Monday, 16 April 2012

This week's word is: HOUSTON

Weird or what?
Hello dragon fans. Apologies for the non-appearance of a blog post yesterday. This is because we were caught between time zones on our way to America!  At the normal time we would be posting a message, the author was flat out in his plane seat, wearing an eye mask.  It would have been cruel to have woken him (good job Gretel isn't with us).

So, yes, we are here in Houston, Texas.  Tornados and poor weather couldn't keep us out.  And we knew as soon as we reached the hotel room that we were in the right place. Look at the pic of the water bottle. If it doesn't make sense to you now, it will when you read TFA.  It was a little strange, and slightly poignant, to be flying across the North Atlantic ocean on the very day when, one hundred years ago, the great ship Titanic so tragically sank after striking an iceberg.  As we approached Newfoundland on the flight map, we added our thoughts to those of the people holding special ceremonies to mark the disaster.  The dragons sent a big hrrr.

We are primarily in Texas to promote THE FIRE ASCENDING at a big librarian's conference in town, but the author will be putting in several other public appearances and if you'd like to go along and hear him speak about us or read from one of the books then we'd be very pleased to meet you.  The final details of his schedule are below.  Just TWO WEEKS now before TFA officially comes out in America.  So far, the reaction to it from the UK (and Australia) has been excellent, with readers only slightly divided about the ending.  One reviewer on Amazon described it as 'catastrophic' (though the rest of the review was very positive), whereas most of the fans who've written to us have really liked it, and been surprised by it.  The word 'genius' has been used, which is very flattering.  The ending was written no differently from the rest of the series i.e. as it came to me on the notepad. All the author wants to say, at this stage, is that it felt very right and very powerful at the time.  And that's the gut instinct we've always followed: if it feels right, write it. Let's see what American fans make of it before we say anymore.

Here's the updated schedule.  Until next time.  Happy reading.  Hrrr!

Monday April 16th, 4:15-5:30pm
Houston Public Library, Kendall Branch
(609 N. Eldridge)
Presentation & book signing

Tuesday April 17th, 4:30pm
Literacy events, not open to the public

Wednesday April 18th, 7:00pm
Blue Willow Bookshop, Houston
14532 Memorial Drive
281 497-8675
Multi-author presentation & book signing

Thursday April 19th, 10-10:50am
George R Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida de las Americas,
Houston 77010
General Assembly B, Level 3
Panel event "Here be Dragons"
with author Blake Charlton
Thursday April 19th, 1:30-2:00pm
Texas Teens 4 Libraries,
Hilton Americas, Level 4, Ballroom JK
An opportunity to meet with teens attending
the Texas Library Conference

Thursday April 19th, 4:15pm
Houston Public Library, Stella Link Branch
7405 Stella Link
Presentation & book signing

Friday April 20th, 6:00pm
Barnes and Noble bookstore
1780 North Woodland Park Drive
Layton, UT 84041
Saturday April 21st
Costco Book signing (not a presentation)
648 East 800 South
Orem, UT 84097
Saturday April 21st, 5:00pm
King's English Bookshop
1511 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84105

Monday April 23rd
School visits with the King's English bookshop
Tuesday April 24th, 6:00pm
Provo City Library
550 North University Avenue
Provo, Utah 84601
Presentation & book signing

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