John Grogan - The Longest Trip Home


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A Children's Bestseller

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

I'm happy to report that my new illustrated children's book, "Marley Goes To School," will debut on the New York Times children's bestseller list this Sunday at #5. I was especially pleased, and quite honestly surprised, to see it pop up on the list before kids head back to school and before my tour to promote the book begins next month.

"Marley Goes to School" is my third illustrated children's book, with the talented Richard Cowdrey providing the charming pictures for each. Our first book together was "Bad Dog, Marley!" which was followed by "A Very Marley Christmas." Both were #1 New York Times bestsellers.

I'm enjoying a sleepy August around the house, but I know it is the lull before the storm. On September 15 I kick off a multi-city tour for "Marley Goes to School that will take me from Atlanta to Houston to Dallas to Denver to Boulder to Seattle to Philadelphia. In most cities, I will speak and read at two schools during the day followed by an evening event at a bookstore. It will be a whirlwind, but I always enjoy getting out around the country and talking to readers about my books. Inevitably, I meet some of the nicest people on the planet.

After the children's tour, I'll have a couple weeks at home before heading out again -- this time on tour to promote the Oct. 13 paperback release of my memoir, "The Longest Trip Home." That tour begins on or about the 13th and will take me across the country, including: Canaan, Connecticut; Mendham, New Jersey; Milwaukee; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Lexington; St. Louis; Portland; San Francisco; Boston; and Philadelphia. More details to come as we get a little closer.

My "Events" page will be up to date with my tour cities and venues shortly after Labor Day.

Thank you to everyone who already has gone out to pick up a copy of "Marley Goes to School." You can email me at johngroganbooks@gmail.com to let me know what you think. And I hope to say hello to as many of you as possible when I begin my two fall tours.

Also look for me on Twitter and Facebook!

posted by John Grogan at 8:34 PM

15 Comments:

Blogger Marrisa said...

Hi John, I am so pleased for you!

The tours sound amazing, especially the trips to the schools. Your latest amazing book looks marvellous I look forward to seeing that if it makes it to NZ? It's been great catching up on your news and your recent trip away and good to have you back in blogging land.

Take care, love from the Dawes Family

3:56 PM  
Blogger Gi said...

Hi, John!
Nice to hear that! It will certainly reach #1 soon! Congratulations!
I don't know if we already have a portuguese version for The Longest trip home. Unfortunatelly, there are certain things that doesn't come to Brazil... or at least not the way it should! Nowadays is very easy to find things from all over the world! It's just that some people rather read in portuguese... Anyway... Fortunately I could read it and I just loved... and you have lots of fans here, I'm sure that "O longo caminho para casa" (that's how the name would be in portuguese lol) would be a huge success just like Marley and Me! And I think you would like to know that here in Brazil, ever since is was published, Marley & Me has NEVER got out of the Top 10 of non-fiction books!
"You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one" - it would be fantastic to have you promoting The longest trip home and Marley goes to school here in Brazil!
Once again, congratulations!

Kind regards,

Giovana - turning 20 TODAY! - São Paulo - Brasil

6:30 PM  
Blogger Shorty said...

I still think you should visit AR. It would be a wonderful treat for us here. :) Either way, enjoy your trip! Congrats on your new best seller!

11:26 AM  
Blogger bigmaclax said...

Dear Mr. grogan, hello my name is Sean. my dad grew up in detroit much like yourself and even claims he was in your middleschool class at some catholic school. He says that if you were you would remember Mike Brown and what he did one day in 8th grade. i want to know if he's lyin to me so hit me bback either way

8:12 PM  
Blogger deborah said...

Somehow we here in Canada are getting slighted.-You have readers here and we should be able to have you here too-can you look into it in the future-

8:05 PM  
Blogger Karin said...

Just watched you on the "Dog Whisperer" here in Sweden and it was so interesting. I also have a dog that don't come when I "yell" Hope it is getting better with yours. The other day he ran off after a deer and left me yelling and running like an idiot. My body ached for days.
Love to read more of your books soon.
Karin
www.kingaridge.se

9:29 AM  
Blogger Prayer Warrior said...

Dear John,
I love your book and can't wait to read the next ones. You are speaking at my daughter's school on Thursday. Hope to get an autograph and possible give you "my story" and see if you would help me tell it!
Jackie

7:37 AM  
Blogger Prayer Warrior said...

Dear John,
Forgot to give you my email
jackie-c@swbell.net. I have been praying that you would write my story, can I email it to you or hand it to you in Houston? Would love for you to meet my husband, daughters and most of all Travis our 72 pound yellow lab. Let me know what you think.
Jackie

7:44 AM  
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7:52 PM  
Blogger Bruna said...

hi John,

Eu sou do Brasil, me chamo Bruna, tenho 16 anos, e adorei ler sua historia com o Marley, me emocionei muito, tenho uma cachorra do jeitinho dele.
Parabéns pela familia linda!
Um super beijo da sua fã!
by Bruna

Barra do Piraí-Rio de Janeiro-Brasil

8:00 PM  
Blogger Lucysmum said...

Hello John,
Just wanted to thank you for your
recent book visit to Borders book store Dallas,
your a rock star to my big white dogs and I hope they gave you a hairy dog fix on your tour, knowing how hard it must be,
we enjoyed so much getting to hear your heart and my special needs kids are responding to the book in amazing ways!
God bless,
www.thebigwhitedogs.com

5:50 PM  
Blogger Lucysmum said...

Hello John,
Just wanted to thank you for your
recent book visit to Borders book store Dallas,
your a rock star to my big white dogs and I hope they gave you a hairy dog fix on your tour, knowing how hard it must be,
we enjoyed so much getting to hear your heart and my special needs kids are responding to the book in amazing ways!
God bless,
www.thebigwhitedogs.com

5:51 PM  
Blogger warjo said...

Hi John, i love marley and me...great job! infact i'm showing it in my philosophy class.

7:39 PM  
Blogger warjo said...

Hi John, i love marley and me...great job! infact i'm showing it in my philosophy class.

7:45 PM  

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