Tour! Mary! Jinx! Sascha Rothberg! Rainbows!

April 21st, 2007

I normally don’t post on Saturdays but there’s just so much news this morning I don’t know if I’ll have room for it all if we stick to our normal weekly schedule, so here goes:

Thanks so much for your support of Officer Friendly. Sadly, he won’t be able to stop by your blog or school because he is too busy training new recruits to bust up meth labs.

And yes, for those of you who asked, my brother is married, and the father of these two adorable little girls, my nieces.

Why, yes, that IS my pink coat. Shut up.

Now onto my big news—I’ve got another book tour next month, this one right here in the US (my pink coat is staying home this time)! This is really just a little mini-tour to celebrate the publication of PANTS ON FIRE on May 1, so if I’m not coming to your area, I do apologize, but remember, I don’t get to pick where I go—YOU DO!

If you’d like me to tour in YOUR town next time, ask your local bookseller or librarian to contact my publisher via their sales rep (remember, I’m with Scholastic now as WELL as HarperCollins—DOUBLE the chances I might see you someday) and invite me. I get sent to wherever local enthusiasm seems the highest…and by that I mean, if your local bookseller tells her sales rep she can get tons of readers into her store to see me, that’s where they’ll send me!

It’s as simple as that.

And if I AM coming to your neck of the woods next month, please stop by! I’d love to see you (and yes, I LOVE signing previously owned copies…but my publisher—and the bookstore—always appreciate it if you buy at least one copy of the new book while you’re at the signing)!

Okay, here goes:
PANTS ON FIRE TOUR

FORT WORTH, TEXAS
Tuesday, May 15 at 7 pm:
“An Evening with Meg Cabot”
William Scott Theater
3505 West Lancaster Avenue
Ft. Worth, TX 76107
This is a free event.
To reserve tickets in advance, fans should send a stamped, self-addressed envelope
to “An Evening with Meg Cabot” c/o The Star-Telegram, P.O. Box 1870,
Fort Worth TX 76101, Attn: Melinda Mason. School classes, writers’
groups and book clubs needing large blocs of tickets should call Melinda
Mason at (817) 390-7579.

GREENWICH, CT
Thursday, May 17 at 7 pm
Diane’s Books of Greenwich
8 Grigg St # A
Greenwich, CT 06830
Tel: (203) 869-1515

MADISON, CT
Saturday, May 19 at 2 pm
RJ Julia Bookstore
768 Boston Post Road
Madison, CT 06443
Tel: (203) 245-3959

RYE, NY
Sunday, May 20 at 4 pm
The Rye Library
1061 Post Rd
Rye, NY 10580
Tel: (914) 967-0480

FAIRFIELD, CT
Tuesday, May 22 at 7 pm
Borders Books & Music
1499 Post Rd
Fairfield, CT 06824
Tel: (203) 256-1619

(PANTS ON FIRE is set in Connecticut, so as you can see, we have a lot of Connecticut signings!)

NAPERVILLE, IL
Thursday, May 24 at 7 pm
Anderson’s Bookshop
123 West Jefferson
Naperville, IL 60540
Tel: (630) 355-2665

Hope to see you there!

And for all of you who wrote wanting to know if we’ll ever be hearing again from Mary, the star of my novella in PROM NIGHTS FROM HELL—thanks for asking! I certainly hope so…but the vampire market is a little crowded at the moment (in case you haven’t noticed!), and I do have a few prior commitments. So if we do end up seeing Mary again, it won’t be for some time, and possibly in a different incarnation. I’ll keep you posted….

Congratulations to all the winners of the PROM NIGHTS FROM HELL book contest. Your copies are in the mail. Sign up now for the Pants on Fire Book Contest!

Meanwhile, I noticed some of you have discovered that the US cover for JINX has already been posted by some of the online book retailers. Yep, once again, all the yellow parts will be raised shiny gold foil, just like with the Avalon High cover! Gold foil just doesn’t show up that well online, I guess, but I promise—it will be sparkly.

In the meantime, HOW TO BE POPULAR just came out in England, and it’s #4 on the kid’s Bestseller List there.

So thanks to everybody over there for helping to make Steph’s dream of being popular come true!

And I am so loving this dishy cover for Avalon High, Brazilian edition!

Meanwhile, for some reason I can’t stop going here.

Lastly, it’s been a really long time since I laughed as much as I did at this week’s episode (called Growth Spurt) of This American Life on Showtime. When Sascha Rothchild read from the diary she kept when she was thirteen and started going to public school in Miami, I really thought I was going to wet my pants. Here is just a tiny snippet in case you don’t get Showtime. You have to see the whole thing to truly appreciate it (warning though–it’s a little PG-13).

Have a good weekend everybody!

More later.

Much love,

Meg