Showing posts with label tour. Show all posts
Showing posts with label tour. Show all posts

Thursday, February 28, 2013

March Tour Dates: Tucson, Germany, & the UK

I'm not going to be on the road as much this year as I'm working on the third faerie book, the second Spirit Animals book, and the third Raven Boys book, but I'm pleased to report I have a really lovely March schedule that I'm looking forward to.

Here 'tis:


March 9: Panel- Young Adult Fiction: No Boundaries? 4:00 PM - 05:00 PM UA Mall Tent

March 10: Panel -Fragile on the Outside - Steel on the Inside: Gutsy Girls 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Education Building - Kiva Auditorium

March 10: Maggie Stiefvater - Solo Presentation 12:30 PM - 01:00 PM Teen and Author Meeting Place

March 10: Maggie Stiefvater Signing in Phoenix 5:00-6:00 P.M. Changing Hands Bookstore

GERMANY: LEIPZIG BOOK FESTIVAL/ BUCHMESSE: March 15: Maggie Stiefvater & Florens Schmidt present ROT WIE DAS MEER 3:30 P.M. Messegelände, Lese-Treff, Halle 2 E 313

March 15, "Night of Youth Fiction" Bettina Belitz, Jennifer Benkau, & Maggie Stiefvater 7:00 P.M. Theaterhaus Schille, Otto-Schill-Str.7, 04109 Leipzig

March 16, Maggie Stiefvater & Florens Schmidt present ROT WIE DAS MEER 11:00 A.M. Messegelände, Fantasy Leseinsel, Halle 2 G 307

March 17, Maggie Stiefvater & Florens Schmidt present ROT WIE DAS MEER 12:30 P.M. Messegelände, Lese-Treff, Halle 2 E 313

COLOGNE: March 14, Lit.Cologne, ticketed event - 5:30 P.M. Comedia - Theater KÖLN


March 23: Manchester, UK 1:00 P.M. Signing at Waterstones, Manchester

I'll be bringing some of my Raven Boys bookplates to the UK and German tours (I know I have a few reader requests for those left to mail out too; sorry, I'm behind!).

Bookplate for Fountain Bookstore

*I had thought I would have more public events set up in the UK (I have mostly school visits; I don't set up my schedule), but Manchester is the only public signing. I know there are folks in the south who'd like to get their books signed too, and I will be in London, but with no store events. So I might see about parking myself in a London cafe & letting the internet know where I am. It would be on the 24th if I could pull it off. Lemme know in the comments if you'd be interested and I'll see what I can do.

Monday, December 10, 2012

My Tour in 22,000 Words

I am in arrears on blog posts. I realized I had never posted about my tour, although I took a billionty photographs. If it is true that a photo is worth one thousand words, here are 22,000 words about my Raven Boys tour.

First, the airport. Signage is important, always, at airports.
This is a Test test test

While in NYC, I had to recreate my first Sharpie guitar so that I'd have one to give away both in New Jersey and in Toronto. Some quick hotel Sharpie-ing . . .
Dueling Guitars 2
At one point, housekeeping came into the hotel room.
HOUSEKEEPING: Those guitars are lovely! Are they yours?
ME: Who . . . who else's would they be?
HOUSEKEEPING: Some of the guests here have guitars provided in their rooms for them.


I had an impressive view from my guitar-providing hotel: I could see both up the Empire State Building and directly into a very expensive apartment across the street. I spent hours creepily watching the beautiful couple who lived within, enjoying the world's sketchiest soap opera. Look at him! He's tying a skinny tie in front of that antique mirror! Look at her! She's beautifully reading a book on her white canvas couch!
Beautiful People Apartment

Don't judge me. I took a photo of their orchid for you. With a giant telescoping lens.
Manhattan Window

I feel marginally bad.

No, I don't. That's why there are curtains in this world and the next.

After NYC, there was some New Englandy stuff. I have some pretty definite ideas about many of Connecticut's residents. Connecticut did little to argue with me.
Boston Madras

From New England, it was down to DC for the National Book Festival. I was put up in a horror film set:
DC horror

And the next morning a national monument grew out of my head.
DC Spike Head

I saw this in DC, too. What's everyone else's excuse?
Driving Straight

I then jumped on a plane for Toronto. I have no idea why this is the only photo I have from Canada.
Canadian Dogs

My next stop was Traverse City, Michigan. A reader begged me to visit her guitar shop, Zamar Guitar, which I duly did, hoping for a big, Oprah-esque surprise appearance. In actuality, the man behind the counter professed ignorance of not only me, but also her, and possibly guitars in general. It was all very anticlimactic. But I took a photo as proof.
Maggie Traverse City Guitar

Then it was to Naperville, IL.

I . . . I don't know what's wrong with me. This seemed like a really good idea to Becky and I at the time.
Three Maggies of Fate Naperville

Working my way west, I hit Denver and then ditched my rental car to drive to Salt Lake City. There was no mistaking the state line between Colorado and Utah. That asphalt line is a thing of precision beauty.
Utah has a paving budget

Probably I can't really explain how stunning Utah was.

And how NOT-EAST-COAST it was. It really felt like I'd traveled to a different country.
Utah Train

Lover flew out to join me in California, where I took him to see the redwoods at Muir Woods. These trees > other trees.
California redwood

Muir Wood

And I stood inside a tree, like they all did in THE RAVEN BOYS (although I had no visions, other than that of a cedar closet, which is what it smelled like).
Glendower Tree

I finished up the year in Las Vegas, where Scholastic rented me a red convertible Camaro for my birthday, and I escaped into the wilderness.
red rock canyon

Red Rock Canyon Beginning

Here is a photo of my editor David Levithan taking a photo.
David Taking in the Mountain Air

And here are more beautiful things.
Valley of Fire

Valley of Fire. And a Camaro Mirror

Because I'm finishing up the sequel to THE RAVEN BOYS, expect other similarly lazy blog posts for the remainder of the year. I'm thinking there's gonna be a lot of BEST OF 2012 stuff going on here. Books. Music. Knock knock jokes?

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Raven Boys Tour 2012

I guess it must officially be getting close to fall because I can finally share my public tour events for The Raven Boys! I'll be on tour/ away from home for a month, which is why I own 32 black tank tops and 16 pairs of identical jeans (American Eagle, in case you're wondering). It's also why folks at the end of the tour will get a slightly more slap-happy Maggie than folks at the beginning of the tour.

If you're wondering what an event is like, here is a rough idea (though, sadly, this tour will lack Camaros and Tessas. The rest is applicable). (Also there are many slap happy videos from my tour last year on YouTube).

Like last year, I took a guitar and Sharpie'd all over it, and like last year, I'm going to be giving away this guitar to a reader at the launch event. Here it is (click to see it bigger): The Sharpie Guitar for The Raven Boys

But in case you can't make it to the launch event, I will be giving away things at the other events. Namely, the frames from The Raven Boys trailer, nicely matted. (You can get an idea of the other frames by watching the trailer).

RB kiss

And also some of the frames from The Scorpio Races trailer, which are weird and transparent, as you can see. Frames from The Scorpio Races Video

Frames from The Scorpio Races trailer

Anyway, I am very excited to be getting on the road again and seeing familiar faces and meeting new ones. You can get more details and RSVP on the Facebook event link beneath each event. Come see me? Please?
The Raven Boys Tour PUBLIC appearances
Tuesday, September 18, 7:00 PM Launch Event, Paramus, NJ - Barnes and Noble

Wednesday, September 19, 6:00 PM Event with David Levithan, New York, NY - Books of Wonder

Thursday, September 20, 10:30 AM New Haven, CT - The Yale Bookstore

Thursday, September 20, 1:30 PM Storrs Mansfield, CT - UConn Bookstore

Thursday, September 20, 7:00 PM Cambridge, MA - Cambridge Public Library

Friday, September 21, 10:00 AM Cambridge, MA -The Harvard Coop

Saturday, September 22, 1:40 PM Washington, DC - National Book Festival

Tuesday, September 25, 7:00 PM Brampton, Ontario - Chapters

Thursday, September 27, 7:00 PM, doors at 6:00 PM National Writers Series, Traverse City, MI - City Opera House

Friday, September 28, 5:00 PM Lansing, MI - Schuler Books

Sunday, September 30, 2:00 PM Naperville, IL - Anderson's Bookshop

Monday, October 1, 6:00 PM Libertyville, IL - Cook Memorial Library

Tuesday, October 2, 7:00 PM Winnetka, IL - Evanston Public LIbrary

Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 7:00 PM Signing with Libba Bray, Chicago, IL - Barbara's Bookstore

Thursday, October 4, 2012, 6:00 PM St. Paul, MN - The Red Balloon Bookshop

Friday, October 5, 2012, Time TK "This is Teen" Group Event, Minneapolis, MN - Location TBA

Saturday, October 6, 7:00 PM Signing with Brenna Yovanoff, Denver, CO - Tattered Cover

Sunday, October 7, 7:00 PM Boulder, CO - Barnes & Noble

Monday, October 8, 7:00 PM Orem, UT - Barnes & Noble

Tuesday, October 9, 7:00 PM Salt Lake City, UT - The King's English Bookshop

Wednesday, October 10, 6:00 PM Signing with David Levithan, El Cerrito, CA - Barnes & Noble

Thursday, October 11, 7:00 PM Petaluma, CA - Copperfield's Books

Friday, October 12, 7:00 PM Signing with David Levithan & Ellen Hopkins, San Francisco, CA - Books Inc.

Saturday, October 13, 2012, 6:00 PM Corte Madera, CA - Book Passage

There is also this event coming up in a few weeks. It is pre-Raven Boys release, but I'll have special bookplates for you to stick in your book when you do get your hands on it. Plus there will be Tessa Gratton and Brenna Yovanoff there with me, signing copies of The Curiosities.

Saturday, August 25, 2:00 p.m. Merry Sisters of Fate event, Lawrence, KS - Lawrence Public Library

UK'ers, be not sad — I'm doing my best to head over there in the spring.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

In Which Maggie Posts About Food. Twice.

Because I know you guys are just tired of seeing gorgeous photos of the gorgeous places I've been touring, I decided that I would instead do a food blog for last week's tour of Portland and Seattle. This proved more difficult than I imagined, however, because it turns out that a) being allergic to preservatives means I don't eat very much, and b) there is nothing intuitive about taking photos of your food. It means that I ate three meals without remembering to take photos first. But, sans one plate of salmon & ravioli, one pair of Chipotle soft tacos, and three cups of tea, this is everything Maggie Stiefvater ate from October 8-14th. My next post will also be about food, but also about books.

Thanks to everyone in the funky, bearded, plaided Pacific Northwest for welcoming me. What a great corner of the world!

I would do this again for my next tour stop (California, next week), but I can tell you already, it will be all tea and avocados.

Tour Food, Portland & Seattle

Some of that was more delicious than it looked. And some of it was less delicious than it looks.

C'est la vie?

Monday, August 8, 2011

French, German, and Australian Tour Events

Here's the final list of these tour events* this year**: 

 *PLEASE double check with the venue to confirm all times before traveling long distances! Also, I'm happy to sign as many books as you bring, venue permitting, but I do ask that if there are books for sale there, you buy one from the hosting store as well to reimburse them for having an author event there. Thanks!

**I'm also going to be in the UK for a 10 day tour in November, but I don't have details yet. I will also have West Coast dates in October (Portland and California), so I'll post those details when I get them too.

August 29
Melbourne Writer's Festival
details here.
"Why I Read" - 10:00-10:45 a.m.

"Meet the Author" - 12:30-1:15 p.m.

August 30
Melbourne Writer's Festival
details here.
"Meet the Author" - 10:00-10:45 a.m..

September 1
Discussion & Signing
Dymocks, Melville
6:30 PM
Details here

September 2
Discussion & Signing
Dymocks, Melbourne
234 Collins Street
5:30 PM
Details here

September 3
10.30 am – 11.30 am
Readings Bookshop
701 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn
Tel: 03 9819 1917

September 5
Discussion & Signing
Books Kinokuniya
Level 2: The Galleries
500 George Street
6:00 PM

September 7
Brisbane Writers Festival
Breezeway, Mairwar – State Library of Qld
9.45 am – 10.30 am
Session: Wild Words panel
Panel with Margo Lanagan, Peter Stanley and Maggie
Details here

12.30 pm – 1.15pm
Breezeway, Mairwar – State Library of Qld
Grades 8 - 10 (400 kids)
Session: Meet Maggie Stiefvater

September 8
Brisbane Writers Festival
Breezeway, Mairwar – State Library of Qld
9.30 am – 10.30 am
Session: Meet Maggie Stiefvater

September 9
Brisbane Writers Festival
The Edge – State Library of Qld
9.45 am to 10.30 am
Session: Stories that move: book trailers

Panel with Tristan Bancks and Maggie
12.30pm to 2.15 pm
The Edge – State Library of Qld
Wordshop: Creating Characters workshop

September 10
Brisbane Writers Festival
Workshop: Writing for Young Adults
10am to 12 noon

German details here.

14. September: Hamburg
16.00 Uhr: Harbour Front Festival, Christianskirche, Klopstockplatz 2

15. September: Bamberg
20.00 Uhr: Hübscher Buch und Medienhaus, Grüner Markt 16
VVK in der Buchhandlung Tel: 0951/9822522

16. September: Freising
15.00 Uhr: Kino Camera, Obere Hauptstraße 54
VVK: Bücher Pustet, Obere Hauptstraße 45, Tel: 08161/537730

16. September: Ingolstadt

19.30 Uhr: Thalia Buchhandlung in den City Arcaden, Ludwigstraße 25
VVK in der Buchhandlung, Tel.: 0841/9938770

23 September: Paris
Event with Cate Tiernan
6:30-8:00 p.m.

24 September: Bordeaux
Event with Cate Tiernan
4:00-6:00 p.m.

So Now We Come to the End (Well, Sort of)

And by "end," I mean the end of the FOREVER U.S. tour. And by "sort of," I mean that I'm heading off for my Australian, German, and French tour dates in two and a half weeks (details on that here) so that means I'm practically still on tour.

But still, it's end of the road trip part of the tour, and I first of all have to say a huge thanks to you guys. 75% of every audience was people I knew from my blog or Twitter or Facebook, and it was fantastic to be able to meet people have been with me for this entire crazy journey.

I know there were still a lot of blog readers who didn't get to see me at one of my tour stops, and I wanted to do something for folks who couldn't make it to an event. I have some leftover Fun Things from the tour. Namely, these things:

A few keychains.

My cool keychains! Made of genuine pleather! If you want one, just take a picture of yourself holding one of my books and send it to me along with a self addressed, stamped envelope, and I'll mail a keychain back to you. I get a smiling face, you get a keychain. Send all those here: P. O. Box 1448, King George, VA 22485. I'll keep sending them out until they're all gone.

Speaking of things that were sent in the mail, I did come home to this in my mail box.




I suppose it is. FINE. But I'll have you know, I never speed.


It's finally starting to sink in that FOREVER is the end of the trilogy and the U.S. tour is all done: 17 tour stops, 2 co-pilots, 238 gallons of gas, 4,000 miles, and one air conditioning condensing coil later. Here's the last video of the tour, with music courtesy of Brad Sucks (huge thanks to Brad -- if you love the song, please find it on iTunes or wherever you buy music!)

And if you missed the other tour videos, here are the links.

1. The Ringing Rocks of Pennsylvania

2. Into Every Life, a Little Construction Must Fall

3. A Day in the Life

4. Caves, Geodes, and Other Nifty Things

5. Look at that Animal!

6. Hotels with Lifeboats and Beds with Ladders

7. Nordic Style!

8. Maggie and Tessa at Wild Rumpus

9. Lions, Tigers, and . . . Binturongs?

Now, just to finish that novel and THE SCORPIO RACES book trailer before I leave for Australia.


Friday, August 5, 2011

Lions and Tigers and Binturongs, Oh My!

On the 2nd, I had the very fortunate opportunity to tour the Conservators Center outside of Raleigh, NC, before my event at Quail Ridge Books. Those of you who know me at all know that there's nothing I like better than poking fingers at animals, and rumor had it they had wolves and lions and lemurs, most of them rehabilitated from closed zoos, failed exotic pet owners, and road accidents. A huge thanks to Tom and Bonnie for making this happen, and also to Mindy and Kim for sharing their time and expertise with us.

One of the animals Mindy was proudest of was the binturong. I'd never heard of them, which amazed me because of the sheer number of hours I logged in front of National Geographic as a child. But Mindy explained to me that they were crucial for the existence of the rainforest. Here is some Binturong arithmetic.

biturong arithmetic

The binturong eats the strangler fig, poops it out minus the seed casing, and up grows a rainforest. No bintorong equals no poop equals no strangler fig equals only Wal-Marts.

What a useful animal!

You can see more useful animals (and also hear one of the more impressive auditory events in my life) in the video.

And the Conservators Center is open for tours and runs on donations, so please consider one or the other! I would love to take Thing 1 & 2 back there.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Why Are There So Many Chickens On This Tour?

In which we have an event at Wild Rumpus in Minneapolis, MN.

And if you're in the Nashville area, I have an event at the Nashville Public Library on Sunday at 3 p.m.: details here.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Here are 10 Things I Did on My Summer Vacation

And by summer vacation, I mean, last five days.

1. Had two events in Minnesota, one in Miami, one in Kansas City, and one in St. Louis, all populated by fantastic people who knew who I was.

2. Embraced Lover for the first time in 15 days, as he flew in to Minneapolis to take over co-pilot duties from Tessa.

3. Tried to fit Tessa, Natalie, Lover, and I and Tessa, Natalie, Lover, and my luggage into Loki for the drive through Iowa.

Trying to Fit Four People into Loki

4. Rented a car.

5. Finally bought a GPS.

6. Ignored the GPS.

7. Simmered when, 50 miles outside St. Louis, the air conditioning on Loki suddenly stopped working.

8. Discovered a giant hole in Loki’s air conditioning condenser.

9. While still in St. Louis, found a place with a part to fix Loki’s air conditioning.

10. In Nashville, my next tour stop. Six hours away.

It’s going to be a long drive.

While I sweat, you can watch a video of Tessa and I in Wisconsin, trying to determine where all these Vikings came from.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Hotels with Lifeboats and Beds with Ladders

While in St. Paul, MN, on the FOREVER tour, Tessa and I picked up Natalie Parker and my husband Ed and then we slept on a boat. Evidence:

Also, I'll be at Rainy Day Books in Kansas City tonight, and at the St. Louis Public Library tomorrow. Remember to say hi and tell me you're a blog reader if you are!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Wythe, Corn, and Goats

So it is day 13 of my 3,700 mile road trip book tour for FOREVER, and we have been from Virginia to Philly to Syracuse to Canada to Michigan to Chicago to Wisconsin and now we're in Minnesota on a boat.

Wisconsin was gorgeous.


Driving through Pennsylvania earlier had put us in mind of the painters Wythe: 

And Wisconsin inspired us.

Tessa's World

Also, have some goat milking. We stayed at the Rainbow Ridge Farms, where Donna, Cindy, and Maria were very happy to teach us how to milk a goat. A huge thanks to them and if you ever have the opportunity to stay with them, TAKE IT.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Caves, Geodes, and Hitting things with Hammers: Day 10 (?)

Today we're driving to Minneapolis, where I'll fly briefly to Miami tomorrow for a This is Teen! event with Meg Cabot and Libba Bray. Details on that here!

And I'm editing a video involving vikings and goats now.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A Day In the Life of A Touring Author

Tonight we're on to Madison, WI's event, but while we spend the next few hours driving there, you can watch the trials and tribulations from our drive and event in Naperville yesterday.

Also . . . I just found out that UK readers have made FOREVER #1 in the UK.



I'm sure there would be more exclamation points if I could BELIEVE IT.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Day 5-7 of FOREVER Tour: Three Impressive Canadian Things

TorontoMabel's Fables WindowSo it is day seven of the FOREVER road trip tour (in case you're just tuning in, it is my 3,700 mile road trip book tour for FOREVER, and the places are here) and my co pilot (Tessa Gratton) and I have just gotten done with the Canadian leg of our journey. It began in Toronto and headed through Oshawa and London, with insanely huge and wonderful crowds at all of them.

So, there was a lot of the Canadian trip that was impressive to me (things like our hotel room having two bathrooms, Scholastic Canada being incredible, and Canadian fuel being more expensive than All The Things), but three things really stood out to me. First of all, they let me sign not only books, but walls:

Mabel's Fables wall

That is the wall at Mabel's Fables. It was delightfully satisfying.

The second impressive thing is that they have strange road signs. Some of them are merely unusually regal.

Signs with big hats

Royally directed

Some, however, stood for things that Americans don't seem to encounter.

Trucks With Failed Brakes Ahead


Do Not Fly Your Car Here

There were these signs everywhere. DANGER DUE TO OVERHEAD WIRES is what they say, but they didn't advise what I was supposed to do with this knowledge. Was this a recommendation to dodge or a warning to not fly my car in this area? Are many Canadians felled by high wires on the highway?

Which way is overhead?

This sign helpfully pointed out where we could locate "overhead."

Alien Abduction Zone Ahead

Do you see the pictogram on the far right? That means ALIEN ABDUCTION ZONE AHEAD.

Do Not Cross the Film Strip


Begin Quilting Zone


This Sign is New!


Canadian Safaris

I . . . don't know.

Even the road cones were different in Canada. This cone represents how Tessa and I felt before we hit the traffic outside Toronto.

Road barrel, proud.

And this one represents how we felt after.

Road barrel, defeated.

So, the final thing that impressed me about Canada? 

Parking the Camaro in London, Ontario

They let me park on the sidewalk.

parked on the sidewalk, London, Ontario

Best country ever.

Tomorrow? Onto Chicago for an event tomorrow evening.
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