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Just got back from (thinking...) Seattle, Dallas, and Mission Viejo. Next week, I'm off to Germany for the Frankfurt Book Fair. Yes, this is the same great city where books were burned by the truckload in Römerberg square, way back in 1933. Ah, life does have its little ironies, dunnit?

Here's a recap of recent travels, and travails:

Seattle, WA - Did a corporate read event at Vulcan Inc., which was an interesting change of pace. There was also a camera in the room live-casting the event to "employees in remote locations." I couldn't help but think of that scene in the movie, Contact, where Jodie Foster is pleading for research funding while billionaire industrialist S. R. Hadden watches remotely from some hidden locale. I waved. Not sure if Paul Allen saw me.

Next up was the big Bedtime Stories event for Humanities Washington, where we helped raise $115,000. I read ten pages of a new project. Everyone seemed to like it so I'm plowing forward, hoping the moral territory of the story is novel length.

Richardson, TX - Next morning I was off to Dallas for a splendid community reads event in Richardson. The turnout was amazing—1,400 people—my largest crowd ever. I guess things really are bigger in Texas. Fellow authors, Judy Kibler and Jaye Wells were there too (great to see you!) I also managed to sneak away and catch Monday Night Football in the new Cowboys Stadium. That mega HD jumbo-tron is incredible.

Mission Viejo, CA - On to California for the Mission Viejo Readers Festival—a great event in a lovely community south of LA. The best part was meeting Cindy Pon, and chatting with Cornelia Funke about time management—when to write, when to travel, and the fine art of saying, "No." I'm learning. Thanks Cornelia.

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Reader Comments (7)

How exciting to be a community read. Just shows how powerful your lovely novel is. But the traveling! When do you take naps? :> All the best in Frankfurt.
October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJL Oakley
It was great to see you, too! Your talk was really wonderful. Next time you're in town we need to fit in time to grab a drink.
October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJaye Wells
Definitely. And Leesha says, "HI!"
October 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJamie
I just finished reading "Hotel".

No superlatives would suffice.

In the words of my father, "Do jeh".
October 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDrew
Thanks Drew.
October 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJamie
Glad you enjoyed your time here in Dallas! I was so bummed to find out after the fact that you were here, literally just right down the highway, and I missed the chance to catch the event.

You'll be happy to know that in Starbucks a few days ago I overheard a girl absolutely gushing about "Hotel" and how much she enjoyed your visit. She was basically shoving everyone in earshot through the doors of the attached B&N to go pick it up. That's the kind of word of mouth you've got to love! ;)
October 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJ.S. Joyner
Awww...thanks JS. I had a great time in Texas. Glad others felt the same.
October 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

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