John Grogan - The Longest Trip Home


Hitting the road once again

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Tonight will be my last night sleeping in my own bed for a couple of weeks. I've been folding shirts and stuffing socks and t-shirts into my suitcase. And of course, cramming little 3 ounce bottles of toiletries into my TSA-approved one-quart clear plastic baggie. Yes, it's the main leg of my Longest Trip Home paperback-release tour!

In the morning, I catch a flight to Milwaukee where I will appear tomorrow night (Oct. 19) at Next Chapter Bookshop in Mequon, WI at 7 p.m. From there I fly to Chicago, and I will do a reading and signing at DePaul University Bookstore at 6 p.m. On Wednesday I hop down to Lexington, KY, for a 7 p.m. appearance at Joseph-Beth Booksellers. Thursday will find me in St. Louis where my 7 p.m. event will be at the Maryville University Auditorium.

I'm spending the weekend in St. Louis because I'm speaking at a private event on Saturday. Then on Sunday, I fly west where I have scheduled stops in Portland, Corte Madera, CA, and San Francisco. Then it's back east again to Grand Rapids, MI (my old stomping grounds), Boston, and Philadelphia (my current stomping grounds).

Whew! I think that about does it. To check my schedule and see if I'll be turning up somewhere near you, please click my events tab at the top of this page.

And now it's time to print out my schedule, pack up the laptop, and get some sleep. Book tour here we come! I'm really looking forward to talking about and reading from The Longest Trip Home.

Hope to say hi to you in person at one of my stops.

posted by John Grogan at 8:18 PM


Blogger Sabrina said...

My husband and I saw the movie last night, Marley & Me. We just put our dog down 8 months ago and we cried like babies.

Thank you for bringing your beautiful story to screen. It was well acted and well received in our household.

12:44 PM  
Blogger barbl said...

Hi John, this is Barb Liszewski of
Tom & Barb from Grand Rapids, MI.
We (Tom & I, John & Marcia) are planning to attend your Life Lessons from Marley and Me on Oct. 29 in GR. Hope to see you there.
Loved both of your books.

5:03 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

I wish you were coming a little further south.

4:27 PM  
Blogger Manu Castro ™ said...

I read Marley & Me last week and i loved it. I just could not stop reading and stop crying.
The relationship of your family and Marley was intense and real, not like people I met that treat theis animals like an object that could be sent to the garbage easily.
The movie... oh, my. Amazing.
I feel sorry for Marley 'cause he became "our" dog too.

Big hug for you and Jenny and a kiss in the children.

8:11 AM  
Blogger Manu said...

I just read Marley and Me and I am very enchanted.I cried at the end.
I am Brazilian and I identified a lot with the book.
As a child I had a great dog and now I am the proud owner of another completely insane and irritating, already enregue a designer for my mother and went to rescue him. Are you 10 years old and going blind, but is still able to perform many extravagances. He is my faithful companion, I get every day with the greatest joy in the world and understands me with a look. I am very delighted with your book, forgive me for writing. I did not learn English ...

11:26 AM  
Blogger ProMich said...

Looking forward to having you in Grand Rapids, Michigan later this week. I am planning to bring my children with me (my daughter wants to follow in my footsteps as a journalist...hmmm...maybe you'll offer some words of advice?). Dianna Stampfler - Promote Michigan

4:54 PM  
Blogger Carrie said...

Hi, I have just seen the movie (have not yet read the book...but will) and I can hardly see the screen as my eyes are still puffy from crying. I am an animal lover, I've only had cats all my life. I have always lived in a big city so never had the chance to have a dog but it has always been my dream. I have lost many cats to old age and one to an accident and it never gets any easier. Today I have two cats and one of them is George who is a unique personality in so many ways. I tresure each day with him, and am thankful to be able to be loved by him in his unique way. It is a shame that all humans cannot appreciate the love of animals. This love is not like any other and has made me a stronger person.
Thank you for your story...I hope that it will convert some hardened people who don't believe that animals have the power to change the course of our lives.
best to you and yours

3:58 AM  
Blogger AndreaR said...

Do you ever do ghost writing? I have a Chester, who rivals your Marley (despite the fact he's a pug, he has gotten into lab-sized mischief)

7:55 PM  
Blogger Sandrags said...

Hi John - Met you at your table at the National Book Fair in DC a few years ago. Am reading The Longest Trip Home and literally LOL'd in my bed regarding the hot wax incident (isn't that a band?) Your use of detail is so amazing. Can't wait to read more. When are you coming to DC/NoVA?

4:48 AM  

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