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.
|Tour: Debs Calender|
|05/12/15||Philadelphia, PA||Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF)||United States|
|Time: 6:00pm. Admission: $10. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 315 Chestnut Street. Advance reservations are requested and seating is limited. 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. Store’s Signing Guidelines: “Please present your Barnes & Noble receipt for The Book of Life beginning at 9am on Tuesday, May 26th to receive your wristband for the signing line.There will be limited priority seating for the first groups of wristband holders. Standing room wristbands will be handed out when seating is full. If you have purchased your book elsewhere, or plan to bring books from home, you are welcome to pick up a free wristband for the signing line at 5pm on the day of the event.” More information|
|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. Store’s Signing Guidelines: “Tickets are $10 and include a $10 coupon toward the purchase of The Book of Life (paperback) from Malaprop’s.” More information|
|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 at SALON@615, Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St., Nashville, TN 37219 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.” Buy Tickets|
|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.” More information|
|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. Store’s Signing Guidelines: “Please present your Barnes & Noble receipt for The Book of Life beginning at 9am on Tuesday, May 26th to receive your wristband for the signing line. There will be limited priority seating for the first groups of wristband holders. Standing room wristbands will be handed out when seating is full. If you have purchased your book elsewhere, or plan to bring books from home, you are welcome to pick up a free wristband for the signing line at 5pm on the day of the event.” More information|
|06/02/15||Wichita, KS||Watermark Books (off-site venue TBA)||United States|
|Time: 12:00am. Admission: pre-order book or $10. Age restrictions: All Ages. Talk, Reading, Q&A and Signing. The event will be held at Watermark Books & Cafe, and is a ticketed event scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. There are a limited number of tickets available for the event. Everyone who purchases a paperback copy of Harkness’s The Book of Life will receive a prioritized signing line ticket—pre-order your copy from Watermark Books. To come to the event without purchasing a copy of Harkness’s paperback, tickets are $10.|
|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 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. When you purchase a copy of ‘The Book of Life’ through Nicola’s Book (pre-order or when the trade paper edition is released) you will automatically get a line ticket for the signing portion of the event. Anyone who brings their own copy of ‘The Book of Life’ (or other Deborah Harkness titles) and does not purchase any additional copies of ‘The Book of Life’ at Nicola’s Books) will also receive a line ticket, however, it will be for the end of the line and you can only pick up your line ticket the night of the event. Collectors will have to wait until everyone else’s books have been signed.|
|06/05/15||Petoskey, MI||Crooked Tree Arts Center/McLean & Eakin Booksellers||United States|
|Time: 6:00pm. Admission: $5.00/$20.00. 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.General Admission tickets for this event are $5.00. This ticket is redeemable for $5.00 off your book purchase at the event or for merchandise in the store. Expires 6/12/2015. Limited Reserve Seating tickets are also available for $20. These tickets include a copy of The Book of Life in paperback. For tickets or more information, call the store at 231.347.1180. Buy Tickets|
|06/07/15||Naperville, IL||Anderson’s Bookshop||United States|
|Time: 2:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 123 W Jefferson Ave.. Talk, Reading, Q&A and Signing. This is an in-store event. To receive a priority number for the signing line, purchase of a book from Anderson’s. Call the store for more information on signing policies and to pre-order. More information|
|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. Admission: Free but tickets are required. Age restrictions: All Ages. Talk, Reading, Q&A and Signing at Albuquerque Public Library, 8801 Central Avenue, NW, Albuquerque, NM 87101 Note: Albuquerque Library seats 150. Entry to the event does require a ticket. Tickets are free and can be reserved online or they can be picked up at Bookworks. Those who buy a book will get a priority signing line ticket, but then everyone else will be able to get a book signed. Buy Tickets More information|
|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.|
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!