Iowa City Says Hi

Apparently science fiction writers are a rarely appearing sort of writer here in Iowa City and at Prairie Lights bookstore, and that seems a shame, as the folks at Prairie Lights were lovely and the audience was delightful too. And I was recorded for local public radio (I’ll post a link when it goes up on the station’s Web site), and you can’t beat that. Nice people, appreciative crowds: IIt’s all here in Iowa, baby. And then afterward I hung out with writer Rachel Swirsky and members of her writing class, talking about the craft and business of writing. Smart folks, with an amusing variety of hair colors. Because why not. If I still had hair, I might dye it an amusing color, too.

Onward — tomorrow I’m in Milwaukee, at the Harry Schwartz Bookstore, at 7pm. My first time in Milwaukee, actually, which doesn’t seem right, after all that time spent in Chicago. It’s just a 90 minute drive or so. Well, my Milwaukee n00berness will soon be corrected. Hope to see some of you there.

9 Comments on “Iowa City Says Hi”

  1. I am feeling exhausted just reading about your readings day after day. How do you keep yourself motivated and fresh for each? Care to share the secrets?

  2. I am feeling exhausted just reading about your readings day after day. How do you keep yourself motivated and fresh for each? Care to share the secrets?

  3. Woohoo! Scalzi in Iowa rocks! *grin* Seriously, tt was great fun showing up tonight and listening to you speak. Thanks for coming out and entertaining us.

  4. Milwaukee, mmmmm… beer and bratwurtz on a Friday, Just in time and a warm-up for nachos and margaritas on Cinco de Mayo while watching Oscar de la Hoya making a comeback. I hope your weekend will be just as nice.

  5. It was nice to meet you!

    I wondered how radio lady knew there were so many sf fans in the audience, and I suspect it was the rainbow of hair colors…

    Kelly Link’s read at Prairie Lights, and so has Karen Joy Fowler, though when I asked her about winning the Nebula that year, she said she kept the sf writing career completely separate from the Jane Austen Book Club side.

  6. Thanks again for coming to the store. I completely forgot about Kelly Link! Which is particularly embarassing as Paul is such a huge fan of hers. Color me red faced.

  7. Adam J. Whitlatch – Bonaparte, Iowa – Adam J. Whitlatch is the author of over sixty works of speculative short fiction and poetry, as well as the young adult science fiction novel E.R.A. - Earth Realm Army and the urban fantasy novella Retribution: Book I of the Blood Raven Saga. His work has appeared in Six Sentences, Northern Haunts: 100 Terrifying New England Tales, Dead Science, Shroud, Crossed Genres, The Drabbler, and Vicious Verses & Reanimated Rhymes just to name a few. Adam lives in southeastern Iowa with his wife and two sons. He is currently studying to become an English teacher.
    Adam J. Whitlatch

    Hey John,
    Thanks for coming to I.C. and thank you very much for the advice you gave me during the signing. Make sure you come back on the next tour.

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