I love Chicago. Always have. It's a city I could spend weeks exploring. While I was there, I stayed with my pal Sally and her husband Steve, who spoiled me -- wonderful food, shopping, sightseeing, and we took in a comedy show at Second City, one of my favorite things to do!
I had an almost 'spa-like' stay while I was there, which means (although Sally probably doesn't realize it yet) I'll be knocking on their door next year when The Silver Compass comes out, wanting my old room back!
Yesterday's reading was great. It was held at Borders Books at 150 North State Street in Chicago and we had a nice crowd show up (whew). Thanks to all of the DDB Chicago staff who came out to join us, and a very special thank you to Katie and the rest of Border's staff, who made me feel so welcome and did such a wonderful job.
We arrived early and there were displays everywhere promoting The Penny Tree and (bonus) The Tin Box.
Sally did take a few pictures of me, but they were so bad (certainly not her fault) that I refuse to post them here. Instead, all you get is a cropped version of my eyes, looking happy, because I was. In fact, things went so well I've decided to beg my publicist to let me return to the same Chicago Borders next year when The Silver Compass comes out. Thanks again everyone!
Reminder: We're drawing names Saturday to give away three copies of The Penny Tree, so if you haven't added yours to the blog post below, better do it now.