Slow Regard of Silent Things: The Touring

First, very quickly, I should mention that I’m going to be out in New York this weekend, attending NYCC. If you’re attending, I look forward to greeting you with genial but non-contagious fist-bumps.

Not a convention sort of person? I’m also doing a show with Paul and Storm on Friday night at 8:00. You can get tickets here.

Don’t live in New York? Well, check out the rest of the blog, because I’m hitting several cities this month, and odds are you’re close to one of them….

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So. The Slow Regard of Silent Things comes out at the end of the month.


(As always, guest starring my thumb.)

That means it’s time to talk book tour.

When book two came out, I did my first for-real tour: 16 events in 15 days. Nobody was quite sure what was going to happen, least of all me.

It was brutal, exhausting, amazing, fun, surreal, and strange.

On the first day over 600 people turned out in Seattle, and we filled the University Bookstore until it was overflowing….

Book tour pictures 003

If you embiggen that picture, you can see tiny figures stretching back to the back wall. And it doesn’t show a similar amount of people off on the lefthand side. Or the ones behind the bookshelves, or around the corner, or standing on the stairs….

Our event in San Fransisco ran out of space weeks before the event, so I did a second reading/signing at Borderlands Books. 300 people showed up to that second event, despite the fact that it was midnight on a Thursday.

Book tour pictures 005

In Portland, so many people showed up that Powell’s ran out of books.

Yeah. Think about that for a second, Powell’s ran out of books.

That was just the first three days of the tour. The biggest thing we learned was that there are a *lot* of you. More specifically, there are a lot of you who want to come to these readings/signings. People drove for hours. People skipped work. People flew in from out of state. People attended on their birthdays and anniversaries.

Over the years, I’ve coined the phrase “Catastrophic Success.” Some of my signings were like that. They were so successful that things couldn’t help but go wrong. Lines were hard to manage. Fire codes were violated.

Worst of all, people that came to hear me read and answer questions didn’t get to hear me. Or they didn’t get a seat. Or both.

What’s your point, Rothfuss?

My point is, for this tour, we’re trying something different in a few cities. Knowing we’re going to get a lot of people, some bookstores went out of their way to get bigger venues. Places that have seats for 600-800 people. Places with good sound equipment.

Unfortunately, that means the bookstores have to pay for these venues. Which means they have to sell tickets to the events.

This is something I’ve always tried to avoid. But at this point it seems like the only way to keep things manageable. And you can show up to the signing knowing that there will be space for you, and you won’t have to stand at the back of the bookstore behind a bookcase where you can’t see or hear anything that’s going on.

First off, let me stress that if you end up going to one of the ticketed events, the cost of the ticket will include a signed book. 

Every event is a little different though. Different venues have different rules. You should look below for details, and if worse comes to worst, ask a question in the comments and I’ll answer it.

Tour Stops (in chronological order)

  • October 28: Portland OR
7:30pm, Hosted by Powell’s Books,
Newmark Theatre
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205
Facebook Event
Tickets available here. Tickets are $28.95 and include a copy of the book.

There are some unfortunate surcharges attached to this ticket price. To make it up to you, I contacted The Doubleclicks, and asked them if they’d be willing to do a couple songs to open the show. They graciously agreed, so you’re going to get a little something extra there.

If I’ve had enough caffeine, I might even sing a song with them….

  • October 29:  San Diego CA
 7:30pm, Mysterious Galaxy
7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92111
Phone: 858-268-4747
Facebook Event

People who buy books at the store starting on Release Day will get a number ticket for the line. Everyone is welcome, but folks who bought their books through Mysterious Galaxy will get to be first in line. They’re hosting the event, so that’s fair…

  • October 30:  Seattle WA
7:00pm, Hosted by University Book Store,
University Temple
1415 NE 43rd St.
Seattle, WA 98105
Facebook Event
Tickets available here.

Tickets for this event are $18.95. Each ticket will get seats for TWO people and one signed book.

Also, we’ve got the fabulous Molly Lewis doing a couple songs to start off the show for me. Because I figure if you have a theater, you might as well do some real music in it, and for that, we need a real musician.

There may be singing….

  • October 31: Boswell Books, Milwaukee WI
7:00pm, Hosted by Boswell Book Company
The UWM Union Ballroom
2200 E. Kenwood Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53211
Facebook Event
Tickets available here.

The ticket price is $22.00 and includes a copy of the book. It’s Halloween, so costumes are encouraged….

  • November 1: Lexington KY
7:00pm, Joseph-Beth Booksellers
161 Lexington Green Circle
Lexington, KY 40503
Phone: 859-273-2911
Facebook Event
  • November 2: Skokie, IL
3:00pm  (Note Earlier Time)  Barnes & Noble
55 Old Orchard Center
Skokie, IL 60077
Phone: 847-676-2230
Facebook Event
  • November 3: Fenton, MO
7:00pm, Barnes & Noble
721 Gravois Road
Fenton, MO 63026
Facebook Event

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And there we are. Not nearly as many events as I did with book two. But I have two kids now, Oot is five, and misses me when I’m gone. What’s more, Cutie is 10 months old, an age where he is composed entirely of giggles and grinning pink pudge.


I can’t spend twenty days away from the both of them. It’s not healthy for them, and it’s not healthy for me.

If you have any questions, hit us in the comments below and we’ll do our best to answer.

And if you’re not close to any of those cities, stay tuned to the blog. I’ll be posting up information about how you can get signed copies of the book, even if you can’t make it to a signing…

See some of you soon,


This entry was posted in appearances, Cutie Snoo, signing books, upcoming publications. By Pat103 Responses


  1. BeHellriegel
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 7:01 AM | Permalink

    Unfortunately I missed you in Atlanta for JordanCon, and now you won’t be back for this release, *sigh*. I look forward to the book nonetheless, Auri had a strong pull on me from the start. Best of luck with the signings!

    Stay awesome,

  2. firebird
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 7:02 AM | Permalink

    I’ll see you Friday. I’ll be wearing the Kvothe chess t-shirt. I’m so friggen excited. P.s. I’m bringing my wife Sarah who for some ungodly reason won’t read your books.

  3. ger.coss
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 7:09 AM | Permalink

    Where is Argentina ?? u.u

  4. katherineofyork
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 7:09 AM | Permalink

    Oh how I wish I had money, or a car. I hope it’s a great tour, and safe travels. I’ll be looking forward to scooping my copy up on the day of the release.

  5. alex-borbon
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 7:10 AM | Permalink

    I can’t go to any of your tour dates, but I’m really close to San Diego, how can I get at least a signed copy? I’m so sad!

  6. kitty713
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 7:11 AM | Permalink

    I wish to high heaven your milwaukee event was a week or two later. I would literally fly back from England to see you. I’m actually seriously hoping my next trip back (late spring 2015) coincides with an event of some kind and am willing to plan said trip around said event.

    Admittedly I am mostly flying back to go visit my family for the first time in 2 years. But if I can also swing it that I get to meet a favourite author for the first time in my life? Hell yes.

  7. nwalme583
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 7:14 AM | Permalink

    Dear Patrick Rothfuss…

    I’ve noticed you’ve skipped Minnesota repeatedly during your tours and book signing events…. I mean I know there is a rivalry there but we also have a Mall of America. A mall you can fill with people who will drive through 6 feet of snow to see you at. Please reconsider your apparent dislike of your neighboring state to allow me a chance to meet you.

    On Behalf of your neighbors

    • Posted October 9, 2014 at 10:24 AM | Permalink
      • Amanda
        Posted October 9, 2014 at 11:01 AM | Permalink

        I hadn’t seen that comic before, and I may have startled everyone in the office with my obnoxious laugh.

        • SporkTastic
          Posted October 10, 2014 at 12:17 AM | Permalink

          Startling people in the office of the Rothfuss with laughter can only be an excellent thing.

      • NomenVenti
        Posted October 9, 2014 at 2:32 PM | Permalink

        Well then, guess you won’t be getting any of the Metheglin that I’m getting ready to bottle in anticipation for the book!

      • metamet
        Posted October 9, 2014 at 2:43 PM | Permalink

        But couldn’t you just use Dreamhaven Books as an excuse? “Well, since I’m here, might as well meet some fans…”


      • mill2138
        Posted October 9, 2014 at 6:49 PM | Permalink

        Our lakes are pretty great…

  8. cargenx
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 7:32 AM | Permalink

    I see you have panels scheduled at NYCC Friday and Sunday. Will you be attending Saturday?

  9. kanmikhazy
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 7:35 AM | Permalink

    Hey Pat, I’ll keep my hopes that you will come to Brasil (we write this way) someday, and please release the Stone Door soon.. We all miss Kvothe

  10. TheManiacWoodpecker
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 7:38 AM | Permalink

    The book is beautiful! I had it in my own hands! Through a failure over here, my german bookshop received the book almost 3 weeks to early. they are not gonna sell it until the 28th but i was allowed to hold it for a short moment :-).
    Is it true you called them yesterday because of this Pat? The bookstore is in berlin, Germany.

    • Posted October 9, 2014 at 10:25 AM | Permalink

      Yup. I called them when I found out. They were very polite and agreed to pull it off the shelf. The book has a hard sale date, and it shouldn’t be showing up anywhere until the 28th.

      • TheManiacWoodpecker
        Posted October 9, 2014 at 10:55 AM | Permalink

        Wow, that so cool. That Store is like my second home. They are specialised in SciFi & Fantasy. If you ever make it to Germany/Berlin you absolutely have to do a reading there. Its very cozy and friendly there. Great staff! You would like it there. And i could invite you for a drink. I promised Sherilynn Macale (from HiCheri) that i would do that :-)

      • noch
        Posted October 17, 2014 at 10:22 AM | Permalink

        Seems like at least one more store have screwed up (backed by the fact that my copy arrived today), looks like they missed the memo…

        • noch
          Posted October 17, 2014 at 10:32 AM | Permalink

          (since there’s no edit function)
          Noticed that the store I bought it from have changed the “order” button back to “notify on release”, but apparently some copies were shipped before they noticed their mistake.

    • joker116
      Posted October 12, 2014 at 4:59 PM | Permalink

      Könntest du mir vielleicht den Namen des Ladens sagen? Das würde mir Recherche ersparen und ich möchte nur sicher gehen, dass ich Buch direkt am Erscheinungstag bekomme. Danke!

  11. jalathewinged1
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 7:42 AM | Permalink

    Perhaps one day when your little ones are a smidgeon less little, you could come to Massachusetts on a book tour? I expect your career will still be in good shape by then.

    • guest192
      Posted October 9, 2014 at 9:12 PM | Permalink

      He was here just a few months ago. These sort of posts with everyone talking about their cities always annoy me, but it especially grinds my gears when Pat was just here! He came through Cambridge for Vericon at Harvard (and also did a signing or two that had nothing to do with the con).

      • JeanBeans
        Posted October 10, 2014 at 6:01 PM | Permalink

        Yes he was in Cambridge a few months ago and tickets sold out very quickly so that many of us did not get to see him. I am hoping that he will come to Massachusetts again as well and that we have plenty of time to register for his book tour.

  12. justajenjen
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 7:48 AM | Permalink

    Your boys are about the most adorable kids ever. Well, except my son. That’s just a fact. :)

    Good luck with the tour! I’m waiting for my pre-order to upload on my ebook reader because the one bookstore near me where I can get English language books won’t have this one yet and it’s going to be awhile yet until the French one comes out. That just means I get two, right?

  13. Gunner
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 7:59 AM | Permalink

    The Barnes & Noble in Skokie, IL is a perfect place for signings and they really have their act together. I’ve seen Brandon there for the A Memory of Light tour and Butcher for his latest book, obviously guys who bring out a lot of people. The main floor is pretty wide open and there’s a balcony that goes all the way around so it’s really easy to see and hear even if you didn’t get a seat. They also have a huge store in general so 500+ person lines are quite manageable.

    And to anyone reading this who is planning on going, to get to the front of the line and a reserved seat near Pat, the store starts handing out seats when they open at 9am for anyone who buys the book there or from any B&N. You can steal a few places up the line if you buy the book ahead of time from your nearest B&N and you’ll skip past the people who are buying the book from that store when they open. I got seat #4 for Brandon that way and was not nearly the 4th person in line.

    • UrsulaK
      Posted October 9, 2014 at 1:37 PM | Permalink

      I was there recently for Words of Radiance and I have to say, while the store itself is huge, the middle area that is cleared out for the author visits is small. There were maybe 30 or 40 chairs. The Book Market Bookstore event (Glenview, IL) in 2012 was great. And if even more space is needed, Anderson’s Bookshop held a Rachel Maddow singing at a theater (Downers Grove, IL) that sat, I believe, 3,000 people. Just FYIsies. :)

      All that said, there is no power in the ‘verse that will stop me from attending a Rothfuss event.

      • Dulcet
        Posted October 11, 2014 at 4:16 PM | Permalink

        I second the vote for Anderson’s Bookshop. Neil Gaiman was there.

  14. chaelek
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 8:00 AM | Permalink

    I read non-contiguous fist bumps, and was confused. Only 48 will be given? No bump if you’re from Alaska?

  15. pandorasbell
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 8:07 AM | Permalink

    I just snagged tickets to the Brooklyn event and then read the rest of the post. Does this event include a signed copy of the book with the ticket price?

    My boyfriend hasn’t read any of your books (yet) but when I told him you were on TableTop in the Lords of Waterdeep episode, he knew exactly who you were.

    I’m really looking forward to it.

    • Posted October 9, 2014 at 10:27 AM | Permalink

      No. The Paul and Storm event is not part of the book tour. As it’s going to be happening two weeks before the book is released. Sorry.

      I will be reading some of Slow Regard though….

      • pandorasbell
        Posted October 11, 2014 at 1:43 AM | Permalink

        I can’t wait to read it now. Especially after you’ve adequately warped my expectations.

  16. bbuettner
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 8:07 AM | Permalink

    Any plans to do anything local? Point or Wausau? Or do I have to plan a road trip to Milwaukee?

  17. allwise
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 8:20 AM | Permalink

    I haven’t had time to join any of your gatherings, since I live way off in Norway.
    I was planning to attend your visit to the Con in London, but by then our second One (Now a beautiful little girl!) was weighing down my wife quite severely.
    So, I just want to state this:

    – “I am so looking forward to the day you come to Oslo!”

    If possible, I will sneak up behind you and stealthily entice you to join us for a glass at our local Whisky-place =)

  18. cynrtst
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 8:29 AM | Permalink

    When book two came out I waited four hours in Huntington Beach, CA to be second in line and give you chocolate chip cookies. I don’t think it will ever be that simple again, and I mourn that. But I’m happy for you, Pat, truly.

  19. arielbell
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 8:35 AM | Permalink

    Pat, I cannot tell you how happy I am to be seeing you in Lexington on Nov. 1st! The same night you came to Lexington, KY on your first tour, my husband and I ate dinner next door to the Joseph Beth. Not knowing you were reading/signing, we decided to stop in to the bookstore. I was ecstatic to see you, as just two days before I had first heard of you and the Kingkiller Chronicles, and there you were signing books! I have to say that made me fall a little in love with you before even reading NOTW.

    Hubbs and I will have our little 4 month old Honeybee, and can’t wait to meet you and have you sign her book.

  20. PatriceAlbaret
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 8:43 AM | Permalink

    Dear Patrick,

    sadly the availability for the book here in France is in ~1 month :-(

    You should totally organize a European Tour ! (with you family of course)

    This way you could spot places for the inevitable KKC movie ! Like Aubrac for Adem !

    Can’t wait to savor the Slow Regard of Silent Things !

    • PatriceAlbaret
      Posted October 9, 2014 at 10:13 AM | Permalink


  21. jlavezzo
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 8:52 AM | Permalink

    Please come to Charlottesville, Virginia for the Virginia Festival of the Book! (
    There are lots of fun things to do for your whole family both at the festival (children’s book authors and other kids programs) and around town and the area (Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, UVA, Va Discovery Museum, Skyline Drive).

    It’s close enough to Washington, DC to bring folks down from there or let you do another signing up there.

  22. akiaki007
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 8:55 AM | Permalink

    I have an extra ticket to the show tomorrow night in Brooklyn that I’d love to get rid of. If anyone would like it, please let me know!!

    I can’t wait, so very excited – especially since I’m missing NYCC this year :( :(

  23. Posted October 9, 2014 at 9:17 AM | Permalink

    Of course this would be the year I decide not to go to NYCC. I shall salute in your general direction as I adventure about town.

  24. charkitty
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 9:21 AM | Permalink

    Yay! I will actually be able to attend the Seattle event :D I have one question though. I know that ticket includes a signed book, but am I allowed to also bring a book to get signed as well? My boyfriend has to work that night and he’s the one who introduced me to your work. He’s pretty disappointed so I’d love to be able to get his personal copy signed for him.

    • Amanda
      Posted October 9, 2014 at 10:26 AM | Permalink

      You can bring books from outside the event to be signed, no worries.

      • charkitty
        Posted October 9, 2014 at 3:20 PM | Permalink

        Cool, thank you for letting me know :)

  25. Posted October 9, 2014 at 9:29 AM | Permalink

    If (when) you come to Salt Lake City, I’ll wine and dine you. We’ll go up the mountains and have a bearded picnic. We will scream from mountain tops until we discover the name of all things.

    But seriously, come to salt lake. I’ll buy you a beer, and be your friend. You don’t know it yet, but you need that.

    • Brett
      Posted October 9, 2014 at 2:54 PM | Permalink

      …..”bearded picnic.”

  26. Julio
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 9:30 AM | Permalink

    Hi, Pat! I’m from Argentina and I’m desperately looking forward to reading The Slow Regard og Silent Things!

    Any news about when is being published a spanish version of the book?


  27. mrsalexmiller
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 9:41 AM | Permalink

    Oh, I’m so bummed! You’re going to be in Seattle 3 days before my husband and I move there! Hope we catch you on the next tour then!

  28. Rabbit87
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 9:54 AM | Permalink

    Where do you but tickets for the Missouri signing, or is that one where you just show up? Can one at least preorder a book from them to be picked up and signed at the event?

    • Amanda
      Posted October 9, 2014 at 10:29 AM | Permalink

      You don’t need a ticket for the Missouri signing, so you can just show up. You can definitely call ahead to pre-order a book from the store if you’d like. Their number is (636) 326-4619.

      • Shea
        Posted October 9, 2014 at 12:22 PM | Permalink

        I spoke with a lady at the B&N in Missouri and she said pre-ordering wouldn’t get me a place in line. I have to go to the store on 10/28, buy the book and get my bracelet to have a place in line. Or she said I could get the book somewhere else and show up that night and get an “end-of-the-line” bracelet. Should I call back and double-check to see if I can pre-order to save my bracelet/place in line?

        Thanks!!! So Excited!!!

        • Amanda
          Posted October 9, 2014 at 12:45 PM | Permalink

          Definitely wouldn’t hurt. It’s likely you can :)

  29. bottan
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 10:04 AM | Permalink

    u should come to COSTA RICA!!

    i want a signed book but in spanish :( !!!!

    • lruiz023
      Posted October 9, 2014 at 10:58 AM | Permalink

      Patrick, here in Costa Rica, you have many fans.
      I´ll try to buy the book online, I don´t know when it is going to be available here :S In spanish, in english… I need to read it.

  30. sunlyth
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 10:11 AM | Permalink

    I’m so excited that you’re coming to Portland!! And so excited to meet you! I’m glad it’s on a night I’m not working!

    I was also wondering if we’re allowed to bring your previous books for signing?

    • Amanda
      Posted October 9, 2014 at 10:30 AM | Permalink

      Absolutely :)

  31. wenhaver
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 10:13 AM | Permalink

    I’m very much looking forward to the book. While I can’t make the Milwaukee event (I have 9 and 10 year old kids, and Halloween on a Friday, and there’s no way Mom can do anything that’s not doorbell, plastic pumpkin and sugar related). However, if you’re in the area and wanted to stop by the Madison East B&N to toss some signatures in some copies, I believe my husband could cross me off his Christmas list fairly easily this year.

  32. merehayes
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 10:28 AM | Permalink

    We love living out in the middle of nowhere except in times like this – our one-year-old is named after Auri!

  33. Posted October 9, 2014 at 10:42 AM | Permalink

    Yay! My 14 yr old son and I are going to come and see you in Seattle on the 30th!! We’re both big fans, got tnotw card deck, read and re-read the kingkiller chronicles, follow your blog regularly, etc. We’re both really excited to read the new book and to finally see/hear you in person!!

  34. Nancy
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 10:43 AM | Permalink

    Aw shucks, no L.A. visit this time! I can’t believe that Oot is FIVE and Cutie is 10 months already!

  35. ggonmar
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 10:59 AM | Permalink

    yay yay yay!!!

    can’t wait for this to happen :D
    quick questions from probably many of us fans out there in the rest of the world :P
    1) do you have any info as how long it will be to have the book translated to other languages (thinking… spanish? :D) or… even better, anything like a worldwide release, and the book is actually already ready in other languages?! :D

    2) is there any book-tour outside the US around the corner? Say, Europe? ^^

    Thank you!! thank you for your books, for your imagination, for feeding *our* imagination, for your constant contact with us, for… just being awesome! :)

  36. Matt_W
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 11:03 AM | Permalink

    FYI to anyone planning to go to the San Diego signing. Mysterious Galaxy is a fairly small shop (though I think they’re moving to a larger store in the near future.) Expect about 30 chairs, and maybe another 50 places where folks could stand in the aisles; I just went to a Scalzi signing there last month. Probably best to show up quite early if you want to see Mr. Rothfuss.

  37. fastgav
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 11:08 AM | Permalink

    Dear Pat;

    I’m super excited that you have chosen to kick off your tour out here in Oregon! It is very unfortunate that we have to be charged for admission and it seems a little pricey compared to Seattle. Is there any other way you can sweeten the deal for paying such a high price for one seat/one signed book? I’m not trying to sound ungrateful for you coming to the great Northwest because I am. I was just hoping that there would be a little something more with the price

    • Posted October 11, 2014 at 10:51 PM | Permalink

      You do sound ungrateful. What’s more, you sound grasping.

      Odds are, e doesn’t have any control over the venue the bookstore picked, or the extra charges the ticket company and venue are stacking onto the price. It’s not like he’s rolling around in that money.

      He’s already gone out of his way to bring in an opening musical act. Don’t paw at him for free shit.

  38. Ceci D
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 11:12 AM | Permalink

    Can´t wait for read this book.
    I really hope that some day you can come to México. You have a lot of fans here.
    Thank you so much for this amazing books is just a give for us to read.
    Love from México.

  39. semirose
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 11:23 AM | Permalink

    So happy the Chicagoish event is 3pm on a Sunday instead of 7pm on a weekday. Traffic is such a bear especially since Skokie is so far away from where I work. Can’t wait!

  40. Tzadik
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 11:37 AM | Permalink

    As one of (presumably) many who will not be able to attend one of these events, I am quite sad. The opportunity to see and meet you in person would be fantastic!

    However, my need to understand and appreciate your reasons for doing a limited tour far outweigh that disappointment – your family is way more important! So thank you for taking the time that you can to cross the country visiting your fans, and for writing this blog.

    Can’t wait for more Auri soon!

  41. Kelly
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 11:46 AM | Permalink

    My girlfriend and I were at that UW Bookstore signing in Seattle. She was a trooper since it was her birthday and I drug her out to see you! And we hadn’t eaten beforehand and the event ran until way after midnight… You looked SO exhausted in the signing line, but we really appreciated that you hung out so long and remembered it was my girlfriend’s birthday :)

    We’re looking forward to a hopefully less crazy and late night evening with you later this month!

    In other news, I always misread “genial” as “genital,” so your second sentence was briefly startling.

  42. JFinley
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 12:32 PM | Permalink

    How will the book signing work? Is the order based on seat or anything? I have a 1 month old baby at home, so it will be hard to stand in line until the wee hours of the morning to get the book signed. I didn’t see a way to buy priority tickets to get an early signing. (Seattle show) Thank you!

  43. amray5874
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 12:39 PM | Permalink

    Congrats on the book! Can’t wait to read it.

    And my utmost admiration and fan-love to you for putting your family first and still finding time for us fans.

    However, maybe for the next tour, you could make a teensy weensy bit of time for San Francisco?


  44. Kes
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 12:41 PM | Permalink

    You should bring the whole family down to NZ sometime for a tour… we’d love to see you here!

  45. gilgamesh
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 12:49 PM | Permalink

    At some point would it be possible for you to come to western Canada? I know Seattle is close to Vancouver but just one time I would love to come to one of your events, without having to cross an international border. I am not talking about this tour, but maybe when book three comes out?

    Western Canadian Fan

  46. XETWS
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 1:01 PM | Permalink

    i hate living at the miserable south hemisphere.

  47. Holmelund
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 1:48 PM | Permalink

    I am not sure if this one has been answered so here goes:
    You once said that a winner of a Golden Ticket auction used his ticket to make you write a novel, so is this the result of that ticket?

  48. Posted October 9, 2014 at 4:17 PM | Permalink

    Hi Pat, I know that you have those adorable kids of yours to take care but it’d be really nice if you came to Argentina! Also, can I buy from BookDepository your autographed book, or where is it convinient to order it to have it shipped to Argentina?
    Can’t wait to read Slow Regards of Silent Things *bites nails anxiously*

    Oh, send my love to Oot. I love him! <3

  49. oldriku
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 5:15 PM | Permalink

    B-b-b-but I want to see you on Spain once more ;_;

  50. Hollis
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 5:42 PM | Permalink

    +1 for San Francisco. I’ve a live soundguy so I can even volunteer my services to get you heard. Could also help on the venue front if you’re looking for one. …

  51. monsun
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 6:32 PM | Permalink

    Show some love in the UK pat :)

  52. Dontcallmefrancis
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 8:24 PM | Permalink

    I really home you make your way into Florida. I planned my vacation to Kansas City a few years ago when you were there but my flight was delayed out of Tampa so I missed you. I’ve been so excited for this new book for years.

  53. katie2020
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 9:06 PM | Permalink

    It sounds like these tours are draining, but if you decide you would like to visit the east coast, please consider Washington, D.C. We would LOVE to have you!

    There is a particular venue here that would be perfect – the historic synagogue at 6th and I is a non-denominational cultural institution that charges a nominal amount of money for various cultural events – authors, concerts, theatrical events – you name it. They sell beer. It’s fantastic.

    Please pass this along to your “people” if you’re considering an east coast visit!

  54. Athena
    Posted October 9, 2014 at 11:14 PM | Permalink

    I’m glad that you got a shorter tour for this book. As a parent myself I can’t imagine being gone that long from my kid, especially with a demanding day job. My husband and I were there for your Portland event last year, and that was such a great experience for both of us. In fact, listening to you talk about your book was what helped finally convince him that it was time for him to start getting into this book reading business. So, I’m sad to see that the event here in Portland will cost so much for a ticket. We couldn’t possibly afford both the tickets and a babysitter for our young one for night (it’d run us around a $100 total). I know that they’re doing what they can to make it into a real event, and they know that last time it was more than a little crowded. It’s just bad timing for us financially. So, I hope it’s as wonderful as last time, for those that will be able to make it! Thank you for coming to our city, and we hope you enjoy it here. Safe travels, and can’t wait to read the book when it comes out!

  55. SporkTastic
    Posted October 10, 2014 at 12:19 AM | Permalink

    Wait, we can ask any question?

    Dammit! That was my one, wasn’t it.

  56. Sandhya
    Posted October 10, 2014 at 3:40 AM | Permalink

    Here I am 68 years young, jumping up and down and clapping my hands! I love seeing you and you always make me laugh (that is my goal in life..laugh as much as possible!)
    Thanks for stopping by Seattle!!

  57. Hanson
    Posted October 10, 2014 at 7:35 AM | Permalink

    Pat, when are you coming to Brazil?!?! I mean, we love you here, dude! An event with you would be so awesome, do soooo much success, and yes, the best part, i would be able to meet you lol there are events like “Bienal do Livro de Sao Paulo” or “Bienal do Livro do Rio de Janeiro” that are such great, huge events that would be so much greater if you were there!

  58. slemay2003
    Posted October 10, 2014 at 8:59 AM | Permalink

    Come to Canada!!! Toronto!

  59. SantinoMarin
    Posted October 10, 2014 at 10:05 AM | Permalink

    Dear Pat:
    I know that you are a really busy and hardworker man, but, Why dont you come to Mexico. I mean as in another countries we have a huge mass of people loving the fantasy and all that thing of mitology. I am from the Mexico City and the mitology lives everyday in the city. So the same amount of people enjoying the mitology are the same people who follow your books. If wish to have enough money to be in one of those presentations but no, so I am here asking to you to come to México, I can show you the city. Think abou it.

  60. Greencat
    Posted October 10, 2014 at 11:49 AM | Permalink

    So excited for Seattle! Thank you for doing a tour for Slow Regard, and totally understand the need to not be too far away for too ling from your adorable kiddos.
    Question for the tour: I know in the past folks have brought tokens of esteem, such as cookies or mead. Would you like a bottle of tasty, homebrewed peach wine, as a small “Thank you” for all the happiness your books have wrought? Or perhaps you’d prefer smaller/more easily consumed things?

  61. Syn
    Posted October 10, 2014 at 12:57 PM | Permalink

    Hey Pat,

    I’ve already got my ticket to see you in Seattle on the 30th! Stoked for the new book.
    I have a question, though: how long do you think this event will be? I’ve never been to one before, and I’m not sure what to expect.
    I’m only asking because I may or may not have somewhere to go to afterwords, and if I do, I’d like to be there around 9:00ish (which means leaving the bookstore at like 8:45). Do you think that’s possible? Or is that not nearly enough time? I’m assuming it’s probably the latter, but might as well ask. I know there are going to be a lot of people there…

    Love your work, can’t wait to read SRoST!

    Thanks in advance,

  62. I_Am_Kvothe
    Posted October 10, 2014 at 4:05 PM | Permalink

    I hate living in a tiny town…nowhere near any book signings.

  63. Adventureless_Hero
    Posted October 10, 2014 at 9:31 PM | Permalink

    I know why you would not go to Texas but…WHY?! :(

  64. Themistocles The Conqueror
    Posted October 11, 2014 at 12:25 AM | Permalink

    Dear Lord Rothfuss,

    I have some song ideas and a card game idea that I’d love to show you, Monsieur Rothfuss, and if you’ll be in the New York area on Saturday (tomorrow/today), I’d be most elated to show you in person (otherwise I’d be glad to send you them via electronic mailing systems or a physical package including a book for signing and a book for your own reading, in addition to maybe 1 or 2 other things). I’ll be at Comic Con, on the day (of course) between the two you’ll be speaking on: Saturday. If you want an eccentric to meet (one who likes going by Ereshkigal – the name belonging to the Sumerian goddess of the underworld – and who dresses in lab coats and waistcoats in school, and who also so happens to be The Doctor in his 42nd incarnation), then I am the person who’d appease thy desire. Fare well, and good be ye, O Fortuitous Wordsmith of Myghte!

  65. katiekaboom47
    Posted October 11, 2014 at 10:03 AM | Permalink

    YES! The signing in Lexington is the day before my birthday! Probably one of the best unexpected birthday presents ever!

  66. mighty qynn
    Posted October 11, 2014 at 1:01 PM | Permalink

    I am terribly excited to be seeing you again here in Seattle (!) and am thrilled that my admission to your signing includes a book…because now I will have a loaner copy! While that gave me a lovely oh-boy-now-I-have-something-to-look-forward-to feeling, something else connected to your post gave a much more profound uplift to my day…

    I wanted to check out the venue for your signing, so I followed the link to the University Temple United Methodist Church website…and I’m not going to lie, my first reaction – from an ungenerous and reactive part of my mind that is unfortunately often the first piece of me to generate opinions – was an ugly little hiccough of “ugh, a church.” It’s a good thing that I am learning to move beyond listening solely to what that shriveled little walnut of entrenched attitude has to say, because in exploring said website, I discovered these fantastic gems:

    Want to take a stand against torture? Then take a stand against America’s market-driven militarism

    and, from the homepage under “What We Believe”:
    “We Believe in Active Social Justice: We understand that there is injustice in the world…but we refuse to accept it. As followers of Jesus, we are called to actively engage with the problems of our time. From the Alley to the Academy, we are called to not only help those who are in pain, but to stand up to the powers that cause that pain.
    We are Open and Affirming: All people are called to God’s table as God’s children. As a Reconciling Congregation, we stand proudly with our LGBTQ family. There is no room for hatred and discrimination within the Body of Christ. All are welcome. All are affirmed. All are loved.”

    I cried. Tears of stunned, quiet gratitude…I felt as though my sternum had cracked open, and I had a vivid and very real sense of connection to the humblingly vast network of people who see, care, and act, motivated not by greed, ego, or a sense of obligation, but by love.

    I am not Christian. I don’t believe in these people’s god, just like I don’t believe many of the things embraced by many of your readers (or probably you yourself for that matter). But I do believe in love, and justice, and equality, and I see – through your writing and your acts – that you do too.

    And most marvelous? You, Pat, are a Strange Attractor. Every time you have an event, or start a fundraiser, or write a book, or post on this blog, you are pulling into brief synchronization many, many independent – and wildly divergent – arcs: the life paths of hundreds of thousands of people who (though they may have so little else in common) all share (or at least find themselves drawn to) your fundamental respect for the primacy of love.

    So. I shared this in hopes that the image may sustain you, should you ever – in the thick of navigating the exhausting and overwhelming and even catastrophic maelstrom of your success – find yourself pining for the good old days of your former Manet-like existence.

    Consider it an offering of gratitude from one of the million minute nodes in the vast global network of souls who notice, who care, and who act. I hope it helps.

    See you in Seattle, Space Cowboy!

  67. Posted October 11, 2014 at 5:26 PM | Permalink


    I saw you post the event in Portland on Facebook, waited until the next day (after I had consulted with my husband) to buy tickets, and ended up in the third row of the first balcony.

    I wonder if any tickets are left by now?

    Of course, now I’m going to have two copies of your new book, the one I ordered earlier with the fundraiser, and the one that’s coming with the Portland event.

  68. Themistocles The Conqueror
    Posted October 11, 2014 at 11:09 PM | Permalink

    I also hear that you’re helping create a video game with Chris Avellone? Myghte I inquire as to what it may entail, be about, and/or what the level of your involvement may be?

  69. vashts6583
    Posted October 13, 2014 at 11:34 AM | Permalink

    A little sad you aren’t coming further east than Kentucky, but that just means a good ol’ fashioned road trip out there to see you. Just got my ticket, and I’m incredibly excited for this event!

  70. Brainfreeze
    Posted October 13, 2014 at 5:18 PM | Permalink

    You should visit us in Anchorage Pat. My Wife and I missed you in Oklahoma last time you were there due to having to move for my next assignment. It would be great to see you in the more frozen north at some point!

  71. karatematt
    Posted October 13, 2014 at 10:51 PM | Permalink

    Aaaah! The life and times of a father- I just saw this post today (10-13-2014)… Too late! I know you’re a busy author and whatnot, but any chance of convincing you to come to DC sometime in the future?

  72. dbmeade
    Posted October 15, 2014 at 12:49 AM | Permalink

    Dear Pat,

    The signing in Lexington Ky, happens to coincide perfectly with my birthday, and while the chance to witness you (and your glorious beard) up close and in person is more than I had dared hoped for, since Lexington isn’t exactly the biggest touring spot, I would be remiss if I did not take this opportunity to attempt to persuade you to allow me the honor of sharing a drink with you after the signing, if you are not utterly exhausted and/or in need of hurrying along to your next destination. I know I have no right to request anything of a person I have never met, especially one that has already freely given me hours upon hours of enjoyment, yet I must ask, lest I be regretful the rest of my days.

    Thank you for your time, and consideration, and I sincerely hope you take me up on my offer of ale,

    Davis Meade

  73. ktsmom
    Posted October 30, 2014 at 2:10 AM | Permalink

    I JUST got back from the San Diego event, and once again…. we can be surprised the Fire Marshall didn’t raid the place. Some of us even snuck (sneaked?) in the back door trying desperately for a glimpse of The Beard, to no avail. I could hear a deep, rumbling voice punctuated by bursts of laughter from those souls lucky enough to have arrived EARLY enough to actually have seats up front. The rest of us were packed into the doorways straining to hear.

    On the bright (!) side, it only took 3 hours of standing in line to get my awesome (AWESOME!) hug and photo-op with you, and a signed copy of the book for my daughter. (She’s going to love it.) You had to be even more exhausted than I was, and yet still you were kind and had a bright smile for the last stragglers.

    You ROCK Patrick Rothfuss.

    Please give Cuty-Snoo and Oot kisses from me. Thanks! =)

  74. Posted November 4, 2014 at 1:26 PM | Permalink

    Thank you not only for a beautiful book, but for taking the time away from your family to visit your readers. I met you briefly in Skokie this weekend and didn’t have much time, but I said that then too. I also tried to show you where you signed my copy of Wise Man’s Fear on the last tour. I didn’t get a chance to explain, but the background is that I was on a business trip at the time and was unable to go myself. But my husband was awesome enough to go for me and get a book signed, so your combined awesomeness has been recorded in the inscription. And this weekend, he was awesome enough to watch our eight month old son all afternoon while I attended your event. I had to hurry home to feed him and put him to bed. But since I missed out last time, I was determined to at least briefly meet you. Keep up the awesomeness!

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