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You can totally go home again: Campbell Conference & Raven Bookstore

posted Jul 3, 2015, 2:52 PM by Tina Connolly   [ updated Jul 3, 2015, 9:18 PM ]
Lawrence Public Library - Copperhead
I always have a great time in Lawrence. I mean, it's weird to be back, don't get me wrong. Especially what's weird--for me--is that there's this sizable community of SF writers and YA writers. Which is, of course, great. But weird for me, because I didn't know any of that existed when I was growing up there. I only started writing at all a couple years before I moved away, and I didn't know there was a whole world of workshops and cons in general until I went to Clarion West in 2006. 

So, weird but great. That's Lawrence in a nutshell, anyway, and why it's always nice to go back.

I stopped by the Lawrence Public Library. I haunted that place growing up, and now they've redone it, and I hadn't seen the finished building yet. It's very lovely and much more airy. AND, I was able to get a pic of Copperhead (the rest of the series was checked out) along with a couple of my friend J.K. Cheney's books. (The Golden City & Seat of Magic there on the left.) So yeah, there's obviously something amazing about seeing your books in your hometown library, even if they're shelved in a different spot than they used to be (and I couldn't tell you what used to be where they are now; the new layout breaks my brain when I think about it too hard.)

Had a MARVELOUS signing at the Raven Bookstore. It was packed to the gills with old friends and new friends. (Thank you SO much, all of you.) My son decided to come up to the front in the middle of my reading and proclaim "buy Mama's book," which as interruptions go, was pretty sweet.

Another nice signing at the KU Bookstore during the Campbell Conference (and there should be a few signed copies left at both bookstores). And then hung out for the Repeat Offenders writing retreat at KU CSSF, while the grandparents (all four of them) plus siblings helped out with the kids (thank you all!)

Also, it turns out getting to sit down in a quiet room by yourself for ten days will allow you to put a truly remarkable amount of words down on your book. (Yay!)

Here's some more Seriously Wicked links for you. I have a couple July appearances coming up (a YA trivia night in North Plains, and an opportunity for you to see 10 mins of BOX for free in Milwaukie) but mostly I'll be inside finishing SW2.

Oh, and for you librarians out there - Seriously Wicked is one of the August selections through the Junior Library Guild! I love how it makes sure to note that the book has an "Appendix of spells."