Whirlwind Book Tours and Mermaid Camps

So I’ve been all over the place in the last few months, from the northernmost city in the US (Barrow, Alaska!) down to Florida’s Weeki Wachee Springs and all kinds of places in between. This past weekend I was at Timothy Schaffert‘s amazing downtown Omaha lit fest (his new novel Swan Gondola comes out in February and looks amazing) and was on panels with stunning authors like Alissa Nutting, Monica Drake, Owen King, and Kelly Braffet, who was also, weirdly and awesomely, at the reading I did in Honesdale, Pennsylvania, the weekend before (at Moody Road Studios). Here’s a photo from the panel on likability:

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Sunday morning I flew back from Omaha and went straight to Brooklyn for Amy Shearn‘s Lit at Lark series. Here I am with my fellow readers, novelist Stephanie Lehmann and memoirist Patty Chang Anker:

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Oh, I also did a mini Pennsylvania book tour in August with my good friend Jeanine Cummins, whose novel The Crooked Branch came out last spring. Here we are at From My Shelf Bookstore in Wellsboro:

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And last month I did a cool reading at Tampa’s Inkwood Books and had Weeki’s amazing Barbara Wynns, who’s a current performing “alumni” mermaid and leads Weeki’s mermaid camps for adult woman, and Julie Komenda, Weeki’s artist-in-residence join me and speak to the small crowd. Here we all are with Inkwood owner Stephanie:

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The best part of that trip was attending Weeki’s mermaid camp for the second time (I wrote about the first time here) and being in that magical crystal-clear spring again. Here’s a shot of me kissing the David statue:

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And pretending to be Superman:

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And just hanging out spring-side in a mermaid tail, as you do:

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This coming weekend I’ll be signing books at Nora Roberts’ awesome store Turn the Page in Boonsboro, Maryland, along with the great lady herself and several other witchy writers (the theme is romance and magick). Maybe I can be more on the ball, take a photo or two, and learn some devastating new spells. If they’re lucky.

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