Wise Man’s Fear: The Tour

Okay folks. The dates for my upcoming tour are finally set.

Here they are in chronological order.

Week One: The West Coast

March 1 at 7 PM
University Bookstore
4326 University Way NE
Seattle, WA

March 2 at 7 PM
Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR

March 3 at 7 PM
SF in SF Reading Series
The Variety Theater
582 Market St.
San Francisco, CA

March 4 at 7 PM
Barnes & Noble
7881 Edinger Ave.
Huntington Beach, CA

March 5 at 2 PM
Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore
7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, CA

March 6 at 2 PM
Murder by the Book
2342 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX

Week Two: Middle America

March 8 at 7 PM
Barnes & Noble
7433 Mineral Point Rd.
Madison, WI

March 9 at 7 PM
Borders Books & Music
1500 16th St.
Oak Brook, IL

March 10 at 7 PM
Books & Company
4453 Walnut St.
The Greene, Dayton, OH

March 11 at 7 PM
Joseph-Beth Booksellers
161 Lexington Green Circle
Lexington, KY

March 12 at 7 PM
Left Banks Books
399 n. Euclid Ave.
St. Louis, MO

Week Three: The East Coast

March 14 at 12 PM
What If Reading Series
Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave. SE
Washington, DC

March 14 at 7:30 PM
Borders Books & Music
5871 Crossroads Center Way
Bailey’s Crossroads, VA

March 15 at 7 PM
Barnes & Noble
267 7th Ave.
Park Slope
Brooklyn, NY

March 16 at 6 PM
Northeastern University Bookstore
Snell Library
360 Huntington Ave.
4 Ell Hall, Boston, MA

So now you know. And knowing is half the battle.

A few notes closing:

  • These dates are solid, and won’t be changing unless something strange and/or catastrophic happens. If that happens, I’ll mention it on the blog and update the tour schedule.
  • Did you see the first event in week three? Yeah. That’s right. I’m doing a reading at the Library of Congress. How cool is that?
  • Yes. I am doing fifteen signings in sixteen days. I expect somewhere around Lexington I’m going to have a manic episode, so those guys at Joseph-Beth are in for one one hell of a show.
  • I am considering buying a tuxedo. Or rather, I’m considering buying a new tuxedo especially for one of these events. I like wearing a tux.
  • I will be doing most of these events solo. But at some of them I might have Sarah and Oot with me. If this is the case, I will display Oot to you, and you will be required to gaze adoringly at his cuteness.

(Saying “awww” will also be encouraged.)

  • I’ve done the math, and with 15 signings, it’s a statistical near-certainty that at some point in the tour I will sing.
  • I’ll be posting up information about how you can get a signed copy of The Wise Man’s Fear even if you can’t make one of these events. Expect that blog on Friday.

In other news, for all you Girl Genius fans out there, Phil and Kaja’s new book just came out recently. It’s a novel set in the Girl Genius world.

I have to admit that I haven’t read it yet, but I’m excited to. I ordered my copy just 5 minutes ago because it’s Kaja’s birthday today….

Lastly but not leastly, could we avoid having a bunch of comments on the blog where people say, “Wah Wah! Why don’t you ever come to Hobgen?” (Or whatever town you live in…)

I know that those comments come from a place of love. Or at least from a place of vaguely love-scented narcissism. But honestly, they’re a little disheartening to read every time I post up an event.

Keep in mind that I’ll be traveling 3 solid weeks in March just to meet fans, hang out, and sign books. Unless my mutant power manifests in February and I’m suddenly able to bi-locate or teleport, it is physically impossible for me to do more events.

Rest assured that once my mutant powers develop, I will make every effort to come to Wagon Mound, New Mexico. Until then, you’ll have to drive a bit to see me, or wait until I come to a convention in your area. And yes, when choosing which conventions and signings I attend, I make a point of trying to pick ones in parts of the country (and world) that I haven’t visited yet.

More soon. I’m back in the groove now, so expect a new blog on Friday.

Later space cowboys,


This entry was posted in appearances, Oot, recommendations, SarahBy Pat214 Responses


  1. maine character
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 5:38 AM | Permalink

    I hope you sing in your tux, with Oot in your arms.

    • plut8
      Posted January 12, 2011 at 10:28 AM | Permalink

      Also, it wouldn’t be at all terrible if Pat did this wearing a piano tie.

    • kendergirl
      Posted January 16, 2011 at 12:38 PM | Permalink

      Since there will likely be various different requests for tuxes, Oots, and singingses, I propose that you do all three for all the signings. Especially Dayton ;-)

    • Robin the Acolyte
      Posted January 21, 2011 at 1:51 PM | Permalink

      INFO about the Library of Congress event:

      Since it will be a five hour drive for me, I queried Library of Congress to get info on tickets for the LC talk. Here is their reply:

      The “What If …” forum brings to the Library of Congress the world of professionals touching on the genres of science fiction and fantasy, and horror. Guests are most often authors but also include illustrators, editors, publishers, media figures, and scholars. Those writing about the field are included, from biographers to scientists, presented related material and giving other view points on these subjects. Recent guests have been C.S. Friedman, Ed Lerner, and Maria V. Snyder.

      Sessions take place monthly during the lunch hour, and are frequently accompanied by book signings. All presentations are open to the staff and the public; please request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 TTY or [email protected].

      What If … events are announced on the LC calendar and in flyers posted near the elevators, and in the Gazette.

      These events are usually held in one of several meeting rooms on the Library campus. Mr. Rothfuss’s blog indicates that he will be here on March 14, so it is likely that the exact room may not yet be set. If you write back a week or two prior to the event you can probably get that information ahead of your visit. From experience, I’ve never seen one of these events turn people away due to lack of space, but obviously I can’t guarantee that Mr. Rothfuss won’t be the first. Arrive a bit early and you should have no problem, as a good part of the crowd is often Library staff on their lunch breaks arriving ‘just in time.’

      Information on visiting the Library of Congress can be found at .

      We hope you find this information helpful.

      Best wishes,
      The Digital Reference Section
      Library of Congress

      Hope to see some of you there.

  2. quisty244
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 5:55 AM | Permalink

    I hope you bring Sarah and Oot to the Madison signing! I will awwwww and be in awe all over the place if you do!
    Can’t wait!!

  3. Javi
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 6:04 AM | Permalink

    OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG! Your coming to Houston! I hope nobody I know is getting married/ giving childbirth / anything important! Cuz ill be at the signing!

  4. Javi
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 6:09 AM | Permalink

    Oh man! Can you sign my Kindle?!

    • Dianadomino
      Posted January 12, 2011 at 10:21 AM | Permalink

      You know, I was wondering something along those lines myself. (I have a Nook, but it is the same thing in essence.)

      Pat, will you sign my e-reader? I have your book in hard back, paperback and on my nook, and I have a very nice cover for the nook. I have actually been fantasizing about having authors sign my nook cover, and, in fact, having a special, specific nook cover to bring to signings so that eventually, I will have the most nerdy, cool nook cover the world has ever known with signatures of all my favorite authors on it.

      I would probably want to be buried with it on the occasion of my eventual demise, unless there was one of my progeny that I deemed deserved it. I can see it in the will now: “And lastly, I bequeath my beloved signed nook cover to…”

      Hey, a girl can dream. ^_^

      • Little My
        Posted January 12, 2011 at 12:11 PM | Permalink

        What a cool idea. Also, would make a very nice heirloom eventually to pass on to some worthy youngster who shares your reading tastes.

      • Widow Of Sirius
        Posted January 12, 2011 at 12:34 PM | Permalink

        You could make your own nook cover out of some kind of heavy-duty white cloth, and make authors fight for specific spots. It’d be bitchin.

        • Dianadomino
          Posted January 12, 2011 at 8:46 PM | Permalink

          I totally could! Probably a nice heavy white cotton duck…(the fabric, not the waterfowl.) Can you imagine the coolness? I sure can.

  5. kabraxes
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 6:12 AM | Permalink

    O_O I actually get to meet you. This is quite literally the best thing that has ever happened to me period. Yay Thank you so much for touring.

  6. Posted January 12, 2011 at 6:26 AM | Permalink

    Holy bejesus! I don’t know how I’ll be able to wait until March to finally meet your awesomeness! I was hoping you would come to Boston but I didn’t want to keep my hopes up since I hadn’t heard that you had come out this way in the past. Hopefully I will be first in line.

  7. Jkalos
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 6:41 AM | Permalink

    As long as I can read your book in Wagon Mound, I will be happy. A picture of you singing in your tux with the baby would be nice, though.

    • Posted January 13, 2011 at 3:08 AM | Permalink

      We will be taking pictures and posting up interesting stories from the tour on the blog.

  8. The_Eleventh_Evien
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 6:47 AM | Permalink

    Holy jumping fetuses! (Feti?) That’s a really big tour schedule, Pat!

    I nearly crapped my pants when I saw that you were going to St. Louis. Fine, okay, I literally crapped my pants. It was horrible.
    I just want you to know that I’m not only driving 5 hours to get there on March 12, but I am also braving a city in which my volatile ex-girlfriend resides. For all I know, she’s going to be there.

    But that’s my dedication, Pat. 5 hours drives and taking an awkward side-hit to the groin.

  9. noregsson
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 7:04 AM | Permalink

    Wah! Wah! Find a radioactive bug already!

  10. Sister_Spider
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 7:22 AM | Permalink

    Coming back to Kentucky!! Joy upon JOYS!! I shall be there!

    Whew – the Friday before I leave for my honeymoon to. Close call.

  11. chadwick
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 7:22 AM | Permalink

    See you in St. Louis for sure, my sister lives there and you give me an excellent excuse to visit. Also possibly Madison or Chicago.

  12. matthew_1987
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 7:25 AM | Permalink

    I know u mentioned the whole ‘not coming to my town’ thing, but are you making any plans to come to england?!

    • Posted January 14, 2011 at 4:00 AM | Permalink

      I’ve been there once. I do plan on coming back again….

      • Hagrid
        Posted January 18, 2011 at 2:21 PM | Permalink

        Thought it said “do not” then, there was serious sadness as I’m sure it was humble Manchester you visited wasn’t it? I’m sure you blogged about it, or I could be making it up. . .

  13. annadala
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 7:25 AM | Permalink

    Can I bring you homemade chocolate chip cookies?

  14. Liz
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 7:36 AM | Permalink

    Boston! It’s already on my calendar. Now, I don’t know if I’m more excited for the actual book or the signing.

  15. Joshua_Guess
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 7:36 AM | Permalink

    OH, my! Lexington! Right into the heart of my zombie apocalypse! I AM SO FREAKING THERE!

  16. JAB
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 7:43 AM | Permalink

    Willing to make the drive from Austin, TX to Houston (how you could not schedule a stop in Austin, we can discuss in person). Question: I have pre-ordered “The Wise Man’s Fear”, will I need to purchase a copy in Houston to be signed?

    It’s been a great number of years sense I’ve gone “fanboy” enough to consider a drive across the state for a book signing. Looking forward to 3-6-2011.

  17. Mossy Toes
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 7:45 AM | Permalink

    Well, I’ll just have to see if I can’t make the San Fransisco reading…

  18. Posted January 12, 2011 at 7:53 AM | Permalink

    Oh yay! Now, Madison or Chicago? Hmm…

    • Slamadoca
      Posted January 12, 2011 at 11:23 AM | Permalink

      Well, I haven’t been to the Borders in Chicago, but I *have* been to Barnes & Noble in Madison, and it’s a pretty impressive place. I was told (by sources I may not be able to trust) that it was the biggest Barnes & Noble ever at the time it was built, and it’s for sure bigger than any other one I’ve been too. They even have shelf room for used books! Worth visiting.

      Can everyone tell we’re excited? I hope so!

      • Posted January 12, 2011 at 12:25 PM | Permalink

        The BN in Madison is a great place to lose an evening. Or a spouse / significant other. It’s bigger than all of the bookstores within 150 miles of my house, combined.
        I saw Pat in Lafayette, IN and it’s well worth the trip to go see him, if any of you are vacillating. I’ll be in Madison, or Chicago. Or both.

  19. Sparrow_hawk
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 7:54 AM | Permalink

    March 9 – Oakbrook – I actually might be able to take a day off and be there! And bring friends! w00t! or rather, 00t! (by the way, awwww – he’s adorable!)

    • Sparrow_hawk
      Posted January 12, 2011 at 8:03 AM | Permalink

      And I’d like to cast a vote in favor of the tux. And in favor of Oot being there.

  20. saizu
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 7:55 AM | Permalink

    I’m excited for the book signings! But unfortunately won’t be able to attend even the closest one. Does this mean Wise Mans Fear will be out at the beginning of March?

  21. Kay
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 7:58 AM | Permalink

    Hey, I heard that Northern Ireland is the place to be right now. ooo green fields, leprechauns and a horrible sectarian history. Sounds like a great holiday for the family! No pressure…just try to visit in the next 30 years.

    • plut8
      Posted January 12, 2011 at 10:12 AM | Permalink

      Our riots are particularly violent at Easter, they’re worth seeing.
      Not to mention the pink buses…
      Northern Ireland is a real Nirvana, honest.

      • Kay
        Posted January 13, 2011 at 8:57 AM | Permalink

        Pink buses and Easter riots? What part of Northern Ireland are you in? More like summer riots. I mean peace all year round Patrick…really.

        • plut8
          Posted January 13, 2011 at 12:59 PM | Permalink

          Did I say riots? I meant peace sittings…
          I do however stand by the pink buses part

          To answer your previous question, I’m from the thriving metropolis of Lisburn :)

          • Posted January 14, 2011 at 5:13 AM | Permalink

            Rest assured that I’ll eventually be making it to Ireland. It’s near the top of my list of places I want to visit…

          • Kay
            Posted January 15, 2011 at 7:46 PM | Permalink

            I apologise…we have pink and white buses. The drivers are cut throat but get you where you want to go. Ah Lisburn, the waterstones in Lisburn is better than the Belfast store. I first bought NOTW in Lisburn. I actually bought all my favourite books in Lisburn. I’m jealous of your home town, friend.

            Patrick, Irelands a nice enought place but really Northern Ireland is your best bet. many friendly people there.

          • plut8
            Posted January 16, 2011 at 11:08 AM | Permalink

            I’d agree with Kay, Pat.
            Most of us are friendly enough, just be careful with calling people Irish and Northern Irish, some people get touchy about the definition.

            Yeah the Waterstones in Belfast is abysmal, they now have a “Dark Romance” section. I’m not certain but I think the entire section is just a shrine in the likeness of Stephenie Meyer.

  22. Posted January 12, 2011 at 7:59 AM | Permalink

    Honestly I’m just excited that the book is coming out…but the fact that you’re coming to Texas??? EVEN BETTER!!! I’m so going to Houston for this! Which really is kinda a big deal since Houston has a SERIOUS humidity problem. You’ll find that out soon enough. :)

    • worldtraveler
      Posted January 16, 2011 at 6:43 PM | Permalink

      come on – it’s not *that* bad in March. the humidity then is just called rain. ;-)

      I’m excited to see so many fans in Texas posting (and selfishly very excited that the signing is in Houston).

  23. Ent_hused
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 8:06 AM | Permalink

    I too have a Kindle but am under the impression it will self-destruct if I bring it into an actual bookstore–that, or it might be harpooned out of my hands and used as a plate to heat and serve asiago cream cheese pretzles.

    This will happen, right? I don’t want to be the first ME-fan to find out.

  24. Daniel Kårén
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 8:18 AM | Permalink

    I know you don’t want to have a bunch of questions about when you are coming to their little town in the middle of nowhere, the one last place untouched by civilization and so on.

    But technically I am not from a town. Sooooo…. when are you coming to Sweden? (:

    • Thebackpack
      Posted January 12, 2011 at 12:11 PM | Permalink

      I second that!

      • Sait-taM
        Posted January 12, 2011 at 1:53 PM | Permalink


        • swedishness
          Posted January 13, 2011 at 1:29 AM | Permalink

          And fourth! :)

          • Posted January 14, 2011 at 5:14 AM | Permalink

            I can’t say it will be soon. But I do hope to make it eventually.

  25. Geekgirl
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 8:18 AM | Permalink

    Ooooh. Boston. Tantalizingly close.

    And many reasons to bring Oot with: Boston Children’s Museum, The Science Museum, The Aquarium – who doesn’t like watching schools of colorful fishies swim about, am I right? (Or, more importantly, who doesn’t like watching enthralled children watch schools of colorful fishies swim about?)

    Thank you for a northern east coast visit, Mr. Rothfuss – I cannot wait for the opportunity to stand about awkwardly and stiffly as I pretend to not be your atypical fangirl.

    • tetlowgm
      Posted January 12, 2011 at 10:36 AM | Permalink

      No way. San Diego in March beats Boston in March. It’ll be short sleeve weather (maybe)!

      • Little My
        Posted January 12, 2011 at 12:15 PM | Permalink

        Well, but San Diego March 16 does not beat Boston March 16, because Pat will be IN BOSTON!!!!

    • worldtraveler
      Posted January 16, 2011 at 6:45 PM | Permalink

      Pat, take Oot to the Boston Children’s Museum if you do nothing else besides that and the signing while you are there. Seriously, I got to go, oh, about 30 years ago, and I still remember it as one of the most awesome places. I’d go as an adult in a heartbeat.

  26. moosh
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 8:20 AM | Permalink

    You’re going to Houston…AWESOME! I may have to make the trip down from Austin that Sunday

  27. Revan
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 8:20 AM | Permalink

    Pat, you have somehow managed to hold a reading/signing within driving distance of West Point the one week that I cannot make it to any event off-post. I am greatly saddened by this, yet look forward to your book nonetheless.

  28. He without a clever name
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 8:23 AM | Permalink

    Woot! The Greene in Dayton Ohio, not even twenty minutes from my wife and I’s apartment. And right next to the Cheesecake Factory!

    We must have rolled a 20 in life for March 10th. Patrick Rothfuss and Cheesecake, Huzzah!

    …that’s quite a few exclamation marks…I’ve decided to leave them, though. If I can’t get excited for Pat and cheesecake, what is there to get excited about?

  29. priscellie
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 8:32 AM | Permalink


    Er, I mean–Can’t wait! Hope Oot joins you in Brooklyn. I will do you proud with my cooing and praising of the tininess of his hands and feet.

  30. Maureen
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 8:35 AM | Permalink

    My friends and I have put in for the 14th so we can come to the Library of Congress reading (and possibly the Bailey’s Crossroads as well =D)

    (ps – it is really surreal that people are taking days off of work to come see you?)

  31. GorillaGreg
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 8:47 AM | Permalink

    First, I got a book from the Heifer lottery in the mail last night, and now I see you’re coming to the Chicagoland area. You are doing wonders for the quality of my week, Patrick. Huzzah to you, good sir.

  32. Phileas
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 8:49 AM | Permalink

    ah goddammit, when are you coming to germany?

    • wallnuss
      Posted January 12, 2011 at 1:34 PM | Permalink

      Second that, but pat told me a while ago via e-mail that he might come to the book fair in leipzig in 2012.
      And yes I have printed that e-mail out and published it everywhere ;-)

      • huoxingren
        Posted January 14, 2011 at 6:49 AM | Permalink

        Wow, that’s perfect! I’ll be studying in Germany in 2012! Anyway, I hope he also comes to Spain someday… Nice weather, friendly people, mixture of mediterranean, celtic and arabic culture… You’d like Spain, Pat!!! ^^

        • TBK
          Posted January 16, 2011 at 12:41 PM | Permalink

          I second this with all my heart! Spain is my favorite place on Earth.

    • Rob
      Posted January 12, 2011 at 9:16 PM | Permalink

      Just tell him they’ve got the Ishtar Gate from the city of Babylon, in all it’s blue ceramic glory, at the Pergamon Museum in Berlin. That’s sure to get him to Germany . . . .

  33. mjondras
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 8:56 AM | Permalink

    Has booked his ticked from Oslo airport, Norway.

    • Thebackpack
      Posted January 12, 2011 at 12:13 PM | Permalink

      Thats the spirit!

    • Posted January 14, 2011 at 5:17 AM | Permalink

      Oh man. Tell me you’re not serious. I’m not worth a trip like that….

  34. Posted January 12, 2011 at 9:02 AM | Permalink

    QUESTION: Would it be better to buy The Wise Man’s Fear through Amazon.com or on your tour? Do you receive more % from a particular vendor?

    Also, I apologize in advance if I scare you with my rabid fanaticism.

  35. bremon
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 9:06 AM | Permalink

    I *was* going to grumble about not coming to North Dakota.
    And then I realized – No One comes to North Dakota.
    Seriously. :D
    So instead I looked over my Spring Break stuff and discovered that I will *hopefully* be in New Orleans from March 11th to 18th! Which is considerably closer to civilization.
    So yay. And now I’m plotting.
    Like, if I get off the plane in New Orleans, and then drive superfast to Missouri….
    *strokes chin thoughtfully*

    • Silaqui
      Posted January 12, 2011 at 12:12 PM | Permalink

      Wait, wait… You’re coming to New Orleans three days AFTER Mardi Gras?? There is something wrong with you.

      • jaimo
        Posted January 12, 2011 at 2:16 PM | Permalink

        Not to mention Boston the day before St. Patrick’s Day.

      • Posted January 14, 2011 at 5:20 AM | Permalink

        Oh man. I hadn’t even realized that. Now I’m sad….

      • bremon
        Posted January 14, 2011 at 11:16 AM | Permalink

        I know. But it isn’t *my* fault, it’s my school’s. Spring break is only 11 to 18….
        On the upside, my sister works as the volunteer coordinator for operation helping hands, and I hear there are many opportunities after Mardi Gras… while building stuff.

  36. evil
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 9:06 AM | Permalink

    I am a little disappointed that you are coming to Austin as we love you here. But I will make the trek out to Houston.

  37. Kayleigh
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 9:07 AM | Permalink

    I might have to bribe someone to drive me the 3.5 hours it takes to get from Kent State University to Dayton. This is the one time it’s actually unfortunate that that particular stop is so close to my actual home. :) I’ve pre-ordered the book, and hopefully I can be there!

    Even if I don’t, I hope the tour’s a great one for you and yours, and that everyone who goes has much fun and gets to witness you singing and/or tap dancing (which I don’t think you tend to do, but still, it’d be epic).

  38. Posted January 12, 2011 at 9:08 AM | Permalink

    I drove 3.5 hrs to see you in Lexington last time you were there, and I’ll do it again in March. Can’t wait. Stay safe!

  39. selah84
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 9:24 AM | Permalink

    Already planning my 5 hour drive to St. Louis. Thanks for making it a Saturday (I’m sure you planned that just for me)! Any word on whether or not we should RSVP to these events? I’d hate to be turned away at the door for stupid reasons like “fire codes” and “life safety”.

  40. Posted January 12, 2011 at 9:30 AM | Permalink

    Any chance of you taking a trip in Europe in 2011? :)

    • Posted January 14, 2011 at 5:22 AM | Permalink

      I don’t know if I’ll be doing one in 2011. But if I don’t do one this year, I’ll probably do one next year…

  41. Generik420
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 9:31 AM | Permalink

    Wah Wah! Why don’t you ever come to Hollow Earth? We like books down here as much as you surface dwellers! :-)

    Hoping to make the Chicago signing. Can’t wait for the new book!

  42. RowdyTheDog
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 9:33 AM | Permalink

    That is a nuts schedule, Pat. Nobody could refute the dedication you have to your fans, I mean we all know these signings are less promotion and more fan service, :D
    I was going to mention the unfortunate timing of your Boston visit, 3 days after the PAX and the Penny Arcade people are in town, but after that kind of schedule you probably wouldn’t be up for much nerd-stravaganza anyway.
    It would be much easier and probably more enjoyable to you if you just made an appearance at Prime. Then you could sign my copy there, :D
    My best to your upcoming book!

    Regardless, I think everyone is waiting eagerly for March and WMF! :D

    • parlabane
      Posted January 12, 2011 at 10:11 AM | Permalink

      I second this! Just missed the days where Boston will be overflowing with geekdom.

      How is it that you haven’t been invited to do a panel at PAX yet . . .

      • Posted January 14, 2011 at 5:23 AM | Permalink

        I am hoping that I might be able to attend the main PAX this year….

        • RowdyTheDog
          Posted January 14, 2011 at 10:32 AM | Permalink

          Yes! And a great idea to put you in a panel, or at least get you a place to meet fans and sign books. Please talk to Khoo! I always ask about this kind of stuff and the answer is always “he must come and ask us, we’d love to have him” etc.
          P.s. Request me as your personal enforcer! :P

  43. muffinmania583
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 9:34 AM | Permalink

    I really wish the Chicago signing wasn’t on a Wednesday. I would definitely make the trip if I didn’t have classes. Boo!
    I still hope to get a signed copy of the new book, though!

  44. nonsubmssvewife
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 9:40 AM | Permalink

    Yay Houston! It seems like no one ever comes through Houston, so this is totally exciting…you’re awesome!

  45. taconista
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 9:40 AM | Permalink

    Woohoo! I cannot wait! I’m so excited! Borders in Bailey’s Crossroads is on my way home from work. Hah, now my non-reading friends will have to put up with me babbling about how I’m going to another book signing; they don’t seem to understand how positively delightful it is to meet an author and hear him read his own work and speak about what he does.

    @bremon — I love North Dakota! I’ve been there for work (Turtle Mountain Reservation) and will be visiting Bismarck in April. That is some beautiful country up there. I met a wild turkey up at the border crossing near the International Peace Garden; the Border Patrol agents said it liked hanging around there, and it ate pretzels from my hand.

  46. pjmintz
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 9:41 AM | Permalink

    Bah! My baby’s due on March 18th. Somehow I don’t think I’ll be making it all the way down from upstate NY to the Brooklyn signing. I’ll just have to send my hipster Brooklyn-dwelling brother-in-law in my stead.

    • jmatthe7
      Posted January 12, 2011 at 10:50 AM | Permalink

      I’m in the same boat!! My baby’s due on the 13th PLUS i live in Georgia so the closest signing is in VA. So what happened to the other half of the east coast?! The South gets no love… I blame the rednecks.

  47. Mickey
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 9:54 AM | Permalink

    Dear Pat,

    When buying a tux you should always remember a few basic rules, these will help in the purchasing process and ensure proper enjoyment of the garment.

    1. Always make sure the trousers cover the back of your heel, to the rim of the shoes.

    2. Spend more not less, quality threads up the James Bond factor of wearer by a massive degree.

    3. Ensure waist band has two clips ( to ensure post dinner space maximisation )

    4. High gloss black leather shoes or barefoot, nothing ruins a sharp looking suit like crappy shoes !

    Considering right now that you may already know all of this and are thinking ” what a twat ” but then I remembered a blog you did about your unique sartorial stylings….so maybe this will help after all.

    Have fun on the tour and please remember that you have fans in Africa and Europe who would love to extend you their hospitality as well !

  48. Redag
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 9:54 AM | Permalink

    But what about Hobgen?! No, that’s not what I mean, what about Chicago?!

    Chicago has many excellent bookstores. Oak Brook is not in Chicago. As a responsible non-driving city-dweller in Chicago, I don’t even have a way to get there. I know this is almost certainly about the choices of publicity departments, but there are plenty of places in the Chicago area I could and would get to without a qualm. That signing tours usually hit Oak Brook and completely write-off the young, creative-class people who live in urban cores ticks me off though, and makes me sad.

    Jason M. Robertson
    A Grumpy Chicago Dweller Who Wishes People Didn’t Label Scary Suburbs Full of Suburby-People As Chicago

    • Rickytang
      Posted January 12, 2011 at 3:46 PM | Permalink

      Have you tried RTA’s Trip Planner? Check out http://goroo.com/goroo/index.htm. It looks like you have a couple of options:

      1. Take the Blue Line to Forest Park and then express bus 747 to Oak Brook.
      2. Take the local Pace bus 332 from the west end of the Pink Line.
      3. Take the Metra to Elmhurst, then the local Pace bus 332 to Oak Brook.

      A google search helped me snag that off a forum, posted 3 months ago, so I’d imagine it’s still accurate.

      Us Suburby-People apologize for our collective scariness. I hope this was at least marginally useful!

  49. Posted January 12, 2011 at 9:58 AM | Permalink

    Dude. That B&N in Brooklyn is literally walking distance from my house.

    I am going to come heckle at your signing.

    • Panda Girl
      Posted January 13, 2011 at 4:08 AM | Permalink

      Oh god
      If I wasn’t stuck in Australia doing year 12 I would so be there. My two favourite authors in the same place.
      I would most definatley die from fangirlyness.

  50. Achela
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Permalink

    Oh my goodness! I can’t beleive THIS is finally THE year… Although I will miss all those March dates, I’m going to go to the States around September, and stay until 2012… so I really hope I can make it to one signing while I’m there… Anyway, I’m having The Wise Man’s Fears enough time so I can read it three or four times before I finally meet you… I. Can’t. Freakin. Wait. :)

  51. julia
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 10:06 AM | Permalink

    I have a little question, there’s any possibility of getting a signed book in latinoamerica more exactly in Colombia?
    I’ve been waiting for lot of time the book and even if I couldn’t meet the writter I will apreciate the signed.
    If you can make it in new mexico you can send some a little bit more to the south :)
    ps: I apologise if my english sucks

  52. Valaritas
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 10:06 AM | Permalink

    Wah, Wah! Why can’t you come to Tarbean? You could organize something at The Broken Binding…

    • Widow Of Sirius
      Posted January 12, 2011 at 12:44 PM | Permalink

      I love you. You just brightened my whole day.

      • Posted January 14, 2011 at 5:25 AM | Permalink

        Yeah. This is the winner comment so far. Double points.

        • Valaritas
          Posted January 15, 2011 at 6:04 AM | Permalink

          Oh man, if you had posted that one day earlier, I would have been complemented by my favorite author on my birthday. That would have been even more awesome.

  53. dancer7887
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 10:21 AM | Permalink

    I can’t believe you’re coming to DC!!!! I had given up hope but now I can’t stop jumping about in excitement. And two signings! I’ll probably be at both. Do you know of any rules about line waiting or getting there early at the Library of Congress (which, in my excitement, I called the Ligress of Congrary to my boyfriend when telling him about this post). Can’t wait!

    • Valaritas
      Posted January 13, 2011 at 12:12 PM | Permalink

      Yeah, I’m depressed because I’d lived in D.C. my entire life, until this year when I moved to Malta, so I saw the list and almost died from terminal missed opportunity syndrome.

  54. Posted January 12, 2011 at 10:21 AM | Permalink

    Two things of happy note:
    tNotW was voted #2 in tor.com’s “Best SFF Novels of the Decade” poll. Only vanquished by Scalzi, but you soundly trounced Gaimen by 7 votes. So that’s pretty cool.

    And, solely from your recommendation, I bought the first Girl Genius graphic novel and gave it to a friend for Christmas. She loved it. A lot. And is now pestering her boyfriend to read it too. It’s like proselytizing, but without being annoying.

    Have a lovely day!

    • Dianadomino
      Posted January 13, 2011 at 2:38 PM | Permalink

      I wonder how many Gaimans in coolness that gives Pat?

      • Posted January 14, 2011 at 5:29 AM | Permalink

        I was all excited. But Gaiman’s beating me now…

  55. ChristyQ
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 10:25 AM | Permalink

    I am In LA but will drive to either Huntington Beach or San Diego!!
    This is exciting indeed!!! (Even If i done see a tux, hear singing or get to say awwww at the shrimp)

  56. jclampette
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 10:33 AM | Permalink

    Dear Pat,

    I haven’t been able to make a signing yet. I was deployed to Afghanistan with the United States Marine Corps. So I haven’t gotten “Name of the Wind” signed. Which leads me to my query, if I ask really nicely and act classy, would you be willing to sign both for me at you San Diego signing?

    Thank you for your time and the gift of your books.

  57. JustAFan
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 10:35 AM | Permalink

    I checked your tour schedule yesterday. I had remembered you mentioning trying to stop at Powell’s when you toured in March. I was kinda bummed out that you weren’t going to the main branch. I’ll always jump on an excuse to go to the main branch.

    Furthermore you were gonna be in town doing the signing when I had to work. I had serious doubts whether I was gonna show up. I got my sign. The day I doubted I got a schedule change and no longer work wednesday. I no longer doubt your power. I just pray you turn out to be a merciful deity.

    Oh, I also have a high opinion of your book. It was full of a bunch of cool story ideas, while at the same time being amazingly smooth to read. You did a good job. WMF is probably gonna be the first Hardback I’ve bought…since I can’t even remember. A long time. You’ve impressed the hell out of me.

  58. Dulcet
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 10:39 AM | Permalink

    I will be at the signing in Oakbrook!!! It just happens to be on a day I’m free.

  59. Posted January 12, 2011 at 10:39 AM | Permalink

    Oh! A question! Actually, two.
    Your book comes out March 1. Praise God. The signing I will attend is in Madison on March 8. Hurrah! I have been to book signings before, but never one so close to the release of a book. I’ve never bought a book at a signing/author event, but rather just brought my book(s) along.
    I am inclined to pre-order WMF for amazon’s day-of-release delivery dealio, and will undoubtedly finish it before your signing (in a desperate, sleep-deprived mania over the course of two days, possibly calling in sick to work. But anyway).
    But is this a good idea? Would it be better to wait until after your signing, when you’ve read to us from the book, driving us mad with tantalizing hints, than already know how everything goes? And, equally important, is it bad form to not purchase the book from the bookseller where the signing is being held? I don’t know how these things work; I promise to buy a ridiculously large frappacino from the store’s Starbucks so I’m at least spending a little money there, but will the booksellers look at me shifty-eyed when I sweep in, attend the signing, and leave again, after only having spent $3.95 in the cafe?

    • Posted January 14, 2011 at 5:31 AM | Permalink

      I’ll answer this in the next blog. Good question….

      • CrimsonLadyVampyre
        Posted January 16, 2011 at 1:28 PM | Permalink

        i’d also like to know the answer to this.
        i already have my book pre-ordered from B&N. since i would be coming to the St. L signing, i’ll have the book in plenty of time.

  60. justajenjen
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 10:49 AM | Permalink

    Ooh, I know where that Boarders is in Oak Brook. I’ll have to come over from Indiana, land of Corn and Soybeans, for a couple days. My husband doesn’t get why I don’t think it’s a big deal to drive from my parents’ house near Kankakee to things in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, but it’s not a big deal when you’ve done it most of your life.

  61. ashleyparker
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 10:53 AM | Permalink

    Okay, I know you asked for no complaints, but there’s not one southern signing! Despite the common opinion we read down here in the South too! Show Dixie some love. :)

  62. zgd3200
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 11:21 AM | Permalink

    BU is better than North Eastern just saying….But its during break so I guess I’ll give you a pass this once. In all seriousness though can’t decide whether I’m more excited for the tour or the book.

  63. allenca32
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 11:24 AM | Permalink

    Apparently I will have to get a new job before March 9th, otherwise I will be in Dallas instead of Chicago like I should be!
    Even my parents are against me since they will be in Florida instead of Dayton on March 10th!
    Oh well at least I get the book.

  64. Robo
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 11:42 AM | Permalink

    I hate to be that guy, but…really? Not a single signing in Los Angeles? the second biggest city in America?

    • Robo
      Posted January 12, 2011 at 11:43 AM | Permalink

      And I see that you have Huntington Beach listed as “Los Angeles” but that’s like 75 miles away.

      • Robo
        Posted January 12, 2011 at 11:47 AM | Permalink

        Sorry. Didn’t finish the blog where you asked us not to whine.

        Don’t tase me, Bro.

  65. Silaqui
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 12:06 PM | Permalink

    “Yes. I am doing fifteen signings in sixteen days. I expect somewhere around Lexington I’m going to have a manic episode, so those guys at Joseph-Beth are in for one one hell of a show.”

    But that is by far the greatest bookstore in the world, so they should be able to handle it O.O

  66. shoverter
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 12:25 PM | Permalink

    First of all, I love that Houston is part of the West Coast now. Having grown up there, that’s hilarious.

    Second of all, super excited about the Library of Congress reading! I’ll be there – you’ll know me because I’ll be the enormously pregnant one. Luckily my office isn’t all that far from Capitol Hill, so I can waddle over.

    If you can, take some time and get them to give you a tour of the buildings – they’re unbelievable, and they’ll probably show you collections they don’t show the rest of us riff-raff. :)

  67. Widow Of Sirius
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 12:32 PM | Permalink

    Oh man, I have a friend coming TO Point on the night before the book comes out so that she could get a copy here in town wherever you were doing something. Except you’re going to Washington. So now we’re going to have to have a party at my place WITHOUT you. Figures.

    Pictures of you in the tux with Oot and a recording of your singing are required to be put up on the blog. Just so you know.

  68. nyjm
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 12:51 PM | Permalink

    1) So excited about the new book! Squee!

    2) Love the Serenity t-shirt.

    3) Please rectify the dearth of southern destinations: come to Dragon*Con this year.

    • Posted January 14, 2011 at 5:34 AM | Permalink

      I think I might make it this year, so long as they agree to put me on some programming this time….

  69. Robin the Acolyte
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 12:52 PM | Permalink

    I’m assuming there will be tickets for the Library of Congress event? I could find no mention of th event at all on the LOC website. Must not be up yet. But since I’ll be driving 5 hours, I’d like to be sure. Do you have any details on ticket info?

    At least this time I’ll know where I’m going. Not going to drive around forever like I did coming to the Norfolk event. LOC is easy to find.

    And If I miss it due to catastrophic failure, there will still be Bailey’s Corssroads…. I can find that too.

    • Maureen
      Posted January 13, 2011 at 8:25 AM | Permalink

      Hi Robin! I’m from the DC area so I wanted to give you a few tips about traffic and parking.

      Library of Congress event: This promises to be waaaaay cool however, if you are planning on doing this and Bailey’s Crossroads, you may want to consider getting a cheap hotel near a metro station. The reasons being that it will probably cost $20 just to park your car in DC, and traffic could add as much as an hour on to your trip. If you have the option of walking to a metro station, it will be around $5 round-trip and will save you considerable headaches. Then you can metro back to your hotel, take a short nap, and drive to Bailey’s Crossroads. Much more relaxing than the frustration that is driving and parking in DC.

      However, if you aren’t completely stoked because it’s Library of Congress, you may just want to plan for the Bailey’s Crossroads signing. Parking is free and traffic is much more managable (but still add at least half an hour to your trip because it will be rush hour), so you would probably enjoy the event better overall.

      Wishing you successful planning!

  70. Gabriel
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 12:53 PM | Permalink

    Thank you SOOO much for coming all the way out to the west coast. The least I can do is make the 3-4 hour drive to SF. As I am pretty sure you won’t be bringing Oot so far might I suggest photographs? Many heartfelt “awwwwwwws” will be forthcoming. I can’t wait! My wife and I will be requesting time off right away.

  71. Posted January 12, 2011 at 1:19 PM | Permalink

    Wow! That’s an impressive tour. I’m feeling exhausted just looking at the list!

    Hope to see you back here in the UK some time in the future (not nagging, just a non- pressurising hope)

  72. spandexalii
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 1:33 PM | Permalink

    yes! some northwest love!!!
    Unfortunate that it’s on a Wednesday, but I’m not complaining ;) I may just have to ditch out on school and work…. hehhe.

  73. Baldsilver
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 2:07 PM | Permalink

    Wah Wah! Why don’t you ever come to Hobgen?

  74. MisterMerf
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 2:14 PM | Permalink

    I’m going to post in the way that you politely requested I do not. But I’ll try for a modicum of amusement, so it’s totally okay, right?

    I’d like to note that Madison and Chicago are really quite close together. I read this as a deliberate bias in favor of the home state and in opposition to the land of the lakes. WE WILL NOT LET THIS PASS, ROTHFUSS.

    I hereby call upon the infernal denizens of Minnesota to MAKE WAR! Fight fire with fire! Where one clever and beloved published author has spurned us to bestow his favor upon Wisconsin, we will produce ten authors. Each one more clever and beloved than the last and all united in holding events where no Cheese-and-Video store will ever lurk!

    …I’m allowed to try and fail, yes?

    • Posted January 14, 2011 at 5:35 AM | Permalink

      I will probably be doing a signing in Minneapolis before too long… Maybe in April…

      • Renee
        Posted January 15, 2011 at 10:35 PM | Permalink


      • MisterMerf
        Posted January 17, 2011 at 10:22 AM | Permalink


        I would now like to exchange my original post for warm fuzzies.

  75. mkimmel
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 2:47 PM | Permalink

    Seattle first! Yay! I will be there!

  76. Daemyn
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 3:15 PM | Permalink

    Dear Pat,

    I have an important question. About how tall are you? Thanks to anyone that can help me out.

    That Girl

  77. Posted January 12, 2011 at 3:18 PM | Permalink

    Three weeks of solid tour? Yikes! Are you trying to provide proof of zombies? ‘Tis great that the East Coast is toward the end of your tour, maybe that means I can witness some flesh gnawing. Time to take that road-trip, honey!

  78. emerson42
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 4:01 PM | Permalink

    This is like an awesome birthday present. You’ll be in Houston!! First my son’s picture with the paperback win’s me a copy of the Survival Guide, then this year, just for donating to a great charity I win a signed book from my other favorite author Jim Butcher and now you’ll be around to hopefully sign my books by you! Wicked.

  79. denner4dinner
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 4:02 PM | Permalink

    Nice reference to cowboy bebop. I look forward to the SF signing.

  80. Tisamon
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 4:30 PM | Permalink

    Hey Pat, 2 things.

    Firstly I’ve seen there’s a fair few “When are you coming to *country*?” posts. So just in general, do you plan to/have a wish to should time allow tour in other parts of the world off the back of Wise Man’s Fear?

    Secondly I work in a foreign currency exchange and a while back I ordered in some Icelandic Kronur. I didn’t realise you’d been so successful over there that they’d put you on their currency: http://www.msymboll.totalh.com/icelandic_krona_img/banknote%20icelandic%201000%20krona%20ob.jpg

    Thought you might like that.

  81. snifflykitty
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 4:47 PM | Permalink

    I’m super excited that you’ll be coming to SF!!

  82. Panda Girl
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 5:15 PM | Permalink

    Hi Pat!
    I was just wondering…for those of us living overseas(Australia for me) if you’ll be putting copies of Wise Mans Fear for sale through the store? And if you could sign them that way? Because as much as I’d love to send you my book with a cool thing in exchange for your signature…that costs a lot from Australia and isn’t really affordable for a student.


  83. asyrith
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 6:01 PM | Permalink


    Hello, my epically awesome author person!

    I, my husband, and my little brother are foaming-at-the-mouth-excited for you Powell’s appearance. I mean…seriously. Woo!

    We can NOT wait. Well, I mean…we can…because we have to.

    Ahem. We have also decided that we need to bring you a Vodoo doughnut! So, do you have a doughnut preference?

    Can’t wait to see you (and maybe Sarah and Oot?)!

    • katelyn
      Posted January 12, 2011 at 6:58 PM | Permalink

      Oh I was so happy when they opened a Voodoo Doughnuts in Eugene! Pat, after that pic on your last blog, you may need to try a Bacon-Maple bar, (although I’m pretty sure all the crazy flavors are delicious).

      And YES I will be making the drive north for this! I will skip class, take the day off work, and generally make any other irresponsible choices necessary to be there, including helping my little brother play hooky for the day as well. Woo!

  84. iburnbrass
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 7:12 PM | Permalink

    Woo-hoo! My wife and I are excited to see you visit Portland! (Beaverton, whatever…)
    I had a chuckle at Houston making the west coast list. FYI: Portland would eat Houston alive. Totally not cool enough.

  85. andboy
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 7:37 PM | Permalink

    I can not really do anything to fit into any of these places and I feel certain part despriviligiado being Chile, but I am proud to be one of the few fans that exist here, I think they should do for people who do not however much they may try.
    I hope March!

  86. Sark_Amen
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 7:39 PM | Permalink

    Woo woo! I will see you in Dayton my friend!

  87. Cknight
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 7:57 PM | Permalink

    Now pat, buddy, i apologize ahead of time for doing exactly what you asked not to and thats ask you to come to a specific place. BUT it isn’t anywhere vague such as the aforementioned Wagon Mound, NM. I’m just asking maybe to see you in Buffalo, NY someday. And I know if you haven’t been here before, you will enjoy the buffalo wings, cause they are absolutely amazing. I look forward to a visit. Stay thirsty my friend.

  88. LaFleur
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 8:26 PM | Permalink

    Dash. I’m in school so I can’t travel out to Cali. Hope you make it out to Utah someday! (Mr. Sanderson would be thrilled.)

  89. Matt
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 8:45 PM | Permalink

    Holy carp.

    I just now realized I will be reading this book in a little less than two months.

    I got so used to it being a long time away, this totally snuck up on me. That’s like… only eight weeks. Eight weeks is nothing!


    I can make the Madison gig. It’ll be cool to say hi.

  90. Posted January 12, 2011 at 9:17 PM | Permalink

    I was wondering, have you ever done a signing in Quebec, Canada ? If I missed it, I”d be really pissed about myself for not coming ! If you’ve never done it, is it something that could interest you ? Or are we Quebecers to far North for you to visit ? I mean…you travel by car, and it’s a solide 10 hours from New York (Quebec city, that is). But you know, I would understand if you never planned to come… But it never hurts to ask ! It would be so cool if you came after the release of The Wise Man’s Fear !
    Good luck with this tour, and if you do sing, I hope someone records it ! :)

  91. Rob
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 9:35 PM | Permalink

    Hey Pat, I just had to order a tux myself and so I thought you might want to check out http://www.myowntuxedo.com . . . their selection is really good and the prices are VERY reasonable.

    I’m glad to hear you’re hitting Powell’s and the Library of Congress, but since I’m in Michigan I’m thinking maybe it’s time to take that vacation to San Diego that I’ve been planning.

    Safe travels to you.

  92. mobybrineyseas
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 11:25 PM | Permalink

    This delights me to no end. I had suggested to my friend that we should go to the nearest signing, even if it was a 12 hour drive. But Houston is so much closer! And it’s right before my birthday, too!

  93. Celtland
    Posted January 13, 2011 at 1:47 AM | Permalink

    After reading the replies – if we are blessed with a substantial Lotto win I will be at the Brooklyn signing to watch Peter V. Brett heckle you. With that said… I look forward to meeting you at Powell’s.

    Wagon Mound’s not a bad place. I helped out with their choir a couple times when I was in high school. If you ever do find yourself on that stretch of I-25, keep going until you get to Las Vegas (get the green chile chicken enchiladas at El Rialto – honestly, anything with green chile is great). If you have another hour to spare, press on to Santa Fe. I can’t remember all the good places to eat there, though.

    I can’t wait to start reading The Wise Man’s Fear!!! Do you sign Kindles?

  94. lys
    Posted January 13, 2011 at 10:24 AM | Permalink

    Query: When you appear at signings, do you strictly sign or are Kodak moments with blindly adoring fans permitted? What about if said fans had to drive Very Far to see you? [equation: d(VF, 4Pat) = @50mi]

    Comment: IF you manage to complete this tour sane and/or alive, you will be deserving of hearing the quote “Congratulations. That was the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen. Ever.”

    I think Elodin would be morbidly impressed.
    And I, for one, appreciate your dedication/stupidity/insanity.

  95. CatOsbourne
    Posted January 13, 2011 at 11:10 AM | Permalink

    The hubs and I will be spending our 10th wedding anniversary vacation (sort of.. it’s a long story) driving to KY to see you at Joseph-Beth. I was thinking, “Ugh, what a long ride. Didn’t we JUST get back from driving through a blizzard to escape the frigid Midwest?” Then, it hit me. We won’t have kids in the car. I won’t get hit in the back of the head with empty Pringles containers. We won’t have to sing silly songs and listen to the same movie *twitch* for the fourth time while pieces of our brains snap, one at a time. We might just be relatively sane when we get there. Hell, we might even be… jolly. I know, right? Shocking! This couldn’t be a better way for two geeks to celebrate ten years of tolerating each other. Thank you!

    • Mickey
      Posted January 13, 2011 at 12:02 PM | Permalink

      Long may the happy tradition of geek-spouse-tolerating continue ! Congrats, on the decade and the leaving of kids at home/granny’s house/local asylum !

  96. big damn hero
    Posted January 13, 2011 at 1:54 PM | Permalink

    Hey Pat!
    I’m delighted to hear about your Boston visit because I’m a student at Northeastern! My friends and I are tremendous admirers of you and your work. (Yesterday morning was a blur of rapturous jubilance at the news that you’ll be visiting our school. Also jubilance because it was a snow day :D )

    I know you probably don’t yet have enough information to clarify this for me, but the address for the Boston visit that you’ve posted here has three different campus locations in it. Ell Hall, Snell Library, and the university bookstore are in three different buildings. I’m sure the university will provide a more specific location closer to the event, but just to let you know…. that’s kinda confusing.

    • Posted January 14, 2011 at 5:43 AM | Permalink

      Good question. I’ll check on that…

  97. origami
    Posted January 13, 2011 at 4:34 PM | Permalink

    This news totally made my week. I’ve been happily following your blog for a while now, occupying myself with other books and not thinking too hard about the publication date. So I forgot it. And now, it’s practically here AND you’re coming to Seattle AND it’s your first stop so I’m crazy excited! It’s a triple whammy of awesome.

    I appreciate that you made sure to do it right, through all the bumps in the road and headaches you no doubt had to deal with. The book will be worth it and I can’t wait to read it!

  98. mischief
    Posted January 13, 2011 at 5:56 PM | Permalink

    See you at Powell’s!

  99. Posted January 13, 2011 at 7:40 PM | Permalink

    Hope the tour all goes brilliantly – make sure you stock up on Flu-meds! You never know what you’ll catch from touching people who may be affected with the “Fan”-virus that’s been going around….

  100. Claire099
    Posted January 13, 2011 at 11:09 PM | Permalink

    I love your book! to be honest, i’m from Argentina and I don’t speak english, but i want to know… when the book comes out in america?
    Amo tu libro!, para ser honesta, soy Argentina y no hablo para nada ingles, pero me defiendo un poco. Queria saber, cuando sale el libro en America?


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