John Grogan - The Longest Trip Home


Off on Book Tour

Saturday, September 12, 2009

August was a blissfully lazy month for me, filled with long, wide-open days in which I weeded, picked blueberries and eggplants (but no tomatoes; the deer devoured every last plant), sailed, plucked herbs from the garden for the evening meal, watched the bees come and go from their hives, and strummed guitar with friends around campfires. But those dog days are over now. It's September, the kids are back in school...and it's time to get busy!

And busy I am about to get. My book tour for my new illustrated children's book, "Marley Goes To School" (which is hanging tough at #3 on the New York Times' children's picture-book bestseller list) kicks off this Monday, Sept. 14, with a satellite radio tour. Basically, a satellite radio tour entails waking up at an ungodly hour, drinking large quantities of coffee, and chatting in my peppiest voice with various morning-show hosts, one after the other, by telephone while still in my pajamas. Six hours later I will be done, and a whole lot of radio listeners will have heard my nasally voice, which at that hour of day, just might constitute cruel and unusual punishment.

That's Monday. The next day, I leave on an eight-day tour that will take me roughly in a giant clockwise circle around the country. In each city, I will talk to students at two different schools during the day, and then appear at a bookstore for a reading, talk, Q&A, and signing in the evening. I'm posting my schedule below. I'd love to say hello to anyone who stops by. Kids, grownups and everyone in between are heartily welcome. (I'll be signing Marley & Me, The Longest Trip Home, and my other kid books at these events, as well.)

In October, I'm back out on the road, making a similar cross-country trek for the paperback release of The Longest Trip Home. More details about that tour to come.

OK, here's the children's tour info. See you there!

Tuesday, September 15
7PM Barnes & Noble
Talk/Q&A/Signing 7660 North Point Parkway
Alpharetta, GA 30022

Thursday, September 17
7PM Brazos Books
Talk/Q&A/Signing 2421 Bissonnet
Houston, TX 77005

Friday, September 18
7PM Borders
Talk/Q&A/signing 10720 Preston Road
Dallas, TX 75230

Saturday, September 19
3PM Tattered Cover
Talk/Q&A/Signing 9315 Dorchester Street
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129

Sunday, September 20
4PM Boulder Books
Talk/Q&A/Signing 1107 Pearl St
Boulder, CO 80302

Tuesday, September 22
7PM Third Place Books
Talk/Q&A/Signing 17171 Bothell Way
Lake Forest Park WA 98155

posted by John Grogan at 9:38 AM


Blogger Gi said...

Hi, John!
Hope you have a nice tour!
Giovana - Brazil

3:08 PM  
Blogger Joannah said...

I bought the book and shared it with my class on the first day of school. The Marley & Me books for children are a must in Mrs. Labrador's class. :-)

4:38 PM  
Blogger Prayer Warrior said...

You've inspired a novice author, check out
if you have any spare time.
Can't wait to read your new book!

12:35 PM  
Blogger Tess said...

Our family has all versions of Marley and Me- and though my children are past picture book stage- I fear I won't be able to pass it up- the illustrations had me at hello. I am reading "The Longest Trip Home" now, and really enjoying. As I type, my very smelly and old Lab is snoring at my feet- and like you've heard a million times..he's a Marley! A huge, muscular Lab who once at a oscillating fan- while it was on! Thanks for your outstanding work!

1:56 PM  
Blogger cathy said...

maybe it was knowing sue capell since she was the first editor of the orchard lake middle school yearbook and in my 8th grade english class and at our wedding and when marley and me came out, her telling me she was friends with you in high school... maybe it was reading marley and me and knowing you were a west bloomfield kid and my husband was teaching at wbhs during that time span... maybe it was that david's other job is administrator of the local cable board and he goes to your family home on erie to drop off mike's copies of everything he needs for cable board meetings... maybe it was knowing erie drive because a teacher friend from the '70's lived there... maybe it was living in sylvan lake for 34 years and smiling when your childhood memory put sylvan lanes five miles away from erie drive! yes, i'm sure it was all those things but ultimately it was the need to go your own way as you grew up and yet love your family so dearly that touched me. my situation was the opposite of yours in some ways... i was raised in a wonderful home where i was dropped off at sunday school for a few years but very little follow-through ever occurred. i think i was always on a search for more and found that when i fell in love with my fellow teacher and his family, including his father, a united methodist pastor!
while I loved all the growing up parts of your story, i know that it was the final chapters of your life that touched me the most. in june, 2002, i lost both of my parents within 8 days. the previous september my dad had finally realized he could no longer keep my mom safe - she was a wandering, angry alzheimer's patient and he a 5-year bladder cancer survivor with emphysema. A wonderful nursing home was found for her and within a couple months his cancer was back. two days before he died in st. joe's in pontiac, he asked us to bring her from grand blanc for the first time since he had been admitted weeks earlier. her nurses spiffed her up and i drove her to their last date, where they just held hands - her in a wheelchair and him in his bed. he died on the night of
father's day with only me at his bedside and we chose not to tell mom. xix days later she had a massive stroke and her last words were "Let me go." - this from a woman who hadn't been able to put a sensible sentence together! she died two days later. another love story ending and that's why i cried through the last chapters of your story of your parents and your family. you did an excellent job of sharing their life and that of your family and i thank youl Cathy Albery

11:23 AM  
Blogger mary said...

Love the books, Just finishing Long Way Home. I hope to come to your book signing in ALpharetta, GA!

1:02 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

Hi, John.

Was wondering if you ever get to New England on your tours? Suppose I'd be pushing my luck asking if you make it to NH? :> Thanks.

6:53 AM  
Blogger tjlund said...

Just finished watching the movie Marley and Me. My husband and I were in tune with the story as we had a yellow lab exactly like Marley; experiencing the same emotions when we had to put him down at the vet's office. So many similarities we were deeply moved. Brought back the memories and the sadness of losing a loved family member. Our yellow lab's name was Bo. He is sitting on our mantel in a ceramic urn with his collar next to it.

11:51 AM  

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