The book. It’s been on my brain (and in my belly) a lot… for the last 12 months. It’s like an extra long gestation period and come next February, I’ll finally be able to meet my book baby!
It still seems a long way off to everybody but me. And while it might appear that my journey will be “complete” by the time the book is released, the next part of the journey is really just beginning. This is the time when I start thinking about publicity, book parties (!) and book signings, and I am so, so excited to tour the country, spread the message of good food to good people, and put some faces to the names I’ve always seen online.
Friends, this is where I need your help!
Do you want me to make a stop in your town? Tell me where that is!
Know of a festival, fair, or dinner party that happens in your community? Put it on my radar!
Are you part of a CSA farm, garden club, cooking club, or retail shop (dealing in books, home and garden, or whole foods) and you think it would be a fitting place for an event? Let’s make it happen!
(You’ll notice I included Southern Canada on the map… because, well, why not? We can take this international!)
There is nothing I love more (aside from cooking and gardening, of course) than exploring new places and meeting new people, and I can’t wait to hear your ideas on where I should go and what I should do. I am currently planning a few events for next spring and hope to include a variety of book signings, talks, classes, and demos, and maybe share a few farm-to-table meals with you all!
Thank you for the daily love and support and for spreading the word about my book. I continue to be stunned and thrilled and humbled with every person telling me he or she just preordered a copy.
Your constant encouragement (since Day One!) and loyal readership are what keep me going, and I can’t wait to set off on this next adventure together. Crossing my fingers that I get to meet many of you for the first time as I make my way around the country next year!
MaoMaoKittyMarch 3, 2015 at 5:57 am
Would love to hear you speak at Word bookstore in Jersey City, NJ!
Linda LyMarch 3, 2015 at 9:14 pm
Thanks for the suggestion! I’ll look it up!
MichelleFebruary 24, 2015 at 8:56 am
San Mateo, CA
Linda LyFebruary 24, 2015 at 3:22 pm
Bay Area is on the list for sure! 🙂
JayFebruary 9, 2015 at 10:33 am
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Linda LyFebruary 12, 2015 at 11:26 pm
Whoa… is that where you’re based? How cool!!
Mojave888February 7, 2015 at 1:56 pm
Morgan Hill California! We’re a smaller semi-agricultural community about 15 minutes south of San Jose. We have several year round downtown festivals, I’ll have to check and see what’s coming up.
Linda LyFebruary 7, 2015 at 3:56 pm
Thanks for the suggestion! I’ll have to look into that area more.
MaryFebruary 1, 2015 at 10:48 am
Come to Portland! It’s not too far from Seattle and I’m sure many people (including me) would love to have you come.
Linda LyFebruary 1, 2015 at 3:27 pm
Portland is DEFINITELY on the list! I haven’t been but I have a feeling I’ll love it. 🙂
StephiJanuary 30, 2015 at 8:59 pm
I’d love to have you visit my western suburb of Chicago. We have a great farmers market in the summer (some who have a CSA program). Our high school also does a once a month “farm to fork” program. Enjoy your tour!
Linda LyJanuary 31, 2015 at 6:42 pm
Thank you for the suggestion! I’ll add Chicago to my list of possibilities!
Jen NickelJanuary 11, 2015 at 7:30 am
If Seattle is on your radar, Vancouver BC is only a couple hours north! We would absolutely LOVE to have you here, and There are multiple places that could host you! The CSA movement is really popular up here, and I know you’ll be very warmly received. Hope you can make it a possibility, id be thrilled to see you here!
Linda LyJanuary 11, 2015 at 11:07 pm
I looooove Vancouver! I’ll have to look up potential venues, but if you know of any great ones off hand, I’d appreciate your suggestions!
Linda LyJanuary 9, 2015 at 3:54 pm
Thank you for the link! I’ll look into that more!
Linda LyJanuary 9, 2015 at 1:41 am
That’s actually a photo of a map I have on my wall, pinned with places I’ve already been. 🙂 But I plan to make at least one stop in TX, and Dallas seems to be a popular one so far! I’ll look into it and see if it’s possible, thanks for your suggestion!
Linda LyJanuary 9, 2015 at 1:37 am
I’ll be collaborating with Edible this year on book and food-related stuff, so I may just end up there at some point! (Are you going to the conference?)
KurtFrieseJanuary 11, 2015 at 8:01 am
Yes! See you in NOLA!
Linda LyJanuary 9, 2015 at 1:32 am
I would love to look into all of that, I haven’t traveled the midwest much so this would be a great opportunity to see what it’s all about! Thanks for the suggestions!
Linda LyJanuary 9, 2015 at 1:20 am
Thanks so much for the suggestion! I adore that area so I hope I can make it to one of those islands near Seattle.
Linda LyJanuary 9, 2015 at 1:10 am
That sounds amazing, I’d love to stop by! Will be contacting you for more info soon!
Linda LyJanuary 9, 2015 at 12:56 am
That all sounds wonderful, I’ve never been to any of those towns and would love to visit at some point. I’ll look into Lexington further!
KimRidge FarmerJanuary 9, 2015 at 7:30 am
I’ll be happy to see you here.
Erin MurrayJanuary 2, 2015 at 12:38 pm
Come to Seattle! There is a great community cookbook store called Book Larder that hosts cookbook authors, chefs, etc. It would be the perfect spot for you to come share your new book, cook, and meet those of us in the northwest that love your blog!
Linda LyJanuary 9, 2015 at 12:09 am
Seattle will definitely be a stop for me! Thanks for the suggestion!
AnnDecember 29, 2014 at 7:52 am
We would love to have a book signing in Dallas, Texas at our new 1 acre garden. A garden for teaching WaterWise practices and teaching children about gardening and composting, worms, butterflies, and growing their own veggies. We have indoor kitchen space, too, for a class with you as our featured speaker. Garden Betty, I think you would love Dallas, Texas and I know we would love hosting you!
Linda LyJanuary 9, 2015 at 12:09 am
I will add Dallas (and Dallas Garden Buzz) to my list of places to consider. Thanks!
Gaga's GardenNovember 24, 2014 at 10:22 am
You know where I think would be a wonderful place for you to stop?
Vandalia, Ilinois! The original State Capital of Illinois, Land of Lincoln and close to my home Gaga’s Garden, the best B & B for Ms. Linda in Ramsey, Illinois!
Warmest regards, See you on your stop here on your book tour!
Linda LyJanuary 9, 2015 at 12:10 am
I hope to see you again this year. 🙂
Laurin RavenscourtNovember 17, 2014 at 7:32 am
I just pre-ordered your book. I am so excited. I belong to Central City Co-op in Houston and get my farm share from Gunderman’s farm about 70 miles southwest of me. It is a challenge to figure out what to do with the weekly bounty. I make a lot of soup : ) I also grow some herbs and veggies here at home. There many farmers markets in Houston many hosted by Urban Harvest a local organization that helps people learn about organic gardening. There are many great nurseries that host talks that are well attended. One is Buchanan’s Native Plants in Houston the other is Arbor Gate in Tomball. Would love to see you come to Houston it is a big venue with a lot of local flavor : )
Linda LyJanuary 9, 2015 at 12:15 am
Thanks for letting me know about those venues, I’ll look into them more. I’m hoping I can make it to Houston this year!
Chris WNovember 3, 2014 at 4:45 pm
tullahoma, tn we are an hour from chattanooga tn and there is a sunday farmers market and craft show that you might look into!
Linda LyJanuary 9, 2015 at 12:19 am
Thank you, I’ll consider this!
RNdivaOctober 31, 2014 at 9:17 pm
Bayou Vista Texas!
Linda LyJanuary 9, 2015 at 12:22 am
Thank you! I’ll look into this area!
Deborah JacobsOctober 31, 2014 at 7:26 am
Hershey Pa…yes, chocolate town. We have a few festivals in Lebanon Pa. Our CSA is Spiral Path. We are about 60-90 minutes from Philadelphia but come to our area. We are known for our Pa Dutch cooking. We have a large Amish population. Our cooking is diverse. Canning and “putting up” is a way of life here.
Please come see us. We have lot’s of local color.
I’d love to help if you come here.
Linda LyJanuary 9, 2015 at 12:26 am
Thank you for the suggestion. I hadn’t thought of Hershey but will definitely keep it in mind!
MandyOctober 30, 2014 at 3:10 pm
I live in West Boylston, MA. I belong to New Lands Farm CSA which supports refugees and immigrant farmers who are in desperate need of jobs. This area is a “right to farm” community. 🙂
Linda LyJanuary 9, 2015 at 1:45 am
I’ll look them up, thank you for the suggestion!