Madness, I tell you! (tour wrap-up)
It was a great time. I’ve never been on a book tour before, and so had no expectations beyond knowing I’d spend a LOT of time in the car. Overall, we clocked just under 5000 miles in two and half weeks, much of it in the first and last days of the trip. And in between, I read and signed at bookstores, coffeeshops, a letter-press shop, and an art museum. And caught up with a slew of folks I hadn’t seen in quite a while, as well as meeting a host of new friends.
There were a lot of highlights, but chief among them were reading at Firecracker Press in St. Louis and at Quills Coffeehouse in Louisville. Firecracker are the folks who designed and hand-printed the cover for Barking Mad. While I read there, letter-press mastermind Eric Woods printed a specially designed broadside featuring a quote from the novel:
The reading in Louisville, Typecast’s hometown, was at the supremely cool Quills Coffeeshop. Typecast matron Jen Woods introduced me, I read for half an hour or so, and then the band played. That’s right. I had a band. And not just any band, but the golden-voiced and fingered The Foxery, who rocked us into the end of the evening. It was a really great crowd at Quills, and I got to see and hang out with Erin Keane, author of my favorite novel-in-poetry about a carnival side-show, Death-Defying Acts. Gwyn and I really dug Louisville as well.