In which I return from Canada, bearing gifts

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binding by Richard Smart

As usual, I had a wonderful time reading at Pulpfiction Books in Vancouver, BC last Friday. Store owner Chris Brayshaw and his significant other Lisa Jean Helps took me out to dinner and let me know that, in the event of a Donald Trump regency, they’d be happy to sponsor me and my Lisa for Canadian citizenship. I love Vancouver, so if I ever did have to flee the U.S. I could see settling there, though given current real estate prices I’d probably have to sell the family Picasso to afford it. (Note to self: acquire a family Picasso.)

While I was at the bookstore I got a surprise visit from Richard Smart of the Old English Bindery, who’d been commissioned by my friend Ed Smith to do a custom-bound version of Lovecraft Country. Richard has previously done special bindings for The Mirage and Bad Monkeys, but this one is particularly cool, with a definite Lovecraftian grimoire vibe.

In other good news, Charlie Jane Anders wrote a wonderful review of Lovecraft Country for io9.com, declaring it “one of the most thrilling books of the year.” (Thanks, Charlie Jane!) Lovecraft’s hometown Providence Journal has also weighed in, calling Lovecraft Country an “adventure-stuffed, often terrifying, always thrilling, rollicking roller coaster of a novel.”

My next public appearance will be here in Seattle, at Emerald City Comicon, where I’ll be signing books at the University Book Store booth (#5100) on Friday, April 8, from 11 AM to noon. And a week later I’ll be taking another trip down to Oregon, to read at the Book Bin in downtown Salem, OR on April 15 at 7 PM. Hope to see you there!

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