The trip's gone quite well so far. Flew into Los Angeles Wednesday afternoon. That night I attended a party at a friend's apartment, where I met the writer Sandra Cisneros. We chatted about writing for about 20 minutes. We're very different kinds of writers. For one thing, she's won one of those MacArthur "genius" grants. But it was an interesting conversation.
Yesterday I drove from L.A. to Flagstaff, Arizona (466 mi., 7 hr., 29 min.). This morning I stopped by the Flagstaff Barnes and Noble, where I saw The President Is a Sick Man in a bookstore for the first time. Then I drove to Santa Fe (392 mi., 6 hr. 34 min.). Winds of 50 mph with occasional dust storms the whole way. My friend's Prius, which I'm driving, is holding up well. (Don't worry, Phil.)
Tonight I'm staying at the home of James McGrath Morris, whose acclaimed biography of Joseph Pulitzer is now available in paperback. Jamie's already written a great blurb for my book, so now I am even more indebted to him!
Tomorrow I'll meander into Kansas. Looking forward to visiting the Eisenhower Library in Abilene (finally). First official event of the book tour is Tuesday night in Kansas City.
Oh, and the book got a nice mention on the Washington Post book blog this week.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
April is flying by. Last weekend's book festival in Philadelphia was fun (if a little wet). This week Allyson is attending a Mongolian language immersion program at Indiana U. (home of one of the country's only Mongolian Studies programs). Next week I embark on the book tour, flying to L.A. to pick up a friend's car, which I'll be driving all the way to NYC. It'll be my third coast-to-coast road trip (Philly-to-Seattle 1988, L.A.-to-DC 2004).
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Just a reminder that I will have a booth at the Philadelphia Book Festival this Saturday, April 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. My booth is No. 6 on 19th Street (right beside the library). I'll be selling copies of all my books, including the new one hot off the presses!
Monday, April 11, 2011
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
Forgot to mention that I will have a booth at the Philadelphia Book Festival on Saturday, April 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. My booth is No. 6 on 19th Street (beside the library). I'll be selling all my books (hopefully my copies of the Grover book will have arrived by then), as well as a few other goodies. So please go to the festival and stop by my booth!
Been a crazy week. The President Is a Sick Man has been published and should be available soon. I got my copy last Thursday, and I really think it's a great looking book. Meanwhile, the paperback of Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure is now on sale. It includes a new afterword in which I explain how I tracked down Harry's 1953 Chrysler. I anchored the NPR newscasts overnight Saturday and Sunday. Did OK, I think. Then on Monday night I saw Yes in concert at the Warner Theater right here in Washington. Sat in the second row - it was awesome! This weekend we're off to Portland, and three weeks from today I fly to Los Angeles to begin the book tour...