New Tour Dates

Three Four Five more dates to add to the book tour. The full schedule so far, with new dates in bold:

4/24: Seattle, WA
4/25: Half Moon Bay, CA
4/26: San Francisco, CA
4/27: Berkeley, CA
4/28: Los Angeles, CA
April 30: Phoenix, AZ
5/1: San Diego, CA
5/2: Portland, OR
May 3: Iowa City, IA
5/4: Milwaukee, WI
5/5: Minneapolis, MN
May 6: Detroit, MI (actually Novi, MI)
May 8: Washington, DC
May 9: Richmond, VA

There’s still a possibility of an additional date or two getting jammed into the schedule; I should know soon, I think we’re pretty much done, and I’ll add actual appearance times and locations in a later post. Also, for you Ohioans, we’re looking to have an appearance in Columbus later in May. More details when it gets locked down.

Update, 5:11 pm — Another appearance confirmed: Iowa City.

Update, 5:57 — Another appearance confirmed: Phoenix.

64 Comments on “New Tour Dates”

  1. john, any plans on dates for the east coast? i’ve got a couple of scalzi books itching for a signature :)

  2. If you have the choice, Flying Fish Grill in Half Moon Bay is awesome. Fish tacos and garlicky calamari, mmmm!

    I know of awesome stuff in Mpls, too, but more of it.

  3. changterhune – Before you hear lies from Chang Terhune himself, we thought we’d tell you the truth: without us, his old action figures, he’d be nowhere. He loved science fiction from way back and began reading it at an early age, but it was through us that he acted it all out. That’s what led to the writing. He watched a lot of science fiction shows like Star Trek, U.F.O, and movies, too. But we were always there to do his bidding. And it’s like they say: you always forget about the little people on your way up. Oh, the 70’s and early 80’s with him were good times! He’d use these blocks and make all the crazy buildings for us to be in his stories. I gotta say the kid’s imagination was pretty damn fertile. Oh, he had friends, but they just weren’t into it like him. He was like the Lance Armstrong of action figures. And of science fiction. At first, when he began writing in the eighth grade, we didn’t mind. He still made time for us. And we knew that when he was holding us in his sweaty little hands and he got that far off look in his eye, he’d come back to burying us in the back yard or - god forbid! – blowing us up with firecrackers. But it was worth it for a part in one of those stories. We loved him for it. He kept us around even when we were minus a leg or two - or even a head. In that mind of his, he found a use for all of us. Then he discovered girls. October, 1986. It was like the end of the world. One day we’re standing in the middle of this building block creation he’d pretended was some marble city on a planet near Alpha Centauri and the next we were stuck in a box in the closet. Not even a “See ya later!” Nope, it was into the closet, then we heard some high-pitched girly-giggles then silence. We didn’t see him for years. We got word about him once in a while. Heard he took up writing, but it was crap like “The Breakfast Club” only with better music. We couldn’t believe it. Not Charlie. What happened to those aliens with heads he’d sculpted out of wax? Spaceships? Those complex plots? All gone. For what? You guessed it: Girls. Emotions. “Serious fiction.” I tell you, it was like hearing Elvis had left the building. During our two decade exile in the closet, we heard other things about him. He went to college. He wrote a lot, but not much he really liked. We knew it even then. It was like he didn’t dare write science fiction. Some of us had lost hope and just lay there. Others kept vigil, hoping for a day we didn’t dare speak about. Then we heard he’d stopped writing in 1996. Did he come to reclaim us? No. He took up music for ten years or so. He took up yoga. Once in a while, he’d visit us in the closet. But it was half-hearted. His mind was elsewhere. Then one day, he really did come back for us. One second we’re in the dark and the next thing we know we’re in a car headed for Massachusetts. Suddenly we got a whole shelf to ourselves out in broad daylight! Then he bought a bunch of others form some planet called Ebay. He’d just sit and stare at us with that old look. But why were we suddenly back in the picture? He had a wife now, who didn’t mind that he played with us. So what had happened? Turns out he’d never forgotten about those stories. He’d been thinking about all of us and the stories he’d made up and then remembered he’d been a writer once. From the shelf we could see him typing away. Before long he’s got a whole novel together! Then he’s working on another one. Word is there are two more in the planning stages! Some short stories, too! It’s good to see him using his imagination again. Its good to know he never abandoned us. He returned to his true love of science fiction. We hear the stories are pretty good. Someday we’ll get one of the cats to score us a copy of the manuscript. Man, it’s good to be out of the damn closet! --- I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me
    Chang, Webkinz Purchasiing Agent

    Please come to Boston. Please come to Boston. Please come to Boston. Please come to Boston. Please come to Boston. Please come to Boston. Please come to Boston. Please come to Boston. Please come to Boston. Please come to Boston. Please come to Boston. Please come to Boston. Please come to Boston. Please come to Boston. Please come to Boston. Please come to Boston. Please come to Boston. Please come to Boston. Please come to Boston. Please come to Boston.

    Hey, Please come to Boston?

  4. Ship:

    DC’s on the East Coast. Beyond that, no other East Coast plans, sorry.

    Neth:

    Hold that thought.

    Mris:

    Thanks for the recommendation. Hope I see you in Mpls!

    Fin:

    Chicago’s probably not going to be on the tour but we’ll try to do something a little later, like we’re doing with Columbus.

  5. changterhune – Before you hear lies from Chang Terhune himself, we thought we’d tell you the truth: without us, his old action figures, he’d be nowhere. He loved science fiction from way back and began reading it at an early age, but it was through us that he acted it all out. That’s what led to the writing. He watched a lot of science fiction shows like Star Trek, U.F.O, and movies, too. But we were always there to do his bidding. And it’s like they say: you always forget about the little people on your way up. Oh, the 70’s and early 80’s with him were good times! He’d use these blocks and make all the crazy buildings for us to be in his stories. I gotta say the kid’s imagination was pretty damn fertile. Oh, he had friends, but they just weren’t into it like him. He was like the Lance Armstrong of action figures. And of science fiction. At first, when he began writing in the eighth grade, we didn’t mind. He still made time for us. And we knew that when he was holding us in his sweaty little hands and he got that far off look in his eye, he’d come back to burying us in the back yard or - god forbid! – blowing us up with firecrackers. But it was worth it for a part in one of those stories. We loved him for it. He kept us around even when we were minus a leg or two - or even a head. In that mind of his, he found a use for all of us. Then he discovered girls. October, 1986. It was like the end of the world. One day we’re standing in the middle of this building block creation he’d pretended was some marble city on a planet near Alpha Centauri and the next we were stuck in a box in the closet. Not even a “See ya later!” Nope, it was into the closet, then we heard some high-pitched girly-giggles then silence. We didn’t see him for years. We got word about him once in a while. Heard he took up writing, but it was crap like “The Breakfast Club” only with better music. We couldn’t believe it. Not Charlie. What happened to those aliens with heads he’d sculpted out of wax? Spaceships? Those complex plots? All gone. For what? You guessed it: Girls. Emotions. “Serious fiction.” I tell you, it was like hearing Elvis had left the building. During our two decade exile in the closet, we heard other things about him. He went to college. He wrote a lot, but not much he really liked. We knew it even then. It was like he didn’t dare write science fiction. Some of us had lost hope and just lay there. Others kept vigil, hoping for a day we didn’t dare speak about. Then we heard he’d stopped writing in 1996. Did he come to reclaim us? No. He took up music for ten years or so. He took up yoga. Once in a while, he’d visit us in the closet. But it was half-hearted. His mind was elsewhere. Then one day, he really did come back for us. One second we’re in the dark and the next thing we know we’re in a car headed for Massachusetts. Suddenly we got a whole shelf to ourselves out in broad daylight! Then he bought a bunch of others form some planet called Ebay. He’d just sit and stare at us with that old look. But why were we suddenly back in the picture? He had a wife now, who didn’t mind that he played with us. So what had happened? Turns out he’d never forgotten about those stories. He’d been thinking about all of us and the stories he’d made up and then remembered he’d been a writer once. From the shelf we could see him typing away. Before long he’s got a whole novel together! Then he’s working on another one. Word is there are two more in the planning stages! Some short stories, too! It’s good to see him using his imagination again. Its good to know he never abandoned us. He returned to his true love of science fiction. We hear the stories are pretty good. Someday we’ll get one of the cats to score us a copy of the manuscript. Man, it’s good to be out of the damn closet! --- I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me
    Chang, Webkinz Purchasiing Agent

    Bugger. Guess there’s not alot of interest for skiffy on the east coast.

    not.

    color me sad. too devastated to use the caps lock or shift key.

  6. To quote noted local rap group Atmosphere: “Minneapolis, Minneapolis, Minneapolis!”

    The reference to said lyric obviously does request that you stop there, since the itinerary clearly shows that you’re planning to visit. Rather, the hometown pride gathers and swells in the breast until it can no longer be contained. Huzzah, Minneapolis! Home of the largest skyscraper in the Midwest! Not counting, y’know, the Sears Tower in Chicago. The John Hancock Building, too.

    My friends and I simply must come and gawk at you.

  7. Just zero love for the Lone Star Scalziphiles, is what I’m getting here.

    *sigh*

  8. Now that you’re coming to Phoenix, will you have time to come by the Dragon Page for an in-studio interview?

    Pretty please? :)

  9. Summer, you’d need to schedule that through my Tor publicist, Dot Lin. She’s lining up all the interviews & etc.

  10. Thanks, Bob.

    I’ll have to wait until I actually know what my travel itinerary is (with the airplanes and etc) and what my media responsibilities are before I can start planning meals and etc. It’s going to be cool to see every one and I hope I do have time to just relax and enjoy myself with folks. We’ll have to see.

  11. Maybe its because I’m peeking out from under a mushroom, but where in these particular cities will you be appearing?

  12. OMAHA OMAHA OMAHA!!!

    Ok, your’re worth the drive to Minneapolis.

    Would you autograph my Scathing Review as well as my Coffee Shop? (I just got word that B&N is shipping to today)

  13. What about the convention schedule, John? Granted, it’s not all the fun of a book tour, but those are other places people can find you.

    And I guess no other J.B. Bookseller in Legacy Village in the C-Level-Land area. Me so sad.

    Chang, isn’t it, “Please come to Boston in the springtime?”

  14. Steve Buchheit:

    I posted my convention schedule a while ago: Just type “convention” in the search engine. My next convention, incidentally, is Penguicon, which is the weekend before my tour. I won’t be going to Wiscon, alas.

  15. Phoenix is good. I can go to Phoenix.

    Does this mean I have to actually read my copy of Old Man’s War before 4/30? See, I haven’t read any military sf since enjoying the truncated version of Budrys’ The Falling Torch in 1977. Hate to end a thirty-year streak like that. Come to think of it, that sort of streak is not a good thing, is it?

  16. Anna C. – I'm a university librarian with two cats, glasses, comfortable shoes, and a fear of turning into a stereotype.
    Anna

    When I saw Phoenix on your schedule, I thought I’d better ask if you planned to do an interview with the Dragon Page folks. Looks like Summer beat me to it. ;)

    Guess I’d better finish Old Man’s War before the Seattle date!

  17. Phoenix, April 30th. Calendar marked.

    Second Neth’s question re location. Perhaps the Barnes & Noble at Tatum Road and the 101 freeway? They’re author-friendly and have fairly frequent signings. Other possibilities that come to mind, though not strictly in Phoenix proper, are Changing Hands in Tempe and the Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale. (Poisoned Pen is a mystery bookstore, but they’ve had Jasper Fforde there several times for talks and signings, so SF/F isn’t necessarily a disqualification.)

  18. On the day you’re in Half Moon Bay, how about a quick hop to Kepler’s in Menlo Park? According to their calendar of events, the Speculative Fiction Book Club meets there at 6PM on the 25th. Sounds like a perfect audience.

  19. All your Chicago and Omaha fans should refer to a map… Iowa City is within easy driving distance of both, and Prarie Lights is a great venue!

  20. But…. But….. But…. (Lower lip trembling

    It’s on a weekday. And I don’t think I can get the day off… My boss doesn’t understand SF, let alone stalking SF writers. (anyone got some cheese for this Whine?)

    BTW… sorry for the multiple post. I tried to post and it appeared to kick me out. Then when I didn’t see it, I posted again.

  21. Don’t forget Chicago fans that Milwaukee is only a two hour drive up, if that, I can usually make it in 90 minutes along I94!
    C,mon on up!

  22. May 6 Detroit, MI (Actually Novi, MI)

    Does this happen to be at the Borders? I can take my lunch hour and see you! Sweet!

  23. Awesome! Richmond finally got some love! Can’t wait to meet you in person. I have a feeling you’ll seem much larger in person than you do on the interwebs….

  24. Oh happy day, when Scalzi visits Minneapolis! “See if you can get an audience with His Most Holy Skiffiness,” my hubby quipped. One more stalker to add to your lengthening list. My calendar is marked and ready. I’ll be there with copy of Coffee Shop in hand ready for personalization. Oh happy day!

  25. Looking forward to the San Diego signing at Mysterious Galaxy. By the way, your Campbell acceptance speech rocked. And you looked lovely in the crystal tiara.

  26. Josh:
    Yes it is beautiful here in the spring! We need to lure John over here somehow. Any ideas????

    We could point out the high number of great restaurants per capita… or our barbecue (McKennas Blues, Booze & Barbecue YUM)…. or STEAKS!!!!

  27. Another vote for Atlanta (heck, it’s the World’s Busiest Airport; you’re almost certain to connect there at some point ;) ).

    Re: Portland: Will you be at Powell’s? Give that city a hug for me; I miss her…

  28. Looks like the Phoenix signing is at the Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale. John, I look forward to meeting you.

  29. Omaha Lisa:

    How about the Antiquarium?

    I just noticed a Josh had already posted a comment – I changed my name to be slightly less confusing.

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