San Francisco: Chalk talked at Book Passage in Corte Madera, had a fun, long interview with Michael Krasny on NPR, met my friend Wendy MacNaughton at the Ferry Building and we ended up signing together at Book Passage, signed at the incredible Green Apple Books, stopped in and said hi to the folks at GoodReads, chalk-talked and signed a bazillion books at Flax Art, then had some pie with my agent and ubermensch, Ted, at Mission Pie.
Sacramento: Drove out of SF and watched the sun come up over California hills, ate lunch at Magpie Cafe, carved a stamp for stock signings, visited the Crocker Museum, saw some Thiebauds, signed a huge stack of books in the gift shop (“first we take the museum store, then we take the museum!”), stuffed my face with Frank Fat’s, spoke to another huge crowd at the Sacramento Public Library, then drove back to SF, with Curtis Mayfield and Fela Kuti keeping us company.
Portland: It was a day of ampersands: chicken & waffles at Bread & Ink, steak & eggs at Tasty & Alder, and sea salt & caramel ice cream at Salt & Straw! Dang, there goes my diet. Signed a bunch of books around town, including Powell’s, where I have not one but two books on the bestseller shelves! Drank a bunch of beer and got rowdy at a fun sold-out event at Tillamook Station. (Very cool space.) Treated my hangover in the morning with some Stumptown Cold Brew and Blue Star donuts, which I had procured specifically the night before. Special thanks to Asha Dornfest, Andy Baio, and Matt Haughey for showing me a good time.
Seattle: Signed a bunch of books around town, hit Pike Place Market and admired the tulips, got some pastries at Piroshky Piroshky, then had a pretty amazing happy hour meal at a Korean fusion place called Chan (so yeah, all I do on tour is eat). Then a really special night at Seattle Town Hall — I even played piano!
It was a fun (but totally exhausting) week. Thanks to everyone who came out. We’re about halfway through the tour now, which means that I feel like I finally know what I’m doing.