2000 miles of readings and country music

During the past 8 days, my sister and I drove from south Texas to Ohio, doing 6 Stealing Nasreen book readings in 5 cities.  Here are the highlights:

-meeting the gals from SALIR (http://www.salir.us/) who came out to the San Antonio reading despite the flooded roads and Tropical Storm Erin

-visiting with family and reading at the Val Verde County Library in Del Rio (to a wonderful group of book-lovers) http://www.supportlibrary.com/nl/users/valverde/web/nl_23.html 

-chatting with customers at Faubourg Marigny Art and Books in New Orleans

-doing a reading to the Columbus lesbians at Gwen’s

Besides the book touring, my sister and I did a bit of travelling and sightseeing. I loved being able to see a huge alligator on the Honey Island Swamp tour http://www.honeyislandswamp.com/ .  Probably my favourite stop was Robert’s Western World in Nashville, where we saw Phil Hummer and the Tecumseh Two play. Check them out at www.philhummer.com . We listened to Phil’s musical stylings most of the way through Tennessee and Kentucky.

Thanks to everyone who made the tour a success–all of you who came out to hear me read, those of you who spread the word, and everyone who hosted us. Most of all, a big thanks to my sister, Fariya, who was my #1 fan along the way.

Fariya and I 

my bags are packed…

and I am off for the 2nd leg of my US book tour. Hope to meet you at one of these events! For more info about the tour, see: http://www.qsanantonio.com/qsanews/qsapages/focusmain.html 

SAN ANTONIO: Thursday August 16th, 6:30pm @ Borders Books, Quarry Market, 255 E. Basse Rd. 

DEL RIO: Friday August 17th, 12:30pm@ Val Verde County Library, 300 Spring Street 

HOUSTON READINGS: 2 readings, 2 bookstores, 1 DAY! Saturday August 18th 

2pm @ Borders Galleria Location, 5061 Westheimer Rd

AND 7pm @ Sedition Books, 4816 Old Spanish Trail 

NEW ORLEANS READING: Sunday August 19th, 6:30pm@ Faubourg Marigny Art and Books, 600 Frenchmen Street …and stay tuned for more US and Canadian dates this year!

Jamaican family reunion and my upcoming tour

jamaica-2.jpg  I have just come back from a week in Jamaica, where I participated in my partner’s family’s family reunion. It was terrific to be amongst the Nicholson clan— to relax, meet extended family and eat really good food (yay Island Grill!).  The family was lots of fun, and to quote one of the in-laws after a very long and boisterous road trip , “this should inspire your next novel”.

I’m grateful for a vacation in the middle of this book tour planning. It’s been a busy time…For more details see this piece I just wrote for QSanAntonio about my upcoming tour…have a look: http://www.qsanantonio.com/qsanews/qsapages/focusmain.html

I want to take a moment to thank all of you who have been sending me e-mails with such positive feedback for Stealing Nasreen. It’s wonderful to hear, and I welcome readers’ comments anytime. Comment on my blog or send me an e-mail.

Hope to see you next week in Texas, New Orleans, or Columbus!