Wednesday, September 28, 2011

THE SCORPIO RACES: events, art, etc.

Unbelievably, it is less than three weeks until The Scorpio Races comes out, which I guess is what happens when you have two novels come out in the same year. But that means it's time for me to announce a few events for it, including the launch event.

I'm really pleased to be doing my first event at Politics & Prose in Washington, D.C., for the launch party. I'll be raffling off one of my paintings to the folks who buy a book from the store. This one:


The Scorpio Races early trailer concept art

It's 36 x 12" in real life. And features Horse! Racing! Action! Also, everyone who comes to the launch event can pick out an acetate frame from the Scorpio trailer. This one:



I know I'm not touring all over the world this fall (although it certainly feels like it) and not everyone will be able to get to one of the events, so I wanted to point out that The Fountain Bookstore can ship signed copies all over the world, and if you pre-order the book from them, I'll doodle in it as well. MOREOVER, I'll be giving away another one of my paintings to one of the people who pre-orders a copy of The Scorpio Races from Fountain Bookstore. So not quite the same as making the launch event, but not a kick in the eye, either. This painting:


Laurence

Which is 11 x 14" in real life. And does not involve Horse! Racing! Action. But does involve Pony! Snaffle! Bit! Action! Which is nearly as exciting. And like I said, this'll go to one person who pre-orders from Fountain Bookstore (yes, international orders are eligible too).

The final thing I have to say about the events is that I'm doing a few in the Pacific Northwest right before Scorpio comes out, and they won't have copies of the book until the 18th. I feel silly not being able to sign Scorpio for folks so close to the release date, so I'm going to bring Special! Bookplates! to the events and sign and doodle on them for the folks who pre-order their copies from the stores where I do the events. Does that sound like a plan?

And very, very soon I'll be announcing my UK events. I still don't know where I'll be in the UK, but I know I'll be there from November 5-15th. And that will wrap up my events until late next spring.

Without further ado, here are the events. And also the song that I listened to about 1,000 times while writing The Scorpio Races. Well, not 1,000. iTunes says I listened to it 317 times. 


October 9th:
Portland, OR
Wordstock Festival
http://schedule.wordstockfestival.com/?s=maggie+stiefvater

October 10, 7 p.m.: Signing & Discussion
West Sound Reads Event
North Kitsap High School Auditorium/theater, 1780 Northeast Hostmark Street, Poulsbo, WA
Please call Liberty Bay Books with questions 360-779-5909
details here: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=124165544347783

October 11, 5:30 p.m.: Signing & Discussion
Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=294067323942824

October 12, 1:00 p.m.: Drop-by Signing (no discussion)
Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 Tenth Avenue, Seattle WA 98122
https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=257009807674473

October 13, 4-5 p.m.: Drop-by Signing (no discussion)
A Children’s Place, 4807 NE Fremont St , Portland, OR 97213
https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=218487078212321

October 20, 4:30-6:30 p.m.: THE SCORPIO RACES release event
Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, District Of Columbia
https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=159162210826048

October 21, 7:00 p.m.: Signing & Discussion (ticket required)
Once Upon a Time Bookstore, 2207 Honolulu Ave, Montrose, California
Details here: http://www.shoponceuponatime.com/event/maggie-stiefvater-returns-oct-21-7-pm
https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=292242574125620

October 22, 5:30 p.m.: Signing & Discussion
Children's Book World, Los Angelos, CA
https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=223212767735177

October 23, 4:00-5:30 p.m. This is Teen Signing & Discussion with Jeff Hirsch, Maggie Stiefvater, & Cecil Castellucci
Mysterious Gallery, 2810 Artesia Blvd., Redondo Beach, California
https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=196794367058618

November 4, 7:00 p.m: Author Signing/ Discussion/ Q & A
Sachem Public Library, 150 Holbrook Road, Holbrook, NY
Phone: 631-588-5024/ Website: www.sachemlibrary.org
https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=124768750951073



Tuesday, September 27, 2011

In Which Maggie Returns Homes (For a Little While)

I have technically been home from my 32 day overseas tour since Sunday night, but it feels like less. I have only had time, so far, to make one batch of cookies, drive my car for 14 minutes, and realize that I had acquired several thousand e-mails while I was gone. In between these things, I was trying to think of how to possibly summarize my tour in a way that would be interesting to blog readers and not be a book in itself. I'm afraid I'm going to my three fall back methods of compressing information: a photo. A bulleted list. A video.

This is a photo of me at Linderhof, a palace in Germany so gorgeous that it renders everything in its way gorgeous as well.


Linderhof/ Maggie


Stones in AustraliaThis is a bulleted list of things that happened in each country.

Australia:
- I saw a kangaroo. It looked pissy. And a little manky.
- I met several thousand Australian schoolchildren.
- I bought 12 books. I thought they would fit in my luggage. They did not.
- I climbed Hanging Rock, and found out that it was supposed to be creepy. It was not.
- I hiked 4.5 hours in the Blue Mountains. I thought I was in shape. I was not.




Germany:
- I saw the Alps. My Virginia mountains would fit neatly inside them and the Alps would still be hungry.
- I learned German readers had made Linger (Ruht Das Licht) #13 on the overall bestseller list in Germany. Yikes.
- I met people without nicknames and gave them some, because everyone needs one.
- I met up with colleagues I'd met before: Dominic "The Magician" and Margarete "Irish" Schwartkopf and "the Js," Judith & Jeanette.
- I did events with people I'd not met before: Max "The Chainsaw" Felder, the voice of the Sam on the German audiobook.
- I learned that my college German had not prepared me to order at the grocery store meat counter.
- I hung out on a Bavarian farm. Thing 1 got licked by a cow. I did not.
- I went to Oktoberfest. Some people wore lederhosen and dirndls. I did not.
- On the way to an event, someone in our car threw up six times. I did not.


Bamberg



France:
- I bought some Paris fashion. By which I mean a plaid shirt.
- I learned I am bad at French vowels. However, I can say "C'est bon!" and "C'est mauvais!"
- I was filmed twice. I was afraid I'd have to have make-up done. I did not.
- I saw the Notre Dame. I thought I was too jaded to be impressed. I totally wasn't.
- I hoped to get the change to go to the Louvre to see some more works of my dead artistic boyfriend, John Singer Sargent. I did not.

Notre Dame


And here is the video — three countries in five minutes. I am very, very pleased to be able to feature a song from a band that I love, Menomena. They've kindly given me permission to use "Intil." Let me know what you guys think of the song (and if you love it, it's on iTunes and on Barsuk) and if you DO love it, please do hit their Twitter or Facebook and make noise about where you found out about them. And again a huge, huge thanks to readers for reading my books all over the world and making me feel welcome wherever I go.




Monday, September 12, 2011

Three Words: Maggie. GERMANY. Monday.

Is it Monday? I . . . think it is Monday. Well, not in Australia. I think it's Tuesday there. On Sunday, after spending three delightful but action-packed weeks in Australia on tour, I jumped on a plane so that I could get to Germany for my events there. Only, Germany is a far way away from Australia, turns out. So first I flew 8 hours to Singapore and waited 3 hours and then flew 14 hours to London and then waited 3 hours and then flew two hours to Munich, which is where I am now.

And I have to say, it was a weird sort of day. Usually I am the sort of person who just takes things in stride, but every so often, I'm struck by the way that my books have changed my life. Today was one of those days. I was sitting in the plane on the runway in London, looking at the bus that had just brought me to it, and I thought I am on a world tour. Again. I am sitting in a very nice seat on a plane in LONDON eating a hard-boiled egg and editing my next novel on my way to GERMANY and I was just in SINGAPORE for three hours for crying out loud and it's all because of my books.

And because I was sleep-deprived or maybe because I had been away from home for three weeks or possibly because I'd just watched X-Men: First Class or maybe, just maybe, because I'd been living on hard-boiled eggs and tea for the last 28 hours, it seemed like a strange and marvelous and surreal thing.
 


Anyway, now I am in Germany, trying to figure out what time my body clock thinks it is (my bedside radio says it's 5:26 p.m. My computer says it's 11:26 a.m. My watch says it is 1:26 p.m. It is all of those times, somewhere in the world). And this is the view from my hotel window.



And it's pretty much impossible to really take in, even standing on my balcony looking at it. These mountains look like they ate my Virginian mountains for breakfast. My German publishers have incredibly kindly arranged for a lot of sight-seeing and down time as I'm about ready to drop at the moment, and I'm very grateful. If you're interested in seeing me in Ingolstadt, Freising, Hamburg, or Bamberg, the details are here.

So I am going to go sit on my balcony and smile at the world and possibly re-read ANANSI BOYS by Neil Gaiman which I just read this week and I love dearly (blog post to come on that).

And thank you, readers, for making my life a weird and wonderful and surreal one.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

In Which Maggie Hikes for Four Hours

As of today, I've been on tour in Australia for 10 days. Today, I finally had a day off.





And that's what happened.




If you're thinking: that is so stunning I can't breathe oh my gosh is that a flock of cockatoos below me and oh wow the sound of the waterfall behind me is so loud!

that is precisely what I was thinking.

(also, I'll be doing school visits all day tomorrow, but if you're in Sydney and want to come to my bookstore event, it's at 6 p.m., details here).
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