Coming Soon to a Town Near You! (Offer Not Valid in Towns Not Near You)

As many of you know, a couple of days ago I decided to take a bit of a road trip down to Virginia. And, because I am an accommodating Midwesterner, I thought I might do a reading or two on my way down. So some folks could get their books signed, if they wanted.

When I posted up last week’s blog looking for venues, I was hoping to maybe hear from 2 or 3 bookstores or libraries willing to help me throw a couple signings together. Maybe.

I didn’t expect to get 30-40 offers. While it was terribly flattering, sorting everything out has been a bit of a logistical puzzle.

But I think I’ve finally got it all sussed. Here’s the current list of times and places where I’ll be stopping by to do readings and signings.

[Edit: All signings now confirmed.]

March 16th

Reading and Signing
348 East State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47906
Phone: 765-743-7775

March 17th

Signing (No time for a reading here, I’m afraid.)
Josephbeth Book Store
692 Madison Road
Cincinnati OH 45208
Phone: 513-396-8960

March 17th
7:00pm –

Reading and Signing
Josephbeth Book Store
161 Lexington Green Circle
Lexington, KY 40503-3323
Phone: 859-273-2911

March 19
th 6:30pm –

Reading and Signing
Prince Books
109 East Main Street
Norfolk, VA 23510-1691
Phone: 757-622-9223

March 20th

Reading and Signing
Books A Million
3312 Princess Anne Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23456

(757) 368-3167

March 22nd 7:00pm –

Reading and Signing
6701 Frontier Drive
Springfield, VA 22150
Phone: 703-924-4894

March 23rd
7:00pm –

Reading and Signing
Barnes and Noble
5500 Buckeystown Pike (Fixed. Sorry.)
Frederick, MD 21704
Phone: 301-698-0121

March 24th
7:00pm –

Reading and Signing
Joesephbeth Bookseller
24519 Cedar Road
Lyndhurst, OH 44124
Phone: 216-691-7000

As you can see, there’s not a lot of time in between those stops. So I probably won’t be adding any more stops. I’ll hit somewhere in Chicago in maybe a month or two, as that’s relatively close to home and I can just drive down there any old time I feel like it.

I’ve had several people ask, “What exactly do you do at one of these readings?”

So here’s the deal.

First, I drink a strong cup of coffee. Something like a white chocolate mocha with two shots of blackberry and four sugars. This is the source of my power. After one or two of these, I look like something out of Kulba Kahn and can lift up a truck.

Second, I hang out a bit and chat with the people that show up early.

Third (Readings only) I spend about an hour reading stuff and answering questions. What I read really depends on what people are in the mood for. Sometimes I read a few humor columns. Sometimes I read a little poetry. Sometimes I read a bit of one of my books.

In between readings I answer questions about pretty much anything. Sometimes I tell stories. Sometimes I give advice. There are occasional descents into madness.

Fourth, I sign books. Generally speaking, I’ll write whatever you want in a book: a quote from Bast, a profession of my undying love, a letter of recommendation to grad school.

But it’s best if you give me some direction. If you say to me, “Just write whatever…” there is a very real possibility that I will simply write “Whatever” in your book.

I will also try my very best to spell your name correctly. Though sometimes I fuck up.

Caveats and Addendum:

Do not touch my baby. Little Oot will be coming with me to some of these readings and signings. If you see him, you may gaze at him adoringly or coo in his direction. But touching him his not acceptable behavior.

No offense. But I don’t you. I don’t know where you’ve been. I don’t know if you might be sick, or if you’ve been around someone sick. You might be a sociopath. You might be from Illinois.

Here’s the deal. Oot is my first baby, and I’m very protective of him. So when planning your behavior around him, it would be safest if you thought of him as a tiny bear cub, and me as his momma bear. Any sudden movements or over-familiarity might lead to sudden and terrible wrath.

We clear here? Fair warning.

I occasionally cuss. I try to restrain myself if there are tiny kids present. But if the thought of hearing the word “shit” spoken aloud horrifies you, then… well… you’re probably going to be horrified.

My handwriting is not pretty. My handwriting is such that young children mock me for it. Seriously.

You can have a hug if you ask nicely...

…Just don’t get all handsy on me.

Lastly, one request. Since I’m scheduling these events not even two weeks ahead of time, there really isn’t much time for typical promotion to spread the word about them. Most bookstores won’t even be able to get up posters advertising these signings until next week.

So if you know someone that lives in the area who might be interested in coming. I’d be much obliged if you passed the news along to them. It’s always so sad when I get an e-mail that says, “I just found out you were in [insert hometown here]! I can’t believe I missed it!”

Thanks so much for your help everybody,


This entry was posted in appearances, fan coolness, signing booksBy Pat94 Responses


  1. bzooty
    Posted March 6, 2010 at 10:13 PM | Permalink

    Holy crap, actually near me!

    I live in Cincinnati, but I might drive to the one in Lexington just for the reading.

    (goes off to dutifully spread the word)

  2. Steffi
    Posted March 6, 2010 at 10:29 PM | Permalink

    It's times like these when I wish I'd live in the States. Or that it'd be possible to beam/transport people from one place to another already.

  3. Shannon
    Posted March 6, 2010 at 10:31 PM | Permalink

    Awesome!! Trying to change my work schedule right now and plan a trip to Lexington! And of course, spreading the word.

  4. Anonymous
    Posted March 6, 2010 at 10:35 PM | Permalink

    I wish you would come to Colorado…specifically Aspen. I could show you around, check out the scenery (you know, beautiful mountains, aspen trees, etc.)…you could do a book reading, signing thingy…and the world would be nigh on perfect. Or you can stay up in those other states (boring).

  5. tiggerbone
    Posted March 6, 2010 at 11:02 PM | Permalink

    Your posts always make me laugh. Except for the ones that make me think. Or feel sad. Or other squishy feelings.

    Hmm. Let me start again.

    I enjoy reading your posts and hope that your trip goes well. It is too bad that you shall not make it to Chicago this time around, but we will still be here when the opportunity presents itself.

    That reminds me, you should come to C2E2. As a patron, I mean. I have no pull with that convention and so cannot invite you to be a guest. I just think that you seem like the kind of guy who would enjoy it.

    I'll go stumble off in a corner now in the hopes that I have not made a fool of myself in an attempt to be friendly.

  6. Hex
    Posted March 6, 2010 at 11:15 PM | Permalink

    I'm working on mapping my way to Merrill right now!

    omigosh, what should I wear??

  7. Anonymous
    Posted March 6, 2010 at 11:19 PM | Permalink

    well i'm not jealous or anything. living in middle east have it's advantages too. :(

  8. isa
    Posted March 6, 2010 at 11:36 PM | Permalink

    hello!! ok, so i think this has nothing to do with what you were saying on your blog, but… well, whatever!
    i just wanted to say i LOVE your book, and you needed to know that. why? well, first of all, i have better things to do than to write on or even read someones blog (no offense blogers…) second: i live in brazil! (so what?) well, just wanted u to know that u have a brazilian fan!! well half brazilian, but it's the same! =D
    can't wait for the second book (no pressure) i wish i could write something so full of magic and poetry, so many colors and shades, it made me cry and haven't even finished it yet!! i am taking my time couse i dont want it to end… i wish i could read the original, not the translated but even so is really beatifull!
    well, so i wish u actually read this otherwise i'll just fell as a stupid fanatic girl ¬¬ (i am that… but it hurts when ppl notice)

    ok, im done…
    keep writing, i know lots of ppl must have said that but this one time is from brazil, so take it seriously: u have a gift… shit sounded so cheesy ¬¬

    estou adorando o livro, e espero algum dia poder escrever algo que toque o publico assim como o seu me tocou!

    you'll have to find out what it means… ^^

  9. Aaron Newton
    Posted March 6, 2010 at 11:54 PM | Permalink

    Oof March 17th for Lexington. Not sure I can make it that day but I'm certainly going to try.

  10. Patrick
    Posted March 7, 2010 at 12:07 AM | Permalink

    I think you should come to Northern (Or even Southern, I would drive) California someday. I've been dutifully spreading your book around here. :)

  11. Maria Stahl
    Posted March 7, 2010 at 12:43 AM | Permalink

    LOL… All FIBs can stay far away from Oot!

    (All non-Wisconsin type people can puzzle THAT one out.)

  12. Jennifer
    Posted March 7, 2010 at 1:48 AM | Permalink

    Can't wait to see you again, Pat. I enjoyed the times I saw you in Indy and now I don't have to drive as far. And after wards, I get to join my knitting group at the pub. Hey, you should come there with us. You've not lived until you've seen the combined effects of yarn and hard cider. I'm teasing of course. I hope that you'll have a good time here in Lafayette, at both Borders and Barnes and Noble. Still on for the mini visit at B&N, I hope, because people have been calling us. I'll bring loot eathier way, for your whole little family unit. And make you a mutual no baby touching deal. I get enough random strangers who want to touch the kid. I don't get it. Anyway, have a fun and safe trip!

  13. Jason
    Posted March 7, 2010 at 2:31 AM | Permalink

    If you ever make it to Oregon, you must come to Salem and appear at Escape Fiction. We love you (in a totally non-threatening or strange way of course).

    I make a mean margahrita.

  14. Wysen
    Posted March 7, 2010 at 3:07 AM | Permalink

    I'm happy to know I'll be spending St. Patrick's Day with Patrick Rothfuss. WOOT!

  15. Jay Belt
    Posted March 7, 2010 at 3:07 AM | Permalink

    I’m happy to know I’ll be spending St. Patrick’s Day with Patrick Rothfuss. WOOT!

  16. Anonymous
    Posted March 7, 2010 at 3:32 AM | Permalink

    Kulba? Kubla?

  17. Jacob
    Posted March 7, 2010 at 3:37 AM | Permalink

    I did the math and it looks like it will cost me about $500 to make the closest reading to Austin.

    Unfortunately I am a poor college student barley scrapping buy and will not be able to make it. :(

  18. Christine
    Posted March 7, 2010 at 4:11 AM | Permalink

    Yes! You are coming to my town! (Dances little jig of joy)

  19. Icarus
    Posted March 7, 2010 at 4:40 AM | Permalink

    OMFG! I live in Frederick, MD! I shop at that B&N!

    I'm absolutely going to be there!

  20. Todd Moses
    Posted March 7, 2010 at 4:40 AM | Permalink

    OMFG! I live in Frederick, MD! I shop at that B&N!

    I’m absolutely going to be there!

  21. Kathryn
    Posted March 7, 2010 at 5:27 AM | Permalink

    Ahh, I'm so jealous! I'll be waiting for a southern Utah/Nevada visit!

  22. Jaimo
    Posted March 7, 2010 at 5:28 AM | Permalink

    Damn you Pat and your beautiful groupies!

  23. Vae
    Posted March 7, 2010 at 5:29 AM | Permalink

    wow sounds great pat! wish i could be there. hope little Oot has fun!

  24. Nathan
    Posted March 7, 2010 at 5:38 AM | Permalink

    Man, I really hope you confirm that Cleveland location. For unrelated reasons, I'll be less than an hour away that day, so this would be my first opportunity to meet you.

    So do that, please. Thanks.

  25. Anonymous
    Posted March 7, 2010 at 8:26 AM | Permalink

    Please please please make it out to southern california at some point (aka for a wise mans far release)!!!!!

  26. Jay
    Posted March 7, 2010 at 2:54 PM | Permalink

    Hey, Wendy and I are looking forward to seeing you in Frederick. Barnes and Nobles doesn't have you listed on their calendar yet and the link you give is to Borders which is a mile or so away from the real place.

    Here's a good link


  27. Anonymous
    Posted March 7, 2010 at 4:09 PM | Permalink

    I really do love your writing, so I'm going to overlook your sissy coffee drink.
    Just so you midwesterners know, in the Pacific Northwest we take our coffee very seriously! Your beverage choice indicates that you are a tweleve year old girl. Or really gay. Either of which is fine, but there is ample evidence to the contrary.
    Hmph. Today you have changed my way of thinking. Sissies can write really good books and blogs! Who would have guessed?

  28. jblazier
    Posted March 7, 2010 at 4:43 PM | Permalink

    Will you sign more than one copy? I like to ask sometimes due to time constraints an author will set a limit. I plan on bringing two if you don't care. This would be at the Cincinnati signing. Will the bookstore be requiring a purchase? Looking forward to being there.

  29. Shane
    Posted March 7, 2010 at 4:50 PM | Permalink

    If Books-A-Million doesn't work out, I can swing Norfolk. Parking is just a bitch there, especially handicapped parking. Most of it is in parking garages blocks away. That said, downtown Norfolk has a ton of more character than VB.


  30. Anonymous
    Posted March 7, 2010 at 5:54 PM | Permalink

    I hate getting a good education! Stupid school keeps me from my favorite author. I wish I could drive to Lexington on that day, but alas..I cannot. COME TO CINCINNATI AGAIN. I entreat you.

  31. pws
    Posted March 7, 2010 at 6:42 PM | Permalink

    W00t! Lafayette, hear I come. Driving from Illinois.
    And hey! How dare you equate Illinoisans with sociopaths. You just pissed off a bunch of sociopaths.

  32. Pamala Knight
    Posted March 7, 2010 at 7:36 PM | Permalink

    Yay! Finally a visit to Chicago. I apologize for whatever transgression Illinois committed that has kept us on the blacklist for visits/signings.

    And I promise NOT to touch Oot. I remember all too well some handsy stranger reaching out to touch my stomach when I was pregnant, so the cute baby is in no danger of having me trying to handle him. I don't promise that I won't ogle him (he's pretty cute) from a distance though.

  33. Vinny K
    Posted March 7, 2010 at 10:42 PM | Permalink

    I hope the one in Lyndhurst becomes 100% certain; it's the only one I'd be able to make it to. As for spreading the word, consider it done! May fortune smile upon you.


  34. Anonymous
    Posted March 7, 2010 at 10:44 PM | Permalink

    Can't wait for Chicago, let us know!

  35. Zack Truel
    Posted March 8, 2010 at 1:58 AM | Permalink

    Well I am not anywhere remotely near those readings so I envy the people that will make it. However, if you are ever coming through South Carolina I will personally set up the reading and spread the word all over the place. I will tattoo it on my forehead and paint it on my car. Until then I will just meet you here on the blog every week… :/

  36. Matt
    Posted March 8, 2010 at 2:25 AM | Permalink

    Yay, you are coming to Norfolk/Virginia Beach two months after my brother's Waldenbooks closed… and I'll be in Germany that day. Timing is everything.

    But I won't complain… too much.

    I'll send the Mrs if she can go. I wanted a chance to talk at the only author I've read that seemed to understand musicians, but alas… it must wait.

  37. Samantha
    Posted March 8, 2010 at 3:31 AM | Permalink

    I almost wish that I didn't live in Canada. *cries forever*

  38. Brandon
    Posted March 8, 2010 at 4:22 AM | Permalink

    You know, San Francisco is an awesome place this time of year… /hint hint! Have fun on tour though. You East coast people better be satisfactorily appreciative!

  39. Lauren
    Posted March 8, 2010 at 4:33 AM | Permalink

    *lets out long shrill squee while doing impromptu "Maniac" Jennifer Beale impression (minus the chair and water scene), which in reality appears startlingly similar to a monkey hopped up on one too many white chocolate mochas with blackberry shots and sugar*

    Um…I'm very pleased that you will be in Springfield, VA and look forward to seeing you, Mr. Rothfuss.

  40. Jessica
    Posted March 8, 2010 at 5:20 AM | Permalink

    Needless to say, I'm VERY excited you're going to make it to Lexy!!! My husband gave me quite a HUH?? look this morning when I read the news and went SQUEEEE!!! I was excited. He was half asleep. (But he's excited too.) Sooo you will have two very giddy adults and one preschooler and a baby wondering why their parents are acting younger than they are. (or you know, they could also be thinking about puppies, unicorns and milk.

  41. Tucker
    Posted March 8, 2010 at 5:50 AM | Permalink

    Although I have never read any of your books, one of my friends who lives in Philly loves you and has been begging me to take her to something on your road trip. ( I live in DC so your original plan basically drove right by me) So thanks for stopping in Springfield, we are going to try to make it.

    That being said your bit about your baby made me laugh, I totally understand. My sister just had her baby, and while its not my baby its my only niece, and I am very protective. Her husband is in the army and was in Afghanistan so I went to Germany (where they were stationed) to be with her, (I promis this long rambiling post has a point) anyway we were in the hospital for five days, I got addmitted with mild frostbite after trying to sleep in the car, but to pass the time I read this book I found on how to be a dad, it had everything from how to swaddle to how to encounter a bear with your baby. But your post made me think of the excuses it gave for what to tell to people you dont want to hold your baby. The best of them was, "He has expolsive diahrea, and I really dont want to pay for your drycleaning"

    Anyway, have a safe trip, and hopefully we will make it to Springfield.

  42. Anonymous
    Posted March 8, 2010 at 6:36 AM | Permalink

    Good to hear that you are in going to be in the Chicago area sometime soon. If you head to the Borders in Algonquin, I will personally bring you my wife's homemade lasagna and her famous heart attack brownies. I'm not beneath a little bribery to get you to come out to the 60102 area and spread your love. Safe travels and hope to be seeing you in Illinois sometime soon.

    Nick Andrea

  43. Becky B
    Posted March 8, 2010 at 2:18 PM | Permalink

    You are close to Chicago. But do you know what other reasonably populated metropolis you live near? Minneapolis/St. Paul. You've got a lot of fans here (I'm making sure of that). And Minneapolis is a pretty cool town. We like books and stuff. And writers. Just thought I'd throw that out there.

  44. logankstewart
    Posted March 8, 2010 at 3:08 PM | Permalink

    Lexington! That's only 3 hours away! I'll be there Pat. And I'll spread the word, too!

  45. Conrad
    Posted March 8, 2010 at 4:14 PM | Permalink

    I think you still, somehow, underestimate your popularity. I'd say your PR person must be doing a great job, which is probably true also, but I think NOTW speaks for itself well enough. Congrats on your most recent version of WMF. Thanks for (potentially) becoming one of the great writers of our time.

  46. Brooke the Elf
    Posted March 8, 2010 at 4:16 PM | Permalink

    I know it's sort of out of your way but..PLEASE come to Ontario, Canada sometime. We seriously love you up here. Plus I'd LOVE an authentic Bast quote in my book *swoons*

  47. Brooke the Elf...part 2
    Posted March 8, 2010 at 4:39 PM | Permalink

    Hey everyone if you think Kvothe can take Garet Jax "Weapons Master" from Wishsong of Shannara you should go vote for him at the Svudu CageMatch 2010…

  48. Michael
    Posted March 8, 2010 at 4:44 PM | Permalink

    Like you, (and likely most of the other Starbucks/Other-Random-Coffee-Franchise addicts) Coffee, specifically Mocha Lattes are my source of power. So much so, that I have purchased my own Espresso Machine and a big tub of chocolate powder from Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. So much so, that I have convinced myself that I cannot write without that elixir at the ready.

    Though I will say that I don't know how you can stomach white chocolate. Yeach!

    Anyway, good luck on the book tour. Loved the book and the enjoy the blog.



  49. Brussel Sprout
    Posted March 8, 2010 at 7:32 PM | Permalink

    That's some tight driving you've lined up for yourself there – all the best!

    And just another piece of advice – don't go to China while Oot is a baby. We had a baby while living there, and took him on trips and he was taken from our arms and passed from person to person, because he was a Da Bizi boy baby. (Da Bizi is generic term – Big Nose – for foreigners).

    And generally speaking, so long as they've had their shots, babies are pretty resilient, and the more germs they are exposed to, the better their resistance. One of the theories behind the explosion in rates of asthma/eczema/allergies is that we make our environments too anti-bacterial. So maybe chill a little on that one?

    That said, if you want Oot present but unmolested, it's probably a good idea to nominate a designated picker-upper to keep him happy if he wakes or is a bit grumbly. I'm guessing his mother may be taking a well-earned rest?

  50. Bobby
    Posted March 8, 2010 at 7:35 PM | Permalink

    So is there any chance the Lyndhurst date has been finalized? My wife seemed rather pleased when I said we were going to legacy village (which is the shopping center said bookstore is located in) but very annoyed when I told her to invite a friend to go shopping with as I would be occupied for hours radiating hero worship at one of my favorite authors. :)

  51. Steve
    Posted March 8, 2010 at 8:57 PM | Permalink

    Count myself as another Cleveland-era resident who hopes that the Lyndhurst gig will be finalized! I live 5 minutes away! Come to Cleveland!!!!111!one


    Just got this from Joseph-Beth:

    Thank you for your interest in Joseph-Beth Booksellers! As a result of your comments we'll be hosting author Patrick Rothfuss for a discussion & signing of his book "The Name of the Wind" on Wednesday, March 24th at 7:00pm.



    Calondra McArthur
    PR & Events Coordinator
    Joseph-Beth Booksellers
    Legacy Village
    24519 Cedar Road
    Lyndhurst OH 44124
    216-691-7000 ext. 1441
    [email protected]
    Buy Local. Read Local.
    Support Your Independent Bookstore.

  52. Maureen M.
    Posted March 9, 2010 at 1:06 AM | Permalink

    My friend lives in Kentucky, and the signing there coincides with our spring break. If I was smart and remembered to bring my copy of Name of the Wind I would have black mai– er… asked him very politely if he could bring it to the signing….

    In other news Pat, I'm gonna assume that you've seen this?
    I don't know who I'd vote for if it came down to Kvothe and Jaime…

  53. Peter Coffey
    Posted March 9, 2010 at 3:49 AM | Permalink

    Oh man! I'm holding my breath for the VA Beach one. It's 45 minutes further away than Norfolk, but conveniently not at the same time as my prior engagement. I vote for it! Your life is a democracy, right Pat?

  54. Walnutbutter
    Posted March 9, 2010 at 4:12 AM | Permalink

    AH! Your coming to lyndhurst just one town over and I gotta be at work!! I guess only my fiance will get the honor of beholding your greatness. You will love legacy village.

  55. Anonymous
    Posted March 9, 2010 at 5:33 AM | Permalink

    Enjoy the trip! Be safe and have fun. One of these days I would love to have you come to Colorado, near Aurora perhaps. Hint hint, wink wink, nudge nudge.

    Anyway, be well.

  56. SonomaLass
    Posted March 9, 2010 at 6:09 AM | Permalink

    Writing "whatever" in a book might not be so bad, unless it makes someone confuse you with John Scalzi.

    One of my daughter's most prized possessions is the book she had signed by Terry Pratchett. He asked how she wanted it inscribed, and she said "just Tess." So that's what it says "Just Tess. Terry Pratchett." Every time we see it, we remember the whole experience. That's the best thing about a book signing.

  57. Avi
    Posted March 9, 2010 at 6:21 AM | Permalink

    Thank you for coming to the MD/VA/DC area! :D The closest you're coming to me is maybe an hour or two away…I will try my best to attend!

  58. Stephen
    Posted March 9, 2010 at 6:55 AM | Permalink

    I can't believe it. I was hoping for Pat to come to a city 2 hours away from where I live at best. Instead he's coming to the bookstore that is about two blocks away from my apartment… while I'm going to be at work and almost certainly can't get out. The irony is just shy of literally making me ill.

    Mind you this isn't me complaining to you Pat. It's fantastic what you're doing and it's great that you're able to make it to Cincy at all, but boy am I bummed at my luck. Perhaps the bank I work at will be robbed in the morning and I'll get the afternoon off! Here's hoping…

  59. Tom
    Posted March 9, 2010 at 8:39 AM | Permalink

    So Australia is too much to ask?

  60. Anonymous
    Posted March 9, 2010 at 12:45 PM | Permalink

    Oh why can't I live in America? If I could I would move there just to go to one of your signings!
    Why don't you come to Scotland! Cause, y'know we have…umm…highland cows! and sheep! and umm…umm…Scots? Am I selling this idea well?:P
    Enjoy your road trip and the wedding!

  61. Jeff
    Posted March 9, 2010 at 3:06 PM | Permalink

    You weren't expecting that many invites? Pat, you seem to not quite grasp what a big time success you are. The golden ticket auction was the first clue!

  62. Martin
    Posted March 9, 2010 at 3:21 PM | Permalink

    You have a very respectable beard.

    Thank you, that's all I had today.

  63. Elicius
    Posted March 9, 2010 at 3:35 PM | Permalink

    I just came here out of worry, having not ready anything on your blog about the CageMatch [on Suvudu], I feared us fans may not be able to do our part.

    Then I saw Brooke and Maurine's posts above. Whoop!

    Come on Guys, Kvothe can totally do this.

    Also, amusingly relevent:

  64. Phil C.
    Posted March 9, 2010 at 4:23 PM | Permalink

    Cool! See you in Frederick, Maryland on the 23rd! We've chatted before in email, but now it will happen in person. I will not touch Oot and you will not touch my 8 month old son.

  65. Anonymous
    Posted March 9, 2010 at 5:06 PM | Permalink

    I've tried thinking of many ways to say this without sounding desperate, but…
    Come to Canada please?

    Obviously not anytime soon 'cause you're busy with life and stuff but you're greatly appreciated here and it would probably mean the world to me if you managed to come to Vancouver BC.

    Anyway, thanks for all the updates. Not to mention your books!

  66. Anonymous
    Posted March 9, 2010 at 5:15 PM | Permalink

    Wow, cool. The lyndhurst, Ohio location is one block from my apartment complex.

  67. Micah
    Posted March 9, 2010 at 10:00 PM | Permalink

    Super pumped to go to the signing in Cinci. If I have time, I might even be able to go to the reading in Lexington!

  68. Anonymous
    Posted March 10, 2010 at 12:45 AM | Permalink

    I am not sure about the etiquette regarding asking questions in the comment section of a blog (I apologize if this is not the right spot for it), but I am very curious: What is the funniest/your favorite thing that you have ever been asked to write in one of your books?

  69. MouetteSheridan
    Posted March 10, 2010 at 4:32 AM | Permalink

    About getting so many responses – Pat, don't you know by now? People just generally think you're awesome ^^.

    Word verification: angra, the long-lost feminine of angry.

  70. Erica
    Posted March 10, 2010 at 7:06 AM | Permalink

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE come to New York / New Haven / Philadelphia. Somewhere I can get to. Somewhere I can get to hear you read from your beautiful books. Somewhere I can get you to sign my book.

    Please. The audiences will be huge. People on the east coast need to be placated by a reading. We would come out in droves to see you.

  71. Alexander
    Posted March 10, 2010 at 7:39 AM | Permalink

    I go to school is Washington, DC and I am so happy you have Springfield, VA listed as that bookstore is two blocks from the Metro! However, it does say "not-confirmed." All I ask is that if the venue is changed, it's somewhere Metro accessible. Living in the city means no car :(

  72. Beth
    Posted March 10, 2010 at 12:28 PM | Permalink

    A ray of hope in my week of increasing dispair!

    *content deleted for creepiness*

    Thank you for coming to Frederick. I promise not to touch your baby. Or, any baby. Suddenly, I feel as though anything is possible.

  73. The Happy Haiku
    Posted March 10, 2010 at 12:28 PM | Permalink

    A ray of hope in my week of increasing dispair!

    *content deleted for creepiness*

    Thank you for coming to Frederick. I promise not to touch your baby. Or, any baby. Suddenly, I feel as though anything is possible.

  74. Anonymous
    Posted March 10, 2010 at 2:12 PM | Permalink

    So you don't get to sing The Hero Of Canton? Bummer.

  75. Anonymous
    Posted March 10, 2010 at 3:01 PM | Permalink

    why oh why do I work night shift? It's too late to ask for the night off……that means I drive 5+ hours to VA w/no sleep after working 12 hours, or, dare I say it, call in sick and go two hours to Frederick? Either way, I am SO there!

  76. barclayr
    Posted March 10, 2010 at 4:59 PM | Permalink

    If you ever choose to do the Great Circle Route Copper Harbor, MI is a few miles down the road from you and Maggie would have baked, roasted, braised and sauteed about anything you could think of to make you welcome. Most Canadians are even south of us from here and the north pole isn't far – I know there must be more than a few crew members on subs of various navies that would surface there for a book signing/reading! Think of the possibilities for promoting peace and brotherhood!
    I made a trip to GA when my boys were 1-1/2 and 3 yrs old and did fine with them – even camping out on a mountaintop in Tennessee (mom was working.) I bless you on your trip with whatever god(s) looked on me then and made that trip so enjoyable. Thanks for the stories.

  77. Justin
    Posted March 10, 2010 at 5:53 PM | Permalink

    Can't wait to meet you in West Lafayette! Me and a co-worker are making the trip from Grand Rapids, MI.

  78. Andrew
    Posted March 10, 2010 at 9:44 PM | Permalink

    First of all, I'll hopefully make it to your March 22nd signing. I'll try my best to come up with something witty for you to write, but I wouldn't mind a "Whatever" followed by a signature.

    That being said, this bugs me:

    "No offense. But I don't you. I don't know where you've been."

    I'm not commenting on what is being said; I wouldn't let a stranger (especially not the sweaty, unwashed, fantasy-reading, book-signing-attending stranger) touch my baby…I'm talking about the typo.

    Now I am not an author, and I'm not even a particularly good writer, (my web browser auto-corrected me when I butchered the spelling of "particularly"), but when a medium as formal as the mighty Blog is used, I expect at least an editing read-through over before hitting submit.

    Just in case it doesn't come across, I am attempting to be sarcastic. I'm may be an asshole, but I could care less if you blog informally. I think you should type your next one completely in chat acronyms or leetspeak. Or Latin.

  79. Andy
    Posted March 10, 2010 at 9:44 PM | Permalink

    First of all, I’ll hopefully make it to your March 22nd signing. I’ll try my best to come up with something witty for you to write, but I wouldn’t mind a “Whatever” followed by a signature.

    That being said, this bugs me:

    “No offense. But I don’t you. I don’t know where you’ve been.”

    I’m not commenting on what is being said; I wouldn’t let a stranger (especially not the sweaty, unwashed, fantasy-reading, book-signing-attending stranger) touch my baby…I’m talking about the typo.

    Now I am not an author, and I’m not even a particularly good writer, (my web browser auto-corrected me when I butchered the spelling of “particularly”), but when a medium as formal as the mighty Blog is used, I expect at least an editing read-through over before hitting submit.

    Just in case it doesn’t come across, I am attempting to be sarcastic. I’m may be an asshole, but I could care less if you blog informally. I think you should type your next one completely in chat acronyms or leetspeak. Or Latin.

  80. Anonymous
    Posted March 11, 2010 at 4:02 AM | Permalink

    I be from Illinois D:.

    Darn it, I was planning on getting a Borders near Chicago to host you (lives in a suburb near there). But I'm such a lazy ass >_>…

    I will be watching for you when your in Chicago. Or perhaps, I will follow you into Wisconsin :B.

  81. Shane
    Posted March 11, 2010 at 5:37 AM | Permalink

    Are places that have a date and time but don't say "confirmed" still pending confirmation?

  82. Baldsilver
    Posted March 12, 2010 at 11:44 AM | Permalink

    ey up. your readings sound good, i'm afraid I don't have much to say here cuz i've never been. I've read loads of books and I probably had a number of opportunities to go to the signings/readings/whatever of the authors of these books and i've never read a book without having a question or two. But normally I try to answer it myself coming up with cool ideas to solve the problem, or if its just a bad decision/mistake i just try and ignore it. But when I have felt the urge to ask the question, normally by writing, I'm almost always disappointed with the answer, sometimes its better not to see not to see too much of the mind behind a book cuz it takes away from the imagination. I seem to remember having asked u summat, i don't remember exactly what it was but your answer wasn't really an answer. whatever. huh, weird, and I said I didnt have a lot to say, shows how much I know.


  83. Lauren
    Posted March 13, 2010 at 9:42 AM | Permalink

    I am so excited, I have coerced my inlaws in West Lafayette to go to your signing, since I live in Alaska, and noone ever comes to Alaska, I was hysterical at your serendipitous choice of location. Thank you for being so wonderful, I love your stories!

  84. Sara McClung ♥
    Posted March 14, 2010 at 7:41 PM | Permalink

    OMG! You're coming to Springfield! That is SO close to me! (excuse me while I dance around for a few minutes…)

    YAY! I'll see you on the 22nd!

  85. WiL
    Posted March 15, 2010 at 10:56 AM | Permalink


  86. Cindy
    Posted March 16, 2010 at 6:25 PM | Permalink

    Oh, man… So close (not really) and yet so far. I'm completely on the wrong coast for this, but I do have friends in OH. I will pass on the word and then content myself with living vicariously through the others.

    Have a safe trip! Should be quite the adventure for little Oot. :)

  87. Dance To The Door
    Posted March 16, 2010 at 6:32 PM | Permalink

    Curses, if only you were coming to Louisville rather than Lexington. Or if you were in Lexington on a weekend, when I could make the trip. Grumble, grumble…Lexington may have a castle house, sir, but Louisville is far better (in other words more convenient for me).

  88. Jeff
    Posted March 16, 2010 at 8:25 PM | Permalink

    You should totally come to Charlottesville between Norfolk/Va Beach and Springfield. March 17-21 is the "Virginia Festival of the Book" it would be very cool on a chat-with-peers and chat-with-fans/make-new-fans level.

    Besides that, Charlottesville is awesome. Beautiful campus of the Univ. of Virginia, founded by, designed by and near the home of Thomas Jefferson.



  89. Katie
    Posted March 21, 2010 at 4:16 PM | Permalink

    I'm sad that I won't be able to make it to Frederick, MD in person (stupid responsibilities!), but I am sending my mother with my copy of The Name of the Wind to be signed!

  90. Anonymous
    Posted March 22, 2010 at 9:33 PM | Permalink

    Did I hear something about Chicago?

    I hope I didn't miss it..

    I have never been even remotely interested in going to a book tour. But for this one I will make the drive to WI if necessary.

  91. brandon
    Posted March 23, 2010 at 6:31 PM | Permalink

    If in future tours, you include Denver Colorado into your itinerary, I promise to have the citizens of this fair city, lavish you with fine beer and tapestries. Well, beer for certain.

    Of course, very much realize Colorado is out of the way and you can't very well see every city. However, little known fact, everyone that visits Denver gets a mountain named after them. So, you know, keep that in mind.

  92. Anonymous
    Posted March 24, 2010 at 2:21 PM | Permalink

    Arghh! Wieso lebe ich nicht in den Staaten? Sie werden wohl kaum in den nächsten Wochen nach Wien kommen. Xd.


    Arghh! Why don´t i live in the states? You won´t come to Vienna next weeks? Rofl.

  93. Anonymous
    Posted March 26, 2010 at 2:03 AM | Permalink

    Why can't any of the good authors ever come down to Texas….Hello, we do read down here…LOL…Austin should be a stop on a town near me but not near you!!!

  94. Wensi
    Posted March 30, 2010 at 8:09 AM | Permalink

    =( What's wrong with Illinois? I mean, I hate it too but it's sad when of your favorite authors hate on it.

    Deng, I see all these comments about Chicago… are you really coming here?(hate of IL not withstanding >.< ) Did I miss it?!!!!

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