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Meg Cabot World Tour ‘07

Can you believe last night was the end of The OC 4ever? For those of you who live in far off lands and won’t see the final episode for a while, I won’t spoil it—but it ended exactly the way it ought to have….I loved it!

Speaking of those of you who live in far off lands…I will be traveling to some of those lands next month to see you…Poland, Germany, and France, to be exact. Below I’ve posted my public events in those countries. If you live there, or thereabouts, please try to come see me if you can!

Meg’s European ‘07 Book Tour

Friday March 16—Krakow, Poland
4:00PM-6:00PM MATRAS BOOKSTORE, Rynek Główny 23, Krakow

Saturday March 17—Warsaw, Poland
10:30AM-12:30PM TRAFFIC CLUB
ul. Bracka 25, Warszawa

Sunday March 18—Munich, Germany
3PM – 5PM:
“Munich Bookshow Junior”

Wednesday, March 21st, Berlin, Germany
4:30PM – 7PM:
Schwartzsche Villa Reading Festival
Grunewaldstr. 55 / 12165 Berlin

Thursday, March 22, Leipzig, Germany
3:30PM – 4:30 pm: “Leipzig Bookfair”, Planet Book

Friday, March 23, Leipzig, Germany
2PM– 3PM:
Lehmann´s Bookshop

Grimmaische Str. 10 / 04109 Leipzig

4:30PM – 5:30PM: “Leipzig Bookfair” Planet Book

Saturday, March 24, Lille, France
3:00PM-5:00PM Furet du Nord Bookstore
Grand Place

Sunday, March 25th, Paris, France
3:00PM-5:00PM: Paris Book Fair, Area Hachette Jeunesse F80

I will have other events in these countries, but they aren’t open to the public. These include private readings at Else-Ury-Bibliothek, the Nelson Mandela School in Berlin, and the International School in Paris. Maybe I’ll see you at some of these functions!

Obviously, all of these events are subject to change, and you should check with the venue if possible to make sure they are still on as scheduled before leaving for them. This is always a good idea, as book tours are complicated and one missed plane or train can throw an author off her entire schedule.

Even though we’ve still got a few weeks before we leave for the festivals, it’s never too early brush up on our book festival etiquette, so for those of you who missed it last time, let’s just go over the basics so we can all have a good time in Europe next month (I am assuming they do these things the same in Europe as they do in the US…we aren’t all THAT different, after all):

Book Signing Do’s and Don’t’s (with thanks to author Neil Gaiman):

1) Plan on getting to the event a fair amount before it is scheduled to begin. You just never know how many people are going to show up. It could be none…or it could be thousands. Why risk it? Particularly at an event like a book festival–where there will be many authors signing, but only a few tables for them to sign from–I will have to leave at the exact time my signing ends, even if there are still people left in line. So you want to be close to the front of the line by the time the signing starts, or I may not get to you.

2) I LOVE that you own all my books—seriously, I really appreciate it. But sadly, I may not have time—or be allowed–-to sign all of them, especially at a big event like a book festival where there could be lots of people in line behind you. So please pick out a couple of your favorite books, and bring those along ONLY, plus what you buy at the fair. I recommend three books from home.

3) If it’s going to be an outdoor event in warm weather, bring water, and drink it. Don’t worry, there will be bathrooms. Make friends with the people in line with you, so they will hold your place while you’re gone.

4) When you finally do get to the front of the line, don’t stress about what you say to me (and remember, I will have a translator, so don’t stress about your English, either. I promise you, I will not be stressing about my Polish, German, or French). I never know what to say to authors I like when I go to their signings, either. So if you just stand there silently, or if you say something you later think is stupid, believe me, I won’t think anything of it. I did the same thing when I met JK Rowling.

5) I am totally psyched if you want to do a book report about me, but unless you’ve arranged it with myself or my publicist beforehand, I am probably not going to have time to let you interview me, because I have to get to the people behind you in line, or to the next place I am going. So please don’t bring your tape recorder/video camera unless you’re prepared just to tape my saying, “Hi, so nice to meet you, danke, au revoir,” because that’s probably about all I’m going to have time to say.

6) I am happy to sign Princess Diaries DVDs, but take the cardboard cover OUT of the plastic lining BEFORE you get to my table. Sharpies don’t work on plastic. Additionally, if your books are in a bag, take them out before you reach my table. Even though you look like a totally tidy and trustworthy person, I don’t like reaching into strange bags. I had little brothers growing up, you know. One word: Snakes.

7) I will personalize (meaning, I will write your name, or a specific message in) your books if you write down on a post-it note what you want me to say. You will be handed post-it notes for each of your books, and asked to write on it the name of the person you want in it, be it your name or someone else’s. I am not good at spelling names, so write clearly.

8) I will not sign skin or any other part of your body. I don’t want to be responsible for your blood poisoning! I don’t want your mom yelling at me.

9) Yes, of course you can take my picture, and yes, of course you can be in the picture, too, but please show your friend/parents how to work the camera BEFORE you get to the front of the line. Friends/parents who don’t know how to work their kids’ digital camera or camera phone and stand there trying to figure it out for five minutes really hold up the line (if there is one) and make the people behind them impatient. So try to learn how your camera works before you get there.

10) For the first time ever, He Who Shall Not Be Named In This Blog is going on tour with me (although you will not get to see or meet him, as he will be busy going to kitchen stores to buy unique European cooking devices all day, he has informed me). So thank you VERY MUCH for asking, but don’t worry about me, I will not be lonely…I have someone to keep me company every night after the signing!

See you next month (if all goes well)—I can’t wait!

More later.

Much love,

Meg

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