Friday, April 17, 2009
European Tour - a call for bookstores.

First: My Thanks

Thanks to everyone who offered their congratulations.

(I'd be more properly verbose and flowery, but I have to be brief here. I'm using borrowed internet up here in the northwoods of Wisconsin, and this place is closing in 15 minutes.)

Second: The Tour

A while back, I promised Sarah a trip to Europe. Now, with the baby coming, I'm realizing I'm going to have to either make good on that promise, or wait for years until we no longer have a newborn. Because dragging a newborn around an international trip is not cool on many levels.

So we're going. Sarah deserves her trip for putting up with my endless bullshit.

Soon I will be turning over a solid draft of my book for my editor to read and... well... edit. This will take her a while, because the book is beastly long and she's good at her job.

While she's doing that, I have a window of opportunity. Rather than sit around, twiddle my thumbs, and fret over what my editor will say, I'm going to take Sarah to Europe before she gets too big with baby to do more than waddle to the fridge and make me rub her feet.

I'm looking forward to the trip. It will do me good to take a break from the book for a bit. If I don't get a few weeks away from it in between drafts, I lose perspective.

Also, it will be nice to have a bit of a walkabout on my own before finalizing Kvothe's own set of adventure as he goes out to make his fortune in the wide world.

Third: Sending out the Call.

For years now, I've had folks in the UK and the rest of Europe saying things like, "When are you going to be coming to [insert name of foreign country here]??!!?"

Well now's the time.

I'm more that willing to do signings at the cities I'm stopping at. But since this is happening on the spur of the moment, I don't have time to go through official bookstore channels, or perform the typical courting dances with foreign bookstores: first researching, then calling around, then playing phone tag, then trying to convince them that it would be worth their while to order a dozen of my books and set up a card table....

By the time I finished that, I'd already be back in the US.

So here's where you come in.

I'm posting my itinerary below. What cities I'll be and where. If you own a bookstore (or work in one) and you'd like me to come in and do a signing, lovely. Drop me a message off the contact form and we'll set something up.

If you don't work in a bookstore, but you know a cool one you think would be interested, ask them if they might be interested. Then, if they are, drop me a message. Or have them do it.

May 8-11 Rome

May 13-15 Amsterdam

May 17-19 Paris

May 21-25 London (And environs.)

May 27- 28 Edinburgh

May 30 Glasgow

Crap crap crap. The place is closing.

More later,



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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope London and environs includes Dublin... pleasssssssssse

April 17, 2009 5:59 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Wow, congrats on the baby and the trip. Sarah deserves MANY feet rubs. You deserve to be distracted while your editor edits.

Have a great time and do, pretty please post pictures!

(p.s. they don't stay infants very long. drag her/him with you everywhere -- it is all in the training! Trust me, you won't regret it.)

April 17, 2009 6:17 PM  
Blogger KMack said...

I am stupidly excited by this. Here's hoping someone will set up a book signing in London, because I can get there. I will have to think of something cool to say...


April 17, 2009 6:18 PM  
Blogger Nathan said...

Argh. If only you would be in Rome *after* the 15th.

Have a great time on the trip! And be sure to get a drink at The World's End while you're in Edinburgh. It's on High Street, and it's worth it just to say that you were drinking at the world's end.

April 17, 2009 6:21 PM  
Blogger Laini Taylor said...

A baby!!!!!?????!!!! Yay!!! HUGE CONGRATULATIONS!!! We're expecting in a few months, our first :-) So exciting! Hope Sarah is feeling great!


April 17, 2009 6:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

no germany!? whats up with that ;( pat..

April 17, 2009 6:39 PM  
Blogger Gail said...

That sounds fabulous and decadent. Eat some Cadbury chocolate in England, and Stonehenge is quite something, no matter how many pictures you have seen of it!

And do find some fish and chips. So yummy over there, no matter how touristy it is.

Uber congrats on the baby, good luck agreeing on a name :)

April 17, 2009 7:07 PM  
Anonymous Marc said...

Not coming to Germany, Pat? Come on?! We're the ones with the great cover for your great book, that must count something... You would not regret it, trust me ;)

Oh and... Congrats to the baby! Hope Sarah is doing well and all?

Greeting from over the ocean...

WV: aticrami - Japanese icecream, made of... well... do we really want to know what it is made of?

April 17, 2009 7:26 PM  
Anonymous Sabrina said...

Yeey Pat, :D


These are fantastic news, wish you three a veeeery great time, enjoy every day :)
Yaeah, now you can share your winter hat with the minipat - sooooo cuuute ;)

ps, omg why doesn't your trip include germany :`( we would be perfectly happy, if you would visit uuuus... and they lived happily ever after :D

pps, there is this popular international festival of animated film in stuttgart and a brandnew hugendubel bookstore :o)

never give up feet rubbing:D

April 17, 2009 7:46 PM  
Blogger Elicius said...

This post makes me wish I owned a bookstore for the first time in my life [ I'm a student of horology ].

It also, oddly, makes me want a baby. And a foot rub. I'm not sure how my "manlyness" feels about the latter.

Congrats again on the tinything [My Welshness is attempting to force me to use 'Babi'] and Huzzah for the trip/tour! We love you Mister Pat. Darn that place and it's too-early-closing!

April 17, 2009 7:49 PM  
Anonymous Daniel Manthorpe said...

Pat, this I will definitely have to participate in. An awesome opportunity, if there ever was one! However, I have first year chemistry exams on Friday the 22nd on May, and Tuesday 26th of May.
I go to Surrey Uni, which is kind of near London. Surely there is no real point in trying to organise some kinda book signing in Guildford, if you are only there for a limited time is there? Unless I talked to the university's bookshop on campus, which is actually well within a fifteen minute walk from Guildford station...
I will definitely go to a London book signing over that weekend of yours, if you plan one, in any case.
About a week before you arrive in England, it will be my 21st -what luck! My birthday just got a great deal better.
Congratulations on the pregnancy, and I hope to see your over here!

April 17, 2009 7:49 PM  
Blogger stars said...

Huge congrats, and I've just left a message for forbidden planet in London. Fingers crossed they get back to me (or you)


April 17, 2009 7:52 PM  
Anonymous LMKordus said...

Congratulations, Patrick, to you and Sarah! You are in for the greatest experience of your young lives!!!

April 17, 2009 8:05 PM  
Blogger drey said...

Wow, total congrats on the baby!! & while toting a newborn 'round the world isn't a great idea, toting a 5+-year-old isn't bad. =)

& are you sure you can't be in London or Oxford between May 3rd and 15th? Really sure? =P 'twould be ironic to finally get to meet you in Europe, considering I'm not that far away from the Wisconsin north woods... =)

April 17, 2009 8:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ooooh! You are having a solid draft done by mid May! *cheer*

Does this mean we may have an ETA on the release date within the next several months?

April 17, 2009 8:46 PM  
Blogger Malikelm said...

Have fun. After writing so much adventure its only fair that you get to have one(though some may argue that writing is an adve...) Good luck! Tear Europe apart, American Style!

April 17, 2009 8:59 PM  
Blogger Nathan said...

wow... have fun Pat! It's been a while since I was in Europe but I remember it being pretty much the greatest trip EVER! HAVE FUN! A HUGE congrats to you and Sarah again - yes she deserves many rubs of the foot-nature.

And I know this may be a moot point considering all you've said in the post this time but... any chance you might get to Japan?

April 17, 2009 9:58 PM  
Blogger SWEETDADDY_73 said...

Blackened body of God, man! What a terrific opportunity!!

Please make sure to do plenty of great museuming and drunken pub singing and fine food and wining and ooh! ooh! how about Euro-fan connecting, and don't wear a sweater if you visit the Queen.

April 17, 2009 11:23 PM  
Blogger TitaKini said...

Have a wonderful time in Europe, Pat! I went when I was pregnant with my son and you are so right about the timing! Just be sure to get home by the 6th month because it starts getting uncomfortable then.

April 17, 2009 11:31 PM  
Anonymous Susanne said...

Aaaw.... Norway is a wonderful place too, Pat! =/
But hey, wow, a baby, good luck!

April 18, 2009 1:25 AM  
Anonymous Laura said...

Amsterdam! I am so getting out of work then!

I was going to invite you to liberation day, the 5th of may, for your personal entertainment. It is truly one of the nicest days to experience in Holland, if you're in Amsterdam or Zwolle...

April 18, 2009 1:48 AM  
Anonymous Beth Rosser said...

Please let London and environs include Jersey in the Channel Islands! You can get there from either Paris or London!

April 18, 2009 2:11 AM  
Blogger Hylomorphic said...

Better make sure you don't call her a rule utilitarian in the meanwhile.

April 18, 2009 2:47 AM  
Anonymous daniel said...

Firstly, congratulations! Secondly, even though you haven't given us any specific dates or anything like that, its great to hear on the progress of the book just to know what is happening. I'm so excited for the second book but I can wait longer, knowing it will be perfect. Have a great time in Europe.

April 18, 2009 2:55 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

It is sad that you are coming to Europe right after I leave for America! Haha

Congrats on the baby, and if your trip is anything like mine has been, you will have a great time. Just watch your pockets cuz pick-pocketers super suck! I guess after writing about Kvothe though you would know all about that...

Anyways, be safe. Btw, I was gonna talk to Forbidden Planet in London, but I see someone has beat me to it. I hope they accept. It is an awesome place. If nothing else at least check it out!

April 18, 2009 3:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know that you have a HUGE fanbase in Germany, right? You'll miss out on the greatest beer of the planet ;)

Hafe Fun!

April 18, 2009 3:55 AM  
Blogger Bombie said...

Between Amsterdam and Paris you should most definitely make a 1 day stop in Belgium, and that stop better be in Ghent! It's one of the more underappreciated cultural experiences, but that's a good thing because

"Aesthetic appeal is high particularly because the city has not turned into a mono-economy of tourism"


"An interesting range of cultural experiences: churches, medieval castle museums, and rich painting collections, well-preserved and -presented."

as says National Geographic's Traveler magazine.

Just drop a line if you need more convincing! And you need to be convinced! Don't botch this opportunity!

April 18, 2009 3:59 AM  
Blogger marky said...

WOOO-HOOOO!!! If you need a tour guide when you're in Scotland, just let me know! See you and the Mrs in Glasgow, Pat! WOOO-HOOO!!

April 18, 2009 4:54 AM  
Anonymous Jh said...


Since you're in the UK from May 21 - 25 why not investigate the Hay on Wye Literary Festival (, it will get you out of London, (and I still love living in London) and every second store in Hay is a bookstore ( (, which can't be bad.

Also its a short distance from Cardiff and Birmingham, all major cities with eager bookstores.

Hope to catch you in London!

April 18, 2009 5:16 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

While me and my husband were in Paris for our honeymoon, we randomly found a very awesome comic book store while on our way to take pictures of the Moulin Rouge for my sister. It was wonderful. And yes, we did think it was pretty amusing that we were more excited about finding a comic book store than we were about seeing all the other great cultural icons. Oh, and don't forget the Louvre is closed on Tuesdays. I'm not sure what it costs now, but when we were there, the Orange ticket for the Metro was 18 Euros, and we could ride all week, everyday, anytime. I doubt very much it's gone up much. I really really really want to go back to France. I miss it and mostly I miss my in-laws. Ah well, we'll be moving back there next year. If traveling with a baby is a bit of a pain, I can't wait to see how moving is going to go.

Have a fantastic time!

April 18, 2009 5:33 AM  
Anonymous Maarten said...

Someone who ownes a bookstore in Amsterdam... Crap! I don't know any! If Amsterdam doesn't work out, my relations in Rotterdam are a lot better and we've got a huge (and I mean 5 or 6 levels) bookstore in the center of the city. But, nonetheless. I'll see what I can do for you concerning Amsterdam.
And F*ck! My agenda tells me I've got to work on the 14th and 15th... We'll see what we can do about that.

April 18, 2009 5:57 AM  
Anonymous Megan said...

Oh Pat are ya not coming to Dublin??

I know a lot of people who will be disappointed!

Ah well Maybe next time! Enjoy your tour hope it goes well Hopefully we'll see you in Ireland some day!

April 18, 2009 6:10 AM  
Anonymous Jill said...

So your are not coming to Germany? Come on its not that bad here ;). I bet you would not regret it.

Oh, and by the way - Congratulations to you and Sarah! :) -

April 18, 2009 7:08 AM  
Blogger Chiara said...

can't avoid to notice berlin, germany's not on the list ... :(

have a great time anyway, i also had a trip before my son was born ;) good idea!!

April 18, 2009 7:21 AM  
Anonymous soundofsilence said...

Come on Pat, you got to be kidding! A trip to Europe without going to Germany? A eurotrip simply can't be complete without seeing the Reichstag building or Cologne Cathedrale or... I don't know. There's so much to see here.

April 18, 2009 8:32 AM  
Blogger Anne said...

wow! congrats with your baby! And it would be great if you would come to Europe, and especially Amsterdam! I read that somebody else already wants to arrange something for a book signing in Amsterdam. So I will wait if that works out, otherwise it would be dubbel up. I really hope you could visit Amsterdam!

April 18, 2009 9:41 AM  
Blogger Captain Joe said...

You know, Pat. It's just a hop, skip, and a jump from London to Western Australia.

Just sayin'.

PS: We got sharks fighting manta rays down here. How cool is that?

April 18, 2009 9:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

please come to germany

April 18, 2009 9:55 AM  
Anonymous Booklover said...

Hej that's not true, isn't it?
A Euroean Tour without Germany??

Please came to Germany, we absolutely love your book!

I can't wait to shake hands, pleas !

April 18, 2009 10:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes Germany is great
good old Germany
you should come

April 18, 2009 10:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Pat,

I just send you a message through the contact page. I don't know if you will receive it. I may have a interesting overnight place for you. Email me otherwise.

Greetings, susan

April 18, 2009 12:15 PM  
Blogger Sefarina said...

Too bad your not visiting Germany. We will miss you so much around here (I will, for sure).
But it's your holiday and we will wait patiently for your next holidays, with kid ;-) and hopefully including us.
Sadly I won't be able to afford a ticket to Paris or London or Rome. Otherwise i'd swing by, of course.

Anyway, have a lot of Fun, you three!!!

April 18, 2009 12:54 PM  
Blogger Madeleine Conway said...

Congratulations on the baby and the tour. But just to let you know, it's far far far easier dragging a newborn around than waiting to travel. They are small, very portable and if you are breast-feeding, very low maintenance. First born was born in UK, went to China age 3 weeks, did rehearsals for a production of Midsummer Night's Dream from 4-11 weeks, went to Xian, Seoul, Rome, Madrid,, Washington DC, London all under 1 year. When they are really small, all they want is human warmth and a lot of milk. They don't care where they are and if they have those things, they don't cry that much. Just saying.

And Brussels is very beautiful, has a great Waterstones and the best comic books in the world.

April 18, 2009 1:29 PM  
Anonymous Mostafa said...

Hey Pat, huge congratulation on the baby.

Please, please, please come to Dublin.

April 18, 2009 3:01 PM  
Anonymous Jenny said...

My boyfriend and me would also appreciate it if you could fit in a stop in Germany. :) Anyway we wish you a great time and all the best for Sarah and the baby!

April 18, 2009 3:38 PM  
OpenID rainy-day1991 said...

wow. this really seems to be some spur of the moment trip. Not even a month. :D But I'm really happy for you, Europe has so many lovely places, everything is just older and therefore has more history I guess. A lot of culture and less of american entertainment. Bring Tacos along with you, we don't have 'em here. ;)
Sadly I don't see any stop in Germany on that list and I won't be able to travel to Amsterdam or Paris to see you. (I really would like to, but there's the thing with convincing my parents...)
I'm also really happy to read that you're making progress with that book. :D Can't wait till it gets out!
So have a nice trip and don't get lost in Rome, its a wicked city. XD

April 18, 2009 3:39 PM  
OpenID rainy-day1991 said...

me again. :D
I just read all the other comments stating you should come to germany. Well, I think so, too. Germany is important. We're not Nazis here and we have "the greates beer of the planet" (I second this. No, I don't drink, but I know german beer is better than all the rest XD)
Doesn't have to be for long, you have several days for each city, so squeez in a stop here~~ pleee~~~aase? óò

April 18, 2009 3:45 PM  
Anonymous Helen said...

Congratulations on the baby!
With the Grand Tour - I agree with the Dublin requesters! And it's lovely in May - all the cherry blossoms are out in Trinity (College).
Also, you are missing a unique cultural experience in Edinburgh - the European Heineken Cup Final in Edinburgh by a few days - it'd be a great time to see the city with a real party/festival atmosphere (weekend 24-26 May).

April 18, 2009 4:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For some weird reason people always forgets edinburgh, I don't know why. Its nice to see the author of my favourite book coming and I will be buying a hardback edition just for you to sign.(Notice I didn't say favourite author: still kinda ticked off at you for delaying 'the wise man's fear'. But oh well who cares Jim Butcher is out =))Anyway just be sure you pick a good bookshop-borders or waterstone or something. I will be awaiting you.

April 18, 2009 5:12 PM  
Anonymous maZE said...

please come to germany!

otherwise a cute little girl won't let em sleep ;D

April 18, 2009 6:03 PM  
Anonymous Judith said...

Congratulations on the baby!! If someone should spread his DNA it sure is you.
It's a pity that you don't come to Germany. Weeks ago I even e-mailed your German publisher about it. But: there's a lovely book fair in march in Leipzig. That's when you should come ...
Till then: have a nice and safe trip.

April 18, 2009 6:55 PM  
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April 18, 2009 11:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

when are you coming to aus? capt jack isn't your only fan over here!!

wonderful news on the baby!!!
enjoy the holiday!

April 19, 2009 1:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i meant joe!!


April 19, 2009 1:15 AM  
Anonymous Espen said...

When visiting Europe, you should really visit Oslo - one of the most expensive cities in the world - but also a truly beautiful city!

There are plenty of us fantasy-readers up here and you should visit the bookstore Tanum in the shoppingcentre Paleet. (btw, really close to the royal castle :-)

April 19, 2009 1:23 AM  
Blogger Captain Joe said...

Anonymous said: i meant joe!!

Aw, nah. It's not okay.


April 19, 2009 3:12 AM  
Blogger Elveny said...

Yeah, you should come to Germany, absolutely! But don't make the mistake and go to Berlin - take Hamburg or (as an American you would certainly be especially fond of the old Mediaeval towns) Freiburg or Heidelberg.

Enjoy you trip anyways! Ireland is also absolutely amazing - don't stop too long for the cities, go visit the countryside.

Nancy said: (p.s. they don't stay infants very long. drag her/him with you everywhere -- it is all in the training! Trust me, you won't regret it.)With restrictions - absolutely. *nodding*

Congratulations, by the way! ;)

April 19, 2009 5:42 AM  
Anonymous Jonathan said...

Dont go to london, if you dont mind my saying so its a dump, go to another one of England's historic and well known cities, just choosing one at random, how about Nottingham. Birthplace of Robin Hood, y'know the guy played by Kevin Costner who kills Alan Rickman and seems to think that Nottingham is on the border with Scotland (it isn't). Im sure youd enjoy Nottingham much more than London and me choosing it has absolutley notthing to do with the fact that i live here. Congats on the baby and i hope you enjoy the trip.

Ps you should take the baby everywhere that way whenever they complain about you not taking them anywhere when they're older you can say that they've already been.

April 19, 2009 7:58 AM  
Blogger Falcata Times said...

Pat if Manchester looks like a possibility (its roughly half way between London and Edinburgh) which you might be able to squeeze in on the 26th let me know.

I'm going to be there next week on the 25th in the major Waterstones and could arrange a meeting with the manager to see if theyre interested.

If you'd like that let me know,


April 19, 2009 10:15 AM  
Blogger Cloudless said...

When you're in Rome, be sure to visit Ostia Antica, just oustide town. It's BETTER than Pompei because it hasn't been turned into a massive tourist trap. Last time I was there I managed to sneak into the underworks of a bath to have a look around, chilled out in an ancient Mithraeum, and found ancient human remains poking out of a hillside. (You could even see the edges of the stone coffin where the landslide had sheared it off.) It was one of the coolest experiences of my life. Well, it's up there anyway, but the point is, you don't want to miss ostia antica (old ostia).

April 19, 2009 10:34 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

*happy dance* may the demi-pat be a wonderful blessing to you both.

London... You're coming to London *squee* I don't care where you go I'm there, name the place.

April 19, 2009 12:14 PM  
Blogger Avala said...

Awwwwwwwwwwwwww!Congrats on the munchkin!!! Hope you and Sarah are doing well with the news. Enjoy your trip!

April 19, 2009 12:21 PM  
Blogger Dairuna said...

I'm with Mark and the other germans...come visit us! Aachen is still a nice place, you could even go visit one of the irish pubs and save yourself the trip to Dublin. The same applies for Oslo...they have a very nice irish pub too...prices like the Hilton though! Just kidding, go to Dublin too. Irish people are amazing!
I'll drag myself and my daughter to Amsterdam, if hubby lets me have the car. ;)
Have a great time you both!

April 19, 2009 12:44 PM  
Anonymous Marc said...

You see, Pat? So many Germans who would LOVE to see you and shake hands with you and have you sign their books. No bad conscience? :D


April 19, 2009 1:39 PM  
Anonymous Aynaet said...

Just finished reading "the name of the wind" and it's incredible.

Not nice that you don't come to Germany. If you decide to go to Germany one day, please choose Hamburg ;)


April 19, 2009 1:56 PM  
OpenID jay-of-lasgalen said...

Belated congratulations on the baby!

Hmm, London and environs? Devon? Torquay? Lots of quaint English thatched cottages, cosy pubs, glorious scenery ... and bookshops!


April 19, 2009 2:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just to support the cry for a visit in Germany: +1! I never have visited a book signing or something similar, but for you I would. Pretty sad that you aren't coming :(. Hamburg ftw!

Well anyhow, congrats on the baby!

April 19, 2009 3:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you may visit us here in Germany =) it would be really great to see you here.

April 19, 2009 4:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pat, 5 worde,

April 19, 2009 4:41 PM  
Anonymous lisa said...

come on Pat you'd love dublin and theres so many fans of your work here!!!!!!!!

April 19, 2009 4:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pleas come to Germany

April 19, 2009 5:04 PM  
Anonymous Damien said...

Congrats on the baby Pat and Sarah :)

Hope you have a great time in Europe!!

And also, you should maybe stop by in Ireland. Because according to legend, theres a magic well in Ireland and if you drink from it then it means you'll give birth to Joss Whedon. Funnily enough its right across the road from my local bookstore. What a crazy happenstance?!? :)

April 19, 2009 7:22 PM  
Anonymous LoL said...

Goodness! I wouldn't want to wish birthing Joss Whedon to anyone! I mean, we all know how awesome he is, but imagine trying to get him out! A *baby* would be plenty tough enough to get out.

Pat, I'm Aussie so I have no vested interest in this, but I was also suprised not to see Germany in your plans - it's my fave country in Europe. Stuttgart is beautiful, cultured and not that far from Paris; Munich is fantastic and not just for the beer.

Fantasy is a well respected genre over there - it's amazing!

Anyway, happy travels wherever you wander and enjoy yourselves!

April 19, 2009 8:01 PM  
Blogger Ali said...

Congrats on the little one! You will owe Sarah several trips to Europe after this.

April 19, 2009 8:57 PM  
Blogger Martin Seeger said...


i would like to throw myself in with Hamburg :-), but please plan your tour according to Sarahs and your wishes first. Since i have my vacations till May 25th, i can travel myself to visit a signing location.

If you would like to get tips on northern germany (e.g. Northern or Baltic sea, Hamburg, Kiel), i would be very willing to provide some.

Sincerely yours, Martin

April 20, 2009 12:50 AM  
Anonymous Jambo said...

Congratulations on your good news!

I'll look forward to seeing you in London, Forbidden Planet is really central, so would be a good place to sign if possible.

Check Cambridge out on your way up to Edinburgh.

April 20, 2009 2:10 AM  
Blogger Jay said...

i was going to say "berlin, berlin", but many people have said that before. hamburg/munich are pretty and all (and i've lived in both) but if you only visit one place in germany (and it isn't time for oktoberfest) than berlin is a good choice. it's amazingly beautiful here at the moment too :)

April 20, 2009 2:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even the Aussis recommend to visit Germany and even better: Stuttgart! ;)

April 20, 2009 4:19 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

I've got the feeling your European fan base is a lot bigger, judging by the comments ;o Oh, but please come to Amsterdam.

word verification: denky
Denki is a toy manufacturer, this might mean something Pat.

April 20, 2009 5:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats on the baby.

And I'm one of the London based fans, very keen on meeting and getting my copy of the Name of the wind signed (along with just meeting one of my new fave authors in the flesh). Please update your blog to confirm where you might be on the visit to London.

Thank you. :)


April 20, 2009 6:05 AM  
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April 20, 2009 6:22 AM  
Anonymous Trey said...

Have fun on the trip, Pat!
I went on a study abroad trip last summer that included stops in Paris and Rome. I don't know if you've been before, but those are two wonderful cities. Word of warning: the people of Rome have no sense of personal space, so watch out for stray limbs poking in mouths on the city buses (my fiancee got some Italian lady's finger in her mouth, lolol). Make SURE you go to the Pantheon in Rome. I proposed to my fiancee there in the oculus's stream of sunlight.

April 20, 2009 7:15 AM  
Anonymous Roman said...

First I want to say congratulations to both of you.
A baby on its way is the best news ever. Well done, Mr. and Ms. Rothfuss! :)

Secondly I want to suggest you rename your Tour to "Italy-Netherland-France-UK" Tour, there is no European Tour without the heart of Europe. Avoid germany and it's not a real european tour at all. However, don't change your travel plans at short notice, just be aware you'll be missing half of europe and you need a second trip for the other half some day ;)

I wish you a nice trip, great weather and a wonderful experience.

April 20, 2009 7:22 AM  
Anonymous Hanna said...

Hi Pat,

yes, I read the comments below, but just to show you that there are quite a few fans living here, I have to write it again:

Please don't skip Germany.

Visit Hamburg ;)
Or at least have a look at some of our nice old castles in middle-germany.

All the best!

April 20, 2009 7:53 AM  
Blogger Florian said...

Hi Folks does anyone know a way to contact Pat directly?maybe by mail or fax or something like that?If yes contact me so i might contact him for a signing in germany. i work for one of the two major german chainbookstores and i am pretty sure i can work something out with my superiors.So if you want Pat in Germany, get me this information ;)

April 20, 2009 8:09 AM  
Anonymous Jason said...

Congrats, Pat and Sarah! A baby! I'm happy for both of you and for the baby, to boot.

But, Pat, you Roth-Sloth, you, don't skip Germany.

Being a tidy and correct German and all that, I went to great lengths to promote your book as have all my friends I've introduced your book to.

Have a nice time in Europe, man, especially in Amsterdam with all its canals. It's a great place with cool pancake houses. I wouldn't miss out on them. They even beat Ramen, I promise.

April 20, 2009 8:16 AM  
Anonymous Valentina said...

Just checking in to wish you both great happiness and much fortune! Hope you enjoy your trip and share your adventures with us in pictures! So exciting! Give Sarah a hug from Val!!!

April 20, 2009 9:30 AM  
Blogger Joy said...

I will pray for you and Sarah to have such a joyful and wonder-filled trip that it becomes a favorite shared memory!
I will recommend that postcards are a light-weight and sure way to collect glorious pictures of great places and artwork. Being a true bookworm, I bought books from my favorite museums---what a chore to carry through international airports!! My clever daughter collected postcards of her favorites and we put them into an album when we got home. Both the books and album get perused often---but you really can buy most of the same books in the USA or order them from the museums when you get home. *grin* Unless you enjoy weight lifting.
Wishing you both fabulous memories,

April 20, 2009 10:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, a Europe trip is great. We have so many nice places here and i bet it wasn't easy to pick out those 6.

But it would be really awesome if you would visit Germany, too.
Sooo if you change your mind... I would visit either
1. Hamburg !!! 2. Munich 3. Berlin 4. Heidelberg or 5. Cologne

Ps: Huge congrats on the baby!

April 20, 2009 11:54 AM  
Blogger Zach said...

Congrats on the baby!!

Now if only you promised Sarah a trip to Nebraska...

Enjoy your trip.

April 20, 2009 12:24 PM  
Blogger Katy said...

Many congratulations on the baby and the tour of Europe!!!

April 20, 2009 12:39 PM  
Blogger Rachel May said...

I may actually get to see you in London! I'm doing a study abroad there over the summer. If Pat will not come to Utah, Rachel will come to London to see Pat...

April 20, 2009 1:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When you are in London, the places to go are the Victoria & Albert museum (v.big and cool), The John Soanes museum (v. tiny and cool), and definitely the Tower of London - you will love Henry VIII's spazzy armour.

April 20, 2009 2:01 PM  
Blogger mmharber said...

The tower of London is a definite must see while you are in the area. Also Canterbury Cathedral is pretty cool. I hope you have a great trip and lots of fun. I know I did when I was there. Italy especially is a wonderful place, full of wonderful, and friendly people (probably more so than all the other places I visited combined).

Congratulations on the smaller version of you and Sarah.

April 20, 2009 2:58 PM  
Blogger Lucio Rodriguez said...

WHAT!? Only two days in Paris!? Dude, please reevaluate. I recently travelblogged my experience Europe and came to fall in love with Paris and everything about it; check it out. I spent most of my time in Italy but Paris truly captured my imagination and heart. The food is some of the best I've had in my 31 yeas on earth, the people were warmer than my girlfriend's inner thigh and the culture is more dense than the brick in George W's head. In sum: SPEND A WEEK IN PARIS, YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT!

April 20, 2009 3:41 PM  
Anonymous Soreya said...

Congrats with Sarah being pregnant, enjoy it both, because the baby will be there before you know it. :)

I agree with Bombie, pls make a small stop in Ghent (Belgium), you won't regret it :), it's a very beautiful medieval city :)

But because it's not in your initial plans and I think it will be quite impossible to change them, this might be a place to remember for a future trip.

Have nice trip and don't forget to take some time to relax and enjoy it.

April 21, 2009 2:35 AM  
Blogger An Albino Druid said...

I think I will start this off by saying I am new to this blogging epidemic, that I don't own a bookstore (especially not a bookstore outside of the United States), and that I have always been enamored of the name "Vierra" for a girl if you have a beautiful baby girl. I don't know why. I have never met a Vierra, been a Vierra, or heard/read about anyone named Vierra. So, if you feel like making the effort to enhance my being a little bit more (in addition to the wonderous work you have done with your writing thus far! I am so excited for the release, whenever it may be, and know you will get it correct and the world will rejoice in the second novel's birth! Don't rush, but continue to push yourself! And take breaks. I find that nothing helps me write History Essays like going to the bathroom every once in a while...), consider naming a child Vierra Rothfuss for me!

I hope that that last bit made sense. I am in a severely tired state of mind and I have been developing some horrid sleeping (or lack there-of) habbits that always seem like a good idea at the time.

I hope that the trip to Europe is everything you two need it to be! I, myself, am taking a three week trip to four countries this May! Maybe I will be able to attend one of these! I truly hope so, as I can tell by your beard and your stories that you are the model of what a man is. Maybe I can get a beard like yours some day. I am working on it. I shave every day for weeks, and then I don't shave for weeks and I happily gawk at my scraggly scruffle of hair in the mirror and say how manly I am and then shave before my girlfriend gets angry. I don't want to get any gristle in that whistle. (I am not sure I have ever heard that phrase before in my life, so I think I just made that up. I am going to start using that more in everyday life)

I think I am mainly going Germany, The Czech Republic, Austria, and Italy. I am not sure how easily I could influence my parents to take me on a trip to see you in person, but I will certainly try. I also wish I could see Spain, Ireland and Great Britain... maybe even France, although I am certain I would not be welcomed warmly there! And there are boyish fantasies I want to play out, such as walking over some Scottish bluff, or old barrows, or seeing some great Celtic relics of a lost age, and skipping through the halls of a torched and ivy-covered castle... But I think my trip will be a little more limited. Who knows? Maybe I will return to Europe later in my life to fulfill these wishes. I am just excited to leave the country this time. I have never been outside the United States, although I have been off of the Continental United States before...

But read me ramble! I need to sleep,eat, and go earn an education in High School...

I just wanted to let you know that you are inspiring another young man with love in his eyes and moisture behind his ears, and that I will dutifully continue being your fan no matter how long it takes for you to finish your book. Even if it takes you until April 2025. I will type at you again later, but until then...

Respectfully Yours,
An Albino Druid
Redefining Nerd Since 1992

(And just think about that Vierra thing!)

April 21, 2009 3:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish Denmark was on the list.

April 21, 2009 3:38 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

First I'd like to say congrats on the baby and your tour in Europe. I'm a Navy veteran (4 Years) and I rather enjoyed my time in Europe. I read Name of the Wind, twice, on my second deployment and i loved it, and am currently awaiting the second. I am also writing my own book and am also distracted by every day life and many other things... lets say you are never distracted compared to myself. Keep up the amazing work.

April 21, 2009 4:39 AM  
Anonymous Ewan said...

Hi Pat,

First off, congrats on the baby!

Secondly, I've e-mailed Forbidden Planet (Geek Heaven, you'll love it) here in the UK to ask about setting up a signing in Glasgow, Edinburgh and London so fingers crossed!

If anyone else in the UK wants a signing try e-mailing Forbidden Planet yourself, teh more e-mails the more likely they will set a signing up.

All the Best and hopefully see you in Glasgow Pat. :)

April 21, 2009 5:33 AM  
Blogger marky said...

Ewan, I've tried Waterstones in Sauchiehall Street. They fobbed me off rather politely. I'll send forbidden planet an email, but their shop is pretty small. Half of Pat's beard would have to stay outside!

April 21, 2009 5:44 AM  
Anonymous Ewan said...

Hey marky,

I'm only wanting top meet Pat with "The Beard", no beard, no point! :P

I'll maybe try Borders on Buchanan street, failing that we'll just have to have it next to the Big Issue seller outside. :)

April 21, 2009 7:13 AM  
OpenID necaris said...


My congratulations on the baby and best wishes for a fantastic time on this side of the Atlantic! While you're in and around London, perhaps you'd consider a visit to Oxford? It's just an hour away on the train (easy to get to for a morning / afternoon) and sufficiently hoary and historical that it's well worth a look! We've also got a few good bookstores (like Blackwells) that might be worth your time!

Fingers crossed :-)!

April 21, 2009 8:09 AM  
Blogger ripshin said...


The only think I can comment on with any authority is the French leg of your trip. If you're driving from Amsterdam to Paris (which you should definitely consider since it's only about a 5 - 6 hour trip), I would echo the sentiments of several others and encourage a stop-off in Ghent. It's the home of "The Mystic Lamb" and I think it's one of the oldest cities in Belgium. Plus, it's directly on the route to Paris (see for European directions). If you want to take even more time, I'll say that my favorite city in France or Belgium is, by far, Brugge. Seriously romantic...and definitely a place to be enjoyed with a loved one. They refer to it as, "the Venice of the north."

As for general advice, since you asked, be aware that Sundays in Europe are not like Sundays in the USA. Besides tourist-specific stuff, don't expect anything to be open. Also, I'd recommend looking into a cheap mobile phone for emergency-type purposes (see - it's the best deal out there).

Oh yeah, since I didn't say it before, congratulations on the upcoming addition to your life. I trust that he or she will be a great blessing to you and Sarah.


WV: stillies - a common colloquialism in southern Appalachian communities referring to individuals engaged in the process of making whiskey.

April 21, 2009 9:08 AM  
Blogger gapyeargirl123 said...

That's fantastic that you're coming to Glasgow, Pat! And on a Saturday too! This means I can come. :D

Other Glasgow peeps - why did Waterstones say no? That's a huge store, wouldn't it be the best place? Borders are usually very enthusiastic about signings.

Forbidden Planet would be seriously squished, I suspect.

April 21, 2009 10:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats! Sarah deserves as many feet rubs and back rubs as you can provide. Make sure she packs up some motion sickness pills and B12 and B6 supplements to help with the morning sickness. That first trimester may be hard on her, especially if she is trying to enjoy all Europe has to offer.
Have a blast.

April 21, 2009 10:15 AM  
Anonymous Chris said...

Yes i know, half the people in the comments bitch about you not coming to germany, but: They are right! Visit Germany, enjoy the beer and show yourself to your german fanbase :-)


P.S. Congrats to you and Sarah!

April 21, 2009 12:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

he pat!

congrats on the baby, I think he (or she) will have a great youth with someone who can tell him (ore her) amazing stories every night!

and I really really hope you can come to Amsterdam! ore, well, anywhere else in holland... I'd skip school for you! I so want to be there, I've never been to a book signing. Sounds great :-D
can't help you with a bookstore though :-S.. good luck with your little one! Love him/her and take good care of sarah. She sounds as an amazing person to have around ;-)

April 21, 2009 12:40 PM  
Anonymous Leisa said...

WOW!! I was celebrating the end of tax season and come back to such awesome news!!! Treasure all your moments with the little one, keep in mind that you can never fully comprehend this from Sarah's POV, and have a safe and joyous trip!!

April 21, 2009 12:40 PM  
Blogger Alicia said...

I understand you're going to be busy with the foot rubs (and far be it from me to suggest that anything is more important than keeping your lady happy and comfortable) But could you list the bookstores you're going to be at? I can definitely get to London, but it's a pretty big place, and I may miss you. Clarification would help :)


April 21, 2009 1:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Pat,

I wanted to pass along a website that Sarah might find useful in her pregnant state:

This particular page lands her on week 8, but she can pop in at whichever week is suitable for her.

I am just now 5 months pregnant (18 weeks) and have found this site immensely helpful. There is a message board at the bottom of the page for each week for the pregnant ladies to post on. It has helped me through a lot of questions and concerns I have had as this is my first pregnancy. I hope you pass it on and I hope Sarah finds it as addictive as I do.

Fry Mama

p.s. I now understand what the word verification is!
varapo: the various kinds of poo that will be coming out of your little one in the many happy years to come.

April 21, 2009 3:12 PM  
Anonymous Benjamin said...

I am so pumped! I am Canadian, but i will be in Rome the 2nd through the 14th. What a coincidence! Hopefully someone will organize a signing, or I'll just have to track you down. Kidding! (Or am I?)

April 21, 2009 6:02 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

The fact that you will be in London and environs around the 21st-25th really makes me wish I was going to Ireland with my dad this year. If you do manage to get to Dublin around then I would definitely try to get my dad to get a copy on his way back home. That said (and obviously biased) Ireland is beautiful and well worth a visit! Best wishes for the baby and the two of you, enjoy the trip.

April 21, 2009 10:39 PM  
Blogger marky said...

Gapyeargirl123, I gave Waterstones a phone, but they told me to phone back nearer the time. If you give them a phone or email, it would certainly help the cause. I've emailed Borders and Forbidden Planet as well. Waterstones would be ideal with all its bigness. We shall see!

April 22, 2009 1:19 AM  
Blogger Ewan said...

I'll give Borders and Waterstones a e-mail too, the more people message the more likely they are to host it.

April 22, 2009 2:14 AM  
Anonymous Aranel said...

Congratulations !

Also, by your dates, you are in London during the big London May Expo!
I'm sure they would be more than happy to have you! ^_^

As for me! I shall be seeing you in Glasgow!

April 22, 2009 4:13 AM  
Anonymous Sam said...

A new alarm clock on the way!! That's so cool, congrats! :D

Having worked at Waterstone's I can tell you some branches have lousy events managers. I really don't understand why they would say 'call us nearer the time', that's just bad planning. Picadilly Circus has the space and are pretty good with signings and talks, usually.

If W's and Forbidden Planet don't work out, maybe Foyles?

The best bookshop in London, IMHO anyway, is the Big Green Bookshop in Wood Green, North London, but it's quite small. They do lots of events, though.

PS: word verification 'wineold'. Are 'they' trying to tell me something?

April 22, 2009 4:30 AM  
Anonymous Sam said...

Oh, and when you're in Amsterdam, have a kroket (you're not a vegetarian, are ya?). And remind them of the match in which they spoiled their chance to win the football championship. :D

You're welcome, Alkmaar. ;)

April 22, 2009 4:34 AM  
Anonymous maarten said...

Also @ Sam. Hahahaha!! That's great to read such comments here. 020 (being Amsterdam) really did screw up.
Oh, and Pat. You seem to have quite the fan base in Germany. Being Dutch and all, I'm really hoping that you won't consider skipping our little country for theirs. We are a lot of fun and our English is generally a lot better.
I've asked a few people through my fan site if they know the right bookstore. I'm hoping you've already received some e-mails concerning that matter.
Hope to see you in may.

April 22, 2009 8:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the baby news - so exciting!
I vote for you visiting Jersey in the Channel Islands too (true- we are not a major European city but we are very quaint and pretty)!
I work in Jersey Library and I'm sure we would be delighted to have you come and say hi.

April 22, 2009 8:26 AM  
Blogger Tesse said...

Concerning Amsterdam I was thingking about Waterstones because it has a much more cozy feel than the American Book Centre. But maybe ABC could be contacted as well.

Anyone already busy for Amsterdam?

p.s. @ Pat: I saw someone advise Ghent to you (in Belgium). If you do go to Belgium definitely stop by at Ghent instead of the larger capital "Brussels". Ghent is beautiful.

from Amsterdam

April 22, 2009 8:31 AM  
Blogger malice said...

Congratulations to both of you! It's great that something magical is happening to one who's brought so much magic to mine! To think I've told teens of people to read your book, and bought a couple to loan out when people were dragging their feet, and just now visit your website, and it's very entertaining. Not enough to hold me until August, mind you.. so I'll now return to the state of Waiting For August To Freaking Get Here Already.

April 23, 2009 3:20 AM  
Blogger Ralf said...


Spamming our bookstore to contact you ;)

Amsterdam here you come!

April 24, 2009 1:03 AM  
Blogger Wilfred Berkhof said...

It seems that the American Book Center will be hosting a signing by Pat in Amsterdam. WOOHOO!

April 28, 2009 4:03 AM  
Anonymous Brad said...

Edinburgh?!! Hell yeah! Well if you enjoy a good pint of beer or 10 followed by copious amounts of whisky and late night drunken arguments about why William Wallace should be given an official pardon and the reasons why Merlin was really a Scot then you are coming to best city in the world! Oh yeah did I mention the drinking?!

April 28, 2009 5:08 AM  
Anonymous Kathryn said...

Anybody having problems with their local Waterstones should point out to the manager that THE BOOK has been one of their staff recommendations for a while now.

You are absolutely right not to try and do a book tour with a newborn - I still remember Garrison Keeler beginning to nod off on stage at the Gate in Dublin because he and his wife had been up all night!

And to be honest, if I were Sarah I would want some time in Europe when you aren't signing books

But I do wish Dubin was on the list

I don't often write fan letter (in order of occurrence Laura Ingalls Wilder, Tolkien and Lewis - all back in the 50s) but you really have written something very special indeed - my husband described it as the best coming of age book since Catcher in the Rye

April 30, 2009 8:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the baby, a bit late but ach well.

I really hope to see you in Glasgow. It would be a fantastic break from exams and studying.

Hmm, failing the big issue stand what about the space used by the man who preaches?

May 2, 2009 11:45 AM  
Anonymous Ken Ring said...

Master Rothfuss!!! Having checked your Blog and heard of the upcoming London visit yesterday, I have talked to my local bookstore....they are more than willing, eager even! to host a book signing.

The Store is the Waterstones in Enfield, North London.

I offer drinks and entertainment with a few other local fans as additional enticement!

Ken Ring

[email protected]

May 2, 2009 4:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You should go to Heidelberg, just don't let anyone know, don't do a signing there if that takes up too much time, just take your family there and enjoy a great day in a lovely city.

Sure Rome, Paris and alikes are the usual suspect when it comes to planning a trip to Europe (well, Amsterdam wouldn't make it to the top 5 on my list though). But who knows when next you'll be able to come here so don't miss out on one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.

Safe trip


May 3, 2009 2:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so happy that your tour includes London!! And even though I have exams I will definitely make the time to come to see you!!!!
Where abouts in London are you coming to? Do you know the bookstore yet...
Thanks for the great book and I cannot wait for the second one :D
I hope that you and Sarah (and the unborn baby) are doing well!
Alexa xox

May 11, 2009 10:32 AM  

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