Southern tour adventures, continued

Ellen Urbani’s national tour continues tomorrow at Octavia Books in New Orleans It’s the first leg of her twenty-city book tour, which started in Charlotte, and will end in Houston with an appearance at Brazos Bookstore on Wednesday, Aug. 26, followed by her 4 p.m. appearance at Powell’s City of Books in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday the 29th, then Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle on Sept. 3 with Stephanie Kallos.

After her appearance in Decatur at the Georgia Center for the Book, Ellen visited her alma mater, New College, a branch of the University of Alabama in the city of Tuscaloosa, where much of Landfall is set. She lectured at Dr. Ellen Spear’s class (on the first day of the semester, no less!), lunched with the president of the college, followed by a campus-wide sorority soirée, and catching up with former classmates in between activities.

Shearon Craig, Ellen Urbani, Kristen Lambert Osborn, and Rebecca Ballard at the University of Alabama on Aug. 20.

Shearon Craig, Ellen Urbani, Kristen Lambert Osborn, and Rebecca Ballard at the University of Alabama on Aug. 20.

The following day, Ellen ordered lunch for the staff and attendees at Lemuria Bookstore in Jackson, Mississippi. She sold out of books–not just for her event but for the next day’s Mississippi Book Festival, and had to fill demand with the just-in-case box in her rental car.

 

Ellen Urbani with a packed house at Lemuria Books!

Ellen Urbani with a packed house at Lemuria Bookstore! Photo credit: Paul Milner of Jackson.

 

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Some of the audience at Lemuria on Aug. 2, drinking sweet tea, and enjoying CrackerJacks and other treats provided by Ellen. Photo credit: Paul Milner.

Lemuria tweeted:

A great tweet from Lemuria, and a bonus photo of the luncheon event.

A tweet from Lemuria, and a bonus photo of the luncheon event.

The next morning Ellen made an appearance at the Mississippi Book Festival, before heading toward the Alexandria, Louisiana, Books-a-Million, which welcomed her warmly with a nice crowd and this beautiful display.

Part of LANDFALL takes place in Alexandria, LA.

Part of LANDFALL takes place in Alexandria, LA.

And there’s nothing like a warm cookie welcome. This amazing Landfall cake was a surprise from Ellen’s best friend from high school, Kristine Antoon, and her mother, Annie Collins.

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Ellen and Kristine Antoon with the fabulous LANDFALL cookie cake!

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Ellen, Annie Collins, and Kristine Antoon in Alexandria, Louisiana.

(For photos and tour notes from the first few days, see this link.)

Learn about all of Ellen’s stops, and she if she’ll be in your neighborhood, by using our calendar in the sidebar, or check out Ellen’s website events page.

Media coverage and other good news is available daily on the Forest Avenue Facebook and Twitter pages, and on Ellen’s Facebook and Twitter. We’re running a contest on Facebook and Twitter, offering the first five people who tag us in photos of Landfall on the shelf at their local bookstores, a free book from the Forest Avenue catalog. Here’s our very first entry from Hailey Fish, who visited her

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LANDFALL at Banks Square Books in Mystic, CT, courtesy of Hailey Fish!

 

 

And here’s another from the Philadelphia Barnes & Noble at Rittenhouse Square, which has a Hurricane Katrina display now. Landfall is on display at top-selling Barnes & Nobles across the country through Sept. 1, and is on the shelf at many others.

Photo courtesy Brigitte King.

Photo courtesy Brigitte King.

If you want to participate, tweet or message Forest Avenue Press at the above links with a photo from your local bookstore, and if you’re one of the first five, we’ll let you pick a book from our catalog!

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