Thursday, January 19, 2012

Help Needed For Tour

OK. Book tour time. In case I haven't promoted myself properly to your demographic, I have a new novel coming out on April 1. It's a really good book. To support this really good book, I'm doing a 7-week book tour. The cities are listed below. Any cities marked EVENT TBA are in the process of being booked. Any cities marked SEEKING EVENT are cities for which no shows are booked. It is with these cities that I need your help.

This is an 80+ show tour, meaning I'm attempting to do two events in each city; an early-to-mid afternoon book signing, and then a later spoken word set at a different venue. Here's what I'm looking for:

1. Good bookstores for readings. A good record store would work in a pinch as well.

2. Good venues for spoken shows. All kinds of venues would work for this, with a few important restrictions. I can't play with any loud bands, punk or otherwise. Punk shows are great things for which I am a bad fit. Likewise, I can't do any sets at bars. Bars are awesome if you are 22, or freshly divorced, or a serial killer. They are no good for what I'm doing.


Same goes for house shows. Your house is probably awesome, but I would still be worried about your roommate Paul killing me. Nothing personal.

That still leaves lots of options for events and venues. All-spoken shows can be good (I've done these with Erika Anderson, Sharon Cheslow, Jessica Hopper, and Kevin Seconds, among others). But I'm up for other suggestions. To be frank, the best possible show would be me opening for a barbershop quartet. See if you can get that to work.

I can be reached at:

2012tour AT unleashthewalrus DOT com


Please place your city name in the subject line. Thanks!

Here are the dates:

4/1 SU  — NYC
EVENT TBA

4/2 MO — Brooklyn 
EVENT TBA

4/3 TU — Providence, RI
EVENT TBA

4/4 WE — Portland, ME
SEEKING EVENT

4/5 TH  — Boston, MA
EVENT TBA

4/6 FR — Hartford, CT
SEEKING EVENT

4/7 SA — W. MA
EVENT TBA

4/8 SU — Philadelphia, PA
SEEKING EVENT

4/9 MO — Pittsburgh, PA
SEEKING EVENT

4/10 TU — Cleveland, OH
SEEKING EVENT

4/11 WE — Detroit / Ann Arbor, MI
SEEKING EVENT

4/12 TH — Chicago, IL
SEEKING EVENT

4/13 FR — Cincinnati, OH
EVENT TBA

4/14 SA — Louisville, KY
SEEKING EVENT

4/15 SU — Nashville, TN
SEEKING EVENT

4/16 MO — Atlanta, GA
SEEKING EVENT

4/18 WE — Columbia, SC
SEEKING EVENT

4/19 TH — Raleigh, NC
SEEKING EVENT

4/20 FR — Richmond, VA
EVENT TBA

4/21 SA — Baltimore, MD
EVENT TBA

4/22 SU — DC
SEEKING EVENT

4/26 TH — LA, CA
EVENT TBA

4/27 FR — Claremont, CA
EVENT TBA

5/2 WE — SF, CA
EVENT TBA

5/3 TH — Bay Area, CA
SEEKING EVENT

5/4 FR — Humboldt, CA
EVENT TBA

5/5 SA — Portland, OR
EVENT TBA

5/6 SU — Seattle / Olympia, WA
SEEKING EVENT

5/8 TU — Austin, TX
EVENT TBA

5/9 WE — Dallas, TX
SEEKING EVENT

5/10 TH — Houston, TX
EVENT TBA

5/11 FR — New Orleans, LA
SEEKING EVENT

5/12 SA — Little Rock, AR
SEEKING EVENT

5/13 SU — Memphis, TN
SEEKING EVENT

5/15 TU — St. Louis, MO
EVENT TBA

5/16 WE — Madison, WI
SEEKING EVENT

5/17 TH — Minneapolis, MN
SEEKING EVENT

5/18 FR — Omaha, NE
SEEKING EVENT

5/19 SA — Kansas City, KS
SEEKING EVENT

5/20 SU — OK City, OK
SEEKING EVENT