Signed Copies of The Wise Man’s Fear: Part II

A couple weeks ago I took a trip out to New York to meet up with my publisher and do some promotional stuff. I did a video interview. Recorded a podcast. And, as I’ve already mentioned, I got to touch and hold my first-ever copy of The Wise Man’s Fear.

I also signed some books. Kind of a lot of books. Three thousand books.

I’ve signed a lot of books over these last couple of years. But signing The Wise Man’s Fear is a different feeling. The paper feels different, for one thing. Plus, it’s my new baby, and that counts for a lot.

To be honest with you, I thought that I was going to spend most of the day alone in a room, working my way through stacks of books. I was kind of looking forward to it, actually. I’d brought an audiobook to listen to (Jim Butcher’s White Knight) and I was anticipating it being a pleasant, low-key day.

Luckily, the marketing people at Penguin know a lot more than I do. There’s more to signing this many books than just writing my name a bunch of times. The books need to be unpacked from the boxes, flapped (that means turned to the appropriate signing page), stacked, then reboxed.

That means I had a team of 4-5 people working with me all day, getting books ready for me to sign, then taking them away when I was done and re-packing them.

Here’s the team, hard at work. I’m behind the stack of boxes on the right. All you can see of me is my hand, blurring with preternatural speed, and possibly caffeine.

It was actually a lot of fun. We chatted. I told a few Ole and Lena jokes. I might have even sung a song or two. I tend to do that, occasionally.

The team was great. They kept me well-supplied with books and tea and good company for hours. Eventually, I asked if we could take a group photo.

Here’s one where I think I said something really inappropriate to make everyone laugh:

Here’s the one where I told everyone to do crazy eyes.

I totally win at crazy eyes. Nobody does it better than me.

What I learned over the course of the day is that 3000 books is a hell of a lot of books. It took about eight hours to sign them all. I burned through several pens, and for the last couple hours my shoulders actually hurt.

What do three thousand books look like?

Well, if you have twelve books in a box, then it looks like this many books:

Plus this many books: (Note that this stack is two layers deep.)

And then this many more books….

Also, hidden somewhere in these boxes, are a few copies of the book that I had the entire team sign.

You have no idea how hard it was to get some of them to sign their names. They looked so scandalized when I suggested it. My argument is that if you spend eight hours in a room with me, listening to me sing and tell bad jokes, you should get to sign a couple books too. The signing is the fun part, and I’d feel bad hogging all of it myself.

Now the big question. What are all these books for?

Well, ultimately, they’re for you. They’re for people who can’t make it to one of my signings, but who still would like a signed copy of the book.

[Edit: As of Feb 20th, the Signed Page is no longer taking orders for signed books. But many of the bookstores on my signing tour are still more than happy to mail you a copy.]

Now you’ve got another option: At the end of this blog is a list of all the stores that these books will be going to.

Hopefully, one of these stores is close to you, and you can just swing in and reserve yourself a copy.

But even if none of them are close to your house, I’m guessing that a lot of them would love nothing better than to sell you a copy and then mail it off to you.

My advice though? You might want to contact the stores sooner rather than later and place your orders. These are all first-edition books, and I think a lot of people are going to be snatching them up pretty quickly. I know I wish I’d picked up a few more first editions of The Name of the Wind….

Here’s the list of bookstores, organized by state:

I’ve included as much contact information as I have at the moment. Rest assured I’ll be updating it as soon as I have more:

Alabama

American Wholesale Books
4350 Bryson Blvd
Florence, AL 35630
www.booksamillion.com

Arizona

Poisoned Pen
4014 N. Goldwater #101
Scottsdale, AZ  85251
www.poisonedpen.com
(480) 947-2974

California

Almost Perfect Bookstore
1901 Douglas Avenue
Roseville, CA 95661
almostperfectbookstore@yahoo.com
(916) 781-7935

Bay Book Company
80 N Cabrillo Hwy Ste F
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
www.baybookcompany.com
(650) 726-3488

Books Inc
1501 Vermont St
San Francisco, CA 94110
booksinc.net
(415) 643-3400

The Bookseller
107 Mill St
Grass Valley, CA 95945
www.grassvalleybooks.com
(530) 272-2131

Bookshop Santa Cruz
1520 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
www.bookshopsantacruz.com
(831) 423-0900

Borderlands Books
866 Valencia St
San Francisco CA 94110
borderlands-books.com
(415) 824-8203

Copperfield’s
139 Edman Way
Sebastopol, CA 95472
copperfieldsbooks.com
(707) 823-8991

M is For Mystery
86 E Third Ave.
San Mateo, CA, 94401
www.mformystery.com
(650) 401-8077

BookShop Benicia
856 Southampton Road
Benicia, CA 94510
www.bookshopbenicia.com
(707) 747-5155

Anderson Books
425 University Avenue Ste 210
Sacramento, CA 95825
Michael@Mjaatty.com

Dark Carnival
3086 Claremont Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705
www.darkcarnival.com
(510) 654-7323

Colorado

Bookworm of Edwards
295 Main St. C101
Edwards, CO  81632
bookwormofedwards.com
(970) 926-7323

Boulder Bookstore
1107 Pearl
Boulder, CO 80302
boulderbookstore.indiebound.com
(303) 447-2074

Off The Beaten Path
68 9th St
Steamboat Springs, CO 80477
steamboatbooks.com
(970) 879-6830

Old Firehouse Books
232 Walnut
Fort Collins, CO  80525
www.oldfirehousebooks.com
(970) 484-7898

Tattered Cover
1628 16th St.
Denver, CO 80202
tatteredcover.com
(303) 436-1070

Who Else? Books
200 S. Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
www.whoelsebooks.com
(303) 744-2665

District of Columbia

Politics & Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington DC, 20008
www.politics-prose.com
(202) 364-1919

Florida

Classic Bookshop
310 S. County Rd
Palm Beach, FL 33480
classicbookshop.com
(561) 655-2485

Idaho

Rediscovered Bookshop
180 N 8th Street
Boise, ID 83702
www.rdbooks.org
(208) 376-4229

Iowa

Prairie Lights Books
15 S Dubuque St
Iowa City, IA 52240
www.prairielightsbooks.com
(319) 337-2681

Maine

Devaney, Doak, & Garrett
193 Broadway
Farmington, ME 04938
ddgbooks.com
(207) 778-3454

Massachusetts

Pandemonium Books and Games
4 Pleasant Street
Cambridge, MA. 02139
pandemoniumbooks.com
(617) 547-3721

Michigan

McLean & Eakin Booksellers
307 Lake St.
Petoskey, MI.  49770
www.mcleanandeakin.com
(231) 347-1180
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Schuler Books
2820 Town Center Blvd.
Lansing, MI. 48910
www.schulerbooks.com
(517) 316-7495

Schuler Books
3165 Alpine Ave. Ste. C
Walker, MI. 49544
www.schulerbooks.com
(517) 349-8840

Schuler Books
1982 Grand River Ave.
Okemos, MI.  48864
www.schulerbooks.com
(616) 942-2561

Schuler Books & Music
2660 28th Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
www.schulderbooks.com
Phone: (616) 942-2561

New Mexico

Bookworks
4022 Rio Grande Blvd. NW
Albuquerque, NM  87107
www.bkwrks.com
(505) 344-8139

New York

Flights of Fantasy
381 Sand Creek Blvd
Albany, NY 12205
www.flightsoffantasy.indiebound.com
(518) 435-9337
mariaoverstock@yahoo.com

North Carolina

Malaprop’s Bookstore
55 Haywood St
Asheville, NC 28801
www.malaprops.com
(828) 254-6734

Oregon

Annie Bloom’s Books
7834 SW Capitol Highway
Portland OR 97219
annieblooms.com
(503) 246-0053

Powell’s Books
1645 Hoyt St
Portland OR 97209
www.powells.com

VJ Books
20140 SW  112th Ave
Tualatin OR 97062
www.vjbooks.com
(503) 750-5310

South Carolina

Fiction Addiction
1020 A Woodruff Rd
Greenville, SC 29607
www.fiction-addiction.com
(864) 675-0540

Texas

Front Street Books
121 E Holland St
Alpine, TX 79830
www.fsbooks.com
(432) 837-3360

BookPeople
603 N. Lamar
Austin, TX 78703
bookpeople.com.
(512) 472-5050

Blue Willow Book Shop
14532 Memorial Dr. at Dairy Ashford
Houston, TX 77079
bluewillowbookshop.com
(281) 497-8675

Utah

King’s English
1511 S. 1500 E.
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
www.kingsenglish.com
(801) 484-9100

Virginia

Prince Books
Main Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
www.prince-books.com
(757) 622-9223

Washington

Third Place Books
17171 Bothel Way NE
Lake Forest Park WA 98155
thirdplacebooks.com
(206) 366-3333

Wisconsin

Bookfinders
1001 Brilowski Road
Stevens Point, WI  54481
(715) 341-8300

Janke Bookstore
505 3rd St.
Wausau, WI  54403
www.jankebookstore.com.
(715) 845-9648

A Room of Ones Own Bookstore
307 W. Johnson
Madison, WI.  53703
www.roomofonesown.com
(608) 257-7888

Barnes & Noble
www.barnesandnoble.com

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115 Comments

  1. MidgetMe
    Posted February 17, 2011 at 11:52 PM | Permalink

    Wow the Bookseller in Grass Valley California! I live about 10 minutes from there!

    Their phone number is
    530-272-2131

    and their website is
    http://www.grassvalleybooks.com

    :D This makes me so happy, I didn’t think I’d have this good a chance at getting a signed copy. Thank you Pat!!!

  2. Katienooklover
    Posted February 17, 2011 at 11:55 PM | Permalink

    That sounds like a very fun & tiring day! Thank goodness for B&N. I got to the bottom of the list & said, “damn it! Nothing in Pennsylvania!”. I can’t wait until the 1st. The anticipation is driving my ADD out of control!

  3. cdieter20
    Posted February 18, 2011 at 12:10 AM | Permalink

    Quick question. On the website you say you will be at the powells at 1645 Hoyt Street in Portland. The powells website says that you will be at the powells at Cedar Hills Crossing. Can you confirm what place you will be at? Thanks, i want to make sure i go to the right store and dont miss seeing you.

    • katelyn
      Posted February 18, 2011 at 2:44 AM | Permalink

      Cedar Hills Crossing for sure :
      http://www.PatrickRothfuss.com/content/tour.asp

      I believe the Hoyt St address above (on this particular blog post) is regarding ordering a signed copy of the book (for if you’re not going to make his in-person signing).

      Cedar Hills is supposed to have more room for a big signing, and I have a feeling LOTS of people will be there. I sure will! Hope that helps!

      • DoctorAvenue
        Posted February 18, 2011 at 3:24 AM | Permalink

        I pass by that Powell’s daily, but I’ve never been to a signing there. Do you think I should pre-order it, or just buy one at the signing?

        • katelyn
          Posted February 18, 2011 at 4:02 AM | Permalink

          I’m pretty sure it doesn’t cost extra to pre-order it, but I’m also pretty sure they will have a ton of extra copies at the signing, so it’s up to you. Powell’s might appreciate the pre-order though, it would probably help give them a heads-up on how many people plan to come to the signing. (I’ve sent them an e-mail about RSVPing to the event and whether it’s necessary, but I haven’t heard anything back).

          • cdieter20
            Posted February 19, 2011 at 12:33 AM | Permalink

            Good. Ive been to signing’s at the Cedar Hills powells and they always have TONS of extra signed copies there. Also, if you are going get there early, because 1) its first come first serve and 2) it tends to fill up pretty fast because people in Portland love books and people who write them. Ive seen signings spill out into the mall the Powells is in for popular authors.

  4. SaintKronos
    Posted February 18, 2011 at 12:15 AM | Permalink

    Pat,

    I’m ashamed to say my first post is an editorial note. I believe the lone bookstore listed for Georgia was done so mistakenly. I think it is supposed to read “Roseville, CA 95661.” ‘Tis a sad tale full of misery and woe, but alas I am willing to pay shipping. Enjoy your tour.

    Sincerely,
    Warren

    • Sweet Eater
      Posted February 18, 2011 at 11:42 AM | Permalink

      Alas, too true, but I am willing to start a Roseville, Georgia in my living room.

    • Firebirdblaze
      Posted February 18, 2011 at 5:02 PM | Permalink

      Well now, that explains why I couldn’t find it on Google! Thanks for pointing that out, we’ve got it properly listed under California now.

  5. Slamadoca
    Posted February 18, 2011 at 12:49 AM | Permalink

    I am becoming almost unhealthily excited at this point. I may have to buy two copies (one for Mom). If I bring 2 books to the signing in Madison, will you sign them both? Is that a cool thing to do?
    Also for the record, the blog has been loading very slowly all day today. Couldn’t get it to work this morning at all.

  6. Gabe
    Posted February 18, 2011 at 12:53 AM | Permalink

    Thank you a million times for slipping Idaho in there. I’ll be making a phone call first thing in the morning!

  7. Posted February 18, 2011 at 12:55 AM | Permalink

    And a team of pretty girls to boot. XD I think it’s pretty cool you asked the team to sign some of your books, though I’d probably be pretty scandalized if someone asked me to sign something like that! Scandalized in a good way, but scandalized nonetheless.

    I got all excited to see that one of the stores getting the signed books is really close to me, and then I remembered I’m going to your signing so it doesn’t matter anyway. :D

  8. Oatmeal
    Posted February 18, 2011 at 1:09 AM | Permalink

    Yes, I completely just squeed like a teenaged girl confronted with Justin Beiber. You’re sending some to Bookshop Santa Cruz!!! I had some minor hopes that one would be close enough to mail for cheap, I never had any hopes at all that you would be sending signed copies to the best independent bookseller in the city!!!
    You are amazing and I love you. And now I have to e-mail Bookshop Santa Cruz and tell them to hold my signed copy for me! SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

  9. Posted February 18, 2011 at 1:22 AM | Permalink

    Hello Mr. Rothfuss,
    I sent you a message using the contact form on this website about a week ago…Busy as you are, you probably haven’t read it yet, and it’s perfectly understandable.
    Basically, and all rambling put aside, my question was this :
    Why is it impossible to pre-order the hardcover version on Amazon.ca (http://tinyurl.com/4c4uumz), while the paperback version is available for pre-order : http://tinyurl.com/4psseqr ?
    You see, I’m kind of tight on money right now. I could buy it off Amazon.com, but since I live in Quebec City, Canada, the shipping cost is higher. Like 10-15$ more, if I count the import taxes I will probably be charged. And the transaction will be in US dollars…which means that my bank will take almost 5 bucks for the “conversion” fee. If it was available on Amazon.ca, it would really be amazing, and save me some money !
    Thank you very much for your time,
    Your faithful fan,
    al360ex

    • Posted February 18, 2011 at 7:18 PM | Permalink

      Ok, so I don’t know if this is a coincidence, or of your doing, but the book is suddenly available on Amazon.ca
      That’s super-cool !

      • Little My
        Posted February 18, 2011 at 7:52 PM | Permalink

        Yeah, nifty, plus they show the paperback’s cool-looking cover, which Amazon.com does not seem to do.

  10. Posted February 18, 2011 at 2:22 AM | Permalink

    Copperfield’s.
    When I saw that one on the list I got chills. That’s the only bookstore on the list that I’ve been to and it’s in my boyfriend’s home town no less. Wait, that’s not true I’m sure I’ve been to Anderson Books too. Regardless I got little creeped out.
    But I refuse to take advantage of these stores because I’m going to the SF signing/reading. Hopefully the reading too because as of right now I haven’t heard back from the venue. Hope I wasn’t too late to RSVP.

  11. rudejude00
    Posted February 18, 2011 at 2:36 AM | Permalink

    This may be a silly question, but seeing as I’ve never tried to get a signed book –
    If I were to order a book off of one of these websites, presumably affiliated with a store that has signed books, how can I know that I’m going to actually get a signed book (as opposed to them just sending me a copy from their storage room, or whatever. i.e. barmes and noble is huge…surely all of their their copies can’t be signed….)

    • katelyn
      Posted February 18, 2011 at 2:50 AM | Permalink

      This is one option to make sure you’d get a signed copy:
      http://www.signedpage.com/authors/rothfuss-wise.html

      Otherwise I’m guessing you could actually call the bookstore closest to you and pre-order a signed book… but then you’d have to talk to someone (which is something I completely understand not wanting to do).

      • Posted February 19, 2011 at 11:24 AM | Permalink

        Yeah. What she said.

      • rudejude00
        Posted February 23, 2011 at 1:51 PM | Permalink

        Thanks for the link. I looked at that a few weeks ago and decided that I was way too broke to spend $60 on a book…shipping to Canada is very expensive apparently. Now they’re sold out and I can’t believe I didn’t buy it. I suck!

      • rudejude00
        Posted February 25, 2011 at 5:07 PM | Permalink

        Just in case anyone else has been confronted with this whole living in Canada/overseas problem – Barnes and Noble is selling limited edition signed copies of the book online. I just ordered one, and the shipping is very reasonable. I hope it works!

  12. Posted February 18, 2011 at 3:25 AM | Permalink

    Yay, Utah was included! King’s English is just a mile from my house. Now I sorta regret already having bought a copy on Amazon. What to do, what to do…

  13. TimAZ
    Posted February 18, 2011 at 4:50 AM | Permalink

    Glad to see Arizona made the list. I’ll be reading WMF on a Kindle, but I’ll get a signed copy to put up on my loot shelf next to my World of Warcraft murloc doll.

  14. datalaughing
    Posted February 18, 2011 at 5:07 AM | Permalink

    James Marsters does some great work with those Dresden Files audio books, doesn’t he? I am not usually a fan of audio books. I love actually reading, but the Dresden audio books almost make me a convert.

  15. dankinney
    Posted February 18, 2011 at 6:27 AM | Permalink

    What an awesome, considerate person you are. I was so bummed that I couldn’t make it to a signing, but some of your signed books are coming to a bookstore near me! This is the best birthday ever! Thanks!

  16. pjmintz
    Posted February 18, 2011 at 6:39 AM | Permalink

    While it sounds like fun, I hope you got around to listening to White Night. I absolutely adore every one of the Dresden audio books. (James Marsters’ performance from those books is what made me watch Buffy – not the other way around.)

  17. Kreeblah
    Posted February 18, 2011 at 6:58 AM | Permalink

    Have you ever considered trying a fountain pen? I switched over to those about a year ago and not only does my handwriting now have a passing imitation of legibility, my hand also doesn’t hurt after I’ve been writing a lot because I’m not chiseling words in with a ballpoint.

    Plus, if you don’t want to fuck around with ink, you can pretty easily find a pen that takes ink cartridges and just swap in a new one when you run out of ink. Or if you do, there are tons of great ones out there to experiment with.

  18. turff
    Posted February 18, 2011 at 7:10 AM | Permalink

    A minor correction… The Almost Perfect Bookstore is apparently located in California, not Georgia. I know this because it appeared to be the closest one to me until I went looking for it on the internet. The same address exists for the same business in California (minus the state part, anyway). This, of course, makes me sad (I live in Georgia).

  19. Mindy609
    Posted February 18, 2011 at 8:14 AM | Permalink

    I can’t wait!!!

  20. priscellie
    Posted February 18, 2011 at 8:58 AM | Permalink

    Yay, all my Penguin ladies! Anne Sowards! Erica! And is that Kat Sherbo?

    Sounds like the most pleasant signing of three thousand books one could hope to have. :D

  21. ickle_tayto
    Posted February 18, 2011 at 9:26 AM | Permalink

    hey pat,

    Will you be sending out signed copies to international locations? I really would love to get one, but can’t currently afford to get something shipped from the states..

    (sorry if this is an inappropriate question for the blog)

  22. j boler
    Posted February 18, 2011 at 9:35 AM | Permalink

    Can’t help but notice none of these shops are in the uk, any chance pat?

    • Posted February 19, 2011 at 11:28 AM | Permalink

      Sorry. This is the US release of the book, not the UK release. If we tried to sell the US book in the UK, it would be all sorts of illegal, not to mention rude to my UK publisher….

  23. AlanAdams23
    Posted February 18, 2011 at 9:58 AM | Permalink

    No sellers near me, need to get it from the Signed Page. To the Interwebs!

    • Constance
      Posted February 18, 2011 at 4:46 PM | Permalink

      Likewise! Plus you have the Heifer Foundation added bonus!

  24. episodish
    Posted February 18, 2011 at 10:03 AM | Permalink

    A quick comment and not sure if you have any control over this.

    For the Audio version of Wise Men’s Fear could you please highly suggest they keep the same guy that read The Name of the Wind. I felt the guy did an awesome job and i hate when they switch people in the middle of a series. It’s like when they changed changing the Actors in middle of a series just hurtful and not necessary.

    And just to defend myself a little; I also read the book but didn’t have time to re-read it before The Wise Men’s fear came out and downloaded the Audio book so I could listen to it.

    • episodish
      Posted February 18, 2011 at 10:05 AM | Permalink

      PS: I registered just to make that comment. Thats how strongly i feel about the actor that read the book.

      • Oatmeal
        Posted February 19, 2011 at 2:31 AM | Permalink

        I have to agree. Nick Podehl did an amazing job on reading NotW and I sincerely hope he does WMF, I hate it when series’ change narrators between books. To me, that’s just what Kvothe sounds like. And all of the rest of the characters too.
        Hell, I’m fond enough of that voice that sometimes I turn on NotW just to listen to while I’m falling asleep because I find the combination of the voice, and the beautiful words, to be a very relaxing and satisfying combination…

      • Oatmeal
        Posted February 19, 2011 at 9:16 AM | Permalink

        Actually, just saw this on Amazon. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t there yesterday …
        http://www.amazon.com/Wise-Mans-Fear-KingKiller-Chronicles/dp/1423389409/ref=tmm_abk_title_0

        So, it seems our wish has been granted. Tehlu be praised. ;o)

  25. RogueSock
    Posted February 18, 2011 at 10:10 AM | Permalink

    Woot, joy and celebration! I called the King’s English here in Utah and have it reserved/pre-ordered!

    If only the author would make it out here to Utah…Then my jubilation would be complete!

    A curious question when seeing all those copies of Wise Man’s Fear…

    Did you get a shudder of anticpation not unlike the gleeful anticipation of Christmas morning???

    OH SNAP! I am so stoked.

    Did I mention I am excited???

    • Posted February 19, 2011 at 11:29 AM | Permalink

      I’ll admit, I was a little tingly…

    • DMac
      Posted February 21, 2011 at 8:36 AM | Permalink

      I have been trying to find the time in my schedule to attend a signing and just couldn’t get to any of the closest ones on the west coast during the time Pat was going to be there. Then I saw this post on the blog, a tingle of anticipation arose, I quickly scanned down the page to Utah… YES! There it was, I immediately dialed The Kings English and ordered a copy and seriously considered ordering two, but I’m not greedy… much :-) Thanks so much Pat for endangering your valuable extremities for us, your loyal and anticipatory readers.

  26. Dianadomino
    Posted February 18, 2011 at 10:12 AM | Permalink

    Dear Pat,

    The Poisoned Pen is in Scottsdale, less than a mile from home. I am so delighted, I ordered it right away. I had originally planned to go to the signing in San Diego, 6 hours away. But it turns out my niece is getting married that day and I am required here. Though a pre-signed Wise Man’s Fear is not as good as seeing our great Rothfussian hero in person, it is some consolation to those of us that must miss the tour. Of course, I have a preordered copy of Wise Man’s Fear for my eReader as well. I should probably get the audio book too, just for thoroughness sake. Plus, I love being read to, and books are so wonderful when read aloud.

    Thank you, Pat, and, of course, to all the lovely people at your publisher’s who went to so much effort to help those of us who miss your tour to feel better about missing it.

    XOXOX
    Diana

    • TimAZ
      Posted February 18, 2011 at 12:39 PM | Permalink

      Diana,
      Do you go to The Poisoned Pen often? I just called to reserve my copy, and the lady I spoke to was just so nice and cheerful. I may stop by this weekend to check it out. Bookstores are probably going to disappear fast (my local Borders is being closed), but I hope places like this can carve out a niche and survive.

      • Dianadomino
        Posted February 18, 2011 at 1:46 PM | Permalink

        I <3 the Poisoned Pen and go there frequently! I've been to many signings and the staff has always been so nice! Actually, the last time I was there was last night. They'd been selling t-shirts with classic book covers on the front. (Mine was "Pride & Prejudice"—the funniest was "Moby Dick." Imagine wearing that one. Hee.)

        I imagine the Poisoned Pen will survive because they host so many artists coming through town, even though the artists are not necessarily mystery writers. I've seen Stephen Donaldson, Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, etc. Plus, they have their own press for local authors. Let's keep our fingers crossed!

        • TimAZ
          Posted February 18, 2011 at 3:29 PM | Permalink

          Sounds like a great bookstore, can’t wait to check it out. I’m on their mailing list now, so hopefully an interesting event will come along soon. I get most of my books on Kindle these days, but will try to support them if they sell history books, which I still prefer to buy in print for maps and pictures.

  27. huoxingren
    Posted February 18, 2011 at 10:26 AM | Permalink

    Is it the 1st of May also the release date for the UK ,or somewhere else in Europe?
    Any news about the translations?

  28. DDeering
    Posted February 18, 2011 at 11:07 AM | Permalink

    I just ordered my signed book from the store you’ll be touring in Houston on Mar 6th. Unfortunately I will be out of town that weekend.
    Congrats on finishing the book! I cannot wait to read it.

  29. Robo
    Posted February 18, 2011 at 11:35 AM | Permalink

    Good thing you write on a computer, Pat, cuz your handwriting is barbaric. If you wrote longhand, they’d need a linguist to decipher it. In 100 years, someone will find one of your tablets and put it next to the Voynich Manuscript. You are the Eugene O’Neil of Fantasy!

    • Mickey
      Posted February 19, 2011 at 1:40 AM | Permalink

      Can you imagine how long it would take to edit book three if he wrote in long hand….I get scared just thinking about it !

      • Robo
        Posted February 19, 2011 at 11:32 AM | Permalink

        His hand would either wither and turn to dust or come out looking like Hellboy.

  30. Posted February 18, 2011 at 12:08 PM | Permalink

    Hey Pat !
    Did you know that WordPress 3.0.5 was available ? It says, on my profile page, to “Please notify the site administrator” about it. So that’s what I just did…
    Have a great day !
    P.S.: I’ve made one comment earlier this day, and it says “Your comment is awaiting moderation.” Why is that ? Is it because you hate me ? Oh…now I feel so rejected ! :) Hey, I’m just kidding…take all your time, you work hard enough as it is.

  31. kvothe
    Posted February 18, 2011 at 12:48 PM | Permalink

    Brilliant! I wanted a first edition (and I hope I get one signed by the whole staff). I think at about 500 I would have given it up and started using autopen… Good on your part to keep signing despite the strain on your signing arm. Are you by any chance ambidextrous?

  32. Posted February 18, 2011 at 1:17 PM | Permalink

    I just ordered one from Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC. They were AWESOME on the phone. Too bad they’re a bit of a drive, or else I’d make it a point to always buy books from them.

    So bloody great that you let the whole team sign a few.

  33. LMBeth
    Posted February 18, 2011 at 1:45 PM | Permalink

    Honestly, that sounds like 8 hours of fun… :)

  34. Posted February 18, 2011 at 2:40 PM | Permalink

    I love your shirt, Pat! (Or you do, whatever)
    .-)

  35. xjm
    Posted February 18, 2011 at 3:42 PM | Permalink

    It’s great to see the support for A Room of One’s Own. Yay independent bookstores!

  36. ccomer38
    Posted February 18, 2011 at 4:34 PM | Permalink

    http://insidetv.ew.com/2011/02/17/firefly-returns/
    has anyone seen this??? excited!! i wish they would make more :(

    • Oatmeal
      Posted February 19, 2011 at 2:47 AM | Permalink

      AWESOME! Thanks for sharing, I hadn’t seen this, now I’ll have to tell my hubby so we can watch the commentary afterwards.

  37. Constance
    Posted February 18, 2011 at 4:45 PM | Permalink

    I just purchased my signed first edition with additional $5.00 to the Baby Ducks funds.
    DUCKS!

    Now to withstand the temptation to buy myself a ‘readable’ copy so my signed first edition won’t get as dog-eared and dropped on the floor/nudged by the cats as my first edition (Shirtless redhaired man) of Name of the Wind.

    Oh what the heck… I’ll buy a copy from my local bookstore anyhow.

  38. tab195
    Posted February 18, 2011 at 6:04 PM | Permalink

    Pennsylvania got the shaft! Anyone have an idea how the B&N option works? Is it just an online thing, or will the brick and mortars have a few copies each?

  39. kniko
    Posted February 18, 2011 at 6:06 PM | Permalink

    AWESOME!!! man, I have been looking for a way to make it to one of the signings, but the nearest one is 14 hours away. at least now I can get a signed copy of the book :-) the day it comes out. Thank Mr. Pat :-)

  40. jorwest
    Posted February 18, 2011 at 7:27 PM | Permalink

    Do you have something against Minnesota and don’t want your books there just because your from Wisconsin? You’re not event doing a signing there, I’m gonna have to fly to one of the other places to go to one. Just mildly curious.

  41. Raven Darkmoon
    Posted February 19, 2011 at 1:30 AM | Permalink
  42. D-Chan
    Posted February 19, 2011 at 4:07 AM | Permalink

    Help if you please…

    All of this is amazing, indeed, I think all of us fans appreciate and cheer the great work Pat does, (so first, congratulations again on the new book!). But I’ve been trying time and time again to reserve or pre order or however possible t get ahold of a signed book, it has proven impossible. Before you say anything, The Signed Page has the Same problem as the Tinker’s Pack for me, it, in principle accepts non US cards as a means of paying, but in practice it rejects them (I’ve tried eight different cards so far). Henceforth my question (and desperate cry for help)?

    Does anyone knows a way to/place/webpage/voodoo shack where I might get one? That is, one that ships to Mexico. Has anyone not in the US (someone in Mexico would be better) has been able to get one?

    Sorry for the lame questions and irrational addict -like worry about this, but I really want one.
    All help is deeply appreciated.
    Cheers!

    D

    • katelyn
      Posted February 20, 2011 at 3:40 PM | Permalink

      Did you try e-mailing the Signed Page to see what the deal is? I know there are LOTS of people who order books from them, from all over the world. There’s no way all of them have US cards.

      • katelyn
        Posted February 20, 2011 at 3:49 PM | Permalink

        Actually, a few minutes on the interwebz has led me to the answer:
        http://www.signedpage.com/order.html

        You need a PayPal account, or alternatively, you’ll need to send them a money order (the link above has detailed instructions).

        • D-Chan
          Posted February 21, 2011 at 10:40 PM | Permalink

          Thank you both, I won’t rest until I get signed copy. Thanks again and good luck.

          (And thank you Pat, just for being awesome)

  43. EmmaBrickhouse
    Posted February 19, 2011 at 5:47 AM | Permalink

    Is there any way to get a signed copy to the Netherlands? As far as I know we can only get one here for insanely high prices, and as much as I love your book, a hundred euro’s just seems a bit out of proportion to me (;

  44. flying_turtle
    Posted February 19, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Permalink

    I hope at least one of those really inappropriate jokes involved mentioning tentacle porn. With that giant octopus behind you all, I’d be disappointed otherwise ^_~

  45. Fordprefect
    Posted February 19, 2011 at 12:11 PM | Permalink

    How about some love for MN? No signing tour stop, no stores with signed books. 16th largest metropolitan area in the nation less than 200 miles from your doorstep. At least Florence, Alabama gets some.

    • Blastedman
      Posted February 19, 2011 at 6:55 PM | Permalink

      Im thinkin road trip from the Twin cities to Pats house….

      Only kidding man… that would be way to creepy to have a bunch of fans camped in your yard trying to get you to sign a book

  46. Becca Lambertson
    Posted February 19, 2011 at 1:03 PM | Permalink

    Okay, I am jealous…. everybody gets to hear you sing except me? How ’bout a YouTube serenade – pretty please.

  47. GabrielForcelledo
    Posted February 19, 2011 at 3:08 PM | Permalink

    Holy crap, that book is as long as that woman’s torso is wide! haha
    Good job in making a book which can kill a grizzly bear with one hit.

    Peace

  48. Athanor
    Posted February 19, 2011 at 3:48 PM | Permalink

    Hey Pat, is there any international Touring planned someday ?

    Please drop by France you could make an European touring ^__^ (and we got the russian not far from us so we’re all familiar with bear looking human :D )

  49. timbertract
    Posted February 19, 2011 at 5:17 PM | Permalink

    Reserved one! Thanks for the heads up, Pat. Clerk said they were compiling a large waiting list.

  50. Mjj288
    Posted February 19, 2011 at 5:35 PM | Permalink

    What happened to the girl on the left in the light green shirt whose face is obscured by hair in the first pic?

  51. Adriano Borges
    Posted February 19, 2011 at 6:19 PM | Permalink

    That is so wonderful of you, and the ladies look like they had a great time helping you! Can’t wait for my signed copy, I pre-ordered it on the signed page =)

  52. Lexxa
    Posted February 19, 2011 at 6:52 PM | Permalink

    I dunno, Pat. The girl in the gray sweater on the right is sure giving you a run for your money in the “crazy eyes” department….

  53. Lnpotts
    Posted February 19, 2011 at 7:11 PM | Permalink

    Thanks so much for the info! I just reserved my copy in Phoenix! If that wasnt availble I would have had to get my friend in Houston to stand in line for me like I made my in-laws in Indiana stand in line for the first book. I am a nice person, I dont usually like making people do anything, but its the love of your books sir that makes me such a tyrant!

  54. Neil Sison
    Posted February 19, 2011 at 8:31 PM | Permalink

    Hi Mr. Rothfuss,

    Any chance that a signed copy would reach Manila, Philippines?

  55. Little My
    Posted February 20, 2011 at 6:26 AM | Permalink

    Whenever I recommend this blog to people, I like to start them on the entry about blurbs. One of the things I love about that particular entry is that it can easily be found by searching on “shitweasel”, which, when I was thinking of that blog entry, was the only specific word to come to mind. And I searched on it, and BING! there it was. So this is a request to be judicious in your use of “shitweasel” henceforth, because it’s nice to be able to find the blurb blog very quickly. (I didn’t put a link to that blog here either, because it’s so fun to search on “shitweasel”. Go ahead, try it.)

  56. RH
    Posted February 20, 2011 at 7:39 AM | Permalink

    So when 3000 fans show up for one of your book signings you at least know how many pens to have on hand!

  57. AlanAdams23
    Posted February 20, 2011 at 11:44 AM | Permalink

    Pat’s expression in the crazy eye pic coupled with the look on the red sweater girl’s face makes it look like she goosed him right before the pic was taken.

  58. Achela
    Posted February 20, 2011 at 12:22 PM | Permalink

    Oh My Sweet -Burned God!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D That means the book I ordered has already been through you hands and will soon be on its way to Cancun… I am so happy… It is THE BEST BIRTHDAY GIFT EVER!!!! Thanks a lot for this opportunity…

    All my mexican love to you

    Ana C

  59. GabrielForcelledo
    Posted February 20, 2011 at 5:09 PM | Permalink

    Espero el mío llegue a Puebla :D.
    Suerte y feliz cumpleaños!

  60. Michael
    Posted February 20, 2011 at 8:00 PM | Permalink

    Quick question. Whose mad eyed and whose sad eyed? Japanese or Chinese?

  61. erikharrison
    Posted February 20, 2011 at 9:04 PM | Permalink

    This is a bit disjoint from the intention of this post, but I saw you were sending some books to Malaprops in Asheville, NC.

    I live in DC now (and am looking forward to seeing you here!) but Asheville is my home town, and Malaprops my home town bookstore. So, I just want to say thanks to whomever arranged for those books to go there. They’ll find good homes.

    I also want to let you know that Asheville is a really cool town – it’s sort of got a Madison-of-the-South vibe too it – and Malaprops is across the street from one of the finest chocolate shops in the country, withing walking distance of another as well as half a dozen really top notch restaurants, and is within some fucking gorgeous mountains. Should you be in a position to arrange a stop on a future tour, you would be well received and you’d enjoy your trip. Just saying.

  62. Lincoln
    Posted February 21, 2011 at 12:14 AM | Permalink

    Pat,

    I am going to be at your book signing in Oregon. Will you only be signing your name or will you have time to put a personalized comment?

  63. DieselCharger70
    Posted February 21, 2011 at 11:44 AM | Permalink

    Just Pre-ordered a signed copy from D.C. …. Absolutely cannot wait for it to ship. =] I have a feeling I won’t sleep for the 2 days after I receive the book.

  64. pbatt
    Posted February 21, 2011 at 5:34 PM | Permalink

    Next to people for scale, those books look HUGE.

  65. Lastasis
    Posted February 22, 2011 at 2:39 AM | Permalink

    Good day Master Rothfuss,

    I’ve reserved a copy of the book from the Tattered Cover bookstore in Denver, Colorado and am immensely siked for what’s to come!

    I’m especially glad I live near at least 2 of the locations given on your blog.

    Never the less, I have some additional contact info for said store in Denver:
    The phone number for the Tattered Cover Historic in Lodo is 303-436-1070.

    There just happen to be 3 tattered covers across Denver, all in different areas… Two of which are slightly closer together but the other is at least an hour out of the way. Depending on how you drive.

    Anyway! Just thought I’d let you know so that whenever you have time to update your blog you might include this tidbit of information.

    Have a great day/night/evening
    -Lastai

    • Firebirdblaze
      Posted February 22, 2011 at 10:12 AM | Permalink

      Thanks for the phone number update. I wasn’t sure which of the three Tattered Covers was the right one and I appreciate the verification.

  66. kimblyann
    Posted February 23, 2011 at 2:00 PM | Permalink

    I just needed to let you know that you are utterly amazing and wonderful for sending books here to New Mexico. I called Bookworks this morning to inquire about if they would hold a book for me until I can get there, they had just gotten them yesterday.

    It’s not everyday someone thinks of us here, but we love Rothfuss too! All hail our furry Lord!

  67. marlotst89
    Posted February 23, 2011 at 3:12 PM | Permalink

    mmm… to bad… I’ll never get one!
    pfff sometimes it sucks to live in Holland…
    especially when my second favorit book is coming out!
    (in the name of the wind nr 1 till now;) maybe wise man’s fear will beat it!)

    mmm i can’t do nothing about it…. only just wait
    and thats what i will do wait for this amazing new book! :D

  68. brewfox
    Posted February 23, 2011 at 3:34 PM | Permalink

    Thank you SO much for doing this. I just called BookPeople in Austin to reserve a copy. I just finished reading The Name of the Wind in anticipation.

    Enjoy your well deserved success. I expect you’ll stay the #1 book in the Fantasy section of Amazon for quite awhile.

    Also, good audio book pick, I’m also waiting for the next Dresden Files book.

  69. flyleaffan
    Posted February 24, 2011 at 3:42 AM | Permalink

    You mention Tattered Cover in Denver for the tour but I haven’t found any tour dates past around the 15th of March and all the dates prior do not include Colorado. When will you be coming to Colorado? Or should I just call them to find out the date.

    Also… I’ve always been curious and I’ve never found the correct answer. How is your last name pronounced? Every time I google search I get links for “how is Kvothe prounounced?”. Is it ROTH-foos, or ROTH-fuss, or roth-FOOS, or roth-FUSS, or something entirely different?

    • absurdmike
      Posted February 25, 2011 at 12:00 AM | Permalink

      Everyone I have heard say his name (from video interviews and stuff) pronounces it

      ROTH-fuss

  70. Rachel
    Posted February 27, 2011 at 11:33 PM | Permalink

    For my birthday last week my husband drove me down to Prince Books in VA so that I could buy my signed copy. I specifically requested that if they got a copy that you had the people helping you sign I would love to have that one. Oh and he also bought me two of the t-shirts from the store…
    I had an awesome 37th birthday and I do have a wonderful husband!

    • Rachel
      Posted February 27, 2011 at 11:39 PM | Permalink

      I meant to say that my husband bought me t-shirts from The Tinker’s Pack store…just to be clear, so everyone knows how truly awesome he is :-)

  71. Karen
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 12:56 AM | Permalink

    I LOVE YOU PATRICK ROTHFUSS

  72. johann
    Posted February 28, 2011 at 8:27 AM | Permalink

    Saw this post, realized I’m missing the LA signing by one day(traveling to LA for work). Then realized that I could pre-order the book from amazon, and have it delivered to the hotel I’m staying at, and have it for the flight home.

    Though, this would have been a good justification to get a kindle I suppose.

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