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September 12, 2007

Stop by and say hey! (Except maybe don't mention the nervous sweating. Thanks!)

Do you suppose that the Mall of America has the Shoes of America? Do you suppose that they have a FedEx area on-site, too, in case some people need to ship things home?

I feel it is a travesty of my Americanness that I have lived here all this time (meaning "on the continent") and have yet to go to the Mall of America, which apparently has a roller coaster. And its own map and zipcode. That place is like the Tomb Of The Unknown Shopper. And I will be paying my respects come October!

Confirmed Events (see this whole list on BookTour.com with map links, too.)

Thursday, October 11, 7:30 PM
Barnes & Noble at The Grove
189 Grove Drive, Los Angeles

Friday, October 12, 7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
12850 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX, 77024

Saturday, October 13, 11:00 AM
2944 S. Mason Rd
Katy, TX 77450

Wednesday, October 17, 7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
600 Pine Street, Seattle, WA

Thursday, October 18, 7:00 PM
Powell's Bookstore
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton, OR, 97005

Thursday, October 25, 7:00 PM

Barnes & Noble
118 E. Broadway, Mall of America, Bloomington, MN

Saturday, October 27, Time TBD
Women's Lifestyle Show
Convention Center, Peoria, IL
(Tickets available at the door for $8)

Monday, October 29, 7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
515 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville, TN

Saturday and Sunday, November 10 &11, Time TBD
Miami International Book Fair
Miami, FL

If you get a chance I do hope you'll come by and say hello!

As the cities were being confirmed I realized that I have never even been to Portland or Peoria of Washington state or to Minnesota and then my publicist reminded me that Minnesota has actual WEATHER and I may be able to wear things I've knitted! If it snows -- beware!! I may have to actually sign up for a whole new website to hold all the pictures. Just what folks want to see, I know! Eleventy hundred white pictures of snow! (Hey, a girl can have hope. For a resident of Los Angeles, this weather stuff is very exciting news.)

I don't know yet if the list of locations will grow since I don't control this touring business, or control the weather as it turns out. If I did I can promise you it would NOT be a hundred degrees in the valley today. (Also, I would be skinnier. I am just saying is all.) But if the dates expand ya'll will be the first to know.

Can you believe I am doing this? Getting on a plane, flying somewhere, meeting strangers?

There is no way I could have done this just a few years ago. I talked a little about being a hermit and shopping at the 7-11, but it wasn't until later that I saw how much I'd gone inside or how much was motivated out of fear. The jokes about the 7-11 were funny even to me, but the truth was the regular market had become too big, too much, all I was capable of at the time was maneuvering four aisles and the cold foods section at the mini-mart. They did sell pretty good wine, though, I have to say.

Looking backwards I can tell how close I was to complete agoraphobia. Fear isn't a rational thing, and I knew there was no way to explain it to anyone that it would make a bit of sense because it didn't make sense. So I made light of it instead, or just pulled away altogether so no one would know. I never admitted it. I don't think I actually realized it, to be honest. Looking backwards always helps clarify things. I'm still pretty reclusive but the fact that I have gotten on board with this thing makes me happy, almost like it's happening to someone new I'm just getting to know. There are times I still get anxious about all of it (and of course it's easier to talk a big talk when you are still a month away from actually having to stand in front of strangers) but I know it wouldn't have even been a possibility before.

It's so funny the way things work out, isn't it? You just never know where you may find yourself in three years' time.

And I feel very strongly that such a thing should be celebrated with great vigor by trying on many, many Shoes of America. I am just saying is all.

Posted by laurie at September 12, 2007 6:40 AM