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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Joys of Winter Travel

Oh, Chicago. Oh, Chicago, Chicago, Chicago.

There are so many things I love about you. Boat-hopping in summertime; running along Lake Michigan during a perfect autumn day; fried chicken at Harold’s in Hyde Park; hot dogs, Chicago-style, and baseball games at Wrigley stadium; Sunday football; nights at the Brew n’ View; the high heels and high flash in the Viagra Triangle; perfect dirty martinis at Capital Grille. I could go on.

Here is what I DON’T love: getting snowed into a hotel without power, room service, wifi, or a functional minibar, during a blizzard of end-of-the-world proportions, when I am supposed to be sitting at a nice folding table at Anderson’s, signing books for my lovely fans, and perhaps sipping some sparkling grape juice to mark the release of DELIRIUM.

In other words: SNOMG.

As I sit here, illuminated by nothing other than the glowing blue light of my computer screen, PRAYING that the heat does not go on the fritz, I have to say that I am a teensy bit upset with Chicago right now—or at least, its weather systems.
But seriously, I’m really, really disappointed I didn’t get to launch DELIRIUM at Anderson’s, which remains one of my favorite bookstores in the country. For all you fans who were hoping to catch me tonight, first of all, I hope you’re safe and warm at home and second of all, PLEASE KNOW that I will, without a shadow of a doubt, be rescheduling this event for spring. I may not get back here until April, but I WILL get back here—and I will bring chocolate with me to thank you for your patience!!

***In the meantime, I did make it to Anderson’s earlier yesterday afternoon and I signed a bazillion copies of both Delirium and Before I Fall—so if you’re dying for a copy sporting my John Hancock, please just call the store at 630-355-2665*** and they’ll be happy to get one out to you (although don’t count on them being at work today—the blizzard’s still on, people!).

10 comments:

Cynthia said...

I hope you can make it to Houston on Thursday,, we will be terribly sad if you can't but totally understand. Keep warm!! =)

Theresa Milstein said...

Chicago is a little too far for me. Planning on touring around Boston?

Jasmine (The Reading Housewives) said...

I ordered my copy yesterday! We hope to see you back soon!

Meredith said...

I hope you make it to Houston! Though being stuck in glamorous Chicago doesn't sound too awful :)

Mrs. DeRaps said...

Coming to Portland, Maine, on this tour? Seems apropos, given the setting/ inspiration for the setting of this book...I'd travel the hours to come to the "big" city!

Kristen said...

Yes, I figured you would get stuck, poor Lauren! I hope to see you in the spring, where there is no chance of Snowpocolypses in the Chicagoland area. Love Andersons and darn evil winter weather storms. Hope the power turns back on soon! Ours is on out here in the suburbs, but my car is buried...

Ginger @ GReads! said...

You are too sweet to do that!! I'm sure the people in Chicago appreciate it :-) We're eager to see you here in Houston! But beware: it's still cold!!! Safe travels, Lauren!

Nicole said...

Any plans on hitting up Canada for a Delirium!!

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

It's too bad that the snowpocalypse affected your launch. I'm hoping the weather gets better come March...I'm hoping to make it out to CT to see you. It's a 3 hour drive for me, so snow=a no go.

Anna said...

Chicago missed you! And by Chicago, I specifically mean MOI. Please come back to us again so I can say hi! I promise we'll treat you better weather-wise.*

*Promise can only be fulfilled for a few painfully short weeks in June or July.

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