The Fluke paperback tour kicks off in two weeks. I’ll start in Chicago, at the BEA, which, if you don’t know, is the biggest book event in the US. Lamb is nominated for an award by Booksense 76, which is sort of the trade journal of the Independent Booksellers of America. There’ll be a luncheon with about 1000 booksellers, and about 100 authors.
I hadn’t really expected to tour for a couple of years after the hardcover tour for Fluke, and this will be my first tour that comes out of Hawaii, which changes the logistics a little. I’m a little thrown about preparation. For one, I haven’t worn a pair of long pants since I’ve come to the island. Since this is a summer tour, I’m wondering if I can get by with shorts and flip flops for most of the tour. I know that sounds ridiculous, but you have to travel light, usually with a single carry on, which means that at some point during the tour you’re going to be sending a pair of sweat socks out with the valet to be dry-cleaned for about $12. What I’m saying, is you have to pack carefully. And given that between events I’ll be in San Francisco in June, which can be frightfully cold — well, it’s goofy.
Meanwhile, I’ll try to figure out what to talk about.