The PARTIALS Launch is Tomorrow!

I am so excited, you guys. So excited. It feels like I’ve been waiting forever to share this book with all of you, and now I finally can. PARTIALS is a big book for me in a lot of ways–my first SF, my first real YA, my largest book, my biggest launch, and so on and so on–plus it’s just a plain old good story. I had a ton of fun writing it, and I hope you have fun reading it. I hope it makes you happy, I hope it makes you angry, I hope it makes you think, and I hope it makes you talk about all the things that made you happy and angry and thoughtful and sad and excited and every other reaction. If you want to talk to me personally, or even just get signature, here are all the events I have scheduled.

Note: last year I started going out to dinner after each signing, extending an open invitation to anyone who wanted to come along; this proved to be a big hit, and I met a lot of great people, so I’m continuing the tradition with PARTIALS. The rules are simple: suggest your favorite local place, no big chains allowed, and everybody pays for themselves (me included–I’m not in this to schmooze for free food). We’ll hang out and talk about reading and writing and whatever else you want to talk about, and it’s awesome.

February 28: Book Launch at Weller’s Book Works in Salt Lake City, UT

Weller’s Book Works is the new location for Sam Weller’s, now in Trolley Square. There’s great parking, a wonderful new store, and the same awesome people that make it one of my favorite bookstores. The signing starts at 7, and whenever we finish up (probably around 8 or 8:30) I’m going to head down the hall to Rodizio’s Grill for a “stuff yourself with food” party; this is the only signing at which I’ve already picked the restaurant, because it’s awesome and it’s right there.

February 29: Barnes & Noble in Orem, UT

This is my local store, just a few miles from my house; I even write there sometimes. I’ve had some of my biggest signings there, and the staff is always great. This is likely to end around 8, followed by dinner…somewhere. I’m open to suggestions.

March 9: Books & Books in Coral Gables, FL
6:30 PM

I have never been to this store, and in fact have never been to Florida. This event is the first stop of the March DARK DAYS tour, a really cool book tour with fellow dark YA authors Lauren Oliver and Claudia Gray. Their work is really great, so come and pick up some books. I’m complete stranger in Florida, like I said, so I’ll be relying on some really solid restaurant recommendations from you guys. I can’t guarantee that Lauren and Claudia will join us, but I will do my best to cajole them.

March 10: Barnes & Noble in Alpharetta, GA

I love Alpharetta; Georgia is consistently one of the most beautiful places I visit on tour, and I’m excited to be going back. This is the second stop of the DARK DAYS tour, so Lauren and Claudia will be here as well. Mid-afternoon is an odd time to go out to eat, but screw convention–I’m doing it anyway. At some point in the evening I’ll be stopping off to sign shelf stock at Peerless Books, and (if I can make it) Eagle Eye Books in Decatur.

March 11: Vroman’s in Pasadena, CA

Vroman’s is one of the biggest indie bookstores I’ve ever seen, and has a great staff that’s always reading and recommending new stuff. This is the last stop of the DARK DAYS tour, so again, Lauren and Claudia and I will all be there together, and it will be rad. It’s also relatively near one of my favorite barbecue places, so we might be going there after, but as always I am open to suggestions. Later that evening I’ll be signing shelf stock at Dark Delicacies in Burbank.

March 14: Orem Writes at the Orem City Public Library, UT
The Orem City Library is doing tons of writing related things this month, and I’m going to be there to talk about ‘The Publication Process’ (or whatever comes into my head at the time). This will be in the storytelling wing, and I’d love to see you.

March 16-18: LunaCon in Rye Brook, NY
Times TBA

I’m spending this weekend in NY to meet my editor and do some research for the PARTIALS sequel, and since that’s the same weekend as LunaCon I’m going to stop by whenever I can to hang out with their artist Guest of Honor, Dr. Howard Tayler. I don’t yet know when and where you’ll be able to catch me, but I’ll post it on my calendar here (left sidebar) as soon as I do.

• What’s Hot – Podcasts (Panel), Sat 10:00 – 11:00, Westchester Ballroom A2
• What’s Hot – Young Adult (Panel), Sat 13:00 – 14:00, William Odelle
• RPGS: Better to Burn Out than Fade Away? (Panel), Sat 15:00 – 16:00, Westchester Ballroom A3

March 23: Signing at Hastings in Ogden, UT

We’re still locking down the details on this one, and we’ll update this post and the calendar when we know more.

March 24: SLC Nerd in Salt Lake City, UT
From 2:00pm ’til the party stops

SLC Nerd is kind of like an SF convention with all the convention stuff stripped away; it’s a party full of gaming and geekery and local bands. This is the first year, and I think it’s going to be a lot of fun. I don’t have a reading or a signing or anything, but I will be there playing a public exhibition session of my L5R RPG campaign, featuring local luminaries Larry Correia, Paul Genesse, the guys from Elitist Book Reviews, and more. Come say hello, and maybe get roped in as a minor character.

March 29-April 1: World Horror Convention in Salt Lake City, UT
Times TBA

The World Horror Convention is back in Utah again, and I’m especially excited this year because Mike Mignola will be there. Two years ago I kind of shy-stalked him at DragonCon, meaning I followed him around and went to his panels and was too shy to say anything. I talked to his editor, though, so that’s something. Anyway, come to the con see him, and then maybe say hi to me while waiting in line or something. I’ll have at least a signing, probably a reading, and a couple of panels as well.

April 6: Signing in Logan, UT
Times TBA

We’re still locking down the details on this one, and we’ll update this post and the calendar when we know more.

April 18: Books and Co. in Dayton, OH

I have another DARK DAYS tour in April! This time around I’ll be touring with Kimberly Derting and Jill Hathaway, who are both awesome writers. I’ve been through Dayton once before, but don’t really know anything about it, so I look forward to meeting you and hanging out at some awesome local place.

April 19: Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville, IL

The second stop of the DARK DAYS tour with Kimberly and Jill. Again, I’m a total stranger in Illinois, so I’m excited to get to know everyone. As always, food will be eaten afterward.

April 20: Barnes & Noble in Burlington, MA

The final stop of the April DARK DAYS tour with Kimberly and Jill. I’ve never been to Massachusetts, though I’ve always wanted to visit. If you’re in the area, please come say hi, pick up a book, and hang out.

That’s the full schedule for now. You’ll note that some of my traditional tour stops (the Northwest and most of California) are not on this list, but never fear: when THE HOLLOW CITY comes out in July I’ll be hitting all of these places, culminating in a couple of events at San Diego Comic-Con. That tour will also see a return to Alpharetta, Houston, and anywhere else I can reasonably make it. If your area isn’t on any of these lists, by all means tell me which city and bookstore you’d like me to visit, and I’ll do my best.

23 Responses to “The PARTIALS Launch is Tomorrow!”

  1. I’ll be dropping by LunaCon as well. Not sure if I’ll end up on a panel or not, but at any rate I plan on being there at least on Saturday, so if you’re there that day too, see you around.

  2. Mindy says:

    Yay! I hope that “most of California” will be in the north! I’m up in Sacramento…but most signings are in SF. So I’m crossing my fingers that you come to the Sacramento/San Francisco area.

  3. admin says:

    I’ve signed in Sacramento before, but never got a very big crowd. That was a few years ago, though, so I’d be happy to try again. Do you have a particular store you recommend?

  4. Melanie says:

    Dan, have you ever considered making the short trip from your traditional Seattle stop to come to Vancouver Canada? I know authors some times have different publishers and whatnot for Canada than the US, but if you could come see us here, I’d be so very happy!

  5. Happy Book Birthday! See you in April!

  6. Yay Dan! So excited for you, and can’t wait to read it. Hoping to make it to the signing on Feb. 29.

  7. Jake says:

    Awesome I’ll see you in Alpharetta

  8. Lee Falin says:

    Congratulations Dan! Not for the first time, I wish I lived closer to the west coast.

  9. admin says:

    Most of my signing’s this time are not West Coast, Lee. Am I still missing you anyway?

  10. admin says:

    Jill, I just got a copy of SLIDE in the mail, and I’m excited to read it. See you in April!

  11. Diana says:

    Poop! I have an important class tomorrow night! (at the same time as the Orem signing) Do you know how long you’ll be there?

  12. Lee Falin says:

    Well I was thinking of the launch party. Unfortunately my lonely town in southwest VA is still over six hours away from the closest signing.

  13. admin says:

    Diana, I imagine I’ll be at B&N Wednesday night until about 8.

  14. Brett says:

    Congrats! I just picked up my copy via Amazon and am excited to read it. I want to come to the event in Rye; I’ll trek out of the Bronx to come see you. I missed you last time you were around NYC, and I want to make it for sure this time.

    As for a local place to eat, if you are willing to drive about 20 minutes south, you should go to any of the amazing restaurants on Arthur Ave, the real little Italy. Zero Otto Nove, Umberto’s, Giovanni’s, Dominick’s, and Ann and Tony’s are all amazing. Zero has the best pizza, where as Ann and Tony’s has the best marinara. Otherwise, they are all superb. You should go there instead of whatever is in Rye.

  15. Jack says:

    Awesome, it’s on kindle! I’ll be reading it right after I finish I Don’t Want to Kill You. c:

  16. Drat! Once again no Canadian dates. One day you’ll have to Calgary, Alberta, Canada to do a signing. I’m 17 chapters into Partials and loving it. I’ve gotten an e-copy and the audio version for my husband. You’ve really outdone yourself this time!

  17. I’m looking forward to seeing you in Alpharetta, GA. I already bought the ebook of Partials, but I’ll buy a physical copy for you to sign at the event.

    — david j.

  18. Please come to Portland again!

  19. I”m excited for you too!

  20. Brad Culwell says:

    So close, and yet so far. I will be close enough to attend the Dayton signing, but only until April 15th. Then it’s back to China for me. I think that’s the closest I’ve come to meeting one of the talented Wells brothers.

    Anyway, if you ever need a place to crash in middle-of-nowhere China, look me up!

  21. Joe Zieja says:

    Congratulations, Dan! Best of luck with it.

  22. Joe Zieja says:

    Oh, and I saw you wrote a story for the Writing for Charity anthology. That means I get to be on the same table of contents as you, as Eric just sent me word that he liked my story as well. I’m sorry that appearing next to me doesn’t help your career, but it does wonders for my ego!

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