Tour Wrap

Under the heading of “Better Three Months Late Than Never,” I thought I’d better put the Gutshot Straight January world tour to bed.
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The Frozen Midwest

After a relatively slow-paced interlude in Minneapolis, it was back to the tour’s typical whirlwind, Amazing-Race, Move-Your-Ass-Like-the-Armenian-Mob-Is-After-You pace. I flew into Milwaukee, rented a car, and drove two hours down to Chicago, where I did a few drop-in signings and then gunned across town
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Minnesota Nice

The best time to visit Minneapolis, I’d been warned, is not January. But despite the cold and the snow I still found the city to be an inviting place with a lot of character. Which also accurately describes the crime/mystery bookstore Once Upon a Crime.
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Midtown America

My red-eye flight from Seattle to Newark was uneventful, if by “event” you mean any kind of sleep whatsoever. I was too tired to calculate how many, or few, hours of sleep I’d had over the past few days, but I did manage despite my grogginess to find the shuttle and make it to my hotel in Manhattan
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Coast to Coast

Next up was one of the more challenging, Amazing Race-esque stretches of the Gutshot Straight book tour: from Oakland to Seattle for an event at the Seattle Mystery Bookshop, then right back to SEA-TAC for an overnight flight to Newark, followed by a day of drop-in signings at bookstores in Manhattan.
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Back on the Bay

Next stop for the Gutshot Straight world tour was the San Francisco Bay Area. My wife and I lived here for nine years when I was teaching at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga. The Bay Area felt like home the first time I saw it, and it still feels that way
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L.A. Confidential

After Vegas, I flew into Burbank (travel tip for those, if any, who care: Burbank is a much easier airport to navigate than LAX).

My first stop was downtown Los Angeles.
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What Happened in Vegas

My next stop on the book tour was beautiful Las Vegas. And it was beautiful – mild January weather, crystal-clear air, the distant mountains in such sharp detailed relief if was like you could reach out and tap one.
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Home Court Advantage

It’s been a blur of shapes and colors these past six days – Oklahoma City, Las Vegas, Thousand Oaks, Los Angeles, Corte Madera, San Francisco; airports and rental cars; on-ramps and parking lots; bookstores and bookstores – and I can’t believe it’s only been six days.
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Deep in the Heart of Texas

The GUTSHOT STRAIGHT world tour started last week with a two-stop jaunt to Texas. I can’t speak for anyone else involved, but I had a total blast.
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I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide

GUTSHOT STRAIGHT goes on sale next Tuesday and I hit the road the day after: 18 cities in 25 days (full book tour schedule here). By the standards of any self-respecting indie band living out of a 1988 Ford Econoline van, it’s not that brutal of a schedule, but I won’t have the redemptive power of rock and roll to sustain me. Or roadies.
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