February 11 (Sunday), 8:30-9 am - Hear the Interview!
Radio Guest Appearance, Sunday Papers with Rick Kogan
WGN Radio 720

February 13 (Tuesday), 7-9 pm
1354 N. Wabansia, Chicago, IL 60622, 773.227.4433
All are welcome to celebrate the publication of
Good Money After Bad, and later listen to music by
country/blues band Devil in a Woodpile (no cover).

February 15 (Thursday)
Official Release of Good Money After Bad
Atomic Quill Press:

February 16 (Friday), 7 pm
Signing: Oak Park Cigar
823 South Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60304, 708.848.6909
Dave's cigar shop is a great place to hang out, smoke, watch a
little of the NBA all-star weekend, and play darts, all of which
we plan to do Friday night. It's mostly guys but women are encouraged,
as well, and in fact several are threatening to do just that. There'll
be some food there, too, and Dave is going to raffle off some nice
cognac cigars to book buyers.

February 21 (Wednesday), 7 pm
Reading/Signing: Anderson's Bookshop
5112 Main Street, Downers Grove, IL 60515, 630.963.2665
Having graduated from Downers Grove South ('83), this is a homecoming,
of sorts, though I'm in Downers Grove a lot to see friends and family.
My mom used to work at DG National, just down the block from Anderson's,
and my first short-lived job was at a place next to the bakery called,
if I remember correctly, People Eaters. Tribeca is a new, and, I think,
important addition to the strip.

February 23 (Friday), 7 pm
Reading/Signing: Read Between The Lynes
129 Van Buren Street, Woodstock, IL 60098, 815.206.5967
The Woodstock town square was, of course, the setting for Groundshog Day;
it's almost as pretty in person. After the reading, I'll be at The Gambler
(1232 N. Green Street, McHenry 60050) for at least a few pints of Guinness.

February 24 (Saturday), 1 pm
Reading/Signing: The Bookstore
475 N. Main Street, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137, 630.469.2891
This is a great little independent store in a good little downtown,
and it's also the closest reading venue to my old Lombard newspaper office.

February 27 (Tuesday), 7 pm
Reading/Signing: The Book Stall at Chestnut Court
811 Elm Street, Winnetka, IL 60093, 847.446.8880
I wanted to read here just as an excuse to do some book shopping.
The North Shore is a beehive of literary intrigue, including the
headquarters of StoryQuarterly, which was the first big journal
to publish one of my stories.

March 4 (Sunday), 7 pm
Myopic Poetry Series with Adam Levin
1564 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60622, 773.862.4882
Adam is a fellow Syracuse University graduate, and he might line up
other literary Orangemen for the event.

March 8 (Thursday), 11 am-12:15pm
Discussion: Advanced Creative Writing Workshop
University of Louisville
Paul Griner asked me to talk to his students, so I'll see how
many I can scare into other professions.

March 8 (Thursday), 7 pm
Reading/Signing: Borders Shelbyville Road Louisville
4600 Shelbyville Road, Louisville, KY 40207, 502.893.0133

March 10 (Saturday), 2 pm
Reading/Signing: Borders Franklin/Cool Springs
545 Cool Springs Boulevard, Suite 190, Franklin, TN 37067, 615.771.2870

March 16 (Friday), 7 pm
Reading/Signing: Borders on Oracle/Tucson, AZ
4235 N. Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ 85705, 520.292.5049
The Cubs-White Sox play at Tucson Electric Park (1:05 pm start), which gives
me time for dinner before heading to the bookstore. I'm hoping to drag a few
baseball fans with me.

March 17 (Saturday), 5:30 pm
Reception/Signing: Al's Chicago Style of Mesa
1152 N. Power Rd., Suite 105, Mesa, AZ 85205, 480.981.3647
The Padres visit Ho Ho Kam to play the Cubs at 1:05 pm,
and after the game I'll be at my Uncle Rick's hot dog stand,
eating some world-class greasy food and signing books. Food
and books are going to be raffled off throughout the evening.

March 23 (Friday), 7 p.m.
Craft Workshop: The Well Red Coyote: Books On The Rocks
3190 W. Highway 89A (At Dry Creek Road), Suite #400, Sedona, AZ 86336, 928.282.2284
When I wrote Good Money After Bad,,I was determined
to depict an honest world with the kinds of heartbreaks and moral
confusion and tragedy not so neatly summed up in a broken kneecap.
In this writing workshop, I'll attempt to teach ways invent a fictional
world that arises from intimate knowledge rather than TV myths.

March 24 (Saturday), 5 p.m.
Reception/Reading: Larsen Gallery
3705 N. Bishop Lane, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, 480.941.0900
Scott and Polly Larsen run a first-class art gallery in an idyllic
location. We'll start at Scottsdale Stadium for the Cubs-Giants (1:05 pm MST)
before getting ready for the reception. This is a sophisticated place
but then again Jay Raemont and a bunch of McHenry ex-pats will be there,
so we'll see.

March 25 (Sunday), 2 p.m.
Reading/Signing: Borders Tempe, AZ
699 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281, 480.921.8631

April 17 (Thursday), 9-10 am - Hear the Interview!
Radio Guest Appearance, Eight Forty-Eight with Steve Edwards (Interview with Dan Bindert)
WBEZ Chicago Public Radio 91.5
April 19 (Thursday), 7:30 p.m.
Chicago Stories: Barnes & Noble on Clybourn
1441 W. Webster Ave., Chicago, IL 60614, 773.871.3610
Featured readers include John McNally (America's Report Card and
The Book of Ralph), and Elizabeth Crane (When I Was A Loser: True
Stories of (Barely) Surviving High School by Today's Top Writers

April 22 (Sunday), 2 p.m.
Reading/Signing: Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore
7419 W. Madison St., Forest Park, IL 60130, 708.771.7243

April 27 (Friday), TBA
Arbor Day Festivities: Lloyd Elementary School
2103 W. Lamon Ave., Chicago, IL 60639, 773.534.3070

April 29 (Sunday), 2 p.m.
Reading/Signing: Books at Sunset
1100 South Street, Elgin, IL 60123, 847.888.1860

May 8 (Tuesday), 6:30 p.m.
Reading/Signing: Stanford Bookstore
1519 Lasuen Mall, Stanford, CA 94305, 650.329.1217

May 9 (Wednesday), 7:30 p.m.
Reading/Signing: Capitola Book Cafe
1475 41st Avenue, Capitola, CA 95010, 831.462.4415

May 13 (Sunday), 11 am to 3 pm
Mother's Day Brunch and Reading: Joss Chapman's Condo
San Francisco, CA

May 19 (Saturday), 11 a.m.
Introduction: Timothy Egan, author of The Worst Hard Time
Modern Language Building, 812 East Washington, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, 734.369.3366

May 19 (Saturday), 4 p.m.
Panel Discussion: With Marsha Hamilton (The Camel Bookmobile) and Joseph Coulson (Of Song and Water)
500 South Main St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104, 734.369.3366


May 27 (Sunday), 1-3 p.m.
Reading/Discussion: Freedom of Espresso
115 Solar, Syracuse, NY 13204, 315.424.7650
Representatives of three decades of Syracuse University's creative writing program
will read at the downtown coffee house. Poets Brooks Haxton (1981), Chris Kennedy (1988) and Sarah Harwell (2005) will join short story writer George Saunders (1987) and myself (1996). We'll each read a little bit and discuss our graduate student experiences.

May 30 (Wednesday), 7 p.m.
Reading/Signing: Borders
601 Nassau Park Blvd., Building G, Princeton, NJ 08540, 609.514.0040

June 5 (Tuesday), 7:30 p.m.
Dramatic Reading: The Stain
766 Grand St., Brooklyn, New York 11211, 718.387.7840
Di Johnston ( and other Partial Comfort (,
actors join me for a staged reading of selected chapters. Johnson, who will read the
part of Sophie, has appeared in Sam Marks' "Happy, Happy" and also is renown as a
recording and voice-over artist.

June 6 (Wednesday), 8 p.m.
Varsity Letters Reading Series: Happy Ending Lounge
302 Broome St., Lower East Side, New York, New York 10002, 212.334.9676
Featured readers include Sports Illustrated's Rick Reilly.

June 10 (Sunday), 10-12 a.m.
CWA's Author's Table: Printers Row Book Fair
Dearborn & Polk, Chicago, IL, 312.222.3986
I'll be at the Chicago Writer's Association table for a few hours Sunday morning,
and my books will likely be around most of the day. Authors from Chicago Writer's Association ( will be there throughout the weekend.

June 10 (Sunday), 8-9 p.m.
Radio Guest Appearance: WLUW's Open Books with Donna Seaman
Live from Loyola in Rogers Park
This is the fundraising show, so maybe we'll have people bet against
me for pledge totals. You know, I win it's double; you win...we bet again.

June 15 (Friday), 7:30 p.m.
Reading/Signing: Baseball II: Art of and About Baseball exhibit
Harrison Works, 17 Harrison St., Oak Park, IL 60304, 708.308.4602

July 18 (Wednesday), 7 p.m.
Local Author's Night: The Book Cellar
4736 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60625, 773.293.2665

July 29 (Sunday), Noon
Literary Evening: Margo Channings Theater
International Friendship Gardens, 2055 East Route 12, Michigan City, IN 46360, 219.879.6711

August 1 (Wednesday), 7-10 pm
Featured Guest: Reading Under the Influence
Sheffield's, 3258 N. Sheffield, Chicago, IL 60657, 773.281.4989

October 6 (Saturday), Dusk
Reading: Iowa Art Tour
Big Spring, 2763 College Drive, Decorah, Iowa, New York 52101

October 20 (Saturday), 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Regional Author Fair: Joliet Public Library
Black Road Branch, Joliet, IL 60431, 815.740.2660