April 21st: Come hear me sing!

Friends! Romans! Etc!

In less than two weeks, my madrigal choir – The QuasiModals – and I will be doing a joint reading/singing at McGill Library in Burnaby. It’s April 21st, from 1:30-2:30 pm. We’ve done two of these musical and literary extravaganzas before, and they’re my very favourite events to do.

This year, we’ll be singing three songs (one from each of my books) set to music by my friend Karen New, along with a couple of songs that served as inspiration for my most recent book, TESS OF THE ROAD.

Get more information and sign up HERE. The event is free, but the room only holds so many people (and we need to calculate how many snacks to have, haha).

Upcoming: DC, NoVa, Chicago

My Haverford event was cancelled, sadly, due to snow, which made me very sad. After a couple days lull, however, I am back on the pony cart again. Here’s what’s next:

Tonight, March 9th, come see me at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC. I’ll be doing a panel from 7-8 with Scott Reintgen, author of the YA SF thriller, Nyxia. Signing to follow.

Tomorrow, March 10th, I’ll be participating in a variety of panels and amusing author games at the NoVa Teen Book Fest at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington. Click on that link for more details on how to attend.

Sunday, March 11th, come see me at The Book Stall, 811 Elm St, Winnetka, IL, from 2-3:15pm. I’ll be in conversation with teen librarian and SLJ blogger Betsy Bird, followed by Q&A and a signing.

Monday, March 12th: Anderson’s Bookshop Downer’s Grove, 5112 Main St, Downer’s Grove, IL, 7-9pm. Come for a reading, Q&A, and signing.

After that, I’m off to Denver. I’ll update the blog again closer to those events.

Next: Utah!

Hey there, Utah friends! I’m in Salt Lake City now, resting up before a busy day of school visits tomorrow. I’ll also be doing some public events, of course, and I hope you’ll have time to come out and see me.

Tomorow, March 5th, 7-9pm, I’m doing a reading at The King’s English, 1511 South 1500 East, Salt Lake City.

Tuesday, March 6th, 7-9pm, come see me at Barnes & Noble, University Crossing Plaza, 330 East 1300 South, Orem.

Not in Utah? I’ll be in PA Wednesday night, and then I’m off to DC and VA over the weekend.

In other news, here’s a really nice review from Amal El-Mohtar at NPR Books.

Hello Seattle!

Good morning, darlings!

The last couple days have been a whirlwind of awesome. We had a super fun cake-tastic book launch at Kidsbooks in Vancouver on Tuesday, and then last night I came down to Seattle and did an event with Tamora Pierce and Lish McBride, which was packed to the rafters with rowdy, enthusiastic readers. The signing line was two miles long. As one of the more mildly-famous authors, I was able to get away after signing a mere hundred-thousand books; Tammy may still be signing, for all I know. Has anyone seen her? I haven’t.

Tonight (3/1) I will be in Bellingham, WA, at Village Books for their Lit Live! event at 7pm. Tomorrow (3/2) I’m on a panel called “Total Rebellion” at Emerald City Comic Con at 4pm, followed by a signing at Writers Block Table 3 at 5:15pm. Then my last Seattle-area event will be on Saturday (3/3) at Barnes & Noble Northgate, 6pm – reading, Q&A, and signing.

I just got a really nice review from The Book Smugglers. It’s a little spoilery, but I’m beginning to think that might be a good thing. Tess of the Road is an atypical fantasy novel, and readers’ expectations can sometimes be an obstacle to enjoyment. I know that’s happened to me before, where I go into a book eagerly anticipating one thing and then the book isn’t what I wanted it to be.

I also have a Big Idea post up at John Scalzi’s Whatever, which will give you another angle on the book, where it comes from and what it’s for. Many thanks to John for this opportunity.

All right, well. I promised myself I’d hit the gym before the long haul up to Bellingham, so I’d better get to it. My husband is back home becoming a better fencer while I’m on the road, and I can’t let him get too far ahead of me!

Tomorrow: TESS!

Just a little reminder to all and sundry that our Vancouver launch party is tomorrow evening, 7pm, at Kidsbooks in Kitsilano. I will read, answer questions, and sign books, and there will be cake. Other snacks, too, I mean, but cake is the fa-la-la of foods. It’s how you know you’re having a good time.

And then Wednesday evening – the very next evening! – at 7pm, I will be appearing with the legendary Tamora Pierce and Lish McBride (author of Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, and other hilarious books) at University Book Store in Seattle.

I just leap from one amazing thing to the next. It’s going to give me whiplash. NICE whiplash, I mean, if there is such a thing.

A big thank-you to everyone who’s made all this possible: my agent, Dan Lazar; my at-large editor, Jim Thomas; my in-house editorial and advocacy squad, Mallory Loehr, Jenna Lettice, and Michelle Nagler; my hard-working publicist, Josh Redlich; the Canadian team, including Lynne Missen, Evan Munday, and Trish Kells; transcendent cover artist, Simon Prades; Phyllis Simon and all her amazing staff at Kidsbooks; my intrepid beta-readers, who helped me out of a hole; and of course my lovely, patient family.


Here’s a family member now, the loveliest, although possibly the least patient. Una says, “Leap after that book! Chase it down, and when you catch it, SHAKE IT SHAKE IT SHAKE IT!”          Photo credit: B. Oser

Nice review roundup

Just a few that have come to my attention:

At The Geekiary: “‘Tess of the Road’ Isn’t Your Usual YA Fare, & That’s Awesome”

A review from Sarah Foil

Another from The Literary Phoenix

And one more at The Fandom

And finally, if you’d love to see my smiling face, an interview with Christopher Paolini

Coming soon: spring, and the TESS tour

I don’t care that it’s below freezing, I’m going to keep on pretending it’s spring. Here, have some crocuses:


Moments later, my dog stepped on them.

Some of you have seen it already, but let me just call your attention to my Appearances page, where the Tess of the Road tour dates are up! Yay! A few dates and times toward the end are still hazy, but it’s mostly all there.

I was hoping I might make it to the Celsius Festival in Spain in July, but it turned out they want me to come in July of 2019. Guess I can’t complain about that! I used to have pretty good Spanish, so this gives me abundant time to refresh my memory.  The Duolingo Owl is really relishing the opportunity to peck at me again.