November 28


Today is the day, for better or worse.  Queen of America is released.  Man--it'sa a weird combination of rush and dread having a book this major (to me) come out.  Imagine: between The Hummingbird's Daughter and Queen of America I have spent 26 years fumbling around.  I have been married and divorced, I have lost my mom and the first girl I ever loved, I have lived all over the country and gone to Europe and met Cinderella and made it happily ever after.  Had a baby girl.  Bought my first house.  Some journey, eh.

So far, reviews have been very kind.  Fans have been loving and loyal.  Couldn't be better.  We are getting our to-do list whittled down today as we prepare for the first leg of national tour.  I'll be bringing a power-point to show you so you can see the faces of the folks you've read about.  Some of the places.

Also, the audiobook must be about to launch, so if you want to hear me bable for, oh, twenty hours, have at it.  It felt so intimate in the studio this time...I think you'll see what I mean.  I felt like I was whispering a bed-time story into your ear.  That never happened before.  I don't think I knew the nature of the book until I spoke it.  I think it wants to put its head beside yours on the pillow.  If that's too close for you, stick to the Kindle!  (But you know me, I love the paper.)

Book Launch Party Tuesday night in Naperville, at Anderson's Books!  Starting the morning doing AM radio drive-time on WGN.  Who would have imagined Teresita would be on Chicago morning radio?  Makes me want to launch an internet Radio Hummingbird.

Then we'll see you in LA, San Diego, SF/Berkeley, Portland, Seattle, NYC (Brooklyn yes!) and Philly.  Home for Christmas with our poor, abandoned kids.  Then back out.  The full calendar is on the website.  I will be posting the power-point with notes for you in the Teresita section we're adding to the site.  Watch for it.  Interviews, essays, bibliographies, pix.

OK.  I had my coffee.  I saw my picture in the Chicago Trib this morning.  I said my prayers.  I ate my Cheerios.  I guess I'm ready.

Loyally, XXX, L

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