In case I haven't pestered you with the information 47,000 times already, Choose Your Own Misery: The Office Adventure FINALLY CAME OUT FOR REAL LAST TUESDAY! Clearly that's not something that happens every day of your life--or at any point in the first 31 years of mine--so Mike and I decided to go full-tilt on the tour front, if for no other reason than the need to switch up which friends we're blabbing about the book to at any given moment.
After a whirlwind week, we've finally washed up in Toronto, and I'm not really sure what to do with all this being in one place.
Besides kick back in night pants the minute you arrive, of course:
It was a really awesome week, though. I didn't even mind not having night pants on for the vast majority of it.
We kicked things off Tuesday in Boston, with a talk at the Google offices:
Stevie Degroff is not only an amazing friend who works at Google and puts you in touch with the right people there, she remembers to take pictures of the cooler moments of your life--you should get yourself one.
According to my mom, who came along (how can you not invite your mom to your Google author talk?), we did "a really great job, honey!"
She's definitely not biased.
That same day was our Boston launch party, at the Independent in Somerville (not coincidentally my favorite bar):
Matt Pelaggi is currently in the running for the "friend I want to follow me around and photograph me" position
It was so much fun I forgot to drink any of our specials or speak coherently.
The next night we headed out to the Odyssey Bookshop in western Mass:
Seeing your book in a real bookstore is kind of life-changing. And also makes you wonder whether you've been drugged and are in the middle of an especially highway-driving-heavy dream sequence.
From there we headed to New Haven (where I stupidly forgot to take a picture outside the car--my brain is basically a bowl of gravy right now):
...and then onwards to New York, where we got to feel the closest to rock stars we ever will...since we booked our event at Pete's Candy Store (an awesome venue):
Thank you to Gigi Garmendia for the amazing photo...and for being generally awesome.
The next morning, fortified with delicious brunch and loads of caffeine, we set off for Montreal:
Fun fact: upstate New York is the capital of charming rest stop architecture. Nope, that's not subjective, it's a fact.
After that, we headed into Montreal. It literally started snowing the MINUTE we crossed the Canadian border. Also the roads are just crystallized maple syrup. A DIFFERENT WORLD!
As you all know, book tours are totally debauched. Our Saturday night was off the CHAIN:
...mail. Chainmail. As you may recall, the VHS version of Braveheart is a two-tape epic that basically boils down to a long battle between an actual medieval army and some dudes who didn't wear undies.
A long haul through rain and French signage brought us here, to Toronto, where we have just enough time to feel like we ought to be productive.
Instead I'm taking gag-reel photos of milk, because how could you not, they sell it in BAGS here:
It's not quite over, but so far I'd say this tour has been a huge success. Not because we've sold so many books (god I hope we have, but I really have no idea how that's going, yet): because we've had so much fun seeing old friends, and talking to strangers about writing, and enduring me getting snippy about the exit coming up soon STOP LISTENING TO THE NERDIST EPISODE AND FOCUS, MIKE! (that's definitely Mike's favorite part so far).
Thanks so much to all the amazing friends supporting us every step of the way. The book's all misery, but we're all smiles.