Book tour, book clubs, yesss! (I can't wait.)

You guys are tremendous. This blog goes dark for months while I hole up and write a book, and when I do finally pop my head up and say, “Hey, I’m done! Wanna see?” in fact you do. Thank you for all your pre-orders over the last month – so many that someone at my publisher apparently noticed and wanted to know what had happened. You happened. You! Thank you for standing by me, friends. I can’t tell you how much that means to me. This book is for you. I hope you know that.

I also hope that I will get to meet you, at least some of you, very soon. On June 24, the day after Stir comes out, my book tour begins. I know how lucky I am to get to say that in 2015, when books, and bookstores, and publishing, and complete sentences, and probably even multisyllabic words, according to some Henny Pennies, are allegedly doomed. (Shhhh, it’s not true!) If you can make it out to an event, I’d be thrilled, and incredibly grateful. It will be so nice to meet you, to actually see each other’s lips move as we talk!

My publisher is still nailing down the details of a couple events, but I’ll tell you what we’ve got so far so that you can mark your calendars. Keep an eye on the events page I've created for updates. All events are free and open to the public, but PLEASE R.S.V.P. if you plan on attending the evening at BookCourt in Brooklyn or Harvard Book Store in Cambridge. These two evenings are launch parties, and I want to be sure we’ll have enough food and wine on hand.

Brooklyn, NY 
June 24, 7:00PM
163 Court Street
with Wall Street Journal book review editor, Bari Weiss
Dessert and wine will be served; please R.S.V.P. here.

Hartford, CT
June 29, 7:00PM
Beth El Temple
An evening of healing in honor of Rabbi Ilana Garber
Please R.S.V.P. here

Cambridge, MA
June 30, 7:00PM
Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave.
Dessert and wine will be served; please R.S.V.P. here.

Washington, DC
July 1, 6:30PM
1517 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Please R.S.V.P here.

Columbus, OH 
July 9, 6:00PM
Barnes & Noble 
Easton Town Centre
4005 Townsfair Way

Cleveland, OH 
July 12, 2:00PM
Barnes & Noble
Eton Chagrin Boulevard
28801 Chagrin Blvd

San Francisco, CA
July 16, 6:40PM
Omnivore Books
3885a Cesar Chavez Street

Seattle, WA
July 21, 6:30PM
Book Larder (in conversation with Molly Wizenberg)
4252 Fremont Ave. N.
Please R.S.V.P. here.

Seattle and San Francisco folks, stay tuned for something in your neck of the woods, too.

UPDATE: Seattle and Washington D.C. events have just been set! See above.
UPDATE 6/15: San Francisco event has been set! See above. 
UPDATE 6/26: Hartford event scheduled! See above.

I can’t wait to meet you. (PLEASE COME.)

And if we can’t meet in person, how about the next best thing? Book club! I want to Skype into yours. If you’d like to read Stir with your book club and invite my head floating on a computer screen into your home, I’d be honored. I’m not sure how many of these I’ll be able to do. I hope lots. I figure we can get started and see how things go. To sign up, please send an e-mail to sweetamandine[at] gmail [dot] com with the subject line STIR BOOK CLUB, and include a date or two that might work for you. I’ll get back to you just as soon as I can.

I think that’s all for now. I'm excited, and plenty nervous. Typing this out made me feel ever so slightly less nuts. Phew.

Next time: cookies.