Sunday, March 6, 2011

Patrick Rothfuss Craziness and How Milwaukee Can Politefully Request a Stop on the Tour

In between stints at our various events around town, I was able to tabulate and send out our weekly bestsellers. Hardcover nonfiction first:

1. Chinaberry Sidewalks, by Rodney Crowell
2. Life, on the Line, by Grant Achatz and Nick Koikonas
3. Swimming in the Daylight, by Lisa Paul
4. Getting Naked, by Patrick Lencioni
5. A Widow's Story, by Joyce Carol Oates

Paul had a breakout session at the UWM writing confererence. One day I will have my camera at the same time I am writing the blog and will include pictures...I think I have at least one good one of the Rodney Crowell concert.

Our big fiction story is Patrick Rothfuss's long-awaited follow-up to The Name of the Wind, the second entry in The Kingkiller Chronicles. And we didn't even get signed copies yet. I think we are getting some. Please request signed copy of The Wise Man's Fear if you order and we'll try to fulfill.
In addition to a lot of single copy sales, I helped someone carry out a carton. I'm sure this is the case for many bookstores (indie, chain, virtual, departmental--next to the cell phone cases make a left when you get to pet food*), but as the author lives not too far away, it might be moreso.

1. The Wise Man's Fear, by Patrick Rothfuss
2. The Fates will Find Their Way, by Hannah Pittard
3. The Paris Wife, by Paul McLain
4. Three Stages of Amazement, by Carol Edgarian
5. Room, by Emma Donoghue

I figured Rothfuss was appearing at a nearby chain store, but was surprised to discover that, at least according to his website, there is no Milwaukee appearance scheduled. He seems to be using MTV's Eventful website to gauge interest. If I were you and wanted a local event, I'd probably take a look at our numbers, which lag other markets. It's not that you don't love him, it's that you haven't told him you love him. I'm not really up for shilling for this site, but you do what you gotta do. Here's the link.**

For those who aren't about to link, I salute you, and present you the tour as set so far.

Seattle, Washington
March 1, 7 pm
University Bookstore
4326 University Way NE
(206) 634-3400

Portland/Beaverton, Oregon
March 2, 7 pm
Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Boulevard
(503) 228-4651

San Francisco (two events)
March 3, 7 pm
SF in SF Reading Series
The Variety Theater
But tickets for this seem to be at or near sell-out. Correction: It is sold out!

March 3, Midnight
Borderlands Cafe
870 Valencia Street
Which is also in San Francisco
(415) 824-8203

Huntington Beach/Los Angeles, California
March 4, 7 pm
Barnes Noble (plus &)
7881 Edinger Avenue, Huntington Beach
(714) 897-8781

San Diego, California
March 5, 2 pm
Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore
7051 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard
858) 268-4747

Houston, Texas
March 6, 2 pm
Murder by the Book
2342 Bissonnet Street
(713) 524-8597

Madison, Wisconsin
March 8, 7 pm
Barnes & Noble
7433 Mineral Point Road
(608) 827-0809

Oak Brook/Chicago, Illinois
March 9, 7 pm
Borders Books & Music
1500 16th Street, Oak Brook
(630) 574-0800

Beavercreek/Dayton, Ohio
March 10, 7 pm
Books & Company
4453 Walnut Street, Beavercreek
(937) 429-2169

Lexington, Kentucky
March 11, 7 pm
Joseph-Beth Booksellers
161 Lexington Green Circle
(859) 273-2911

Saint Louis, Missouri
March 12 at 7 pm
Left Banks Books
321 N. 10th Street
(314) 367-6731

Washington DC
March 14, 12 Noon
What If Reading Series
Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave. SE
(202) 707-6809
No bookstore selling at this event--bring your own book!

Bailey's Crossroads/Washington, DC
March 14, 7:30 pm
Borders Books & Music
5871 Crossroads Center Way, Bailey's Crossroads
(703) 998-0404

Brooklyn, New York
March, 7 pm
Barnes & Noble
267 7th Avenue, Park Slope
(718) 832-9066

Boston, Massachusetts
March 16, 6 pm
Northeastern University Bookstore
Snell Library
360 Huntington Avenue, 4 Eli Hall
(617) 373-2350
If you are going, Mr. Rothfuss would like you to RSVP on his Facebook page.

*I am not necessarily disparaging this. In the old days, I liked nothing more than to find a book department in an old department store. I am more bored by sameness.

**For years, Christopher Moore told us that he was cautious about visiting Milwaukee because he didn't see a strength of fans in the market. Now he has come several times.

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