Monday, May 4, 2009
Signings in Rome and Amsterdam.

Okay folks, I've got the first round of foreign book signings organized.

First off, we've got two in Rome:

Location: Le Storie
Date: Saturday, May 9, 2009
Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Street: Via Giulio Rocco, 37/39
City: Rome

Here's the link to the appropriate facebook event, if you're into that sort of thing.
And a link to Le Storie bookshop.

Location: Fanucci Bookshop

Date: Sunday, May 10, 2009
Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Street: Piazza Madama, 8
City: Rome

Here's the facebook event.

Then we've got one in Amsterdam.

Location: American Book Center – ABC Amsterdam
Date: Thursday, May 14, 2009
Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Street: Spui 12, 1012 XA
City: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Here's the link to ABC bookstore.
And the facebook event.

In Amsterdam, because more of the locals speak English, I'll actually be doing a little bit of a reading, then a Q&A session before I sign books. I love doing Q&A.

Even better, my Dutch translator will be be making an appearance at this signing too. Lia Belt was my very first translator. Not only did she really hold my hand through the process, but she helped me understand a lot of the dangers of translation. It's because of her that I've made a point of getting in touch with all my other translators since then, trying my best to work with them so as little is lost in translation as possible.

So I'm excited to meet her. I've invited her along to sign books too. After all, the Dutch version is more than half hers, and it's always seemed like a shame that translators don't get more credit for the work they do.

Edit: Additional: my Italian translator will be around during the Saturday signing in Rome.

Anyway, those are the first three signings we have planned. If you know anyone that might be interested, you'd be doing me a great favor if you passed the information along to them. We're setting these things up pretty quickly, so there isn't much time for word to spread.

(This illustration has nothing to do with a book signing.
I've merely inserted it here to confuse you.)

Despite the cool cover, I won't be doing any public signings in Paris. It's just too early. The book hasn't been out long enough there for people to want to show up for that sort of thing. And if there's one thing more depressing than sitting in a bookstore for two hours while everyone tries to avoid eye contact (As was the case in many of my early US signings) it's sitting around in a bookstore in Paris while people avoid making eye contact.

And for those of you in England, fret not. Things are in the works. Fabulous things. We'll have at least one in London, and hopefully a few more scattered around the rest of the country.

I'll post details as soon as those plans firm up. Soon.



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Blogger marky said...

That flaming teddy is just too scary! I take it there has been no contact from any Glasgow or Edinburgh book stores yet?

If there is no signings in Scotland, I demand that you let me buy you and the Mrs some haggis.

May 5, 2009 1:07 AM  
Blogger Jay said...

One fun fact about Paris: If people *are* making eye contact with you, it means they are "interested" in you. which is why eye contact with strangers barely ever happens anyway. I was surprised first when i was told, but once you know it you notice it.

May 5, 2009 2:25 AM  
Blogger susan said...

I'm so so so so so sad. I'm lying here over my desk at work and people are in danger of flood due to my constant flow of tears....

Ok, maybe it is not that bad but I'm really very disappointed. It would be so great to be at the booksigning in Amsterdam but I only return from vacation on the 15th of May..........

Do you think there will be any more activities in Amsterdam????? (on the 15th that is...)

May 5, 2009 2:39 AM  
Blogger An Albino Druid said...

Dearest Pat,

I appreciated the flaming squirrel and the afraid boy. I actually stared at it for more time than was necessary, as I had not scrolled down far enough to read the caption saying it did not have anything to do with book signings in Europe and was merely there to confuse us. I was, indeed, confused for a good long while...

It actually reminds me of this one picture of a Jackalope I drew once. I was in German class, talking to a friend of mine named Jack, and I drew a giant Jackalope with his face terrorizing some small city. It was a good source of amusement.

Hmmm... and apparently, you must be weary of pick pockets in Europe. Just something I heard. But then again, you are Kvothe, and are an accomplished thief yourself. AND you have a beard. I suppose you will fare better than I.

Just sharing my thoughts. I remain...

Respectfully Yours,
An Albino Druid
Enjoying The Smooth Feel of Orange Juice since 1992

May 5, 2009 4:32 AM  
Blogger An Albino Druid said...

Please, kindly act as if this was included in the final part of my previous post, located just before "I remain..."

"Here's hoping you make lots of eye contact in Paris"

May 5, 2009 4:35 AM  
Anonymous Anne said...

yeah! You're coming to Amsterdam! Now the only thing left is to arrange things with my work to make sure that I'm free that evening! ^^

May 5, 2009 5:56 AM  
Blogger Malikelm said...

I have officially read the name of the wind over 10, kvothe is by far the coolest guy to never exist!!

May 5, 2009 7:54 AM  
Anonymous [email protected] said...

So glad to hear that you'll be coming to London... If you get a chance to take Sarah out for a day just the two of you, try to escape to Bath. It's so beautiful. Hopefully I'll see you at a signing!

May 5, 2009 8:40 AM  
Anonymous Laura said...

Yup, the Dutchies só speak English!
I will start praying my temp job is done, starting now.

May 5, 2009 8:58 AM  
Anonymous maarten said...

I'm there... Yep that's it, I'm there. Don't care if the world crumbles down beneath my feet. I'm there.
Oh, and Susan. I just send you an e-mail. I'll see what I can do for you. Concerning a signed book.

May 5, 2009 10:11 AM  
Blogger Chiara said...

right, so i'm not going to ship my copy to brother living in paris - i have another one in rome but it's too late, it wouldn't get there in time (hey, i do know italian posts)
with me living in berlin and the last one in milan we make the four of us staying in 4 big european cities and i won't have my book signed! how's that possible, i wonder?!

May 5, 2009 10:12 AM  
Blogger ARRAN said...

I have just finished reading "The Name of the Wind". It's incredibly good to say the least. I particularly like the way you formed Kvothe's personality, it is not easy to create someone who is exceptionally different in many ways, yet easy to relate to.

In a way I must thank you. I am currently working on a novel myself which I hope to be half as good as your own. Reading "The Name of the Wind" has really made me think more about the structure of both the plot and the text.

I look forward to reading the rest of your trilogy.


May 5, 2009 12:41 PM  
Blogger Centurion2992 said...

Pat, I am onto you, you clever bastard. You're dropping hints about book II. In retrospect it's so obvious - anyone can be afraid of the chandrian, but it takes a truly Wise Man to Fear giant incendiary squirrels!

"It wasn't the fire, thought Kvothe, that made the Flame Squirrel so terrifying. Nor was it the fangs. Rather, the true horror of the squirrel was a combination of its insatiable libido and very poor eyesight."

Always a jerk,


May 5, 2009 12:58 PM  
Blogger gapyeargirl123 said...

You say you have these plans for England... what about Scotland?? Are we being cast coldly aside?

(Just kidding about the casting coldly aside. I'm going to find a way to get to one of the signings, no matter where it is.)

May 5, 2009 1:24 PM  
Blogger Chris said...


Hope you and your MUCH better half have a wonderful time in Europe on your "jaunt". Make sure to take some time for you and your lady.

Congratulation on the upcoming "hatching" of a little Rothfuss-ette.

"May all your take-offs and landings be equal".


May 5, 2009 3:59 PM  
OpenID robin said...

Sad. Whats going on with the wisemans fear :[

May 5, 2009 8:33 PM  
Blogger sparkly_jules said...

Dude, can I come back as you in my next life? Totally write the whole trip off your taxes, ok?

Have fun so we at home can live vicariously through your adventures.

Thanks man.


May 6, 2009 12:27 AM  
Blogger larsleene said...

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May 6, 2009 1:35 AM  
Blogger larsleene said...

I'm dutch 20 years old, I probably read your book about 2 years ago for the first time, and checked your site out about three times. These days I've read your book about fifteen times so far.

I lended your book off about half a year ago to a girl that callled her self a " reader". The first weeks I asked her about it a bunch of times but she never seemed to make it trough the first chapter ( which tells it all) . As my interest in her faded away ( she had a new boyfriend ) I forgot about your book. In the past five months she mentioned that some of my stuff was laying around and if i wanted to pick it up. My interest in seeing her wasn't there so as you can guess we haven't met since.

About a week a go she delivered all my belongings at my house including your book. Once I started it the fire in me was back on, so I checked your site again ( to check the progress on the second book ofcourse )! But to my suprise I saw that youre going to do signings in Amsterdam on may 14. So I'll be there.

With your book signing wandering my mind. I started to read your previous blogs ( verry entertaining ). I stopped with the one where you explained the delay on your second novel. I'm gonna comment on that:

I'm from the Harry Potter generation I had to wait a shit load of time ( I started when book two was just in store ) before all seven where out. I started reading Eragon had to wait for the second part and when the third came out suppost to be the last part the fucker didn't finish the story because he just had to make a fourth one ( still eagerly waiting ). So the thing I wanted to say to all the haters commenting on your release date: FUCK OFF!!! you probably don't read a lot or start reading trilogy's when their finished. A lot of people wheren't that fortunate. In total i had to wait nine years so far for new books.

With this beeing said, I just wanted to point out the coincidence that i got the book back just before you're visiting Amsterdam.

Take your time for the next book and blow my mind.

btw: I don't compare your book with Harry Potter or Eragon. it's much better.......

May 6, 2009 1:42 AM  
Blogger susan said...

Yeah for the Dutch fans!! I think it was a great choice to come to Amsterdam. We maybe don't have 6 different editions of the book but we are loyal fans that even help out eachother!!! We even have a special hyves page for you (kind of a facebook in Holland)

I wish you a very nice trip in Europa and hope to see you next time that you are in Holland.

May 6, 2009 1:58 AM  
Blogger Robert said...

That's a shame, I'm french, I live in Paris, I red the name of the wind (in english)and I was looking forward to meeting you.

And the 17th of may was my birthday (really).

Well, too bad.

May 6, 2009 2:09 AM  
Blogger Jean-Théodore said...

I would have loved to meet you in Paris, even for a quick breakfast (or a signing session in a library), but alas it seems you lack the faith in French readers... I bet you would have had at least 50 to 100 people waiting for you eagerly :)
I tried to convince "Shakespeare And Company", a notorious and very cosy English Litterature Library to invite you, but they're already booked for 2 months, so maybe an earlier planning next time, or some other place...

You leave me no choice then but to come to Amsterdam for May 14th to meet you there ;)

See you soon !

May 6, 2009 9:06 AM  
Anonymous thiRSa said...

Already thanks for doing the signing in Amsterdam.
I will definitely be there!

So.. untill the 14th of may :o)

gr. thiRSa.. .

May 6, 2009 9:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know exactly what you're talking about with the author signings (expect from the other end of course). I dread nothing more then coming into a bookstore and being confronted with some poor author sitting all alone at a table piled high with books, their expressions torn betweeen hopefullness and a kind of glazed pain.
I want to help I really do - but I have never read their book and its usually nothing I would be interested in. So I whiz by with a vague nod and smile feeling ashamed but grateful to escape the pressure of that hopeful gaze.
Not that I would do this at your signing of course. But then you would never come to Texas *painful sigh*. You know we have a Paris and Rome too. . . It's just as good I swear.

May 6, 2009 9:14 AM  
Blogger Alicia said...

I'm awaiting your arrival in England with desperate hope. Desperate I tell you!

Also, having read a comment someone recently put on an earlier post..... Dear God. How awful can people be? If anyone claimed she wasn't putting in the effort in her career because someone else was churning out passable goods at a quicker rate than her top o' the line stuff, she'd probably go mental.

I will sit here and quietly long for the next episode (with a short break for the time you're in England) but any impatient comments I make are purely because of your awesome. Seriously, don't rush it, and although it must be so hard, don't let them get you down.

You aren't going to lose the interest of any except the people who aren't making a commitment. And Mummy always told me that the only guys to be interested in are the ones who are willing to commit :)

May 6, 2009 12:21 PM  
Anonymous Ophidia said...

Oh I'm so sad that you don't plan a signing in Paris! I really was looking forward to it! Like someone else said, there are a lot of French fantasy readers that read in english, AND your book been annonced as THE book of the year on fantasy in our country, countless readers already devoured it! I hope next time you come you'll organize something for us, even if it's just a meeting in a coffe or something, that would be grate!

May 6, 2009 1:21 PM  
Anonymous Aynaet said...


When I saw the picture of the burning marmot, which probably is supposed to be a bear or a Canadian squirrel, it reminded me of a movie called "Groundhog Day".

Have a nice trip!


May 6, 2009 1:44 PM  
Anonymous Joe said...

Hey, Pat,

Do you know what I hated most about your book? It ended.

Looking forward to the new one, in the fullness of time.


May 6, 2009 1:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Post Pictures!!!!!

May 6, 2009 2:33 PM  
Anonymous Ben said...

Completely off topic, but figured you'd be interested and might not have caught it -- your second favorite lady friend Felicia had a role on the most recent episode of "My Boys," a comedy on TBS.

It should be on Hulu in the next couple of days, and the show's worth checking out even without Felicia's appearance.

Enjoy your trip!

May 6, 2009 7:11 PM  
Anonymous Michael said...

Come to Australia, Dammit! Unlike those cheeky Europeans, WE like Americans!

May 6, 2009 10:41 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

The flaming Gerbil/Squirrel/Bear is completely relevant at that point in your blog.

"We're setting these things up pretty quickly, so there isn't much time for word to spread."

A flaming Gerbil/Squirrel/Bear would DEFINITELY make sure the word spread.

Also, it serves the same purpose as a rorschach test. I wonder, what does it tell you that I see a flaming gerbil instead of a bear? . . . probably that I have gerbil nightmares as opposed to bear nightmares.

@ Centurion2992

Your caption for the illustration was pure kickassery. I laughed a hearty laugh.

@ michael

"Unlike those cheeky Europeans, WE like Americans!"

It's because we share a healthy love of vehicles that can destroy tanks in a head on collision, unlike those tiny European cars.

Hope you and, most especially, Sarah are having fun on your vacation, Pat.

May 7, 2009 7:58 AM  
Blogger Alessia said...

Dear Patrick,

I read your book a month ago (in english)and I loved it a lot. Needless to say, I can't wait to read the Wise Man's Fear.

It's a real pity that you won't be doing a reading or Q&A in Rome, those are the best parts: not that I don't like meeting the author, of course, but... hearing your story read by you, getting the chance to ask questions, those things are just priceless.

Oh, well, enough with the whining. I ought to kick some fellow-countryman's rear for not applying more at school, I guess ;)
But we get two signigs! Hooray! I'll definitely be there.

Looking forward to them and to your next book.


May 7, 2009 10:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Pat!

Congrats on your European book tour, I know your fans will be out in droves! Have a blast!! ;)

Please, please say more about the name/character contest!! I'd like to submit my daughter's name!

I chose my daughter's name from two characters in Wishsong for Shannara by Terry Brooks, and also for a favorite sci fi author David Brin. Her name is Brin Leah.

Kudos and bright blessings. I await WMF with awe and appreciation. Thank you for sharing your talent and stories. ;)
Vugs! (virtual hugs) ~Laura

May 7, 2009 2:14 PM  
Blogger Benjamin_lace said...

Hey if ever given the chance you should come to Canada! Montreal always welcomes awesome authors at either chapters or indigo.

May 7, 2009 9:08 PM  
Anonymous Armin said...

Amsterdam is not all that far away from Germany. I'm hard pressed to find the time to make the trip on 14th, but I believe you will be seeing more than one German fan there.

And where did you pick up that scary sketch of the "Obihörnchen"?

Hope to see you in Amsterdam.

Best wishes

May 8, 2009 11:50 AM  
Anonymous francesco said...

i was in Rome today, and i was the first one you signed the book, so let me thank you once again: for your wonderful book, for the emotoins your book gave me and for the ones the next book will gave me, for the time you spent with us, for your answers to our questions...GRAZIE!!!

May 9, 2009 1:27 PM  
Anonymous Jade said...


Forget Europe! Come to Baltimore or D.C. Please, please, please!!!

Also, I am SO happy for you and Sarah! Congratulations plenty!

I don't have anything clever to say, so we'll leave it like this.

Ciao, have fun on your adventure!


May 9, 2009 9:24 PM  
Blogger SWEETDADDY_73 said...


May 10, 2009 11:49 AM  
Anonymous Iida said...

Damn. Why do i have to live in Finland? xD Nobody ever comes here for booksigning. If I had money I would travel straight to the Amsterdam but as it is I just have to read The name of the wind once again (I have done that maybe three times since i bought it three months ago =P)and wait for the secons book. I love The name of the wind by the way. It's one of the best books I have ever read. For some reason though I can't make my friends read it... but that's because they avoid english books. Jerks. xD No,no, they are really nice but they just don't know how much they miss.

Ok, anyway. Just be sure to have fun and tell us unfortunate souls who can't come and meet you how it was.

May 12, 2009 10:10 AM  
Anonymous Sander said...

Note that the ABC doesn't sell Dutch books at all, and you can probably expect anyone who learned about this event through the ABC to solely read English books.
For Lia's sake I hope at least _some_ people show up with the translation of the book.

Also, can we hope that the reading you'll be doing will be from the draft of The Wise Man's Fear? :)

Either way, looking forward to seeing you tonight!

May 14, 2009 12:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As there is a copy of the manuscript does that mean wise mans fear will be published soon? Just wondering, ive gotten really confused over when it will be coming out!!
Also i think you should put that letter up, and mock the hell out of that guy!! :D
Thankyou for writing a brilliant xx

May 21, 2009 12:55 PM  
Blogger Kerry said...

Hi Patrick

If you are reading this - thanks for taking the time, I can appreciate how busy you are. I just want to tell you that I have read your blogs today - pretty much in one sitting. I have to tell you most of them made me laugh out loud, introspectively thought about some of your comments, I also cried, got angry on your behalf - and generally had an amazing time.

I wanted to tell you that I love you book - you writing such a fantastic blog - and taking the time to really TALk to you fans is bloody amazing and icing on a cake - a cake completely made up of one of the best fantasy novels I have ever read.

I have never bothered to write to someone before - and I really wish I had. I loved Robert Jordon's books - and was really sad when he died. I also recently found out that David Gemmel had also died (another favourite author (if you haven't read Jon Shanow - or Waylander do yourself a favour - great fantasy books!! Just as a side issue - have you ever read David Eddings?

Anyway I digress - I am sure you have had many fans tell you how much your book means to them. I am not just into fantasy - I think I am a pretty well read kind of girl (translated - I read anything with strong characters and a good background story). When I discovered Name the Wind, I had been a bit disillusioned with fantasy - it just seemed like authors where writing the same thing - to coin your phrase, a rehashed version of Lord of the Rings (only with less travelling time).

I hadn't bought a new fantasy novel in a year - nothing had grabbed my attention. To this day I am not sure why I bought Name the Wind. I was recovering from a Harry Potter obsession (okay yes I did write some fanfic - I am truly sorry for that!!) So when I purchased Name the Wind I wasn't expecting much. I finished the book in one sitting - then I read it again just to make sure I didn't miss anything. I could wax lyrical all day - I am sure by now you know how much people love your book - it is truly brilliant (To Kill a Mocking Bird brilliant -chick sold 60 million copies of her book - and she only wrote the one).

So I just wanted to let you know that that regardless of how long it takes you to finish the second -it will be worth the wait.

So just hang in there - you have certainly been open about the changes you have been through this year - and you are right some changes are good some bad - but the good thing is that we keep moving in the right direction - although it’s sometimes hard to define right.

Lastly I found some quotes that say what I want to say far more eloquently then I ever could

For a long time now I have tried simply to write the best I can. Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can.
by Ernest Hemingway

The secret of good writing is to say an old thing in a new way or to say a new thing in an old way.
by Richard Harding Davis

The writer probably knows what he meant when he wrote a book, but he should immediately forget what he meant when he's written it.
by William Golding

A good novel tells us the truth about it's hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
by Gilbert K. Chesterton

I just wrote a book, but don't go out and buy it yet, because I don't think it's finished yet.
by Lawrence Welk

The difference between the right word and almost the right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.
by Mark Twain

Thank you for sharing your story
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June 9, 2009 7:45 AM  

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