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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
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