I’ve finally reached a milestone in my life because I am actually going on a book tour. Yes, I can barely believe it myself. After years of publishers hiding me, aka “the loose cannon,” they are releasing me into the wild. I’ll be heading to the U.S. and Vancouver for a series of events to mark the release of My Paris Kitchen. While I’d love to go everywhere*, there’s only one (1) of me, and fifty (50) states – not to mention the provinces, territories, and wilds of Canada. However, if anyone can get me to Hawaii and arrange an event close to the beach, I will work on my publisher to find a way to accommodate that one. (But you may have to invite them to come with me.) So, in spite of how easy the airlines make it to change tickets, and the low-fees involved in doing so, this is it.
The happy news is that here are the cities and events where you’ll find me. And if I’m not coming to you – come to me! Over on my Schedule page, you’ll find more information about my appearances, including a few events and dinners that are sold-out, although you might want to click over there to check them out in case of any changes, cancellations, or additions that I’ll update if something changes. Note that the various venues have policies for books that can be signed. Some require that the book be purchased at the shop, some allow previously purchased books. For questions about venues and policies, please contact the specific place because I’m busy practicing sleeping on rectangular pillows and showering in hotels with shower curtains, and madly gathering up my 20% off coupons from Bed, Bath and Beyond, in preparation for the trip to the U.S.
Aside from accepting any-and-all donations of miles for upgrades (I also accept Junior Mints), so I don’t get squished in the middle row of the last aisle on the plane (because the last time I flew to the States, even though we gave ourselves a leisurely three hours to get from Paris to the airport via the RER – amazingly – we still didn’t make it to the airport on time, hence getting smushed in the last row, in the two middle seats, separated from each other), another policy that I’d like to put out there is that I’m extra happy if you want to take a photo. But if there are a number of people that show up (…er, hopefully…) when it’s your turn to sit on Santa’s lap**, that’s not the time to figure out how to use the camera function on your smartphone. Get it ready to shoot! And scope out a trusted friend, or neighbor, or someone you need a good pick-up line to approach, and ask them to be the photographer***.
Okay, enough jawing and begging for miles (and Junior Mints), and so forth – I’ll save the rest for the book tour – here are the places I’m gonna be…
April 9: Talk and book signing at the American Library in Paris, 7:30pm.
April 23: Book signing at Central Market in Dallas, TX (Lovers Lane Store), from 4:30pm to 6pm.
April 24: Book signing at Central Market in Houston, TX, from 4:30pm to 6pm.
April 25: Book signing at Central Market in Austin, TX, from 4:30pm to 6pm.
April 26: Book signing at Central Market in Austin, Time TBA.
(There will be dinners at the Central Market stores after the book signings, which are sold-out. But you may wish to contact the store to be put on the waiting list in case of cancellations.)
April 27: Book signing and chat, Williams-Sonoma, Santa Monica, CA. 1 to 2:30pm. (Note: Store policy is that I will only be signing copies of My Paris Kitchen purchased at the Williams-Sonoma store where the event is being held. Proof of purchase required.)
April 27: Dinner at Lucques restaurant in Los Angeles, CA.
April 29: Lunch at Boat Street Café in Seattle, WA.
April 29: Book signing at Book Larder. 8pm.
May 1: Chat and book signing at Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks in Vancouver, Canada. Talk and book signing takes place from 4pm to 6pm, dinner (ticketed in advance) is from 6pm to 8pm.
May 3: Book signing and meet up (with chocolate!) with my pals at Dandelion Chocolate in San Francisco from 11am to 12:30pm.
May 3: Book signing at The Pasta Shop, Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA, from 3pm – 5pm.
May 4: I’ll be in conversation with the lovely Alice Medrich, then signing books at Williams-Sonoma in Union Square, San Francisco. The event starts 3pm. (Note: Store policy is that I will only be signing copies of My Paris Kitchen purchased at the Williams-Sonoma store where the event is being held. Proof of purchase required.)
May 7: Dinner at Camino restaurant in Oakland, CA, from 6pm to 11pm.
May 8: Dinner at Left Bank Restaurant in Larkspur, CA. 6:30pm to 9:30pm
May 9: Book signing at chocolate bar emporium Fog City News in downtown San Francisco, CA, from noon to 1:30pm.
May 10: Book signing at Omnivore Books, San Francisco, CA. From 3pm to 5pm.
May 12: Tasting Table cocktail party. Enter at the site to win a place at this event!
May 13: My Paris Kitchen: In Conversation with Amanda Hesser, 7pm to 8:30pm, 92nd St Y, New York City.
May 14: Book signing at Union Square Greenmarket, New York City from 11am to 12:30pm.
May 16 – 17: BlogHer Food Conference, Miami, FL.
May 18: Book signing at Dupont Circle Farmer’s Market in Washington, DC. 11am.
June 7: Back to Paris (unless someone comes through with those tickets to Hawaii…) for a book signing at WHSmith, from 3:30 to 5pm.
*Hey, if I’m not coming to your city or area, you can order a signed book from Omnivore Books or Book Larder, and they will send you a copy which I will happily personalize for you. Don’t live in the US or Canada? I hear ya on things those North Americans get that we don’t (beginning with Netflix….) But pas de problème – you can order My Paris Kitchen through Book Depository, with free international delivery. And I have tentative plans to be in London in early summer. So if you live there, you might want to hold off until then.
**Sorry, no lap-sitting on this tour. We’ll save that for next December. So you’ll have plenty of time to work on being naughty, or nice.
***If it’s someone who you want to ask out, make sure you scrub that camera roll clean before you hand someone your phone. Trust me on that one…
(Note that the pictures in this post are recipes from the book that I took, but are not the ones that appear in the book.)