Here is my speaking schedule.
There will be some speaking, some reading, some q & a. Sometimes snacks.
New listings are marked with a *.
Hope you can come:
Thursday, October 7
La Jolla, California
7812 Girard Ave. 92037
Thanks to everyone who came. It was a great kick-off. One thing I haven’t nailed yet: using glasses to read the book, then looking up to see a very blurry crowd. At that point, the floor starts feeling like it’s shifting. Will have to nail that before the next reading! Congrats also to Words Alive, who used to day to collect a ton of books to promote literacy to at-risk kids (and then stuck around for the reading, too!). Thanks!
Tuesday, October 12
695 East Colorado Blvd. 91101
Thanks to the big crowd that skipped both the Lakers and Dancing With the Stars and braved the traffic to come to Pasadena. Great to see lots of old friends, Big Sunday vets, and a whole bunch of new faces, too. It was lots of fun, made even better by the fact that we were at Vroman’s, a classic and great indie bookstore — with lots of free parking, to boot! (And this time I skipped the glasses completely.)
Thursday, October 14
San Francisco, California
601 N. Van Ness 94102
It’s always great to be in San Francisco. The crowd wasn’t huge, but it was enthusiastic. Even better, there was lots of excitement to hear that we’ll be in San Francisco for Big Sudnay Weekend 2011! Best of all: I actually found my way to the bookstore!
Wednesday, October 20
Los Angeles, California
Barnes & Noble
189 Grove Drive 90036
Wow! That was fun, and many thanks to the many people who came, especially on a rainy night. Seriously embarrassing to have to pose for pictures with everyone watching, but what are you gonna do? Thanks to everyone who bought books, too!
Thursday, October 28
Barnes & Noble
13712 Jamboree Rd. 92602
Big Sunday has really stepped it up in Orange County in the past few years — and we’ll be growing again in ’11. Always fun to see the incredible OC crowd.
Wednesday, November 3
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
The Atrium Mall
300 Boylston St. 02467
A huge crowd, and loads of fun. Got to see lots of nice people I hadn’t seen in a long time, plus a bunch of new faces, too. Then, out to dinner at the Cheesecake Factory. Everyone eats (a lot), everyone wins.
Thursday, November 4
Providence, Rhode Island
Books on the Square
471 Angell St., 02906
A really nice bookstore, and a really nice multi-generational crowd, especially since they all came out on a rainy night.
Monday, November 8
A Room of One’s Own
307 W. Johnson St. 53703
This was a great time, in a great city — pretty, clean, nice people, good food…and not much traffic! Why aren’t there more cities like Madison?
Tuesday, November 9
The Book Stall at Chestnut Court
811 Elm St. 60093
A great crowd (with many thanks to my in-laws for getting so many people out for this!) at a great indie bookstore. Never did make it to Walker Brothers for pancakes, but had two Dunkin Donuts instead.
* Wednesday, November 10
5333 Wisconsin Ave., NW, 20015
Loads of fun, and a great crowd, including old friends, relatives, and a bunch of people I didn’t know. Almost missed it all, though. The nice woman at the hotel told me it was a 10 minute walk to the bookstore. Yes, it was — if you’re Seabiscuit. For the rest of us, it was about 35-40 minutes. Anyway, got there at a flat run (and, I suspect, smelling a bit like Seabiscuit).
* Tuesday, December 7
Hollywood Temple Beth El (in red because in the mass e-mail I sent, I called the temple by the wrong name)
1317 N. Crescent Heights Blvd.
West Hollywood, California 90046
So happy to be invited to do a reading and signing here. I’ve driven past this pretty building for years and always wanted to see the inside! This is a community in the middle of a big revival, and they wanted me to be sure to let people know that everyone — temple member or not, Jewish or not — is invited to this event.
* Thursday, December 9
Pages; A Bookstore
904 Manhattan Ave. 90266
This just added! Really glad to do this because we’re hoping to do a bunch more projects in the South Bay/beach towns area on Big Sunday Weekend 2011. If the Big Sunday meeting in Manhattan Beach is any indication, this should be a lot of fun.
I also spoke and read from my book at a luncheon for The Ebell of Los Angeles on November 1. Great crowd (and a great lunch, too). Thanks to the folks from Chevalier’s in Larchmont for selling books.
In February, I’ll be leading a session on giving back at Connections 2011 – Building Our Jewish Future, sponsored by the World Union for Progressive Judaism Conference in San Francisco.