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Write A Book, Do A Book Tour, Then What?

Ten years ago Hurricane Katrina blasted the Gulf States along the Redneck Riviera. How bad was it?

Driving from Louisiana to Florida on Interstate 10, I was surprised how far back the houses started.

Except they didn’t always start far back. Foundations remained from big places that once stood before Katrina’s landfall.

Motels were designed for wind and surf to pass through. At least the places that survived the storm had that. No big walls to fall over.

Ms Urbani’s novel is set in a world of bad weather, and she re-visited some of the places still devastated. You can still take devastation tours.

Saturday, August 29th, or tomorrow as we say around here, she brings her show to Powell’s in Portland.

Will you be there? You should.

From Ellen on facebook:

“I just got back into town from the Southern leg of the national tour, and can’t wait to celebrate LANDFALL’s release with all of you. See you at 4pm tomorrow — and be sure to plan to join us around the corner at Cassidy’s for the afterparty, too!”

This has all the fixings for a uniquely Portland event with Cheryl Strayed introducing Ellen. Yes, that Cheryl Strayed.

via Laura Stanfill

via Laura Stanfill

When I heard Ellen Urbani speak at a Willamette Writers meeting I knew something different was going on. Now this. The lady knows how to work the room and the road. She’s been out, now she’s back. Some of her travels made it to her facebook page. Great stuff by itself.

Have you seen someone, or heard them, and wondered if that’s who they are, or is it just a public mask?

Sometimes they work out. Read this post on Powell’s blog and see what you think. There’s talking the talk, walking the walk, then there’s living the life. Ellen does them all.
Does she have fans? From
“With her new novel Landfall, Ellen Urbani enters the world of American fiction with a bang and a flourish. She brings back the terrible Hurricane Katrina that tore some of the heart out of the matchless city of New Orleans, but did not lay a finger on its soul. It is the story of people caught in that storm and the lives both ruined and glorified in its passage. Her descriptions of the flooding of the Ninth Ward are Faulknerian in their powers. Its a hell of a book and worthy of the storm and times it describes.” Pat Conroy, author of The Prince of Tides.
After Powell’s it’s back on the road.
book tour
 4 o’clock tomorrow at Powell’s Books, downtown. See you there.


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