Dear Chicago: I’M BACK, BABY.

Oh, Chicago (by which I mean the larger Chicagoland area). You know I love you. Those four years we had together in college? Magical. All the conventions and concerts and weekend getaways? Even more magicaler. The fact I will be back at the end of August to be Toastmaster of Chicon 7, this year’s Worldcon? Perhaps the most magicalist of all.

But for all the things we’ve done together, there’s one thing we haven’t done: An actual, bona fide, heavens-to-Betsy book tour appearance.

How did we miss doing that? Given our history, it just seems silly that this is something we haven’t done. I say, time to make that happen. And make it happen we shall. And it will be full of magicalosity.

So be there, tomorrow, Sunday June 10, 3pm at the Indian Trails Library in Wheeling. It’s free but you’ll need to register (so they know how many chairs to put out). Bring everyone you know. We’ll have the sort of fun that that only you and I can have, Chicago. Because of our shared history. Our shared history of magicalationess.


18 Comments on “Dear Chicago: I’M BACK, BABY.”

  1. I’ve been doing dramatic readings to my wife of these love letters to upcoming cities. I don’t know which bothers her more, the fact that you’re making words up or the fact that she thinks I’m reading the made up words incorrectly. I keep telling her that you’re an author, you have a license to make words up. But you’re a pro – don’t try this at home.

  2. Dear John,
    Why oh why do you have to be in the area, making an appearance on the same day I’m going to see Jenny Lawson at the HWL? My little heart is torn in two, and the only way I’ll be able to console it is to go listen to Wil reading Redshirts while my tears drip onto my pillow…

    Seriously, the ‘burbs better treat you so damn well that you want to come visit us EVERY YEAR! Because you are just that awesome!

  3. I’m registered, yet my daughter’s last soccer game of the season is scheduled to end at 2:50 in Wilmette. I’m already blowing off the end of season picnic, but should I leave early so as not to miss an iota of magicalationess? Is the magicalationess front end loaded? Dear God, how do I prioritize!?

  4. You and Jenny Lawson should do a joint signing. That would be frickin’ hilarious.

  5. Ack. I just read this in Northbrook [next door to Wheeling]. Then I looked at the time on my computer clock — 3:02 PM, Sunday June 10. *sigh*

  6. Yes, it was that good. Thanks, John and your magicalicios super sekrit guest. And thanks to Lake Forest Bookstore and Indian Trails Library for hosting such a wonderful event.

  7. Dang it, sick family members messed with my weekend. I was so busy with that then needing some fun time with the kids I only realized at 7pm that I missed the signing. It was on my calendar and everything. I feel like such a loser. Hope everyone had fun, am wondering if I want to head to Milwaukee tomorrow night.

  8. darnit!!!! I was all registered for this one and was really looking forward to this but… I ended up being up in Wisconsin all day (just finally got back to IL about an hour ago) and wasn’t able to make it. :-(


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