So I’m up in the north woods of Wisconsin right now. One of the few places on earth without cell phone coverage or easy wifi access.

I was hoping to post up a different blog today containing some cool news, but due to the fact that I’m working on a netbook and using using borrowed wifi right now, I think I’m going to have to postpone that until Monday.

Instead, today I’m going to do two things:

1. Let y’all know that we have finally settled on a venue for my upcoming Reading and Signing in Chicago.

August 30, 2012 at 7PM
Reading, Q&A, and Signing
The BookMarket Bookstore
2651 Navy Blvd.
Glen Town Center, Glenview, Il 60026
Facebook Event

And before you start to quibble, I know that Glenview isn’t *technically* Chicago. But it’s pretty much Chicago.

Most importantly, it’s got enough space to comfortably hold everyone that might show up to the event. It’s no good me doing a reading and Q&A if half the people that show up have to stand out in the parking lot because the store can’t hold everyone…

So…. yeah. I’ll be there. You should be there too. I might read a new story nobody has ever heard before….

2. Here’s something awesome that a friend made me recently. I just had to share it.

(Click to Embiggen.)

How cool is that?

I have awesome friends….

Y’know. Over the years, a lot of people have given me a lot of cool stuff. Would y’all be interested in seeing it if I posted pictures up here on the blog? It’s something I’ve been meaning to do for some time….

If nothing else, posting pics of those things might help tide y’all over until I can finish wrangling the results of the photo contest. (Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about that.)

What do you think?


This entry was posted in appearances, cool things. By Pat64 Responses


  1. Kamarachak
    Posted August 24, 2012 at 3:02 PM | Permalink

    I would be interested in seeing cool stuff that people gave you! It would be similar to pinterest but with a beard, if you know what I mean! *winkie face*

    (for more information on the potential joke just posted please see “The Beards – If your dad doesn’t have a beard…” song on Youtube.)

  2. Posted August 24, 2012 at 3:02 PM | Permalink

    I’m all for it. :-) So far, looking at things you thought were cool have always proven worth the wile… :-)

  3. Anna
    Posted August 24, 2012 at 3:03 PM | Permalink

    I love you, Pat, but having grown up in Northbrook just next to Glenview, and having lived IN Chicago for years I can unequivocally state that Glenview is NOT Chicago. Especially for people who live in the city and don’t own cars.

    • Posted August 24, 2012 at 3:22 PM | Permalink

      I won’t be having a car in Chicago either. So, stretching my problem solving powers to their absolute limit, I’ve decided to take a cab. If I lived in Chicago, I might, alternately, bum a ride with a friend.

      Generally speaking, I view it like this. I’ve taken the time to set up the event. I’ve taken the time to find a venue big enough to hold everyone, that is also willing to host the event. On top of that, I’m driving about 5 hours to get there.

      If, by comparison, you have to travel 20 minutes to get there, it’s hard for me to feel like I’ve really done you some great wrong. It’s not like I can schedule these things so they’re right across the street for *everyone.*

      • chuckles
        Posted August 24, 2012 at 4:08 PM | Permalink

        Plus, he could just find Dresden and ask him to make a shortcut through the NeverNever. It is Chicago.

      • Anna
        Posted August 24, 2012 at 5:31 PM | Permalink

        I do apologize for the bitchiness I threw at you. I was having a bad moment, saw your blog and started typing before I thought.

        There is, in fact, a Metra line that runs right past the Glenn so for any fans living in the city who don’t own cars you have actually picked a location that is not only large enough to hold us all but very close to a mass-transit system. It only further shows how cool you are and how very stupid I was for posting that comment.

        • Posted August 24, 2012 at 5:47 PM | Permalink

          No worries. We all have our tense moments. I was a little stressed out after posting this, which is why I snarked back at you.

          I’ve been regretting my response for the last hour or so. I just logged back on specifically to come here and erase the post if nobody had seen it, or apologize if folks had replied.

          So yeah. Sorry for my ungracious snark.

          • Posted August 24, 2012 at 5:48 PM | Permalink

            P.S. Thanks for the info on the Metra. Do you have a link to that that I could share with people?

          • shadesofgrae
            Posted August 24, 2012 at 9:48 PM | Permalink

            Metra info for the carless:
            It’s the Glen/N. Glenview stop (not just Glenview) on the MD-N line.
            Thanks for coming to Chicago! Looking forward to it!

          • d1verjim
            Posted August 27, 2012 at 2:24 PM | Permalink

            Can I just say that this is one of the most refreshing things I’ve seem on the internet in a long time. Two people having a civilised disagreement and apologising after clearing up the situation. No descent into name calling or assumption the other must be a moron or a Nazi. Thank you both for proving the Internet can be civilised. :-)

      • Jlemons1986
        Posted August 24, 2012 at 5:40 PM | Permalink

        Me and a few friends are thinking of driving up there from southeast Missouri lol, and it’s about 8 hours from here to Chicago. It was a definite thing but now stuff has popped up and now sure if we gonna get to go ; ;

      • Shintai
        Posted August 25, 2012 at 5:13 PM | Permalink

        Pat- my wife and 11 yr old daughter and I will totally be there and canNOT wait to meet you!
        we live right next door to this – in Arlington Heights, ….if you need a place to sleep for the night free of charge. serious.
        (no, I’m not a creepo, though I do stalk your blog everyday:P)

        p.s. my DnD group on friday night is so not gonna believe this hehe

    • FollowYourMuse
      Posted August 24, 2012 at 4:58 PM | Permalink

      If you are anywhere else in the Northern Illinois area, Glenview is close enough to be part of the Chicagotropolis.

      Personally I am thrilled, too often book signings and events are in the city, and for those of us not in the city or close suburbs, it makes them harder to get to.

  4. Crookes
    Posted August 24, 2012 at 3:10 PM | Permalink

    Yes please, I’d love to see some of them! My boyfriend and I made you a mini Choose Your Own Adventure book at your Portland book signing a while back, and it was so much fun to make. I can only imagine some of the other strange/cool/whimsical things you’ve gotten from fans over the years. :)

  5. ShamallamaXY
    Posted August 24, 2012 at 3:13 PM | Permalink

    Mr. Rothfuss, I would love to see what people have sent you. You have interesting fans, and you are an interesting person. Between you, I’m sure you have an abundance of cool stuff that I would be fascinated to see. Love, your fan Nathan.

  6. Zombiesheep
    Posted August 24, 2012 at 3:13 PM | Permalink

    I’d be interested!

  7. Will Green
    Posted August 24, 2012 at 3:21 PM | Permalink

    I’m here because if you like it I normally like it. If you think it’s cool I want to see it.

    • slick447
      Posted August 24, 2012 at 3:31 PM | Permalink

      I’m with Will here. If you like it, and he likes it, I most probably like it. Bring on the cool stuff!

  8. JBG
    Posted August 24, 2012 at 3:22 PM | Permalink

    Very cool!

    Corollary question: does this confirm that the 4C world is indeed a sphere?

    • Soysan
      Posted August 24, 2012 at 3:38 PM | Permalink

      good point – is it?

      and yes to the picture posting of coolness.

    • gabrielfsilva
      Posted August 27, 2012 at 11:43 AM | Permalink

      I was going to ask the same question you did. I’m very curious myself about the sphericity of the 4C world. I’m not sure, but I think there is a topic on Goodreads group “Rothfussians” about this issue.

  9. junebug88
    Posted August 24, 2012 at 3:26 PM | Permalink

    Yes please on the cool things people have given you! I loved the copper knife and this globe is fantastic and generally I just like you and your fandom a lot so … ALL THE THINGS.

  10. Posted August 24, 2012 at 3:31 PM | Permalink

    Would love to see the things people give you! It makes me a bit jealous that I don’t own them, but at least seeing the pictures of them would be awesome!

  11. Posted August 24, 2012 at 3:43 PM | Permalink

    I’d love to see the things people have sent ;-)

  12. errantcompass
    Posted August 24, 2012 at 3:44 PM | Permalink

    Considering how much your work inspires others, I think a lot of people would like to see what’s risen from the effect of your work.

  13. dmerel
    Posted August 24, 2012 at 3:54 PM | Permalink

    Yes, lets see the cool stuff. Glenview is plenty close to Chicago, don’t listen to those “City” snobs. Thanks for coming here.

  14. iRobie
    Posted August 24, 2012 at 3:55 PM | Permalink

    A while ago you posted pics of a children’s version of Name of the Wind. That was one of the coolest things! My young one is a few weeks older that Oot, I love reading him that book!

    If there’s more inspired work that fans have sent you, I’d love to see it.

    • christie
      Posted August 25, 2012 at 1:31 AM | Permalink

      I must have missed this…can you please put up a link or information to help me locate it?

  15. IvoryDoom
    Posted August 24, 2012 at 4:01 PM | Permalink

    Can you hear me now? LOL

    I agree with the general consensus here, definitely post pics of Fan Gifts.
    I would be interested in seeing some of the more outrageous and weird things honestly….


  16. Phoenix
    Posted August 24, 2012 at 4:05 PM | Permalink

    I would love to see some more pictures!

    and btw are those copied pages out of the book on the globe?! Soooo cool :)

  17. Oatmeal
    Posted August 24, 2012 at 4:19 PM | Permalink

    I love the coolness, and would really love to see more.

    On a completely different note, I have to wonder what the globe of Four Corners will do to all the flat “earth” theories over at the read-through. LOL .

    • elise
      Posted August 24, 2012 at 10:21 PM | Permalink

      Pat’s all like, “hey this is cool I’ll put a picture up on the blog”. Meanwhile we’re all like, “but what does it MEAN?”. I totally had the same thought immediately, then I scoured the picture for any clue to where the frame story takes place. On an unrelated note, I just tried to write scowered. Cheers! (she says as she drinks more wine…)

      • Oatmeal
        Posted August 25, 2012 at 3:12 PM | Permalink

        Bahahahaha, I’m so glad I’m not the only one.

        Also, sometimes my hands start typing things phonetically, even when I know how it’s spelled correctly. Maybe it’s time for me to have a drink too.

  18. mailclu
    Posted August 24, 2012 at 4:51 PM | Permalink

    To answer your question, yes. Show us your cool stuff.

    That is all.

  19. elmobob14
    Posted August 24, 2012 at 4:52 PM | Permalink

    More pictures? I’m beginning to think that you’re a tease Pat. (That sounded gayer that intended.)

  20. Kashiraja
    Posted August 24, 2012 at 4:55 PM | Permalink

    yes more things, thanks

  21. sara_nichole
    Posted August 24, 2012 at 5:17 PM | Permalink

    pictures! always love cool things from friends. Especially when it has to do with your books.

  22. Alec1887
    Posted August 24, 2012 at 7:21 PM | Permalink

    did your friend say what the writing on the land masses is and/or why they chose those bits? zoomed in expecting bits of one of the books, and was a bit surprised to find what seems to be an encyclopedia article about radio waves.

  23. CaitTDid
    Posted August 24, 2012 at 7:27 PM | Permalink

    You should TOTALLY come spend some quality time with your fans in the Durrty South. Seriously, that would be your best idea ever. :)

    Love the globe, and I’d LOVE to see some of the other cool stuff you’ve gotten over the years!

  24. Posted August 24, 2012 at 7:39 PM | Permalink

    I bet the north woods are a nice getaway. Breathe deep that tasty air and drink lots of black coffee!
    One question. Is it too late to submit any new photos to the photo competition? Or is that hatch sealed and dogged tight? Just asking :)
    And yes, it would be very cool to see stuff that others have sent your way.

  25. xophe
    Posted August 24, 2012 at 7:55 PM | Permalink

    Can we accept the globe as confirmation that the world in your books is round? Because there is still speculation on this…

    • xophe
      Posted August 24, 2012 at 7:58 PM | Permalink

      Sorry, JBG. Just noticed your post!

  26. jhkling11
    Posted August 24, 2012 at 9:34 PM | Permalink

    Driving 5 hours to come to this!

  27. BobMc
    Posted August 24, 2012 at 10:55 PM | Permalink

    Racine, WI has a Barnes & Noble not far from I-94.I know what you’re thinking, don’t most people get shot in Racine? Well yes they do, but that’s why reading is so much more rewarding when you finish a book without getting shot! If you wanted to stop by and yell at us and tell us how terrible of a job we’re doing, feel free to do just that! Coffee is on me! And cookies if you want. Or muffins if you’re more a muffin man.

  28. Sandhya
    Posted August 25, 2012 at 2:07 AM | Permalink

    I find you so your mind…that I would bet I would find your pictures interesting as well. So yes pictures would be very cool.

  29. Belphegor86
    Posted August 25, 2012 at 2:49 AM | Permalink


    Speaking of coolness, (well surely this comes under sheer awesomeness but I need a segue to be able to go off topic) I’ve had a thought, one that I just can’t get out of my head. You, Wil Wheaton, Amber Benson and Felicia Day on an episode of Tabletop. Is this level of epicness be possible?

  30. Posted August 25, 2012 at 2:56 AM | Permalink

    Wow. I’m so thinking being famous sucks ass at times. Thou bearest it well, bearded one; may you ever do so.

  31. Posted August 25, 2012 at 5:04 AM | Permalink

    Your friend must be AWESOME! :D

  32. CruEllenDeVille
    Posted August 25, 2012 at 7:39 AM | Permalink

    Would love to see more pictures of things you got. Especially if they were handmade and awesome things like the globe of the Four Corners of Civilization. I like to see other people be creative, as a poor substitute to being creative myself.

    Looking forward to seeing the photo contest blog as well!

  33. The Archer
    Posted August 25, 2012 at 5:01 PM | Permalink

    The cool things that folks send you are exactly that: cool! It would be wonderful to see more on the site!

    By the by, should we take this particular cool thing as confirmation that the Four Corners world is actually spherical? I was at the Seattle release of WMF and you suggested that it might not be… Just curious…

  34. Posted August 25, 2012 at 10:55 PM | Permalink

    Very cool. The word urine somewhere south of COMMONWEALTH really stands out to me. Funny how the potty words grab our attention huh?

    On a side note, are you endorsing this spherical view of your world? I’ve heard you say before that you were purposefully vague about the planetary structure since you hadn’t decided all the details (magnetic polarity being one of them). Just curious.

    • Posted August 25, 2012 at 10:56 PM | Permalink

      Oops. Duplicate question. I swear there was no “planet” or “spherical” in the comments when I posted this.

  35. Nick
    Posted August 26, 2012 at 1:39 AM | Permalink

    @ Pat,
    Take a vacation to Vegas! Summer is cooling off, its only in the low 100’s now. Haha.

  36. Posted August 26, 2012 at 2:23 PM | Permalink

    Pat – yes please, friend. Throw up some pics for the kiddies. This way we know what “cooler” stuff we can send you. :)

    Love the blog posts, friend.

  37. FissionInFolly
    Posted August 26, 2012 at 4:48 PM | Permalink

    Congratulations, this is the first time I’ve honestly considered asking the Navy for leave so I could come home to see something I’m missing. They get fussy about that sort of thing. Nothing cool happens in the Midwest when I’m actually there. :(

  38. Prufrock
    Posted August 27, 2012 at 9:56 AM | Permalink

    That’s a small world. :) My brain is shorting out – either the planet is incredibly dense or Kvotheland has very low gravity. Or Kvothe moves incredibly fast.

  39. guessingo
    Posted August 27, 2012 at 9:56 AM | Permalink

    Bum a ride off a groupie. You are big enough now where you should have some fans who will drool at the chance to spend an extra 20 minutes with you. So honor them with your presence. Save some money.

    You really seem to get around to do a lot of book signings. You said you don’t have a car this time, but it makes me wonder how many cars you have driven into the ground in the last few years.

  40. Constance
    Posted August 27, 2012 at 3:04 PM | Permalink

    Now I feel sad that all I gave you was a CD. Albeit that was a CD I had sung on and wrote music for, but still! It was nothing as epic as this.

    After the knife of copper and this rockin’ globe, I would LOVE to see what else you have gotten.

  41. angel
    Posted August 28, 2012 at 10:42 AM | Permalink

    Patrick, go get coffee at Intelligentsia, its the best, fair trade, coffee I’ve ever had! 3 locations in Chicago. You won’t believe how good it is.

  42. Posted August 28, 2012 at 11:14 AM | Permalink

    Yeah, definitely would be great to see the cool stuff people have given you :) Please do put pictures up. Hope this event goes well.
    Nari X

  43. mintek01
    Posted August 29, 2012 at 8:24 AM | Permalink

    Patrick, Thanks for taking the time to leave your wonderful state of beer and brats to come to Chicago! I am a little confused. Though your blog states that you will be in Glenview at 7:00p.m. tomorrow, the Chicon website says you will be at the Hyatt Regency at 4:30 p.m. ( Are you planning on attending both events? Did one event get cancelled? Or am I to believe that you will be at both locations at the same time?

    Thanks again. Looking forward to the reading!

  44. Kaeira
    Posted September 2, 2012 at 8:05 PM | Permalink

    The north woods of Wisconsin are beautiful! I used to go to camp in Eagle River and I went with my family to family camp in Hayward. You really had to jump through hoops to get any internet access there! It does make it a nice escape though. Where did you go?

  45. SeekingPlumb
    Posted September 5, 2012 at 9:49 PM | Permalink

    What an awesome gift (the globe)!!! I’d be interested in seeing other things you’ve received. :)

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