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Three Days...

Spain
... and counting.

Tomorrow I set off on the first leg of my signing tour. My first stop will be... well, I shouldn't say, since I won't be doing any public appearances there, just swinging by the Random House warehouse on Monday and signing as many copies of A DANCE WITH DRAGONS as I can manage to sign before catching the Acela to Boston that afternoon. Those copies will go out all over the country, to bookstores that are not on the tour, but have placed substantial orders.

The first public signing is in Boston. Well, Burlington, actually. Look for me at the Barnes & Noble, 98 Middlesex Turnpike, starting at 7pm and going to... well, to when they close the store presumably. I'll say a few words, take a few questions, and then deface your books.

After Boston, I'll be at the Union Square B&N in New York City, and then the Carmel B&N in Indianapolis. (Full details on the Appearances page of my website). Then it's home for a brief respite before I depart for San Diego Comicon and the second leg of the tour.



Please take a look at the post my publisher put up on Suvudu:
http://sf-fantasy.suvudu.com/2011/06/on-tour-george-r-r-martin.html?ref=twt_Suvudu_stream

I don't want to disappoint anyone, so let me stress again that, because of the size of the crowds that we're anticipating, I cannot do personalizations or inscriptions at these events. Just straight autographs. I wish that wasn't so, but it is. And I won't be able to pose for photographs either, though you're certainly free to have your friend take a snapshot when I'm signing your book.

The number of items I can sign at each event will depend on the store, the crowd, and other variables.

Be aware, if you head out to one of these, that (1) you may need to wait in line for a very long time, and (2) when you finally reach the front of that line, we'll only have a few second together, at best. ((The BEST place to actually meet me, or any of your favorite SF or fantasy writers, is not at a booksigning, but at a con. But booksignings are good places to meet other fans. You'll definitely meet the people in line with you. You'll be spending hours with 'em, so be friendly. Romances have been known to start waiting in line at booksignings.))

And if all that hasn't scared you off... see you in Boston!

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jere7my
Jul. 10th, 2011 02:47 am (UTC)
I would bike up to Burlington for an autograph, but I'll be dancing my feet off on Cape Cod instead. Alas! (It's okay — you signed my 1st edition Game of Thrones for me, probably at PhilCon.) Have a great trip!
Evan Gleason
Jul. 10th, 2011 02:47 am (UTC)
I live in Maine and I am now very tempted to drive to Burlington....mayhaps I shall
earenwe
Jul. 10th, 2011 03:07 am (UTC)
I can't believe it's almost Tuesday already! Is it bad I consider it a birthday present to myself as my birthday was yesterday? I'll be at Union Square - hope to see some of you there!
azurecobalt
Jul. 10th, 2011 03:23 am (UTC)
I shall be at the Burlington signing! Best of luck on the long publicity road ahead of you. I imagine it's equal parts exciting and daunting.
ghoulgurl
Jul. 10th, 2011 03:44 am (UTC)
Do you know what your schedule will be at Comicon? :)

Can't wait till Tuesday!!!! *grins*
kilroy0097
Jul. 10th, 2011 04:09 am (UTC)
Autopen?
For these warehouse visits where all you do is sit there and sign books, have you thought about perhaps investing in an autopen machine? I mean I understand the special nature of a hand signature but when you are busy doing tours constantly it might be nice to have an autopen to sign a certain number of books for you like lets say 200 books or so. That way you could also do a limit run of Calenders or whatever with autopen. Might free up some time for you and maybe give that signing hand of yours a break to rest up for tours and book signings at bookstores.
grrm
Jul. 10th, 2011 06:54 am (UTC)
Re: Autopen?
That would be cheating.
Re: Autopen? - tully01 - Jul. 10th, 2011 03:07 pm (UTC) - Expand
cmpriest
Jul. 10th, 2011 04:18 am (UTC)
I'll (finally) see you in Seattle!

:)
beowulf716
Jul. 10th, 2011 04:19 am (UTC)
See you then! I work at another B&N in southern Mass, so I have to run there and get the book I've been staring at for the past week(store loyalty) and then run to Burlington. That is about an hour from there. Totally worth it. I look forward to meeting you.
jkgibbons
Jul. 10th, 2011 04:23 am (UTC)
Anderson Cooper's reading list
Parade Sunday supplement has a "What I'll be reading on vacation" column. Anderson Cooper says Game of Thrones. "I really like the HBO series..."
exmptfromsanity
Jul. 10th, 2011 04:31 am (UTC)
If I wasn't certain it was going to be a madhouse I would probably drive up to Burlington on Tuesday. Alas, I'm probably working and really can't afford to request days off.

Just because I can't say so in person, as a history teacher/student and a fantasy fan this series inspires me and makes me excited. I only recently stumbled upon it but I am very excited for this book.
hiyokonojinsei
Jul. 10th, 2011 05:09 am (UTC)
I wish you could come to Chile someday to sign some books! It would be amazing to meet you and say how much I love your work in person, someday.

Anyways, best luck in the events to come! :D
ravenslolita
Jul. 10th, 2011 05:43 am (UTC)
I'm glad you are making it to Seattle but it looks like I won't be able to make it as I've already ordered my copy of my book somewhere else. :(

I do hope next time you can make it this far north you can use a different book store or maybe let people just buy tickets to the event and not like in my case an additional book.

In any case, I do hope to make it to a con that you are attending sometime!
jakk55
Jul. 10th, 2011 05:46 am (UTC)
Other Signed books
I am, sadly, no where near any of your tour stops. However, you mentioned you are signing copies to send to locations not on your tour, any chance you could tell us where those might end up/be acquired?
serapheen
Jul. 10th, 2011 05:47 am (UTC)
Despite the fact that there are no posed pictures, I got a great one when I saw you in Nashville for the Feast signing. I might have to get my butt to one of the SoCal dates, to get Dance signed too. And another copy of Feast signed..wouldn't you know the DAY after you signed it the wind knocked an opened package of soy sauce off my tray and onto my book, so the map on the inside of the front cover is all stained brown now. I suppose it adds character, but I was furious with myself (and the wind).
pinnsey
Jul. 10th, 2011 05:59 am (UTC)
Ahhhh! I'm so incredibly excited to start reading up a storm. Hopefully I'll make it to the signing in Denver!
brucechrumka
Jul. 10th, 2011 06:36 am (UTC)
Say hi to Howard Waldrop...
...and have a safe trip, George. Is Parris joining you?
grrm
Jul. 10th, 2011 06:52 am (UTC)
Re: Say hi to Howard Waldrop...
Don't expect to see H'ard on this trip.

And Parris will be home minding the fort.
cosmicorchid
Jul. 10th, 2011 06:51 am (UTC)
I totally wish I could go but I live in the wrong state, oh well! Have fun, though!

I got done reading Game of Thrones and it was a very good read although I knew what would happen since I came upon your novels through the HBO series. It was still interesting because it was like seeing what they did/said that they didn't include in the series. I'm pretty excited to read the next few though :3 Oh man, that Joffrey is gonna get his, I just know it >:O!

Also, I'd like to say I'm glad you are a big part of your HBO series because I'm flabbergasted at Alan Ball's attempt at the Southern Mystery novels of Sookie Stackhouse! I mean, I'm glad this HBO series actually follows the story line lol because these book series HBO seems to pick up on, they're wonderful books in themselves, they don't need the...err..twists of someone else in charge lol.

Oh, please don't kill off Daenerys, she's like my favorite person in the books because she's such a strong self-empowering heroine who's actually very kind...some of the women in this series are serious broads, just like Cersei, bleugh! Okay, take care!
Sgath218
Jul. 10th, 2011 07:14 am (UTC)
My girlfriend and I will be savoring this book for as long as we can! We're both in love with your work George, and will be reading it to one another bit by bit every night. I know you get a lot of pressure from your fans, but thank you so much for sharing your creativity with the world, our lives are richer because of it!
schmidtzkrieg
Jul. 10th, 2011 07:59 am (UTC)
Comic Con
I'm going to be at Comic Con, but sadly I'm only going to be there Friday. I am missing the panel but I'm hoping to still get my copy of Dance signed. Will you be doing signings Friday by any chance? Gods be good, you will be.
grrm
Jul. 10th, 2011 04:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Comic Con
I will be signing every day at comicon... but some of my signings will be restricted to certain items, those being published by the publisher I am signing for... i.e., at the Tor booth I will be signing only Wild Cards, at IDW only DOORWAYS, etc. Rules will differ... and are subject to change depending on the size of the crowd.

I'll post more about comicon later. That's the SECOND leg of my tour. I have to survive the east coast first.
Re: Comic Con - john_picacio - Jul. 10th, 2011 10:23 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Comic Con - lucydietrich - Jul. 11th, 2011 04:04 am (UTC) - Expand
jessaleigh1
Jul. 10th, 2011 08:00 am (UTC)
I've touched it...
I was at a book store in portland oregon and I look down and guess what I see. In a box I spy copies of ADWD. It caught me so off gaurd I jumped back with a screa, proclaiming I must leave. Everyone in the store looked at me like I was a nut. Then I explain and the book keeper lets me touch ADWDs. I am so excited but I ordered it on amazon so I have to wait alittle longer
theonturncloak
Jul. 11th, 2011 09:37 am (UTC)
Re: I've touched it...
Was it Powell's? I had a dream a few nights ago that they miraculously let me buy the book early...imagine my disappointment upon waking up haha.
haeddre
Jul. 10th, 2011 08:30 am (UTC)
Huh. Meeting eligible men who you already know have good taste in reading material at a book signing...Excellent suggestion. Thanks! ;)
justice
Jul. 10th, 2011 08:41 am (UTC)
Yay you're coming to MA!!!
allisondawn
Jul. 10th, 2011 10:55 am (UTC)
Have fun!
twenties_girl
Jul. 10th, 2011 11:27 am (UTC)
I wish you were coming to the UK :( I'd love to get a signed copy of A Dance With Dragons
Alonso Gimeno Martn
Jul. 10th, 2011 11:35 am (UTC)
Hi, i'm a fan from Spain and i can't wait to read the book; obviously, i'm not going to wait until it'll be released in spanish, i will buy it in amazon on 12th July.

I would like to know if you are going to visit Spain on your tour.

Congratulations for your books!

parrismcb
Jul. 10th, 2011 06:01 pm (UTC)
no Spain this year.....
but next year, 2012, we will be going to Semana Negra. Semana Negra is always a good time and an excellent event to meet many writers, artists and journalists from all over the world. As an added bonus, there's a huge carnival with rides and foods and all sorts of good fun, wrapped around the 'literary' convention! The convention also draws many publishers, recording companies and other arts and interests, with many booths selling their goods. (I came home with a dozen cds of Asturian folk music featuring many bands that included the Asturian version of bag pipes). The 2012 Semana Negra celebrates 25 years of a unique event. Many former guests are planning on attending, so there will be more chances to meet many creative people who have attended Semana Negra in the past.

Since you are a Spanish fan, you might want to visit the Spanish fan groups web site if you haven't already - it's called Asshai, and there's a link on George's website or you can search for it online.

The Asshai people were wonderful hosts when we visited in 2007. We had a feast that included the first public performance of "The Bear and the Maiden Fair" sung by 60+ people! They ran a one day convention in Gijon where many people wore wonderful costumes and all had a memorable evening in an old Austurian sidra hall.

Yes, we had a lot of fun, and would love for you to join us in Gijon next year. Although, I must warn you, at this time Gigamesh has no plans to sponsor a separate book tour. That may change, depending on how fast Cristina Macía, who has translated many of George's novels and has done excellent work on on every one, can complete the translation and Gigamesh can schedule the publication. The place to look for the information on the release of the Spanish edition is:

http://www.gigamesh.com/

Re: no Spain this year..... - oxalispescaprae - Jul. 12th, 2011 01:54 pm (UTC) - Expand
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