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Here it is: the 2014 Summer Tour for THE BOOK OF LIFE.

A few things before we begin…

Unfortunately,  I can’t possibly go everywhere, no matter how much I would like to meet you all. At present I am making more than 25 appearances in 29 days in the US alone. Then I’m headed to Europe. I know some of you will be disappointed that I am not coming to your town (or at least a town near you), but I will tour again when the paperback for The Book of Life releases.

Don’t be surprised if you call bookstores or venues, only to receive blank responses and “I don’t know what you’re talking about.” So if you call a bookstore or venue and they can’t help you reserve a ticket or a book just make a note in your calendar and call back in a few weeks!

In the fullness of time, all of the independent bookstores listed will be able to take orders for a signed copy of THE BOOK OF LIFE, as will PAGES (the bookstore that handles signed copies of my books on a regular basis–see my website for more details). If none of these stops is near you, and you want a signed book, you can get one by calling one of the bookstores listed below and placing an order. I’ll personalize it while I’m there, and the bookstore will send it on the way. If you’re interested in this possibility wait a few weeks, and then get in touch with one of the retailers.

Finally: most of the events will require people to buy a book at the event to get in the signing line. Some will require tickets or wristbands. In most cases, you can come and listen to me provided there is room, without buying a book. While this is not always true, it is often true. Again, please do not get mad at the bookstore. They have to close the store to regular customers, hire extra help, and sometimes hire a venue to accommodate all of you. They have to make a living, too. Imagine how aggravating it would be to own a bookstore and have people coming in with books from a discount box store. Often, bookstores will allow you to buy the book, pick it up, read it, and return with it (and the receipt) on the day of the event (if, for example, the event is in August and you can’t wait that long to read it). When in doubt, call the bookstore and ask for their signing policy.

Here, without further ado, are the tour details.

Date City Venue Country
Tour: Debs Calender
04/09/15 London UK paperback edition of THE BOOK OF LIFE published by Headline United Kingdom
Time: 12:00am. Age restrictions: All Ages.
04/14/15 London Waterstones (in London) United Kingdom
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: £5 / £3. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 203/206 Piccadilly. ‘Imagined London’ Join us for a thrilling evening as bestselling authors Deborah Harkness and Victoria Schwab discuss their work and the inspiration behind the alternative versions of London they depict so fantastically, with Sarah Pinborough. In the All Souls trilogy, Deborah Harkness weaves an enchanting world peopled by witches, daemons and vampires. Moving between the present day and Elizabethan London it centres on the forbidden love between historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont and the manuscript which holds the secrets of their past and the key to their future. V E Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic depicts a new universe of daring adventure, thrilling power, and parallel Londons featuring Kell, one of the last Travelers—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes. There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic. Then there’s Red London, where life and magic are revered. White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. And once upon a time, there was Black London …but no one speaks of that now. Tickets £5 / £3 for Waterstones Cardholders, available from Waterstones Piccadilly and online at http://goo.gl/WRn4M0 Waterstones, 203/206 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HD For further information please contact Waterstones Piccadilly on 0207 851 2400 or Piccadilly@waterstones.com Buy Tickets
04/15/15 Bristol Waterstones United Kingdom
Time: 12:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 11A Union Galleries, Broadmead. Venue phone: TEL: 0117 925 2274. Public signing at Waterstones, Bristol. I’ll be at a table on the shop floor from 12 – 1 pm and will sign books for whoever arrives/queues.
04/15/15 Taunton Waterstones Taunton United Kingdom
Time: 3:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: The County Hotel, East Street. Public signing at Waterstones Taunton. I’ll be sitting at a table on the shop floor from 3:30 – 4:30 pm and will sign for whoever arrives/queues!
04/15/15 Yeovil The Swan Theatre United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: £3.00. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: tel 01935 479832. Address: 138 Park Street. The Witching Hour with Deborah Harkness, Karen Maitland and Katherine Clements. Delve into the shadows, both supernatural and historical, in an evening with three highly acclaimed authors. Deborah Harkness presents The Book of Life, the No 1 Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller and stunning climax to her bestselling All Souls trilogy, set in a world of witches, daemons and vampires, where a lost manuscript holds the key to unlocking the past. ‘Queen of the Dark Ages’ Karen Maitland discusses her new novel The Raven’s Head and most recent paperback The Vanishing Witch, which explore themes of treachery, superstition, alchemy, myths and magic. Completing the line-up as Chair is Katherine Clements, who made her fiction debut last year with The Crimson Ribbon. Set during the English Civil War, it’s an engrossing novel of radical religious sects, the persecution of witches and revolutionary political ideas, described as ‘impressive and inspirational’ by Alison Weir. Katherine’s new novel The Silvered Heart about the real life highwaywoman, Kate Ferrars is out in May. Venue: The Swan Theatre, 138 Park Street, Yeovil BA20 1QT. Tickets £3.00 and only available through Waterstones Yeovil tel 01935 479832
04/16/15 Southampton Waterstones Southampton West Quay United Kingdom
Time: 11:00am. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: West Quay Shopping Centre, Western Esplanade. Public signing at Waterstones Southampton West Quay. I’ll be sitting at a table on the shop floor from 11 am – 12 and will sign for whoever arrives/queues.
04/16/15 Basingstoke Waterstones Basingstoke United Kingdom
Time: 1:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Festival Place Shopping Centre, 35 Wesley Walk. Public signing at Waterstones Basingstoke. I’ll be sitting at a table on the shop floor from 1-2 pm and will sign for whoever arrives/queues.
04/17/15 Windsor Waterstones Windsor United Kingdom
Time: 12:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 20-21 Peascod St. Venue phone: Tel: 01753 856456. Public signing at Waterstones, Windsor. I’ll be sitting at a table on the shop floor from 12.30 – 1.30 pm, happy to sign for whoever arrives/queues.
04/17/15 Oxford The Coffeeshop/Blackwell’s Bookshop United Kingdom
Time: 7:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 48-51 Broad Street. Venue phone: 01865 792792. Join DEBORAH HARKNESS author of the hugely successful ALL SOULS TRILOGY, as she launches the paperback of the No 1 Sunday Times and No 1 New York Times bestseller and third book in the series, THE BOOK OF LIFE. Deborah returns to Oxford where the books also begin and will talk about and answer questions on all things All Souls. Come and meet her for a lovely evening of wine and conversation. After travelling through time in SHADOW OF NIGHT, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present in THE BOOK OF LIFE to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home in France they reunite with their families – with one heart-breaking exception. But the real threat to their future is yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for the elusive manuscript Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on a terrifying urgency. Using ancient knowl­edge and modern science, from the palaces of Venice and beyond, Diana and Matthew will finally learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago. The Coffee Shop, Blackwells Bookshop, 48-51 Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BQ Tel: 01865 792792 Ticket info http://bookshop.blackwell.co.uk/stores/oxford-bookshop/events/ Buy Tickets
05/12/15 Philadelphia, PA Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) United States
Time: 6:00pm. Admission: $10. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 315 Chestnut Street. From the CHF website: “In the All Souls Trilogy vampires, witches, daemons, and humans embark on an adventure driven by books rife with mystery and buried secrets. Along the way intrigue, alchemy, and encounters with real historical figures collide. But what of the actual world these figures inhabited hundreds of years ago and the books that alchemists used in their experimental and often secretive enterprise? Scholar, author, and historian of science and medicine Deborah Harkness brings her impeccable blend of the academic and the fantastical to the Chemical Heritage Foundation for an unforgettable evening. Based on a trove of newly acquired 15th-century alchemical manuscripts featured in CHF’s Books of Secrets exhibit and touching on both her scholarly and popular work, this talk provides a unique opportunity to explore the realms of history and science and our human desire to make sense of the world. The talk will be followed by a book signing.” Buy Tickets
05/26/15 United States US paperback edition of THE BOOK OF LIFE available from Penguin United States
Time: 12:00am. Age restrictions: All Ages.
05/26/15 Metairie, LA Barnes & Noble (Metairie) United States
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 3721 Veterans Memorial Blvd.. Talk, Reading, Q&A and Signing
05/27/15 Asheville, NC Malaprop’s Bookstore United States
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 55 Haywood St.. Talk, Reading, Q&A and Signing
05/28/15 Nashville, TN SALON@615 United States
Time: 6:15pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St.. Talk, Reading, Q&A and Signing Store’s Signing Guidelines: “This salon is a free, ticketed event. A limited number of auditorium tickets will be available on-site 30 minutes before show time on the event date. Advance auditorium tickets are limited and guarantee a seat in the auditorium. Arrive early for the on-site ticket line. Once auditorium seats have been filled, guests will be accommodated in alternative viewing locations. For a priority spot in the signing line at this event, you must purchase a copy of the author’s latest book from Parnassus Books. As a Salon patron, you will receive a 10% discount! Visit salon@615.org for more information.”
05/29/15 Washington, DC Politics & Prose United States
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 5015 S Connecticut Ave NW. Talk, Reading, Q&A and Signing Store’s Signing Guidelines: “To enter the signing line customers will need a ticket. Tickets will be available to all. Everyone who purchases a copy of THE BOOK OF LIFE will receive a prioritized signing line ticket–pre-order your copy through our website now, note in the comments field that you will attend the event, and head to the front of the line! (Both the book and ticket will waiting for you the day of the event.) Tickets will also be available the day of the event whether or not you purchase a copy of the book.”
05/31/15 Pittsburgh, PA Hillman Center for the Performing Arts (with Penguin Bookshop) United States
Time: 12:00am. Admission: $20/$10/$5. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 423 Fox Chapel Road. Talk, Reading, Q&A and Signing Penguin Bookshop of Sewickley and Shady Side Academy present bestselling author Deborah Harkness at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 31 at the Hillman Center for Performing Arts. The event will include a reading, Q & A and personalized book signing. All proceeds will benefit Penguin Bookshop, one of the last remaining independent bookstores in the region. Tickets are $20 (including the just-released paperback copy of The Book of Life and orchestra seating) or $10 for balcony seating. Balcony tickets for students and seniors are available for $5 *Note: Event Time TBA Buy Tickets More information
06/01/15 Frisco, TX Barnes & Noble (Frisco) United States
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Stonebriar Centre, 2601 Preston Road. Talk, Reading, Q&A and Signing
06/02/15 Wichita, KS Watermark Books (off-site venue TBA) United States
Time: 12:00am. Age restrictions: All Ages. Talk, Reading, Q&A and Signing Note: This will be a ticketed event. Details to come.
06/03/15 Boulder, CO Boulder Bookstore United States
Time: 12:00am. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 1107 Pearl St.. Talk, Reading, Q&A and Signing. **Time TBA.
06/04/15 Ann Arbor, MI Nicola’s Bookstore United States
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 2513 Jackson Ave.. Talk, Reading, Q&A and Signing Store Note: This event will be free, but the store will give out “line tickets.” Customers who pre-order or buy a book will get a line ticket, which will determine where they are in the signing line. Those who don’t buy a book can still get books signed, but they will be given a line ticket the day of and go after the people who bought from the store. Seating is not assigned and is first come first serve.
06/05/15 Petoskey, MI Crooked Tree Arts Center/McLean & Eakin Booksellers United States
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: 231.347.1180. Address: 461 E. Mitchell St.. Venue phone: 231.347.1180. Talk, Reading, Q&A and Signing From the store’s website: “We are pleased to announce that New York Times Bestselling author of the All Souls Trilogy Deborah Harkness will visit Petoskey on Friday, June 5th from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Crooked Tree Arts Center Theater to promote the final book in the thrilling series, The Book of Life, out in paperback by Penguin Books on May 26th. This will be a ticketed event. Reserve Seating tickets (given with the purchase of a book) will be available shortly at www.mcleanandeakin.com and free General Admission tickets are available now by calling the store at 231.347.1180. “ Buy Tickets
06/07/15 Naperville, IL Anderson’s Bookshop (off-site venue tba) United States
Time: 12:00am. Age restrictions: All Ages. Talk, Reading, Q&A and Signing. *Note: Off-site venue to be announced.
06/08/15 Santa Fe, NM Jean Cocteau Cinema United States
Time: 12:00am. Admission: $20/$10/$5. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 418 Montezuma Ave.. One Hour Talk/Q&A. Details to come. This is a ticketed event. There are ticket discounts with a book purchase. DETAILS tba.
06/09/15 Albuquerque, NM Bookworks/ event at off-site venue TBA United States
Time: 12:00am. Age restrictions: All Ages. Talk, Reading, Q&A and Signing This will be a free event but it may be ticketed. More details (time/venue) to come. More information
06/11/15 Manhattan Beach, CA PAGES: A Bookstore United States
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages.
06/11/15 Manhattan Beach, CA PAGES: A Bookstore United States
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Talk, Reading, Q&A and Signing. More information
06/14/15 Lake Forest Park, WA Third Place Books United States
Time: 3:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: 206.366.3333. Address: 17171 Bothell Way NE. Talk, Reading, Q&A and Signing Store’s Signing Guidelines: • Priority signing line tickets given with purchase of The Book of Life at Third Place Books. • Books & Priority Signing Line tickets on-sale : 5/26/15. • Purchase online at www.thirdplacebooks.com or by phone 206.366.3333. • No purchase required to attend, seating is first come first served. Attendees without priority signing line tickets will be placed in-line after ticket holders.

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Phew. That’s a lot of air miles!

If events get added in these cities (I can’t imagine cities will get added, but additional events might be in various locations) I will let you know.

I hope to see many of you this summer on the road!

–Deb

 

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