Tour Updates from the Road

Ellen Urbani is on the fourth day of her twenty-city, multi-leg book tour for Landfall, called “a hell of a book and worthy of the storm and times it describes” by Pat Conroy.

She flew into Charlotte, North Carolina (family in tow), on Monday, where she read at Park Road Books to an overflow crowd.

Ellen reads to an overflow crowd at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC. Photo courtesy of Sarah White.

Ellen reads to an overflow crowd at Park Road Books in Charlotte, NC. Photo courtesy of Sarah White.


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Katie Maree, Sarah White, and Ellen Urbani at Park Road Books on Monday, Aug. 17.


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Ellen with the giveaway winner at Park Road Books; every event includes a basket prize, with southern goodies and a copy of one of Forest Avenue Press’ titles.


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The Women’s National Book Association – Charlotte chapter had a luncheon with Ellen Urbani on Tuesday, before she headed to her next stop. Photo credit Carin Siegfried of WNBA-Charlotte.


After Charlotte, she headed to Spartanburg, South Carolina, for an appearance at Hub City, where all but one book sold, and where the audience all went out for a bite to eat afterwards.

Late that night, after the Spartanburg festivities, Ellen traveled to Athens, GA, to meet up with the NAACP’s “America’s Journey for Justice.”

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Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley on the road in Alabama with the marchers Aug 2. Merkley personally called Ellen when he learned she would be participating in the march with this Athens stopover and again at the final stop in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 16, before her appearance at Kramerbooks.


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Ellen and Keshia Thomas–read more about Keshia’s incredible story on Wikipedia–during the NAACP march’s stop in Athens, GA.


Ellen’s next stop was Decatur, Georgia, for the Georgia Center for the Book.


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Ellen and Cathy Church Linton, her former college roommate, reunite before the LANDFALL event at the Georgia Center for the Book in Decatur.


Back in Oregon, coverage on OPB and in the Oregonian are forthcoming this weekend, and we’re acting as the ground crew to provide information to upcoming tour stops, catch all the media coverage about Landfall, and we’re awaiting news of the next stops on this leg of the tour–Tuscaloosa today, for a college visit and a sorority soiree at the University of Alabama, her alma mater; followed by Jackson, Mississippi, for Lemuria Books and the Mississippi Book Festival; Alexandria, LA, for a reading at the local Books-a-Million; New Orleans for an Octavia Books event, and Houston, Texas, where she’ll appear at Brazos Books. During her brief respite, and return to Oregon, she’ll officially launch Landfall in Portland at Powell’s City of Books at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, with Cheryl Strayed introducing her.

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.

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  1. […] 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 […]

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