Archive for March 9th, 2012
So what do you do when you’re a debut novelist and your book has finally been published? If you’re me, you spent most of the release date wandering around Chicago, popping randomly into bookstores to make sure that your novel was really on shelves. I ended up visiting three stores altogether, and yes, it was actually there. After politely harassing the helpful staff at the customer service desk, I was even able to sign a few books. So if you’re in the Chicago area and at all interested, you should be able to pick up autographed copies of The Icon Thief at the Barnes & Noble stores at 1 East Jackson and 1130 North State Street; at Unabridged Books in Lakeview; and at the Book Table here in Oak Park. You can also buy copies at a discount from the Book Table online, and I strongly encourage you to support these independent bookstores—they’re some of my favorite places in the city.
In particular, you should drop by the lovely After-Words bookstore at 23 East Illinois St., where I’m going to be reading from The Icon Thief and signing a few copies starting at 6:30 pm on March 29. It’s my first reading for this novel, or any novel, so please stay tuned for more details. Beverly, the very cool owner of After-Words, was also kind enough to help sell a few copies at my launch party last night at Hubbard Inn, which was a blast: I had the chance to see a lot of old friends, meet some new ones, and thank everyone for their support. This has been a strange, amazing week without much occasion for savoring the moment—on Wednesday morning, I started writing the first draft of The Scythian—but last night, for a few hours, I was able to enjoy it. More than three years after I wrote the first chapter, the book is out in stores. It feels good. Now it’s time to get back to work.