not to have to see me sitting alone at the table at Barnes & Noble. For the people who didn’t care it was easy. I could hail them and offer a bookmark which they could take or not, and they could then wander on. But there were several people whom I knew perfectly well wanted to engage in conversation, but who couldn’t bring themselves to do it. They lingered agonizingly near, sometimes for nearly an hour, but could never position themselves in such a way that I could catch their glance or smile and thus invite conversation.
I knew them, because they were me. I remember sitting next to Beverly Sills at dinner for an entire evening and hardly knowing what to say to her. I was 18 years old, and wanted so much to be an opera singer just like her, but I couldn’t think of a single thing to say. Ultimately she took pity on me, but it was an opportunity missed.
Today I am going to see if I can engage more people. If nothing else it will be a way to pass the time.
I began this novel seven years ago. I didn’t know it was a novel then, and there were many times between then and now that I doubted it was anything at all. But here it is, a published novel, and tomorrow I will leave home–without dogs,and I haven’t explained that to them yet–to begin a book tour.
I am nervous, excited, and have a certain wry awareness that the life I abandoned as an opera singer–living out of a suitcase in strange cities–has come back to find me. Why? I wonder. There are peculiarities about fate at work here.
Nevertheless, here we go. At least there will be no one with bulldozers to ask me about the water lines.
Saturday, September 20–Shelby Township, Michigan–Book Signing
Barnes & Noble
14165 Hall Rd, Shelby Township, MI
Sunday September 21 Northville, Michigan–Book Signing
Barnes & Noble
17111 Haggerty Rd, Northville, MI
Tuesday, September 23–Muskegon Michigan–Talk, Reading, Book Signing
Hackley Public Library
316 W. Webster
Muskegon, MI 49440
I have to admit that I am using this as an excuse for a four hour ferry ride to Michigan. Who wouldn’t?