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On the Road Again

... the life I love is signing books for my readers. (Actually, I kind of do, thought of late the crowds have been so big that I get pretty weary by the end).

Anyway, just got the second half of the schedule for my DANCE WITH DRAGONS book tour from Bantam. The tour will begin with Boston, New York City, and Indianapolis, as detailed in my post of May 7, which you'll find somewhere downriver.

Then I'm off to the San Diego Comicon for a week.

After comicon, I will be appearing at:

Tuesday, July 26
Barnes & Noble
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Wednesday, July 27
Fox Theatre
2215 Broadway Street
Redwood City, CA 94063
*event hosted by Kepler's

Friday, July 29
Town Hall
1119 8th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
*event hosted by University Bookstore

Sunday, July 31
Tattered Cover LoDo
1628 16th Street
Denver, CO 80202

Probably one more stop to be added after that

More details on the signings will be posted here as we get closer to the dates.

Again, though, let me say... if you actually want to meet me and hang and talk some, the place to do that is at a convention. Book signings are great, but in recent years my crowds have been huge, which means each person in the queue gets like twenty seconds. I don't like that part of it... I'd much rather have the time to chat with my readers... but you have to keep the line moving. Anything else is unfair to the people further back.


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May. 18th, 2011 10:22 pm (UTC)
No SF appearance?

(Yeah, I know Redwood City is in the Bay Area...I'm a City snob, what can I say?)
May. 18th, 2011 10:23 pm (UTC)
I'm jealous of you and all the people that get to go to Comicon. One day I hope to attend it.
May. 18th, 2011 10:24 pm (UTC)
Portland, OR?
Any chance of a stop in Portland?
May. 18th, 2011 10:29 pm (UTC)
woo hoo redwood city
May. 18th, 2011 10:32 pm (UTC)
Ahhhhhhhh you'll be in Seattle! That's flippin exciting (for me).

I know, more details are to come, but I hope they will include info on whether you limit how many books per person you're willing to sign. I have all the ASoIaF books in hardcover, and friends who live in cities you're not visiting on your tour may ask me to bring a book for them, etc. :-)
May. 19th, 2011 11:42 am (UTC)
many of the issues you want answers to
are not in George's hands. Restrictions on how many books you can get signed, how you attend - start standing in line 6 hours before the event - or by getting a 'ticket' for a specific time - are made by the stores and the Bantam tour people. George just turns up when he's supposed to and does what the store asks him to do.

So if you want answers about a specific store appearance, the best thing to do is to contact that store directly and ask their manger or special events person about their plans. Maybe even encourage the store to put that info up on the web or in their newsletter. Some stores may ask George to sign extra stock, so you could ask if the store you're interested in purchasing the book from if they take 'reservations' for signed copies if you're unable to attend the event. Usually you can't get a 'dedication' ("To Bob the Loud, quit your screaming about having to wait until Season Two and read the damn books now, love, George") on the books that a store 'reserves' on signed stock. Each store has different policies and attitudes about saving signed stock for customers.

I can assure you that there will be limit on how many books you can get signed in one go-through, just what that limit may be in any store I can't say. If you intend to get XX amount of books signed, but the store only allows you Y amount of signatures on a go-through, you can take other people with you to parcel out the books, or take your chances that you can go to the back of the line and get more books signed before the event is over. Again, this is usually easier to do when George is doing a signing at a convention. At conventions, the committee can schedule a second signing later in the weekend if needed. The tour schedule is not so flexible in extending signing events or 'holding over' GRRM for a second day in any one town.

Some stores may have requirements that you purchase ADwD from them, either by pre-ordering through the store or buying ADwD at the POS set up in the store. Even if you have already bought a copy of the book elsewhere, it is the right thing to do to purchase at least one book in the store. Organizing preparing and running these events are big expenses in time and money for the stores, and if they look at the numbers after the event, and those numbers aren't good, it will make it harder to convince the store to offer future signings.

There's more discussion and information over at the Brotherhood without Banners forum on the tour:http://asoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/topic/49885-grrm-announces-some-us-tour-dates-for-adwd/

Re: many of the issues you want answers to - chaeri - May. 19th, 2011 08:20 pm (UTC) - Expand
May. 18th, 2011 10:47 pm (UTC)
I'm from Germany and probably never get to meet you, but i want to thank you for your books, which add a whole new level of entertainment to my life. Great work.

May. 19th, 2011 04:56 am (UTC)
I spent 3 years in Germany and LOVED it! Made some amazing friends there in Heltersberg. I hope to God I get to go back one day. It's been 2 years already and I miss it completely. Cool thing that George has readers in Deutschland. With what little German I know I sort of wonder what it would be like to read his books in German...
(no subject) - gaspode - May. 19th, 2011 05:41 am (UTC) - Expand
we're looking forward to EasterCon - parrismcb - May. 19th, 2011 11:48 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: we're looking forward to EasterCon - gaspodia - May. 20th, 2011 10:21 am (UTC) - Expand
Poland - qbus_FA - May. 19th, 2011 10:47 am (UTC) - Expand
May. 18th, 2011 10:51 pm (UTC)
Seattle! That is awesome to see. I wish I could go to a convention, money always gets in the way.
May. 18th, 2011 11:03 pm (UTC)
Is it likely that you'll be coming to the UK at all? My girlfriend and I would love the chance to meet you!
May. 19th, 2011 05:42 am (UTC)
As I just posted above - We have GRRM coming over to the UK next year not for a book signing but for a far more intimate 4 day convention - Next Years Eastercon - check out www.olympus2012.org for details.
(no subject) - adwd11 - May. 19th, 2011 11:54 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - gaspode - May. 19th, 2011 06:50 pm (UTC) - Expand
what to expect at a SF convention? - parrismcb - May. 19th, 2011 07:33 pm (UTC) - Expand
May. 18th, 2011 11:21 pm (UTC)
If my car is working, I'll try to get up to Boston to say hi! :)
May. 18th, 2011 11:36 pm (UTC)
Yay Seattle! *excitedly scribbles down info* I'll do my best to be there. Someday I'd love to meet you an a con, but this will have to do for now!
May. 18th, 2011 11:36 pm (UTC)
Awesome, you're making it to Denver again! I will definitely be there.
May. 18th, 2011 11:55 pm (UTC)
I'm so excited that Seattle is on the list! I'd love to make it to a con, but that's probably not happening this year, so a signing's got to be the next best thing. I can't wait until July. :)
May. 19th, 2011 12:02 am (UTC)
Hooray! You're coming to Seattle! First time I'll get to see you since Boskone 2005! I long for you to autograph my Kindle.
May. 19th, 2011 12:39 pm (UTC)
So Kindles are okay? I've asked twice.
(no subject) - grrm - May. 19th, 2011 03:38 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - bahimiron - May. 19th, 2011 06:29 pm (UTC) - Expand
can't wait - parrismcb - May. 19th, 2011 07:34 pm (UTC) - Expand
sadly vanished... - Tanto Ten - May. 20th, 2011 03:55 am (UTC) - Expand
As George said - parrismcb - May. 19th, 2011 07:37 pm (UTC) - Expand
May. 19th, 2011 12:04 am (UTC)
Guess I'll make the 2 hour trek to Redwood City!

Until Doran Martell joins the brotherhood without banners...Make mine Martin!
May. 19th, 2011 12:26 am (UTC)
San Diego
no signing while in town? at least LA isn't too far.
May. 19th, 2011 01:29 am (UTC)
Re: San Diego
I'm going to be signing my ass off in San Diego.
Re: San Diego - eshabutie - May. 19th, 2011 03:50 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: San Diego - Buck Henry - May. 19th, 2011 08:25 pm (UTC) - Expand
May. 19th, 2011 12:42 am (UTC)
Please come to Texas!!!!
May. 19th, 2011 01:08 am (UTC)
Pennsic is kind of like a Con...
May. 19th, 2011 01:43 am (UTC)
yaaay LA! down the street from me actually, so I'll be walking lol. :) anyways I have a question--- will you be willing to sign my e-reader device, the nook? I have feast for crows on there and I'm planing to get Dance on there as well, so is that a possibility?
May. 19th, 2011 02:03 am (UTC)
I was there for the last Kepler's signing in 2005 and I'll be there for this one too!
May. 19th, 2011 03:28 am (UTC)
What? No love for the south? New Orleans wants you!
May. 19th, 2011 03:47 pm (UTC)
Nobody every comes to the south, and if they do, it's on the east coast (The Carolinas, Virginia, or Georgia). All the while I'm like, "Hey! We had Faulkner over here!"

Of course, I'd rather he come to Memphis, seeing as that's where I live, but I'd be willing to drive a few hours south to Louisiana.
Adam Diran
May. 19th, 2011 03:50 am (UTC)
Don't hurt your hands signing books.
The Winds of Winter is coming!
May. 19th, 2011 03:57 am (UTC)
I'll be at the one in Seattle book in hand!
May. 19th, 2011 04:11 am (UTC)
20 seconds! That's down from 30 seconds (last book tour posting). So far, I won't be able to attend signings at any of the cities mentioned, but y'know what? I'm going to buy ADWD anyway and enjoy the heck out it!
May. 19th, 2011 04:51 am (UTC)
I'm stationed at Holloman AFB in New Mexico and have been for 2 years (wife grew up here). You ever doing anything in New Mexico where us NM residents might see you around? I'm pretty sure you must do signings in Sante Fe every so often, right? I'd love to meet you one day. Love your story and can't wait for Dance. Have fun on your trip and at the comicon!
May. 19th, 2011 06:03 am (UTC)
Best way for a New Mexican to meet me -- come to Bubonicon!

You will find details on my appearances page.
(no subject) - stephen1985 - May. 19th, 2011 01:15 pm (UTC) - Expand
Bubonicon is a great example - parrismcb - May. 19th, 2011 04:58 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Bubonicon is a great example - stephen1985 - May. 19th, 2011 06:34 pm (UTC) - Expand
Michael Howley
May. 19th, 2011 05:02 am (UTC)
So close but so far away
Holy crap I'm living in Berkeley this summer for an internship but even if I haul ass from work at five the earliest I can hope to get there is 6:30, and most likely seven. WWWWWWWHHHHHHYYYYYYY
May. 19th, 2011 05:35 pm (UTC)
Re: So close but so far away
The Redwood city event starts at 7pm, so you'd still have a good shot at being there if the local transit system behaves. Maybe take a long view, do a few extra nice things for your fellow workers early in the summer, offer to trade off a few hours with other interns so they can do their important-enough-to-miss-work-for event while you cover for them, and they could do the same for you. Explain to the PTB at your job that there's just this one thing coming up on Wednesday, July 27th, and you need to have the day off or can work until lunch and then head towards Redwood City in plenty of time to attend all the happy fun time standing in line with a few hundred other GRRM fans.

No harm in asking, and you never know, your boss might be a secret GRRM fan herself.

Over at the Westeros Brotherhood Without Banners forum you'll find discussion threads about holding a Bros Moot (our fancy term for 'party') in conjunction with George's signing in a specific city. These events are held by the local fans, and can be as simple as 'Let's all go down to Paddy's Pub after the signing and have a few laughs' to plans to meet before or after the signing event for a meal or private party. George usually can't attend these parties/meals because of the tour schedule, but you might just meet some fellow travelers that live near to you and can become friends in RL.

Back in the day, I knew about SF cons, but could never go to one because I worked in restaurants and bars that didn't like to let their best staff take a weekend off, and I certainly couldn't lose a full weekend's tips just to attend a SF convention. I finally convinced my boss that I was really really really going to take Memorial Day weekend off to go to the local DC convention, then known as "Disclave". I saved every penny and nickel and dime I got in tips for months before Disclave. Coming back from that life-changing experience, I promptly told him I wasn't going to be working for 5 days at Labor Day because the WorldCon was being held in DC that year. I ate most of my meals at work, saved and saved and saved some more, traded shifts/added shifts with fellow workers so that when Labor Day weekend rolled around, I had a clear work schedule and enough cash to pay for my membership and have $ left over to buy books in the dealers' room.

So give it a try, see if you can come up with a Cunning Plan that will ensure you make it to the Redwood City event. You got more than 2 months to figure out the details on how to get that day off from work, and planning ahead with your boss will show 'initiative and drive, the ability to plan and prepare...' and all those other positive words you want to show up on your recommendations from the internship.

Failing that, you can start hinting that you feel a 'summer cold' coming on for a few days and then call in sick on the 27th. Of course, you might get caught out if your boss IS a GRRM fan and is already standing in line when you arrive looking just fine and healthy.......
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