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Jan 2, 2008
2008 "Raising Children" Tour Schedule

HAP-PY NEW YEAR Y'ALL!

Thank God for giving us another one—let’s try to make Him glad He did!

The O-fficial World Premier of The Sweet Potato Queens’ Guide to Raising Children for Fun and Profit will be, as always, at my Home Book Store—LEMURIA—right here in Jackson—on Thursday, January 3rd at 5 p.m. Then we’ll be hitting the road in the latest incarnation of the Big A** Bus—just me and The Cutest Boy in the World, our three-legged dog Sostie and our newest fur-baby, B.D.  A big "THANK YOU" to Simon & Schuster for making this possible! CLICK HERE to check out the BIG A** BUS!

Our favorite journalist SHERRY LUCAS has a great piece on the new book in Tuesday's  CLARION-LEDGER and there’s a darlin’ photo of my baby girl—with her old Mama next to her! The cover photo of the new book is of that same baby girl—about 20 years ago—SIGH! Can’t believe she’s all growed up but I’m sure proud of her.

It seems a good many of you (like me) are computer-igmos and for various reasons associated with that igmonosity, have been unable to actually VIEW the book tour calendar at sweetpotatoqueens.com—so here it is, in plain sight at the end of this letter. Please find YOUR city on it and come see us! If you want to see it on-line CLICK HERE. Attention computer-igmos: if you place your cursor on anything within this letter that's either underlined or a different colored text...or both, and then click on it, your computer will open a new window for you and take you to the relevant information. This whole letter will still be there when you close that new window; so, you can finish reading the rest of the letter.

Don’t forget to wear your sparklies—there will be many photo ops. Remember we like to post the photos on the website so if you are in the Witness Protection Program, be sure to wear a disguise or tell the Cutest Boy in the World to avoid taking your picture altogether.

For those of you Spa Hounds (also like me!), my event at LAKE AUSTIN SPA RESORT will be on February 19. This will mark the END of this book tour and I plan to be on a treatment table round the clock—except for this event and of course, meal times. I expect you have a similar plan!

PARADE INFO—will be coming your way in February and not before! If you need a room at the Hilton-Jackson, the ONLY way to get one is to use the link on our FRIENDS page or just by CLICKING HERE.  If that shows “no vacancy,” book a room elsewhere and watch for e-mails from me. When the Hilton has cancellations—and they always do—I will let you know so you can grab ‘em. Weekend Passes, Brunch Tickets, Bravo! Reservations—ALL PARADE INFO will come to you in February so don’t worry about it now—just focus on YOUR OUTFITS and of course, COMFY SHOES!

I get e-mails all the time telling me that folks have added me as a FRIEND on MY SPACE or FACEBOOK or something called WAYN—and I gotta tell y’all—I don’t do any of that stuff. Mostly because I’m too stupid to figger ‘em out—but also because I do still answer every single e-mail y’all send to me personally and I just don’t have the time to do those other things. So please, don’t think I’m ignoring you—although I am! I’m not ignoring YOU—if you write to me, I’ll answer—but I don’t go on those sites a-tall, ever. If I should begin to do so, I’ll let you know!

There is a new video on the home page of sweetpotatoqueens.com—check it out! I will be posting ROAD WHININGS/RANTS every day (or so) along the way on the Big A** Bus Tour so be sure and tune in for those—and we will be posting photos in the Gallery from all the events, too.

The paperback edition of The Sweet Potato Queens’ Wedding Planner and Divorce Guide is also coming out this week and you know—at all signings, I am happy to sign not only the new releases, but all of the backlist as well—so haul all your books with you—I LIVE TO SERVE!

Be Particular—jillconnerbrowneTHEsweetpotatoqueenONTHEROADAGAIN


Thu, Jan 3
5:00 PM           Lemuria Books, Jackson, MS
202 Banner Hall, 4465 I-55 North, Jackson, MS 39206, Tel: 601-366-7619, Contact: Joe Hickman, Email: joe@lemuriabooks.com

Fri, Jan 4
7:00 PM           Windows A Book Shop, Monroe, LA
609 Park Avenue, Monroe LA 71201-4029, Contact: Elisabeth Grant-Gibson, Tel: 318-361-9004, Email: windowsabookshop@aol.com

Sat, Jan 5
4:00 PM           Wordsworth, Little Rock, AR
5920 R St, Little Rock, AR 72207, Tel: 501-663-9198, Contact: Mollie Savage, Email: wordsworthbooks@sbcglobal.net

Sun, Jan 6
3:00 PM           Davis-Kidd Bookseller, Memphis, TN
387 N. Perkins Rd., Memphis, TN 38117, Contact: Carley Cianciolo, PR/Events Coordinator, Tel: 901-683-2032 x1341, Email: ccianciolo@josephbeth.com

Mon, Jan 7
11:00 AM           Ingram—PRIVATE
Auditorium on Ingram campus

Mon, Jan 7
7:00 PM           Borders, Nashville, TN
330 Franklin Road, Brentwood, TN  67027, Store Tel: 615-221-8804, Contact: Jeff Jacob, District Marketing Manager, 2501 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN  37203, Tel:  615-329-3380, Email: Jjacob2@bordersgroupinc.com

Tue, Jan 8
7:00 PM           Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Lexington, KY
161 Lexington Green Circle, Lexington, KY 40503, Contact: Suzi Marques, Tel: 859-422-1424, Email: smarques@josephbeth.com

Wed, Jan 9
7:00 PM           Big Hat Books, Indianapolis, IN
@ off site location? Tel: 317-202-0203, Contact: Elizabeth (Liz) Houghton Barden Email: Elizabeth@bighatbooks.com; Note: Store address is 922 E. Westfield Blvd., Broad Ripple Village, Indianapolis, IN 46220

Thu, Jan 10
7:00 PM           Third Place Books, Seattle, WA
17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155, Contact: Wendy Manning, Tel: 206-366-3316, Email: wmanning@thirdplacebooks.com

Fri, Jan 11
7:30 PM           Powell's, Portland, OR
1005 W. Burnside Portland, OR 97209, Contact: Michal Drannen, Tel: 503-228-4651 x889, Email: michald@mail.powells.com

Sat, Jan 12
3:00 PM           Borders, Overland Park (Kansas City)
9108 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS  66212, Store Tel: 913-642-3642, Contact:  Laura Olinger, District Marketing Manager, 12055 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS 66213, Tel: 913-663-1143, Fax: 913-663-2284, Email: lolinger@bordersgroupinc.com

Sun, Jan 13
1:00 PM           Barnes & Noble, Des Moines, IA
4550 University Avenue West, Des Moines, IA 50266, Contact: Molly Olinger-Topf, Tel: 515-221-9171, Fax: 515-226-0930, Email:  CRM2921@bn.com

Mon, Jan 14
7:00 PM           Borders, Detroit, MI
34300 Woodward, Birmingham, MI  48009, Store Tel: 248-203-0005, Contact: Amy Stanton, District Marketing Manager, 45290 Utica Park Boulevard, Utica, MI 48315, Tel:  586-726-1178, Email: astanto1@bordersgroupinc.com

Tue, Jan 15
7:00 PM          Anderson's, Downers Grove, (Chicago) IL
5112 Main Street, Downers Grove, IL, Store Tel: 630-963-2665, Contact: Mary Yockey, Email: mary.yockey@andersonsbookshop.com, Contact: Candy Purdom, Email: candy.purdom@andersonsbookshop.com

Wed, Jan 16
20+ City Radio Satellite Tour
Details/schedule TBA

Thu, Jan 17
7:00 PM           Regulator, Durham, NC
720 Ninth Street, Durham, NC 27705, Contact: Tom Campbell, Tel: 919-286-6063,
E-mail: tom@regbook.com

Fri, Jan 18
7:00 PM           Malaprops, Asheville, NC
55 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC 28801, Store Tel: 828-254-6734, Contact: Alsace Young-Walentine, Email: Alsace@malaprops.com

Sat, Jan 19
5:00 PM           Barnes & Noble, Atlanta, GA
7660 North Point Parkway, Ste 200 Alpharetta, GA 30022, Contact: Dan Coffer, Tel: 770-993-8340, Fax: 770-518-9304

Sun, Jan 20
2:00 PM          Hawkes Library, West Point, GA
100 W 8th St., West Point, GA 31833, Tel: 706-645-1549, Contact: LuAnne Berlin,
Tel: 706-643-1519, Email: luberlin@knology.net

Mon, Jan 21
4:00 PM          Capitol News & Books, Montgomery, AL
1140 E. Fairview Avenue, Montgomery, AL 36106, Contact: Cheryl and Thomas Upchurch, Tel: 334-265-1473, Email: capitolbook@knology.net

Tue, Jan 22
5:30 PM           Pass Christian Books, Pass Christian, MS
6340 Kiln Delisle Road, Pass Christian, MS 39571, Tel: 228-255-5847, Contact: Rich Daley, Tel: 228-452-3982; Contact: Scott Naugle, Email: scott45@cableone.net, Cell: 228-216-3007

Wed, Jan 23
7:00 PM           Barnes & Noble, Baton Rouge, LA
2590 CitiPlace Court Baton Rouge, LA 70808, Contact: Abbye Hannie, Tel: 225-926-2600, Fax: 225-926-2396

Thu, Jan 24
5:30 PM          Books-a-Million, Katy, (Houston) TX
5000 Katy Mills Cir, Katy, TX 77494, Tel: 281-644-2665, Store contact: Tommy Tackett, Cell: 832-296-6605, Email: tackettt@booksamillion.com

Fri, Jan 25
5:00 PM           Twig Bookshop, San Antonio, TX
5009 Broadway St., San Antonio, TX 78209, Tel: 210-826-6411, Contact: Dinah Price, Email: twig@thetwig.com

Sat, Jan 26
3:00 PM           BookPeople, Austin, TX
603 North Lamar Blvd., Austin, Texas 78703, Contact: Alison Kothe Nihlean, Tel: 512-472-4288 x207, Email: events@bookpeople.com

Sun, Jan 27
2:00 PM           Borders, Dallas, TX
10720 Preston Road, Suite 1018, Dallas, TX 75230, Store Tel: 214-363-1977, Contact: Carlo Rich, District Marketing Manager, Tel: 214-363-9305, Email: crich@bordersgroupinc.com

Mon, Jan 28
7:00 PM           Barnes & Noble, Tulsa, OK
5231 East 41st Street, Tulsa, OK 74135, Contact: Jeff Martin, Tel: 918-665-4580

Tue, Jan 29
7:00 PM           Watermark Books, Wichita, KS
@ the Orpheum Theater, 200 North Broadway, Wichita, KS  67218, Contact: Beth Golay, Tel: 316-682-1181, Email: beth.golay@watermarkbooks.com, Contact: Sarah Bagby, Email: sarah.bagby@watermarkbooks.com; Bookstore info: 4701 E. Douglas

Wed, Jan 30
7:30 PM           Tattered Cover, Denver, CO
2526 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 8020, Tel: 303-322-7727, Contact: Charles Stillwagon, Tel: 303-436-9219 x 2736, Email: charless@tatteredcover.com

Thu, Jan 31
7:00 PM           Changing Hands, Tempe, AZ
6428 S McClintock Dr., Tempe, AZ 85283, Store Tel: 480-730-0205, Contact: Cindy Dach, Tel: 480-730-1142, Cell: 602-614-8717, Email: cindy.dach@changinghands.com; cindydach@yahoo.com

Fri, Feb 1
7:00 PM           Bay Books, Coronado (San Diego), CA
1029 Orange Ave., Coronado, CA 92118, Tel: 619-435-0070, Contact: Erna Lockhart, Email: smbooks@pacbell.net

Sat, Feb 2
2:00 PM           Corte Madera (San Francisco), CA
Book Passage Bookstore in Corte Madera, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA 94925, Tel: 415-927-0960, Toll Free: 800-999-7909, Fax: 415-924-3838, Contact: Karen West, Tel: 415-927-0960 x238, Email: kwest@bookpassage.com

Tue, Feb 5
6:00 PM          Alabama Booksmtih, Birmingham, AL
2626 19th Place, South Birmingham, AL 35209, Tel: 205-870-4242, Contact: Jake Reiss, Email: booksmith@mindspring.com

Thu, Feb 7
6:00 PM           Page & Palette, Fairhope, AL
32 S. Section St., Fairhope, AL 36532 Tel: 251-928-5295, Contact: Jennifer Myrick, Email: Jennifer@pageandpalette.com, Contact: Karin Wilson, Email: karin@pageandpalette.com, Contact: Keifer Wilson, Cell: 251-605-6476

Fri, Feb 8
12:00 Noon          Reed's Gum Tree Books, Tupelo, MS
131 W. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38804, Store: 662-842-6453

Sat, Feb 9
3:00 PM          Turn Row Books, Greenwood, MS
304 Howard Street, Greenwood, MS 39830, Tel: 662-453-5995, Contact: Jamie Kornegay, Cell: 662-392-9668

Sun, Feb 17 -- Tue, Feb 19
          Lake Austin Spa Resort, Austin, TX
"For the Love of Books." 705 South Quinlan Park Road, Austin, Texas 78732, Resort: 800-847-5637 (from U.S.), Local: 512-372-7300, Canada: 800-338-6651

 

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