“Robin McLean’s Reptile House introduces us to a debut author of audacious originality." -- Peter Connors, BOA Editions.



Martha Graham Cracker at a show. (SURINDER K. AGGARWAL)
SAT. April 30. -- GRUB GONE DRAG
Grub Street Bash, Boston. Reading with National Book Award Winner COLUM MCCANN, Kaitlyn Greenidge and the winner of the Muse-exclusive "Alter Ego" contest (me). Main event: Martha Graham Cracker, The Drag Queen King of Philadelphia.

May 7, 2016 Mud Season Review Issue Launch Party
Mud Season Review launches its second print issue on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 7 p.m. at Hotel Vermont.Reading with Sean Prentiss, Alison Prine, and Ralph Culver, and a viewing of artwork by Riki Moss.


Roadtrip. See America. Read in Campgrounds
or on the Decks of Ships.
Walk up Mountains. Run down.
Stay up too late.
Get dirty.

April 2, 2015, TireFire Reading at TATTOOED MOM with Colin Barrett, winner of The Guardian first book award, and Kelly Link. Philadephia. 8pm.

April 10, 2015, AWP CONVENTION Minneapolis, Panel F123: Eye on the (Book) Prize: Submitting Short Story Collections to Contests. Room M100 D&E, Mezzanine Level. 9:00 am to 10:15 am

April 11, 2015. Book Signing -- AWP CONVENTION Minneapolis.
11 am @ BOA Headquarters --book fair tables 830 & 832.

Friday May 1, 2015, Reading of Reptile House with the BOSTON LITERARY DISTRICT, South Station, Boston, Mass. find the location on the BOSTON LITERARY DISTRICT MAP, 12:30 -1:30 pm. Thank you Boston Literary District! WBUR on REPTILE HOUSE @ SOUTH STATION BOSTON.

May 4, 2015 Reading at BROOKLINE BOOKSMITH, Brookline, MA, @ 7 pm.

7-9, BIG PARTY. Thank Amherst Books!

May 14, 2015. Reading with JIM SHEPARD and his new novel THE BOOK OF ARON . THE ODYSSEY, South Hadley, Mass. 7 pm.

Saturday May 16, 2015. REPTILE HOUSE READING -- BANKS SQUARE BOOKS, Mystic, CT. @ 1 pm. Thanks John @ Banks Square!

Monday May 18, 2015. Reptile House and discussion -- -- GATES PUBLIC LIBRARY, Rochester, NY (Home of BOA EDITIONS!). Time TBA.

May 21, 2015, Reading with Stephanie Kegan and Sylvia True -- THE HARVARD BOOK STORE , Cambridge, Mass, 7 pm - (Thank you Grub Street)

May 22, 2015 Reading -- GIBSON'S BOOKSTORE, Concord, NH. 7 pm.

May 27, 2015. SIRENLAND / WISHING STONE Reading -- BAR AND GARDEN, Culver City, Ca. 7-10. Please RSVP by email.

June 3, 2015. West Coast Book Launch -- SKYLIGHT BOOKS, 1818 N Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA. @ 7:30 pm

June 4, 2015. Reading -- PRAIRIE LIGHTS BOOKSTORE, Iowa City, Iowa.
time TBA

June 11, 2015, Reading THE WILD DETECTIVES, Dallas, Texas. 7:30 pm.

June 15, 2015, Reading -- BOOK PEOPLE, Austin, TX. 7 pm.

June 17, 2015, Reading --THE TWIG BOOK SHOP, San Antonio, TX @ 7 pm.

June 19, 2015 Reading -- BARNES AND NOBLE at THE FOUNTAINS, El Paso, TX @ 3-5 pm. Private Reception to follow.

June 23, 2015, Reading INNISFREE POETRY BOOKSTORE AND CAFE , Boulder, Colorado. 6 pm.

June 25, 2015, Reading, BOULDER BOOK STORE, Boulder, Colorado. 7:30 pm.

June 30, 2015. Reading. BOOKS INC with Robert Thomas reading from Bridge, Mountain View, CA. Time TBA.

July 1, 2015. Reading -- BOOK PASSAGE, San Francisco, CA (Ferry Building Store), 6 pm.

July 3, 2015 Reading COPPERFIELDS, Healdsburg, CA, 7 pm.

July 6, 2015. Reading -- ANNIE BLOOM'S BOOKS, Portland, OR., 7 pm.

July 9th, 2015, Reading with Jayne Benjulian. WHY THERE ARE WORDS Literary Series, Sausalito, California. 7 pm.

July 10, 2015. Reading with DEVIN BECKER winner of A. Poulin Jr Poetry Prize-- ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY , Seattle, Washington, 7pm

July 15, 2015. Reading with Frank Soos, Alaska Writer Laureate for 2015 @ UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA ANCHORAGE BOOKSTORE, Anchorage, Alaska, 4:30 - 6 pm.

July 18, 2015, Reading hosted by the FAIRBANKS ARTS ASSOCIATION, The Bear Gallery / Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts, Fairbanks, Alaska, 7 pm.

July 24, 2015. Reading at the SUTTON LIBRARY (my old home town), Sutton, Alaska, 5:00pm

July 24, 2015, PARTY AT TURKEY RED FIRESIDE BOOKS, Palmer Alaska. 6:30 pm. Contact Fireside Books for tickets.

July 25, 2015, Book signing FIRESIDE BOOKS, Palmer Alaska. 11 am.

July 29, 2015, Reading with LOST HORSE PRESS, Sandpoint Public Library, Sandpoint, Idaho @7

August 5, 2015, Reading at WOMEN & CHILDREN FIRST BOOKSTORE, Chicago, Illinois. 7:30 pm.

August 7, 2015. Reading -- THE BOOKSTORE, Lenox, Mass. 7pm.

August 25, 2015, Flint Fiction Lit Series with Julienne Grey and Laura van den Berg . 2A, New York, New York @ 7:30

September 3, 2015 Papercuts in Boston with Lynnette D'Amico @ 7pm.

Sept. 12, 2015, Reading -- BOOKS ON THE SQUARE, Providence, RI. 7pm.

October 6, 2015, Reading with Jim Story with his new novel Problems of Translation -- CORNELIA STREET CAFE, NYC, time TBA.

October 14, 2015, Reading with Lenore Myka with King of the Gypsies -- TALKING LEAVES BOOKS, Buffalo, NY @ 6 pm.

October, 29, 2015, Discussion on the American Short Story with HEIDI PITLOR, CELESTE NG, and LENORE MYKA at The Cambridge Public Library, Cambridge, Mass. at 7pm.

Nov. 15, 2015, Sunday Salon Lit Series, New York, New York.


Hey as some of you know, next summer, after Reptile House, comes out in May, Pearl and I are taking ourselves on a Sidewind Across America Tour. The SAA Tour is intended to squeeze as much fun out of this book as possible. (You never know if it will happen again.) The idea is go visit all my favorite friends/writers, to read in bookstores or living rooms or campgrounds (reptile houses at a few zoos, if possible). To act like famous writers together. To have a blast together. To SEE AMERICA together.

My dream is that all my pals will drive a leg of this trip with me. Some of you have already penciled yourself in.

We are going to start in Rochester at BOA around May 12, and then hit the big east coast cities, all the gang in Boston, (pick up Chrissy in DC and then Melanie in Jacksonville), then sidewind over to Collette K. in San Antonio, Gloria B in El Paso and Carlsbad Caverns, to L.A. (Lauren/Lisa/Angie), the San Francisco gang, then up to Hood River to see Nancy F on the way to Lynn G in Seattle, then up to my old home in Alaska via the ALCAN highway -- with stops at all the hotsprings ( Liard /Chena) -- we can go to. We'll then say hello to the 49 Writers in Anchorage, Soldatna, Homer, Palmer and Fairbanks. Other stops on the way back( maybe put the car the ferry via the Alaska Marine Highway/Inside Passage) : onward to Sandpoint, Idaho to see Christine at Lost Horse Press, then the U. of Montana Western in Dillon, Boulder, Co to see Carol K, then through to Wisconsin to Tamara, then slide into Chicago to see Lois and Cliff, and my people in Peoria last.

All this is subject to the better ideas of fellow travelers.

It will probably take a couple of months. I am really going to do this.

I will be traveling in my usual cheapo fashion. Tent, cooler, map with tea stains.

Like Lewis and Clark, but nicer. No dog or horse eating allowed.

Who wants to go?

Or to have dirty travelers crash on your floor?

Think about it.


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