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Subject: SKP's book tour schedule
Date Posted: 8/18/2011 9:52 PM ET
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     Here is my book tour itinerary for Lionheart.   I am very sorry that I couldn't go to Boston, Atlanta, Denver, and the other cities promoted by my readers.  Of course if I'd been allowed to go to all of the places I'd have liked to visit, I'd have been on the road for months.   I hope that those of you who live near these cities will be able to come out.  I always love meeting my readers, and that is especially true with my Facebook friends, for I feel as if I already know so many of you. 

Author Appearances for


By Sharon Kay Penman





Event:             CHESTER COUNTY BOOKS

975 Paoli Pike

West Goshen Center

West Chester, PA  19380

610-696-1661 TEL



Time:              7:00 PM 





2692 Madison Road

Rookwood Pavilion

Cincinnati, OH  45208

513-396-8960 TEL



Time:              7:00 PM




Event:             SCHULER BOOKS & MUSIC

1982 Grand River Ave


Okemos, MI 48864


517-349-8840 TEL



Time:              7:00 PM 




Event:             NICOLA'S BOOKS

2513 Jackson Rd.

Westgate Shopping Center

Ann Arbor, MI  48103734-662-0600 TEL



Time:              7:00 PM 






Event:             MURDER BY THE BOOK

2342 Bissonnet St

Houston, TX  77005

713-524-8597 TEL



Time:              4:30 PM




Event:             POISONED PEN

4014 N Goldwater Blvd

Ste 101

Scottsdale, AZ  85251

480-947-2974 TEL






Time:              2:00 PM




Event:             LEFT BANK BOOKS

at THE St. Louis County Library Headquarters

1640 S. Lindbergh

St. Louis, MO 

314-367-6731 TEL (Left Bank Books)



Time:               7:00 PM




Event:             BARNES & NOBLE

3535 US Route 1

Princeton, NJ  05840

609-897-9250 TEL


Date Posted: 8/18/2011 9:59 PM ET
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Le sigh. Nothing in my neck of the woods :/

Date Posted: 8/18/2011 11:11 PM ET
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I know!  ~sniff~

Date Posted: 8/19/2011 6:51 AM ET
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Ah, but I have peeps back in Michigan.  And Christmas is right around the corner!  My mom usually starts her Christmas shopping right around now, and she's only 15 minutes from Ann Arbor!  laugh

Date Posted: 8/19/2011 2:57 PM ET
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Oh -- very disappointing indeed. I missed my chance to see her when she was last in my neck of the woods in July 2009 -- though it was a memorable evening.  What made it memorable you ask? Well, I'll tell you:

I am sitting at my computer finishing up something before dinner.  My son and his friend are downstairs playing ping pong in our living room [yes, our ping pong table is -- well, was -- in the living room], with lots of yelling and hollering. (Ping pong among 19-year-old boys is apparently a loud and -- as we will soon discover -- extreme sport.) After one particularly piercing scream, my son rushes into the study and says, ""I think we have a problem."

I calmly respond: "What might that be?"

My son answers: "I think Mike (name has been changed to prevent further embarrassment) broke his leg."


I run down the stairs to find my son's 6'3" friend sprawled face down on my living room floor, moaning in pain, unable to move, with one leg bent at a clearly unnatural and obviously wrong angle.

I call Mike's mom; I call the ambulance. The EMTs arrive first -- they confirm that the leg is broken, and while they refrain from laughing when they hear what happened, I note hints of smiles and one suggests that Mike might want to come up with a better story about how he broke his leg than "playing ping pong."

Mike completely recovered after hours in the emergency room, a fancy cast, a surgery, and a couple months of restricted activity.

The ping pong table has since been collapsed and pushed into a corner. (Of course, one might reasonably ask why this wasn't done after a previous incident in which another of my son's friends hit a ping pong ball that ricocheted off the table, hitting the exact 1/8" spot on our grand piano where the lid prop supported the very large and heavy piano lid which then came crashing down, breaking the music stand and sounding like...well...exactly what you might think a 200-250 pound piece of solid wood would sound like if you unwittingly dropped it on a 125-year-old square grand piano that's been in the family for many, many years.)

Lesson: Don't set up a ping pong table in your living room.

Alternative lesson: don't allow your teen-age son to bring friends home.    

Date Posted: 8/19/2011 3:13 PM ET
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Hmm.  I am an hour and 20 min from Lansing and only a little less than 1 hr away if I leave from work.    Will have to think about sneaking off to this...


Date Posted: 8/19/2011 9:49 PM ET
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Oh Deb that is priceless! 

Holly Maybe you can go and "represent" for the H/F forum.  Get her to bless some books for us all.  LOL  After all we are the original Penmenians and are recoginised as such.  Right Cathy?

Date Posted: 8/20/2011 7:03 PM ET
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YAY...She's coming to Scottsdale, AZ.  I am going for sure. 

Thanks Letty!

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Date Posted: 8/20/2011 7:08 PM ET
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Josie, She always goes to the Poison Pen I think the owner is a particular friend of hers.

Date Posted: 8/21/2011 12:03 AM ET
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Really?  I'll have to scout it out before October 9th.

Date Posted: 8/21/2011 12:02 PM ET
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drats!  if she had chose to go to Denver I could have swung that....but alas!

Debbie - that was too funny!  Ping Pong was a huge "sport' in our household.  While ours was never set up in the living room, it was set up downstairs in the family room in the winter, back patio in the summer.  My mom even made the table because my brother's wanted one so bad.  Oh the memories.  No broken bones, but there was one stiched up chin from swinging the paddle hard with some "upper cut".

Date Posted: 8/22/2011 7:23 PM ET
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Your mom made your ping pong table? Wow -- that's impressive. Ping pong was big in our house as well -- I guess my folks should count their blessings that we never had any ping pong mishaps given 3 rowdy sons and 1 angelic daughter (yours truly, of course) -- though we certainly had other mishaps, largely involving motorized vehicles.