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Ahoy Lacey, WA!

Tomorrow, I’ll be signing copies of The Dragon’s Tooth at Costco in Lacey, WA from 1pm till weariness. Swing on by to get some ink on a title page!

For all y’all interested in a chance to win a signed copy, check out the post below.

Also, be sure to peruse the comments for gift book ideas. There are some great (and original) suggestions. Many thanks to those who have made recommendations. Cheers!

NDW

Hip-Hip for Olney, Illinoisey

So, I owe public thanks to the good folks of Olney, IL (home of the white squirrels). They participate in the One Community, One Book program, and this year they picked Leepike Ridge to be their community title. They foisted free copies on folks out of their local businesses and even went so far as to set up a life-size diorama of Tom and Argus (and corpse) in the front of their Super Wal-Mart. Of course, too many people did find the corpse disturbing, so it moved into schools.

They also brought me in for a day’s worth of events, and the kids kept me hopping throughout–catching biographical errors in paperbacks, prying their way backstage into the creative process, and helpfully suggesting future books, characters, concepts, etc.

And yes, I saw white squirrels in their natural Olney habitat. Two of them.

Thanks to all the people who made it such a great program (and especially to Pat Carlson for all the dirty work). Much gratitude. Cheers.

Room 3 Horohoro School, Rotorua New Zealand

So, a teacher sent me this shot of her students after they finished reading 100 Cupboards. She said they loved it, so I can only assume that protruding tongues and grimaces are signs of affection in the land of NZ. (Naturally, I replied with some web-cam-captured expressions of my own.) These kids have since whistled through Leepike Ridge, and the one named Jessica (I haven’t identified her in the photo yet) has asked that she be the star of the next series.

Getting sent things like this is one of the best authorial perks. And this shot is the best of the best. Everyone loves the Kiwis.