La Gira, Parte Dos*


*Book Tour, Part Two

After a small breather so we could enjoy Christmas with our kids, the Queen resumes her march today.

Book Tour is back on! Part Two commences with tonight's wonderful event with Elizabeth Taylor at the Chicago Tribune Tower. I know Obama's in town, but I'm excited to be able to talk with Miss Elizabeth about Queen and the writing life. I will probably bust out some reading/performance. Hope to see you there. Details are below in my events section.

Next week, it's back to planes, trains and automobiles. We're hitting a couple Midwest spots, going to Texas and then to Phoenix. It's an airplane-a-day week and I hope the weather cooperates!

I wanted to thank everyone who came out for the first half of this book tour. I was touched and humbled by your enthusiastic response. I was also so grateful to work in several benefits on that leg and thank you for your support of those causes (the food bank in Berkeley, Fishtrap in Portland, One Book San Diego, the Young Child Immigrant Center in NYC). It gave book tour during the holiday season a special glow for both Cindy and I.

Not wanting to drown you in constant postings of every bit of news, we've compiled a list of reviews, interviews and other amusements below, should you be so inclined to investigate any or all. I'm sure I've missed something, but no matter. I think you get the gist.

Also, a gentle reminder: If you read Queen, please post a review on or Goodreads. Those sorts of things really matter to publishers and booksellers -- and book buyers. It's the best thing you can do to support any book or author you love.

And if you're over on Facebook, make sure to check out my fan page. Lots of photos and updates from the road. Much silliness and amusement found there.

Hopefully, I'll soon get back to writing!



I'm kicking off the Chicago Tribune's new literary lecture series, called Printers Row Live! tonight. I'll be in conversation with Tribune literary editor Elizabeth Taylor, who is amazing. The Tribune has been so generous in their coverage of my work this week. I am so grateful and honored. The esteemed Alan Cheuse reviewed Queen of America for the Trib. You can read it here. And then, Miss Taylor -- who keeps the world of literature alive in Chicago -- moved me to tears by her words here.

The Arizona Republic, in partnership with Changing Hands bookstore, has named Queen of America their book pick for the month of January. I am deeply honored. We will celebrate on Jan. 21 when I get there. For now, you can read the review here.

Las Comadres and the Latina Book Club has picked Queen of America for their January read.Thank you!  We'll be talking later in the month. You can find out more here. And here.

Thank you to the Dallas Morning News. I'll be seeing you Jan. 20 and again on Jan. 26 (see my calendar for details). Nice review here.

 Was delighted to be interviewed by Guy Raz on All Things Considered. If you missed it, you can listen in here. And then Alan Cheuse named Queen one of the best gift books of the season. Here are the details.

Happy to be noticed by the New York Times and thank you for the Editor's Choice nod! The review is here.

Thank you to the Onion's A.V. Club for this great review of Queen. You can read it here.

So flattered to get a shoutout from Zyzzyva in this piece on giving good readings.

Melissa Chadburn EARNED this interview for The Nervous Breakdown. I was a bit ... uh lazy ... in getting back to her. She was awesome.

Not sure if I posted this before, but Time magazine asked me to talk a bit about my Five Favorite Things of the moment. Hard to narrow down, but this was fun. Read it here

Loved this review of Queen that was featured in the excellent noir site Criminal Element. You can read it here.

A nice interview in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. You can read it here.

A fun interview with Steve Bertrand on Books in Seattle. (Who knew it was going to be videotaped? I thought it was just for radio!) See it here.

The podcast of a wonderful evening with our friends at the Free Library of Philadelphia last month. You can listen here.

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