Inside the Tour
An author takes her novel on the road and becomes one with her work—and with her audience.
One of the things I've always noticed about movies about writers is that nobody knows what writing actually looks like. Usually the author is shown failing to write, balling up pieces of paper and throwing them in the wastebasket. I remember a movie about Lillian Hellman where she actually threw her typewriter out the window. I think language is the problem. Since our tools are the same ones most people use (language, a computer), there's a suspicion we might be doing nothing (except maybe being crazy—remember Jack Nicholson's character in The Shining), and then a book appears like a secret baby and the show is off and running. Finally, the author goes on a tour, and this is the part of writing most people see.
When people talk about book tours they generally shrug and say, "It's just marketing," and of course
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