(graphic design of flyer by Libby Bulloff, photo by me of a chicken named The Childlike Empress).
On Thursday, Feb 4th, Seattle’s Starfish Studios will be hosting myself and jeweler Noah Beasley as featured artists for their monthly artwalk show. It’s at 619 Western Ave, Fourth Floor South, from 6-10. It’s a one-day show, so please come out! I’ll be displaying work I haven’t yet put on the internets, but I’m really proud of it: I think it is some of my darkest work I’ve done, exploring what it means to open someone you love with a knife and fill them with cotton.
Tonight is the event that I booked my tour around: I’ll be doing a presentation at Powell’s (the world’s largest independent bookstore, for whatever that’s worth) tonight at 7:30pm, speaking with Ursula K Le Guin. Ursula is, and I know I’m not alone in this, without a doubt one of my literary heroes: unabashedly political and personal at the same time, not afraid of “genre,” and just, well. Yeah. If you’re in Portland, don’t miss this.
Tucson, Arizona: I spoke at what was Dry River‘s first event since running into (and navigating) a bit of a legal mess. The place was packed. Plus, I ate a ton of really cheap awesome burritos, since I was there for three days.
Los Angeles: I’d never been to Los Angeles before, and it’s sort of frightful, I have to admit. But I had a perfect excuse to listen to Black Planet by sisters of mercy (driving down the highway 101, heading for sunset [boulevard]). The weather was eerily warm, but the reception at Book Soup was warm as well, and I met several awesome folks, including the first time I’d met Carissa van den Berk Clark, who is in my book, in person.
Santa Barbara: I met the earth first! roadshow folks in a park in front of city hall, after busking on State street. It was refreshing to do an event outside, and it was creepy to be wearing a tshirt. The EF! folks did an awesome job afterwards of making everyone feel connected, and it was a pretty good place.
Santa Cruz: Santa Cruz is full of shiny people. That is, full of people that I’d known for years but hadn’t seen in equally as long, as well as awesome new folks. Today I saw sea lions and they weren’t even in a prison zoo. The event was at SubRosa infoshop and was coordinated by the talented artist and interesting fellow Wes Modes. Hurrah for anarcho-steampunks!
Right now I’m in San Francisco, getting ready to speak at Modern Times.
I’m halfway between Austin and Tucson (which is to say, I’m in El Paso) and I’m probably more than halfway done with the driving, but only a quarter done with my book talks. And it’s been going awesome. The book talks, to be sure, but I just feel… I feel like myself again. I was worried, going into this tour: who would ever want to travel with an itinerary? Where’s the fun (read: chaos) in that? But the trip has been full of adventure. Shove an amazing and rotating cast of 4-5 folks into a minivan, and everything will be interesting, if nothing else.
I’d been to New Orleans only briefly, but this time I may have left my heart there. I watched birds fly before the endless sunset while on an abandoned rooftop punk show, I found rusty stuff everywhere, and the Iron Rail Infoshop is one of the best I’ve ever seen. (It’s crusty friendly, and seems to be holding it down for anarcho and crusty, which is a dying trend across the country).
I’d never stepped foot in Houston before, but Sedition Books is lovely, and the place was packed for the book talk. And the hospitality? Incomparable.
The Red & Black Ball has been rescheduled for January 2nd. Anyhow, this is a flyer I designed for the event, even though I won’t be able to make it myself, as I will be in New Orleans. Eventually I’ll stop using the font “Headline One” so much, I promise. But it’s such a nice font!
As you might notice, there’s a big ole gap in there between Texas and Oregon. I’m working on scheduling something in Tucson, but if anyone reading this is somewhere between Tucson and Portland, I’d love to get in touch about setting up an event in your town.
Further, if you live in one of these aforementioned towns, you would become my instant hero if you were to repost or twitter about the event, and even more so if you were to print out the flyers and distribute them!
I’ve been having a great time doing this presentation, and I really think it’s done a good bit for spurring appreciation for fiction in radical scenes, and of informing folks about the radical bias many “mainstream” authors have and had that has been left out of the classroom.