I'd never been to Tattered Cover before, but I'd heard a lot of good things. All of them are true! It's a fabulous store that was once a theater, and you can still see remnants of it if you take half a look. It was a virgin crowd with only one person fessing up to having been to one of my signings before, which made for a great batch of questions. We even had a roadie from the Outlaw Demon Wails tour! I left a lot of signed books for anyone in the area that couldn't make it.
Someday I'll tell you (by way of Peri's story) about the unexpected snags this tour has heaped upon Guy and I, but in everything you can find a sparkle of good happenstance, and when fate put us in the back of the plane with rude people we ended up laughing at, we were graced with clear skies over the Rocky Mountains while headed to LA. Beautiful.
Dark Delicacies, Burbank CA (LA)
And in LA, Guy and I signed in one of the industry's well known store, Dark Delicacies. Dark Delicacies and Tattered Cover (see above) are two of the few genre stores that are known in the industry to have been a part of its development, being a fixture in the past and hopefully the future. It's independents like these that make these tours possible, little islands of what used to be common, alert to change and welcoming it so as to keep moving forward and basically alive and thriving.
Like all independents, Dark Delicacies and Tattered Cover work hard at keeping their cliental happy, often knowing patrons by their first name and exactly what they like to read. They know how to run a successful event, and I'm always sorry to not have more time to spend with the hands-on owners/operators, but even so, I can tell when someone has their heart in what they do, and both Dark Delicacies and the Tattered Cover are such stores. The signings there this Friday and Saturday were fabulous.
The bunny brigade! I don't look for them, but I can't turn down a burning bunny when they show up. :-)
Mysterious Galaxy, San Diego
We did something very cool at Mysterious Galaxy this time, bringing everyone out for a group picture, the roadies up front with me. If you want to snag the picture for yourself, just click the photo to go to the higher res copy. I left lots of signed books, so if you're interested, give them a call! They ship worldwide. ((858) 268-4747)
Borderlands, San Francisco
Borderlands in SF is another of my favorite Independent stores. Actually, I think it was one of the first that my publisher sent me to, and it's great to see how much we've both changed over the years. When we first met, they were trying to get the property next to them to open up a cafe, and this year, I got to speak in it! If you haven't been to Borderlands recently, you've got to check them out. I left a lot of signed books--not just A Perfect Blood, but most of the titles in mass market as well.
Me and my Borderland's roadie! I remember meeting him before, and it was great to see him again!
Barnes and Noble, San Bruno
I love book store back rooms. Here I am chilling in Barnes and Noble's break room where Guy caught me slurping, but the reason I'm posting it is because of the sign. :-)
We had some roadies! I'd never been to the San Bruno store, but it was surprising how many of the people there I had either met at a previous signing or knew from my time on the internet. Wow!
Ivy and Rachel stopped by. :-) I remember these ladies from a Halloween costume contest.
And flaming, sparkling bunnies! The night was complete.
University Bookstore, Seattle WA
If I'm standing next to Duane, then you know I'm in Seattle at the University Bookstore. I had a bit of a shock coming in to the store since despite all the times that I've been to there, I'd never seen the front, and when the car pulled up, I thought I was in the wrong place. It had been arranged that this was going to be a joint signing with Patricia Briggs, and did we have fun! We did this last year, and it was a delight to do it again! This time, though, Harper live streamed the event, which you can still view by clicking the link below.
Kim Harrison / Pattrica Briggs live streaming event 3-7-2012
Because Harper was having a sales conference at the time, there were a lot of authors sparking about. I got to meet Bram, better known for his artwork but gaining notoriety in his literature now. I also got to meet Robin Hobb, and after seeing Seattle on a clear and sunny day with the mountain is beautiful relief, I know why she writes about dragons. They just live there. You can almost see them.
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Me and my Seattle Roadies!! Thank you for coming out and seeing us! It was a fantastic event with Patricia Briggs
The next morning, Patrica and I met at The Signed Page to personalize all those books that you had been ordering. A little more relaxed than last night.
I hope we can do this again.
Powells Books, Beaverton
As always, Powells in Beaverton was wonderful! We had a fabulous group of roadies, a bunch from the White Witch tour. I read, took Q&A, and signed books while Guy went through the crowd handing out goodies. It was great to see all the familiar faces, and I hope I go back next year.
Rachel? Maybe . . .
Schuler Books and Music Grand Rapids MI
Guy and I landed in Detroit late Friday night, but we weren't done quite yet, and Saturday afternoon, we made the drive out to Grand Rapids for the last event. I'd told my publicist that the only way I would get myself back out behind the podium after getting home would be if they had cake, and sure enough, they had cake!! They have three Schulers in Grand Rapids, and the event store has a fabulous space where they do stuff. Before I was there, they had live music and a book fair.
And we had roadies too! Lots of familiar faces from previous signings from as far away as Chicago and Toledo.
Harry and Bob showed up. See, I knew the cake was a good thing. Rachel was there too, but she and I didn't end up on the bunny cam for some reason and I don't have a photo.