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Monday notes, with bonus tentacles

* Despite the rain, we had nice turnout for Friday’s event at University Book Store. For those of you who missed it, I left behind a stack of signed books, and a video of the reading and Q&A should be online soon.

* On Saturday, Lisa and I attended the Literary Lions Gala, a fundraiser for the King County library system. Nancy Pearl emceed and Ruth Reichl was the featured speaker, but the high point of the evening for me was meeting GeekGirlCon cofounder and all-around superfan Adrienne Fox, who showed up at my signing table with Lovecraft Country inspired Cthulhu nails.

* The other high point of the evening was Nancy Pearl giving Lovecraft Country a special shout-out from the stage. And here she is on the podcast That Stack of Books, saying more nice things. Thanks, Nancy!

* Locus magazine, which already gave Lovecraft Country a thumbs-up in their January issue, has another glowing review this month, this time by Tim Pratt: “[The] characters are some of the most fully realized and human I’ve ever encountered, neither idealized nor stereotyped: they are people, with their own flaws and virtues, all shaped by their experiences with systemic oppression and personal prejudice, and all coping in different ways that consistently ring true psychologically. The sections of the novel are interwoven beautifully, telling miniature stories while advancing the overall plot, and provide an array of differing viewpoints and visions of a complex and dangerous world. The book is often harrowing, yes, but it’s also a testament to the power of family, community, ingenuity, and love to overcome (or at least cope with) unendurable horrors. It might be my favorite Matt Ruff novel yet, and that’s saying something.”

* Via io9: artist Steve Thomas has created a set of Lovecraft-themed travel posters. You can buy prints of them here.

* Next Saturday, March 12, I’ll be traveling east of the Cascades for events at A Book for All Seasons in Leavenworth, WA (signing books, 11 AM-1 PM) and the Wenatchee Public Library (reading & signing, 2 PM).

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Transcript of my conversation with Paul Constant (& more!)

The longer I keep my eyes closed, the deeper my thoughts become.

Some end-of-publication-week notes:

* A transcript of my onstage Q&A with Paul Constant is up at the Seattle Review of Books. If you couldn’t make it to the Elliott Bay event and are curious what you missed, check it out.

* I also did a Reading List of “5 favorite books that mix real and supernatural horrors” with the A.V. Club’s Ryan Vlastelica. You can check that out here.

* Meanwhile, over at the Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi and Fantasy blog, Sam Reader has put together a handy author primer for people new to my work who want to know which Matt Ruff book to read first.

* A reminder: I’ll be at Seattle Mystery Bookshop TOMORROW at noon, hanging out and signing books.

* Signed copies of Lovecraft Country are also now available at the University Book Store (where I’ll be reading on March 4), Elliott Bay Book Company, Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park, and of course from Secret Garden Bookshop.

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Signed books for the holidays

Just a reminder that signed copies of my novels make great holiday gifts.

I’m selling signed first editions of Sewer, Gas & Electric, Set This House in Order, and The Mirage; email for details.

Signed paperbacks of all of my novels are available from Secret Garden Bookshop in Seattle. You can contact them by phone at 206-789-5006 or via email; tell them what books you want, and they’ll order them, have me sign them, and ship them wherever you like.

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I’m home from my overnight visit to Portland. I had a small but enthusiastic group of fans at the Powell’s on Hawthorne event, and while I was there I scored a hardcover copy of Joe Coomer’s Kentucky Love. (If you’re not familiar with Coomer, a good novel to start with is Apologizing to Dogs, or, if you can find it, A Flatland Fable.)

I signed stock at Powell’s on Hawthorne and at the main Powell’s location downtown. The downtown store had a German-language hardcover of Bad Monkeys.

The one sad note of the trip came when I stopped in to sign copies of The Mirage at Murder by the Book, which hosted one of my events during my last visit to Portland. It turns out the store is closing in April after thirty years in business. I’ve only known them a short time but the staff are really nice folks, so I’m sorry to see them go.

The Powell’s appearance was my last scheduled paperback publication event. It’s time to get back to work on novel #6. More details about that shortly.

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In Portland on Tuesday

This Thursday night at 7:30 PM I’ll be reading and signing books at Powell’s Books on Hawthorne in Portland, Oregon.


* If you’re in the Queen Anne area, you should check out the new Queen Anne Book Company. They’ve got signed copies of my novels as well as signed books from all the other local authors who attended their grand opening weekend. They’ve also got the world’s sweetest bookstore dog, Tali.

* Signed copies of The Mirage trade paperback are also in stock at the University Book Store, the Elliott Bay Book Company, the Secret Garden Bookshop, and the Seattle Mystery Bookshop.

* Today’s New York Times has a piece on the difficulties of training cats to perform in live theater, but the best anecdote in the story involves a dog and some KFC: “Bill Berloni, an animal trainer who cast the dog Sandy in the current Broadway production of ‘Annie,’ remembers when a family in the front rows of ‘Legally Blonde: The Musical’ brought a bucket of chicken, and the Chihuahua he had cast abandoned its role to hover at the edge of the stage.”

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This week…

* I’ll be reading from The Mirage and signing books at Elliott Bay Book Company on Thursday, February 28, at 7 PM.

* I’ll be attending the grand opening of the Queen Anne Book Company on Friday, March 1, from 4 PM to 6 PM. Lots of other Seattle authors will be at the bookstore over the weekend; check the event page for exact times.


* Secret Garden Books in Ballard, the University Book Store at the U.W., and the Seattle Mystery Bookshop downtown all now have signed copies of The Mirage trade paperback.

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A Book For All Seasons

As a coda to my book tour, last Saturday I went out to Leavenworth, Washington to help A Book For All Seasons celebrate their 20th anniversary. There was cake, wine, and a contest where I and four other local authors sat around the store stamping customers’ prize cards—collect us all, and you had a chance to win a $25 gift certificate. I was seated in the fiction section, and managed to get in some quality browsing time when I wasn’t schmoozing. Look who was face-out directly to my left:

Hi, Kelley! Love the new cover!

I signed stock before I left, so if you’re in the vicinity and looking for a signed Mirage, Bad Monkeys, or Set This House in Order, stop in and say hi. And remember to wish them a happy 20th!

(P.S. They also own a local winery.)

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Home and resting

I flew back from San Francisco yesterday. I was going to do a blog post about my adventures there, but I’m exhausted and have another busy day tomorrow, so I think will let that wait until Monday. In the meantime, some quick notes:

* Tomorrow from 1:00 to 3:00 PM I will be at A Book For All Seasons in Leavenworth, WA. The store is celebrating its twentieth anniversary with a “multi-author book buzz” featuring yours truly and fellow authors Kiki Hamilton, Robert Anderson, Sean Salazar, and Joseph Vizzard. This will be my last public event before next month’s L.A. Times Festival of Books.

* I will be attending the L.A. Times Festival of Books on the weekend of April 21-22. More details shortly.

* If you missed my readings in San Francisco but still want to get a signed copy of The Mirage, here’s a list of the Bay Area bookstores where I signed stock: Book Passage (both stores should have copies), Borderlands Books, The Booksmith, Books Inc. (the stores in Berkeley, Burlingame, The Castro, Laurel Village, The Marina, Opera Plaza, and Palo Alto), City LightsDiesel, Green Apple Books, Hudson Booksellers at SFO Airport (in the International Terminal, before the security checkpoint), and Moe’s Books in Berkeley. Quantities are limited, so you may want to phone ahead before making a special trip.

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Signed Mirages in the Bay Area, part 2

I signed a lot of stock at Borderlands Books last night, so if you’re in SF and looking to complete your Matt Ruff collection, that would be an excellent place to start. Today I also signed copies of The Mirage at the Books Inc. stores in The Castro, Laurel Village, The Marina, and Opera Plaza; Green Apple Books; and City Lights, who also had a few copies of my earlier novels.

See my previous post for some other Bay Area stores that may still have signed copies.

And if you’re free tonight, I’ll be doing one last reading in the city at The Booksmith at 7:30 PM.

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Signed Mirages in the Bay Area, part 1

Just a heads-up, this afternoon my media escort drove me around the Bay to sign stock. If you can’t make it to one of my readings, the following bookstores now have signed copies of The Mirage: Book Passage in Corte Madera; Books Inc. in Berkeley, Burlingame, and Palo Alto; Diesel in Oakland; and Moe’s Books in Berkeley.

Supplies are limited, so you may want to phone ahead.

More stock signings in the city tomorrow, and of course I’ll be reading at Borderlands tonight (7 PM) and The Booksmith tomorrow (7:30 PM).

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