Above: This picture makes me smile every time… over 125 enthusiastic people sat in this tent and listened to me talk at this year’s Spring Planting Festival in Mansfield, MO.
Pull out your calendars, I’m going on a book tour!
And not just any book tour… but The CSA Cookbook Road Trip, where I’m hittin’ the road for 6 weeks and 10,000 miles, going coast to coast (twice!) to spread the message of good food to good people.
Honestly, I wish I had 6 months for something like this, as I’ll barely be skimming the surface of this great country despite all those miles. In total, I’ll be making 14 tour stops with my co-driver and adventurer-in-crime, Will (you might know him as The CSA Cookbook photographer and, of course, Mr. Garden Betty). But all told, we’ll be making multiple stops along the way and I just. can’t. wait!
The book tour begins in my hometown of Las Vegas, and from there we’ll keep heading east to Denver and Austin. If you live in one of these cities, I sincerely hope we get to meet and chat at my upcoming events!
Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 7 pm – Las Vegas, NV
The Writer’s Block
I’m so thrilled to be speaking at the only independent bookstore in Southern Nevada! The CSA Cookbook Road Trip kicks off in my hometown and I’ll be doing a talk and Q&A at the newly opened Writer’s Block in downtown Las Vegas. Books will be available for purchase.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 7 pm – Denver, CO
A bookstore-slash-wine bar is a brilliant concept, and I wish every town had one! Come have a glass of vino with me as I chat about my new book and take your questions on top-to-tail farm-to-table cooking. Samples from my book will be served from their cafe, and books will be available for purchase.
Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 1 pm – Austin, TX
Métier Cook’s Supply (in conjunction with Green Gate Farms)
People tell me Austin has a thriving community of urban homesteaders and local food advocates… are they right?! Join me at this stunning shop for a presentation and Q&A. Let’s talk about all things veggies, gardens, and chickens! Books will be available for purchase.
To see where else I’m headed on my book tour this spring, check the Events page. The details for several events are still being worked out, but I’ll post more information as they finalize. I’ll also be adding a few west coast stops shortly!
And if you want to follow along on The CSA Cookbook Road Trip, I made a fun interactive map on Roadtrippers of our tentative route. I imagine we’ll be making plenty of turns off the beaten track, but if there’s a particular place I should stop and see along the way, or a detour you think I’d like of some scenic, strange, or beautiful sight near you, please share!
The CSA Cookbook Road Trip on Roadtrippers!
I am especially excited to team up with Kia Motors USA on this adventure! They have generously offered to loan me a vehicle for the tour and I am thankful, thrilled, seriously stoked. For the journey, I’ll be putting the 2015 Kia Sedona MPV to the ultimate driving test. I’m talking national scenic byways, back roads, and farm roads… hundreds of hours on asphalt and gravel and probably a little dirt, too. I’ve never taken a Sedona on an adventure before (which Kia bills as a multi-purpose vehicle, mind you, not a minivan), so by the end of this book tour, we’ll see how it stacks up against an SUV.
Be sure to follow @gardenbetty on Instagram for daily updates and inspiration as I make my way across the country!
NicoleamariaMay 15, 2015 at 2:31 pm
Aw, I’m sad you’re skipping the Bay Area. Come to Oakland please! There are tons of cute independent bookstores that I’m sure would love to have you.
Linda LyMay 20, 2015 at 11:50 pm
SF, East Bay, and Marin are all on my list for future events later this summer and fall! I head up there several times a year and love the local farm and food communities. Stay tuned for dates. 🙂
NicoleamariaMay 21, 2015 at 1:58 pm
Thank you so much for replying! I’ll look out for future dates.
Gretchen T. JohnsonMay 10, 2015 at 6:58 pm
No NM?! Sadz!
Linda LyMay 11, 2015 at 2:58 am
I’m sad too! So many beautiful places and not enough time! Hopefully there will be a Part II to my book tour at some point. 🙂
theGardenBettyMay 9, 2015 at 9:00 pm
#TheCSACookbook Road Trip is heading east to Las Vegas, Denver, and Austin! Will I see you at one of my book events? http://t.co/kOF4RXrLLT
theGardenBettyMay 8, 2015 at 9:02 am
#TheCSACookbook Road Trip is headed to Las Vegas, Denver, and Austin! Join me at one of my book signings. http://t.co/ksh752EBCv #booktour
theGardenBettyMay 7, 2015 at 6:01 pm
If you live in Las Vegas, Denver, or Austin, please join me at one of my book events! http://t.co/EwyCP5zlRh #thecsacookbook #booktour
theGardenBettyMay 7, 2015 at 12:00 pm
Calling all readers in Las Vegas, Denver, and Austin! #TheCSACookbook Road Trip kicks off next weekend! http://t.co/7wGWlRS1Zr #booktour
I love ApplesMay 7, 2015 at 11:24 am
When has a free loaner car never “stacked up”? 😉
Linda LyMay 7, 2015 at 3:57 pm
LOL, true! Though I’ve never taken a midsize car on a long trip before, so the ultimate test will be how much stuff it can haul. 🙂
Tricia K.May 7, 2015 at 9:37 am
Oh my goodness you’re coming to Denver and I’m so excited! I just got back into town from a 3wk vacation so just now getting my seedlings ready and catching up on all your blog posts and getting jealous I wasn’t able to attend your book signing. Woohoo I will be there and hopefully you spend a few days with your man exploring the Rockies. You will enjoy, enjoy, enjoy 🙂
Linda LyMay 7, 2015 at 3:57 pm
Yes! Excited! See you soon Tricia!
MaoMaoKittyMay 7, 2015 at 8:01 am
Woohoo! I hope you’ll keep us posted on where you’ll be stopping along the way. Hope to see you in NYC!
Linda LyMay 7, 2015 at 4:04 pm
I’ll be posting all my tour stops in the coming weeks but you can also find them at http://gardenbetty.com/events .
And I am definitely coming to NYC – East Harlem, in fact! The Urban Garden Center is Manhattan’s largest garden center; they even have chickens onsite! I hope you can make it on May 31! (Sometime in the late afternoon, time TBA.)
Deb at Counting My ChickensMay 7, 2015 at 7:51 am
Well, shoot. Spring Green WI is the closest you will get to me. Feel free to take a detour down to Iowa City. Our thriving community of local food advocates would love to see you here! : )
Linda LyMay 7, 2015 at 4:05 pm
Maybe you should do your own road trip to the Wisconsin River Valley?! 😉
Deb at Counting My ChickensMay 8, 2015 at 6:23 am
I just may do that. I have relatives in the area. Do consider a side trip to Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa. It’s not too far from the Wisconsin-Minnesota border and is right up your alley. http://www.seedsavers.org/
Linda LyMay 11, 2015 at 3:06 am
Thanks for the tip! 🙂
TeresueMay 7, 2015 at 6:36 am
Dang it! Of all the days you could be in Austin, you’re here right in the middle of my cousin’s UT graduation ceremony. Maybe I’ll have to road trip somewhere…
Linda LyMay 7, 2015 at 4:06 pm
My second stop, Denver, isn’t too far from Austin if you’re up for a little adventure. 🙂 And you’ll be arriving to a nice and well deserved glass of wine!