This summer is looking crazy, in part because of various trips I'm not sure if I'm taking. For example, I don't know if they'll want me back to teach at Vermont, which would involve being there for the residency 6/27 - 7/8. If I am there then, it would make sense to plan the East Coast part of the publicity tour for that time period -- do the Amtrak thing, hitting Boston, Philly, New York, D.C., maybe Connecticut.
On the other hand, Kevin wants me to come to Banff with him, which is 7/9 - 7/16, possibly staying a few days later. I don't have any idea where Banff is, whether it's at all close to any other Canadian cities it would be worth doing publicity in. Nalo? Help? (Okay, I looked, and it's on the other side of Canada from the people I know, near Vancouver, instead of Montreal/Toronto. Dangit.)
And there's another argument for doing the East Coast a bit later -- Gavin's invited me to read in the KGB Bar Fantastic Fiction reading series, possibly on the August or September dates. So I could organize the East Coast part around that too. Of course, if I'm going to be on the East Coast at all, I should think about whether we're doing a SH workshop on the East Coast this year...
...which leads me to thinking about the possible West Coast SH workshop, and West Coast book tour possibilities -- Seattle (would Clarion arrange a reading for me at Elliot Bay?), Portland, Bay Area, Los Angeles (Otis College may fly me out to do a reading, even if they don't offer me a job). Madness. It feels so early to be looking at this -- but the thing is, people start scheduling up to six months in advance, especially for reading series. So now is the time, for a July book launch.
Keep in mind that there's still a decent chance that I'll be moving somewhere this summer, for an academic job that would start in late August. Eep.
6:00 p.m. update -- talked to Michael, and he is indeed a nice young man. :-)