Thursday, November 20, 2014


Yes, it's really happening: Penguin is sending me on a book tour the first week of March, 2015, for the release of WHO BURIES THE DEAD. Here are the bookstores, cities, dates, and times:

Tuesday, March 3
6:00PM to 7:30 PM CT
Garden District Bookstore
2727 Prytania St. 
New Orleans, Louisiana

Wednesday, March 4
7:00 PM MT
Poisoned Pen
4014 N Goldwater Blvd
Ste 101
Scottsdale, Arizona

Thursday, March 5
6:30 PM CT
Murder by the Book
2342 Bissonett Street
Houston, Texas

Friday, March 6
7:00 PM PT
Powell's City of Books
3415 Cedar Hills Blvd
Beaverton, Oregon

Saturday, March 7
12:00 PM PT
Seattle Mystery Bookshop
117 Cherry Street
Seattle, Washington

So what do you think? I think that at the end of that week, I'm going to be dead.


Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh, oh my gosh.... I feel like a teenager whose favorite rock star is coming to town. I will be there and bring my friends when you come to Seattle. Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy. Ok, yes, so I am a little excited. sabena

LinP said...

Please hold out until after you've met your Seattle fans. We're delighted at the news.

RevMelinda said...

I am totally thrilled that you're coming to Portland! Hurray!

Lynne said...

Well, there's no doubt - your west coast fans are thrilled. If I can get over in March, I will! I can't imagine anything more fun! Good luck - you'll be huge success! By the way, how is our little Indie doing?

Charles Gramlich said...

Wow, that is tres cool. I've never known anyone very well who actually went on a book tour. Will we be able to bask in your glory after all this? :)

JustWingingIt said...

Woohoo!! I'm marking Houston on my calendar now. I'll have to take the day off from work...and may just take the next day off too to read the book undistrubed. All this book talk is stirring my excitement for Who Buries the Dead which is, I suppose, the intent. ;)


cs harris said...

Sabena, I'm excited, too.

LinP, I think I'll make it. But how do some authors do this for two weeks?

RevMelinda, I am looking forward to meeting you.

Lynne, hope you can. Indie is having intestinal issues. I'm really worried about the little guy. The vet says it may be something he had before we found him that has now flared, or it could be autoimmune, which is scary.

Charles, I think Laura went on an 8 day one at the beginning of her series. I've wanted to do this forever.

Veronica, great! See you there.

Susan J. said...

How nice for all of those who will be able to see you. I hope you enjoy your tour. Why do you not try to make some approach to your British readers though, there must be some way of doing this, your literary agent can't be earning his or her fee, I mean this is the country you are writing about. Seems bizarre to me that your books are all about Britain but so few British people are involved in commenting on your blog. I find it so strange, there are so many books about the Regency period written by Americans, it's as if they created a world of their own, for Americans, yet set in Britain! I mean, don't get me wrong, I love your books, you somehow manage to capture the era and the plots are really good and Sebastian is a brilliant creation. It does all seem so odd to me, however, writers such as Jane Austen seem bigger in America than they are here! Why is this? Why are you all so interested in Georgian England? I'm bemused.

Anonymous said...

C- oh rats. i guess the east coast is not a big favorite for Penguin. That's too bad for me but good for everyone else. Oh rats again. but i certainly hope you have a great tour and don't collapse till you are back home! Best, Ali

cs harris said...

Susan, I think the explosion of Jane Austen films is responsible for the craze in the States, but you're right, they're created a kind of "Regency Lite" that has only a superficial resemblance to the reality. Most readers probably don't know or care.

We have tried in the past to get a British publisher interested in the series without any luck. I think my agent is planning to try again now that Penguin is putting more of a push behind the series, and it has endured for so long.

I am thinking about making a trip to London next summer with my daughter and I could ask Penguin to see if they can set up some kind of a signing. The problem is, I don't think my books are in the stores, are they? So I doubt a store would be interested in hosting it.

cs harris said...

Ali, I seem to sell really well in Portland and Seattle, which is why they chose to send me there. Plus they need bookstores willing to host the events. I'm hoping that if we sell enough books on this tour, they'll be inspired to do something similar in 2016 with cities in the midwest and northeast.

Susan J. said...

I thought I might have gone a bit far in my comment, so was pleased with your reply agreeing about the pseudo American Regency scene. I'm really annoyed about the twits at the English publishers. Still, what a about the idiot who kept Northanger Abbey on the shelf, until Henry Austen purchased it back from him and published it, sadly, after Jane Austen's death?
I looked up BBC Drama Production on Google and the site does list the various executives responsible. I tried to email the main executive, but it didn't seem to work. I'll try again. It just needs your books to come to the attention of someone with influence. You should keep trying.
I have not seen your books in the shops. I actually became aware of them on a historical novel society site but I have purchased them online at The Book Depository, in the UK. There is an ebook advertised on Waterstones, a British book store.
I hope you have more luck when you visit London.

Essex said...

YAYYAYYAYYAY!!!!! You are coming to Portland! And right around the time your book is out! Most awesome And at Powells, too!

All you Oregonians out there-you had better be there!

Essex said...

Sorry about your schedule though - I looked more carefully after I posted my elation and realized that you have a hellacious schedule. You definitely need to take some time off after that !
Thank you for including us West Coasters that are not Californians!

Suzanne said...

Further to Susan's comment about English publishers I read recently that JK Rowling sent her first Harry Potter book to 7 publishers, who turned it down, before one accepted it. I bet the people who did that found themselves in the unemployment queue soon afterwards.

We have the same situation with your books in Australia as the UK. They aren't in the shops but they are available for order on those shops' websites. I found out about them from one of Amazon's "you might be interested in these" emails.

Lynne said...

Susan, you are on the mark about the recent love of all things Austen and Georgian. I'm not sure why, either, although in 2007-08 almost all the Austen novels were dramatized again by BBC. Our PBS network showed them over a period of several months and they were hugely popular. They also included the 1996 production of Pride and Prejudice (Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle). That seemed to really encourage interest anew. And yes, besides Candy, there are quite a few Americans writing about the period. Some, like Candy, Tracy Grant and Lauren Willig, are very good at capturing the sense of the period. Others are not so good - and there's a flood of those on the shelves. Does this account for the interest? I'm not sure. But your question is definitely an interesting one.

cs harris said...

Susan, thanks so much for trying to contact the BBC about the books! Every little bit helps.

Essex, I haven't seen the flight schedule that goes with this yet, but I would imagine it's going to be scary.

Suzanne, I've been told there's a club of 15 agents and editors who all get together once a year to eat and drink and commiserate with each other for having been so stupid as to have turned down John Grisham's first book.

Lynne, I've often wondered how many of those who claim to love Jane Austen have actually read her books, as opposed to having seen the films.

Keira Soleore said...

I'm so THRILLED that you're coming to Seattle. I shall be there with bells on. Can hardly wait!

Lynne said...

Candy, I suspect you may be right about reading as apposed to watching Jane. My book group was supposed to read a Jane Austen a few months ago and I was amazed at how many said "...but her style was so hard to read...". Really?? Wasn't it in English? That just floored me.

cs harris said...

Keira, oh, good! I look forward to meeting you.

Lynne, that is scary, given that they read enough to join a book club.

Susan J. said...

Lynne: I couldn't believe your comment about somebody in the book club finding Jane Austen hard to read. I think that's what sets her apart from many writers from the past, she does seem easy to read. What about Dickens! I studied 'Hard Times' on an Open University course and almost tore my hair out, hard time indeed! Jane Austen seems so modern to my mind, even though it's almost 200 years since her death. Her characters are people you could meet today.
Speaking of book clubs, have you read 'The Jane Austen Book Club'? I love that book and the film's great also, though a bit different from the book.

Lynne said...

Susan - Yes, it is true. Three ladies in our group made that comment. And in truth, they were laughed at - gently, of course - but laughed at! It seems to be a symptom of readers today that the written word must not be too complex or they don't want to make the effort. We read Dickens in high school and college and I was reading Anthony Trollope years ago. If you thought Dickens was a "hard time" Trollope was worse. But I acquired a taste for him and really enjoyed his work. As you've discovered, some older authors just need getting used to - Jane is no different. Besides, as a reader, I want a challenge.

And Candy - yes, a bit scary. Like your "Regency Lite" comment, I think some people want "literature lite" as well.

Susan J. said...

Lynne: I am actually reading a Dickens novel at the moment, 'The Pickwick Papers' and enjoying it. However, it was his first novel, written just before Victoria came to the throne and set ten years earlier, so still has a taste of the late Regency, without all the Victorian moral teaching thrown in one's face all the time.
I do like Trolloppe and have read several of the Barsetshire novels, also 'The Way We Live Now', after seeing the BBC dramatisation. He wrote a wonderful American women into it, who comes from Texas and goes about with pistols and whips to torture men who don't take her seriously! I think he wrote much stronger, complex female characters than Dickens did.

Le Fleur said...

BOO, Atlanta is not on the list… ;P

Anonymous said...

what about Los Angeles? We would be a great place to visit

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