my book tour!

The So Much Closer book tour schedule is ready for you! Some times still need to be confirmed and changes might be made, but this lets you know where I’ll be. Any changes to this schedule will be made on the events page of my website.

I’m doing a cluster tour this time around. It’s a multi-media approach to touring which involves TV, radio, print, school visits, and bookstore events. Which all sounds awesome! The thing is, cluster tours only focus on a few areas instead of being more spread out. The idea is to saturate a few select areas. So I won’t be coming to a bunch of states I was hoping to get to on this tour. Sorry if I’m not coming to you this time – I hear you, Texas and Florida! – but I’m really hoping I’ll get to see you on next year’s tour.

The So Much Closer book tour is coming to NJ, PA, NY, MA, and CA. Here’s the schedule:

May 3, 2011
River Road Books, Fair Haven, NJ
Pub day event TBA

May 4, 2011 – 2:30 pm
NJLA Conference, Ocean Place, One Ocean Boulevard, Long Branch, NJ
YA panel discussion

May 6, 2011
Harleysville Books, 672 Main Street, Harleysville, PA
Teen Girls Night Out – this is a ticketed event

May 7, 2011
Joe the Art of Coffee, 9 East 13th Street, New York, NY
Meet the Author

May 8, 2011 – 5:00 pm
Barnes & Noble, 267 7th Avenue, Park Slope, NY
Reading, Q&A, and signing

May 10, 2011
A Great Good Place for Books, 6120 La Salle Avenue, Oakland, CA
Reading, Q&A, and signing

May 11, 2011 – 5:00 pm
Towne Center Books, 555 Main Street, Pleasanton, CA
Pizza party

May 12, 2011 – 7:00 pm
Books Inc., 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA
Not Your Mother’s Book Club pizza party

May 15, 2011 – 4:00 pm
Oblong Books, 6422 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY
Hudson Valley YA Society literary salon

May 20, 2011 – 4:00 pm
Book Ends, 559 Main Street, Winchester, MA
Reading, Q&A, and signing

June 21, 2011 – 4:00 pm
Merrick Library Annex, 2369 Merrick Avenue, Merrick, NY
Beach Bag Book Club – call to reserve your spot

Hope to see you at one of these events!

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anticipation

Okay, it looks like I’ll be able to post my book tour schedule either later this week or early next week! My excellent publicist is putting together some super fun events. Several of them involve pizza. And there’s a unique event here in New York I’m beyond excited about.

I’m going to be doing lots of school visits on my tour. I’m stoked. As much as I love my job and working at home, I miss being with teens all day. Teens are my people. I miss my people. For this exciting reunion with them, I’m putting together a new seminar/workshop that I’m hoping everyone will relate to. It’s also a perfect excuse to skip right over to Shiny Happy Apple World and procure a new MacBook Pro. Cannot. Wait.

Around this time, we usually film my new author video. But it’s a good thing it hasn’t been scheduled yet because I just got the best idea for a filming location. Hopefully, it will work out and you’ll love it as much as I do. I’m also going to be doing a video this summer on the High Line, which is featured in So Much Closer. The High Line is where the cover photo was taken. It’s a magical place that I’m really looking forward to sharing with you. Until then, I blogged a bit about the High Line here.

As I’m writing this, my unfriendly upstairs neighbor (aka Herd of Elephants) is thrumping up a storm. But it’s a good kind of thrumping. He’s moving out! No more pounding on the floor “dancing” while yelling the most tone-deaf lyrics you’ve ever heard. No more slamming dresser drawers at 4:00 in the morning. No more bagpipes (that one goes out to my fellow How I Met Your Mother fans). Don’t let the door hit you on your evicted rear too hard. I heard his official moving day is tomorrow. I will declare tomorrow a national holiday.

Lesson: If you are a rude dumbass who acts like no one else lives within a 10-mile radius, no one will like you. And you will be evicted.

So there’s much to anticipate. A refreshing Zen atmosphere at home. Fun new videos. A packed book tour. A shiny new laptop for me. And of course a shiny new book for you! Bring on the party.

copy that

The following takes place between 8:00 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.

Events occur in real time.

Jack: What’s your location?

Tony: Houston airport, South Terminal, Borders bookstore.

Jack: Do you have a visual on the suspect?

Tony: Negative. But a visual on your girlfriend’s books is affirmative.

Jack: Upload the file to my PDA.

Tony: Stand by.

>upload houstonairport.jpg to pda jackbauer<
>processing file<

Waiting for You by Susane Colasanti, Houston Airport

Jack: That’s what’s up.

Tony: Nice documentation, right?

Jack: Copy that. I have a visual on The Hunger Games.

Tony: Google Alert has picked up on chatter regarding So Much Closer.

Jack: Give me the highlights.

Tony: “I needed this inspiration. I needed the characters in this novel. This novel was flawless.”

Jack: Source?

Tony: Just Read Books review by Miranda. Reference to Tricia has been traced to The Truth About Books! review.

Jack: Are those girls suspects?

Tony: Unlikely. Where are we on background check?

Jack: Chloe’s decoding the files now. Patch me through.

Chloe: Go for Chloe.

Jack: Chloe, this is Jack. Is the background check ready?

Chloe: I need a minute.

Jack: WE DON’T HAVE A MINUTE, CHLOE! MILLIONS OF PEOPLE COULD DIE!

Chloe: Well, maybe if you stop pestering me they won’t.

>chloe out<

Tony: This just in. Rumor of your presence on Twitter. What, you’re tweeting now?

Jack: Stand by for evidence.

>link to RealKiefer<

Tony: Just when you think you know Jack…

Jack: You don’t know jack!

Tony: Returning to CTU outpost.

Jack: Returning to NYC. Dinner is ready.

>upload coordinates<
>upload dinner<

Kiefer Sutherland having dinner at home

Tony: Over.

Jack: Over and out.

spring things

After much waiting and wishing and longing and hoping…

Spring. Is. Here.

*throws sparkly confetti at spring*

Yay yay and YAY! Even though this winter didn’t feel as relentless as usual, the vernal equinox remains my favorite holiday. In celebration of the first full day of spring, here are some things that are making me smile.

1. The ginormous Books of Wonder signing yesterday. I was really impressed that Tricia of The Truth About Books! and Miranda of Just Read Books traveled so far to be there. They even made me a gorgeous sparkly star box and decorated journal as gifts for, like, no reason other than that they are awesome. Renee of The Book Girl Reviews was also in the house. She’s been to every ginormous Books of Wonder signing since our first. That’s hot.

2. The Compulsive Reader’s review of So Much Closer. “So Much Closer is an unexpected, funny, and real novel that is charged with energy and life.” Sweet!

3. Sunset is now after 7:00.

4. My new iPod Touch case. Lily had the cutest iPhone case on How I Met Your Mother. I just had to have it for my iPod. Google magic led me straight to it. Well, almost. They don’t carry her exact one anymore (white with a pink flower), so I got the next best one (turquoise with a white flower). Or maybe the purple one was the best? Or the one with little hearts…

5. Red pandas frolicking in the snow, super moon photos from around the world, and pretty much everything else on The Mary Sue. A guide to girl geek culture indeed.

6. Fresh lavender from the greenmarket. Lavender makes me happy.

7. Three of my books are going to be published in Indonesia! I have a feeling those will be some super interesting covers.

8. The narrators for the new When It Happens, Take Me There, and Waiting for You audiobooks. They’re all so perfect I can’t even tell you.

9. Zumba! I’ve only gone to two classes and I’m already hooked. I’ve never seen the studio so packed. There’s like 100 of us in there. Gym crowds usually annoy me to the point where I avoid night gym classes. But Zumba is so freaking fun that I don’t even care. When a good workout is also a party, that rules.

10. The first mourning dove of the season has been heard. Check out this fat and fluffy one.

Wishing you a spring filled with good times and exciting adventures!

festivities

It’s NYC Teen Author Festival week! For those of you in the area or coming in to see so many awesome authors in one space it’s not even funny, here’s where I’ll be:

Friday, March 18
5:00 – 6:00
Under the Influences panel discussion

NYPL 42nd Street Branch, South Court
476 5th Avenue (at 42nd Street)
New York, NY 10018

Sunday, March 20
3:15 – 4:00
Ginormous signing!

Books of Wonder
18 West 18th Street
New York, NY 10011

Hope to see you!

real

What am I doing right now? Or, just admiring a finished copy of So Much Closer! Even though it doesn’t come out until May 3, my publisher got a few early copies in. Of course I had to stand there in the lobby like the big book nerd I am and document it for you:

So Much Closer by Susane Colasanti at the Penguin offices

Now it feels real.

Because I am a big book nerd, I must also report that underneath the gorgeous book jacket (love that stripey spine!), the cover is lavender with pink foil lettering. And the book smells really nice. I just randomly opened to page 157 and landed on this quote:

“This dream came true. The possibility that other dreams could also come true makes me want to turn my life into everything it can be.”

Always dream big…

so much closer trailer

As we get so much closer to So Much Closer, I’ll have a lot more fun book things to share with you here.

Today it’s the So Much Closer book trailer! This trailer really captures the tone of the book. I love how the stripes transform into buildings. I love that one sparkly blinking light. I hope you love it, too.