In preparation for the Cupcakes Across America/FLY AWAY HOME tour, which kicks off at the Lincoln Center Barnes & Noble in NYC tomorrow night at 7:30, here’s What to Expect When You’re Expecting to Go to a Reading.

WHEN SHOULD I COME? Come early. Not crazy-early, but if you want a good seat, shoot for fifteen minutes before start time.

WHAT HAPPENS? Generally, I talk and tell stories for fifteen to twenty minutes. Possible topics include my mother, reality TV, what Eliot Spitzer’s escort was doing that was worth $5,000 a session and how no good can ever come from a three-hour massage.

I’ll read a brief (two to three page) excerpt from FLY AWAY HOME. Then I’ll take questions for another twenty minutes or so, which is always my favorite part of the night.

Then I sign books.

Also, there will be cupcakes, so come hungry (tomorrow night they’re from the Magnolia Bakery; the Philly cupcakes are from Betty’s Speakeasy). Seriously, do NOT leave me alone at the end of the night with dozens of uneaten cupcakes. It won’t be pretty.


DO I HAVE TO BUY THE BOOK AT THE STORE/EVENT?
It’s a nice gesture, and the bookstores strongly prefer it (plus, if they sell a ton of books they’ve got a better shot at getting me, and other authors, to come back). That being said, I’ve never seen anyone pulled out of line or turned away for having purchased a book elsewhere. Use your own judgment.

I’VE GOT ALL YOUR BOOKS. WILL YOU SIGN THEM ALL? I am happy to sign any book you bring (provided it’s one that I wrote). However, if the book store or event organizer has different rules, or needs to keep the line moving, I will defer to their wishes.

CAN I TAKE A PICTURE? But of course!


I’M COMING TO HEAR YOU AT A LIBRARY/AUDITORIUM. CAN I BUY THE BOOK THERE?
All of the non-bookstore events I’m doing WILL have books for sale on site. Never fear!

I'm looking forward to seeing lots of you on the road -- you can find all the tour dates here. FLY AWAY HOME comes out tomorrow, and without being annoyingly self-promote-y, I would love it if you'd pick up a copy. I had a great time writing it, and I hope you'll love reading it this summer.

Jen