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.

Bay Area Bound

Leaving Southern California in the morning with a full heart and grateful spirit. Los Angeles and San Diego touched me deeply with the love and support of readers, book clubs, family and friends. So much to tell you, but too little time. I will write a fuller report tomorrow. A couple of things I did want to share with you:

The first review is in!

Got word of the first trade review of Queen of America: A starred review from Library Journal! I couldn't be more excited. Or more relieved. This is one of the most difficult parts of the publishing process, I think. Here's what the Library Journal says:

Book club members have been some of my most enthusiastic and careful readers. I’m thrilled to share my work with you, answer your questions and tell you some of the stories behind the stories. This is our spot, just for us. Here, we can chat:  If I’m nearby, I’ll come and visit your club. Otherwise, we can Skype, talk over the phone or email. Sometimes, I’ll send surprises or hold contests.

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