Thursday, April 03, 2008

All those years I waited, and now...

I just received the strangest email. It's from Joe in Africa, and has all the trappings of the usual, "send me your checking account information, as you've won the Nigerian lottery..." But Joe doesn't want my bank statement. Instead, he wants me to move to Africa, marry him, and take care of his two children. He gave me his phone number, as he'd like me to call.

The sad thing is, there was a day when I might have considered this...

Which leads me to the next thought (or thoughts) that occurred to me last night:
Thought #1: There are actual dates on my book tour! This is real! It's going to happen!
Thought #2 (Prompted by an email exchange with Manic Mom): Omigosh, I've kissed a frog in every single city I'm scheduled to visit! ACK!

Even more embarrassing was the realization that I can share these stories without giving away a single thing you'd read in my book...I kissed so many frogs that dozens were edited out of the manuscript, just to keep the thing to 300 pages. (I wonder if I could score some publicity in some Amphibian News Magazine with this angle???)

Anyway...Here are the dates we've firmed up so far. And in anticipation of this tour, I'll be featuring frog kissing stories from each of these fine cities on my blog. This should make sure I'm still humble when I get the call from Oprah :)

BOSTON Saturday April 26, 2008
The Muse and the Marketplace Writer’s Conference
Workshop on Memoir: Behind the Scenes
Omni Parker House Hotel
60 School Street, Boston

ITHACA, NY Sunday April 27, 2008
Ithaca Vineyard Church
335 North Plain Street
9:45 & 11:30am

CAMBRIDGE, MA Friday May 2, 2008

The Coop at Harvard Square
1400 Mass. Ave

SOUTH PORTLAND, MAINE Saturday May 3, 2008
430 Gorham Road

Borders-Bailey’s Crossroads
5871 Crossroads Center Way

PHILADELPHIA, PA Wednesday May 7, 2008
Location TBD

NEW YORK CITY Wednesday May 21, 2008
Joint reading with AJ Jacobs, author of The Know It All and The Year of Living Biblically
Location TBD

NEW YORK CITY Thursday May 22, 2008
Redeemer Presbyterian Women’s Book Club

CHICAGO Saturday/Sunday June 7-8, 2008
Chicago Tribune Printers Row Book Fair

NEW YORK CITY Thursday August 7, 2008
Backspace Writers Conference
Memoir Panel with Gail Konop Baker, Jenny Gardiner, and agent Elisabeth Weed

My hidden theme for this tour will be a celebration that I'm no longer tempted to respond to internet proposals!


Surfergrrl said...

wow, sounds like quite an offer! uh, yeah, think I'll pass! :)good luck with the book tour. wish you were hitting the west coast!

~Virginia~ said...

Alas...he was too late! :) What about the southern part of the country? We feel left out!

Anonymous said...

!!!!!!!! I will definitely be at the DC one! :)

keri mikulski :) said...

Have fun with your book tour! :)

L Sass said...

I will be there in NYC on May 21!

I go to Redeemer occasionally... great church!

Paige Jennifer said...

Last night I grabbed dinner at a super hip city spot and, um, they have chocolate martini's on the menu.

And yes, I already noted May 7th in my calendar.

Sarakastic said...

feel free to give joe my number

Em said...

Yay!!! This is SO exciting!!! Your first (of many) book tour is about to begin!

a little bird said...

wow! congratulations, trish, but one thing: what's the deal with west coast neglect? come to my side of the island, i would love to attend!

Bina said...

You probably don't remember me. I used to visit you all the time when I had my blog at spaces.

Anyway, I just saw at Manic's that you have a book out! You can bet your little tush that I'm getting it!

And why, oh why, does no one ever come to Nashville on a book tour?

charlotteharris said...

How exciting! I am totally coming to your Washington DC tour stop on May 6th!

Larramie said...

That's right, Trish, you have real book tour dates because you have a real book debuting in a matter of weeks and I'm excited! :)

Darlene said... left out California?

an email proposal? he could of at least IM'nd you ;)

take a lot of pictures...

xo darlene

heidikins said...

I realize my city isn't the hippest of book-tour destinations, but I so wish I could come to one of these! (As is, I may send my peeps to stalk you in Boston.)


ellesappelle said...

I had one of those emails once. Samson from Nigeria wanted to marry me, because true love crosses the mere boundaries of, oh, never having met, or emailed, or in any way been in contact. It was the funniest thing ever but then I felt bad for laughing.

Anonymous said...

Congrats on having your tour dates nailed down! Wish I could go to one or two of your readings, but I live about 1500 miles away from them. As for your e-mail, I admit that I secretly love those sorts of messages. They are so absurd that I can't possibly take them seriously, and they amuse me to no end. The we-want-to-give-you-money ones, especially.

Are You Willing to Change? said...

Very strange email...But funny! Let me know if you every come to Atlanta. I would love to see you if you were ever down this way!

Jenny said...

Noooo - I'm out of town when you're in DC. Ack! I might have to zip up to NYC when you do your reading with AJ Jacobs. Loved his books. Can't wait to read yours!

LEstes65 said...

Is Philly going to be your southern-most stop? I'm thinking you need to get your butt down below the Manson/Nixon line. Specifically to the Austin area. Even San Antonio is only a 90 min drive for me. Hell, Dallas is only 2 hrs away, depending on traffic.

Get some Texas dates on that thar schedule thang, girl! Dang.