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On the Road Again

This will no doubt upset all those readers who want me to stay home and write, write, write, but it looks as though I will be taking to the road again in the fall.

If you've ever looked at the Knights page of my website, you'll know about my passion for collecting 54mm toy knights and medieval miniatures. The "worldcon" for toy soldier collectors is the Old Toy Soldier Show, held every September at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Schaumberg, Illinois, outside of Chicago. I have had to miss the last couple of OTS shows, but I'm returning this year.

And then there's Archon, the regional in St. Louis, which I've been attending since 1977. I have missed a couple of those in recent years as well, but once again I mean to return this year.

Usually the Old Toy Soldier Show and Archon are only one week apart, so I fly into Chicago, do the show, rent a car, make a leisurely drive down to St. Louis, and fly home from there. This year, however, the events are TWO weeks apart, so I had to determine whether I'd make two trips, or just linger in the midwest a little longer than usual.

I decided on the former, since it gives me the chance to visit a few other cities, and see some fannish friends that I don't see often enough. So after Chicago, I am going to visit Indianapolis and Cincinnati (where I'll catch the first day of the fabulous Tall Stacks steamboat festival, a fun event that never fails to awaken memories of FEVRE DREAM for me), and only then turn toward St. Louis.

And as it happens, this is just about the time that Starscape Books will be releasing its illustrated hardcover edition of THE ICE DRAGON, with the lovely Yvonne Gilbert artwork, so I am going to combine some business with my pleasure and do a few bookstore appearances as well. I will be signing at a Border's in Chicago, at a Barnes & Noble in Indianapolis, at Joe Beth in Cincinnati, and at Border's in St. Louis (must admit to having some trepidations about the last, given what happened the last time I signed at a bookstore in St. Louis while Archon was going on thirty miles away in Collinsville, Illinois, but maybe this time will turn out better). Details of times and places will be posted on my Appearances page.

If you missed me on my last swing on the midwest, here's your chance.

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misplacedmind
Aug. 9th, 2006 11:13 pm (UTC)
Errr, so wait - it sounds like you're lingering, so I assume you meant "the latter"?? ;0P Either way, I'm geeked about the linger, as the midwest is, woefully, a vast cultural wasteland. I'd advise you to add Iowa to your list, but it would be for purely selfish reasons, as I can't in good conscience recommend this place to tourists hah! Believe me, though, your fans here are plentiful, and I know that several of us will be bound for some of the closer signings (the first time I saw you was a 4hr drive away in Minneapolis, so close is definitely relative in the midwest!)
odiedragon
Aug. 9th, 2006 11:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I was going to beg that he come back to Madison, but beggers can't be choosers :)
abbraxis
Aug. 9th, 2006 11:14 pm (UTC)
I think this is the only time I've ever wished I were in the midwest! :) Have a good trip George.

Alex
madbard
Aug. 9th, 2006 11:16 pm (UTC)
Remember that if you enjoy too much leisure, your ability to torment your characters slowly atrophies!
kalihira
Aug. 9th, 2006 11:19 pm (UTC)
Which Borders in St. Louis are you planning on doing your signing? I would love to get my copy of A Game Of Thrones signed without having to shell out the $45 for a one day pass to Archon. I'm sort of cheap! >_
adrexia
Aug. 9th, 2006 11:45 pm (UTC)
Awesome icon. :D
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(Anonymous)
Aug. 9th, 2006 11:22 pm (UTC)
I saw you in Indianapolis last winter, but I will absolutely be there again! I'll be the one asking a lot of irritating questions about Jon's lineage. :)
kativy
Aug. 9th, 2006 11:24 pm (UTC)
That last was me; I should not post while drunk.
odiedragon
Aug. 9th, 2006 11:38 pm (UTC)
I know if possible I will try to make the signing in Chicago. Could be iffy, if it's on a weeknight, but since I made the "mistake" of turning my mother onto your work, I would love to get her a signed copy of The Ice Dragon. She's an elementary school librarian, so see, it's not just fandom anymore, it's *marketing*. :D
(Anonymous)
Aug. 9th, 2006 11:46 pm (UTC)
On the road: St. Lou book signings
Hi George,

You could try having your agent send a press release or perhaps try to get you an interview on our local NPR station (KWMU) there is a program called Cityscape, and another called St. Louis On The Air that highlight local events. That may help your local fans who can't make it to Archon find you.

Do you know which Borders you'll be signing for? I'd love to come say hello.

Tamela
aergern
Aug. 10th, 2006 12:11 am (UTC)
Re: On the road: St. Lou book signings
Brentwood and Hwy 40.. or so I've heard. ;D
idemandjustice
Aug. 9th, 2006 11:48 pm (UTC)
Hmm...
If you're not going to be writing, you could maybe consider returning to Denver again? :)
(Anonymous)
Aug. 10th, 2006 01:18 am (UTC)
St. Louis
When will you be in St. Louis for the book signing? Which Barnes & Noble?
ladytwix
Aug. 10th, 2006 01:28 am (UTC)
Aw, I was in Chicago this past weekend.. looks like I just missed you.
(Anonymous)
Aug. 10th, 2006 02:07 am (UTC)
kansas...
oh well, I'll never be living in a place where awesome authors come down to do signings and stuff until I'm out of college.
slyhell
Aug. 10th, 2006 02:17 am (UTC)
Hooray! I can't wait to see you in Indy. Nothing ever happens in the town I'm in, but I should be able to get that far at least.
ponkie
Aug. 10th, 2006 02:48 am (UTC)
oh my goodness i live in chicago!! YAY!!!
titaniawaking
Aug. 10th, 2006 04:00 am (UTC)
Well, as much as I'd love Dance as quickly as possible, I'm excited to hear you're heading Midwest-erly again! Both Indy and Cincy are easy drives for me. I came to a book signing in November at Books & Company in Dayton - the Q&A was great - but of course when it was my turn in line, I forgot whatever, y'know, intelligent I was planning to say, and pretty much all that came out was, "Um, HI! I LOVE YOUR BOOKS!!" D'oh. :)

Safe travels, happy writing.
diamondreads
Aug. 10th, 2006 04:14 am (UTC)
Don't forget to have a good time in your travels and take lots of pictures. Life is for living. Relax and enjoy! If I lived closer to the midwest (I'm in Texas) I'd try to get by for a signing. I'll wave in a northerly direction, though!
lacyintx
Aug. 10th, 2006 01:35 pm (UTC)
Hello Neighbor. I am just down the road from you. I hope it's OK if I friend you.
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