Upcoming readings/events!

OK, I’ve got some upcoming reading/event dates for Marianne and me!

On Saturday, May 9, we will both be in Philadelphia, doing a reading and/or workshop (um, we’re not sure which yet) from 4-5 p.m. at The Rotunda (ha), in between performances of Big Moves Boston‘s latest revue, “Fat Camp.”  Big Moves honcho Marina Wolf Ahmad, who awesomely set this up for us, writes:

This year, Big Moves Boston is taking over the phrase “fat camp” and making it our own, with an all-new, summer-camp-themed revue, Fat Camp (“leave your baggage behind”). Fat Camp runs in the Boston area April 24-25 and May 1-2, and then travels to Philadelphia for one weekend only, on May 8-9.

Fat Camp is summer camp the way Big Moves would do it, full of dining-hall dancing, post-modern pillow fights, a full-service cold-cereal bar, shower-room burlesques, campfire sing-alongs, and of course, trust games. With lots of audience interaction, Fat Camp invites viewers to take their own body-acceptance journeys along with us, and learn to love the skin they’re in!

There will be Fat Camp shows at The Rotunda on Friday night, Saturday afternoon and Saturday evening, $10 advance tickets and $12 at the door. There’s also a hip-hop workshop right after our event for $5.

On Sunday, May 10, we will be in Boston at Lir Irish Pub, at 1 p.m. — though doors open at 12:30 so you can get started on the eating and drinking. This event was organized by the fantastic Center for New Words, who also did the Yes Means Yes event where I nearly broke my damn ankle. And yes, we know it’s Mother’s Day, but it was the only time we could do it — bring your mom, if you’ve got one! Or just come for a drink to recover from brunch with her!

On Friday, May 15, I will be appearing (sans Marianne, sadly) here in Chicago at Vive la Femme, around 6 p.m., I believe. (Uh, Stephanie, you out there? Is it 6?) We’ll also be celebrating the 7th anniversary of Vive, Chicago’s only plus-size boutique, so it should be a raucous affair. And if it’s not, at least you can try on some adorable cocktail dresses.

On Friday, June 5, we will both be in Brooklyn at Re/Dress for an evening of fattitude that will include plus-size vintage shopping, refreshments, and a dance performance (not by us). I’m iffy on the start time of this one, too — will get back to y’all on that.

Those are the confirmed dates for now. We’re also working on setting something up for both of us in Minneapolis on Sunday, June 28. I’ll be in St. Louis at Pudd’nhead Books (owned by a Shapeling!) some time in July, and I’m also intending to hit Madison, Milwaukee, Champaign-Urbana and Indianapolis as my schedule allows. I know Marianne’s planning to do some solo stuff in the south, too. We’ll keep you posted.

98 thoughts on “Upcoming readings/events!

  1. Are there any DC dates planned (in general, even if there are no specifics)? Technically, I could make it to the Philly event, but I think I would piss off my whole family in the process (Mother’s Day stuff, etc.). So, do I plan on going to Re/Dress, or do I sit tight for the luxury of Lessons from the Fat-o-Sphere closer to home?

  2. Wow, guys. Wow. I’m really sorry Kate and Marianne aren’t paying out of their own pockets to come directly to your town, but I can’t believe every one of the comments so far is whining about the I CANNOT STRESS ENOUGH SELF-FUNDED AND YES THIS WAS MADE VERY CLEAR tour coming close enough for your convenience. I’m sure it’s a bummer but can we have a “congratulations” or something? Or even a by god “well I’m disappointed but I’m sure this book will sell so well that you’ll have a big international book tour next time”?

    Incidentally, from my experience in book publicity this will be a very large and wide-ranging tour for a small-press (or in this case small imprint of a larger press) book, even NOT during a recession, even if they WERE getting marketing funds from the publisher. K&M are really working hard to put themselves out there for you.

  3. I am not just saying this because FJ told me to BUT…

    YAY I have been meaning to go to Vive la Femme for like EVAR and now I have a doubly good reason in that I need a pretty dress for a special event and Kate will be there. And so, in short, I will see you Friday, May 15.

  4. Yeah, you guys, I love you all and would love to travel more, but what I’ve listed up there already involves at least 7 flights, plus assorted train rides and/or car rentals (I don’t own a car, so even the stuff within a few hours will involve travel costs) and a whole lot of hotels. Between the cost and the stress of traveling so much in such a short time, I really can’t do much more.

    We are still planning to do a college tour in the fall. Since colleges can often pay for us to come, that makes it a bit easier, and we hope to cover more ground — though the travel and scheduling can still be kind of a pain in the ass. But really, we’re doing the best we can, all on our own, and I’d love it if I didn’t have to feel guilty about how much we’re not doing.

  5. Whoa, I had no idea Puddnhead Books was owned by a Shapeling! I’m from St. Louis and we get back there from time to time. Now I can’t wait for the next visit.

  6. Sorry, did not mean to imply that you ought to be catering to everyone’s wildly various geographical needs — which would be impossible, and there’s no way you should feel responsible for trying. I saw the list and went into “MUST.PLAN.NOW” mode. I apologize for getting my neurosis on your very exciting book tour news.

    What I *meant* was, “I will find some way to make it to one of these, because I am mad excited about this book!”

  7. Kate, I wouldn’t even do all that traveling for a well-paying job. (If I were as blunt in interviews as I am elsewhere, if asked how much travel I was willing to do, I’d say, “Lots. I mean, I’m willing to show up at the office every single day of the work week, if that’s what it takes.”) So I am in awe of what you are willing to do. Kick ass.

  8. I’d love it if I didn’t have to feel guilty about how much we’re not doing.

    Ack! I’m sorry. I wasn’t intending to make you feel guilty. I really did intend that to be something of a compliment to the extent of how much I like you folks and would love to get to see you in person. I didn’t mean it to be guilt inducing at all!

    In all seriousness, this is quite cool for you. And I can’t wait to pick up a copy of the book! *dances*

  9. but I can’t believe every one of the comments so far is whining about the I CANNOT STRESS ENOUGH SELF-FUNDED AND YES THIS WAS MADE VERY CLEAR tour coming close enough for your convenience

    It does seem, though, that those comments could easily and charitably be *read* as “OMG I’m so excited for this book and I really wish I could show my support for Kate and Marianne in person because that would be super-exciting, too!”, rather than whining or guilt-inducing.

    That said, yay, book tour! How exciting. :-)

  10. This is all so awesome, and I wish, wish, wish I could be in any of those places. Except Minneapolis.

    If you’ve never been to Minneapolis airport, be forewarned: The MSP experience will leaving you cursing and shaking your fist at the sky. The terminals are LLOOONNNNGGG (expect a mile to a mile and a half walk, each way. Not kidding). The rental car counters are in Idaho. And the whole flippin’ town is under construction.

    Once you get to where you are going, you will find that the peeps are great, downtown’s nice, and that there’s a lot to do in town. But if I have anything to say about it, I will never fly into that town again.
    :)

  11. As is her habit, fillyjonk’s right… So, hey, a big fat CONGRATULATIONS Kate and Marianne! I hope that our family’s visit to St. Louis in July will coincide with your stop there. And thanks for doing all that travel, and I hope it allows enough time to take care of yourselves.

    (And I also send best wishes for your safety. I am afraid of air travel generally, and right now I’m in the middle of serious and almost-debilitating panic/phobia about swine flu… and anyway, I think having that travel schedule, right now, might push me over the edge.)

    (Crap, that was a downer. Sorry, I just wanted to explain why I would be hoping for your safety. I know it’s not entirely rational, but it’s well-intended, is my point.)

  12. It does seem, though, that those comments could easily and charitably be *read* as “OMG I’m so excited for this book

    Sure, they could. But the point was, they can also be read as pressure, and sometimes they are, so if people would try to be conscious of that, it would rock.

    Having said that, I also wasn’t trying to guilt-trip supportive Shapelings! (And I don’t think Fillyjonk was either, though I know she was feeling a little protective of me up there.) I appreciate the apologies above, but they were totally unnecessary. It’s not a bad thing that you guys want me to come to your towns! I’m incredibly grateful, in fact. I’m just kind of stressed out from the book tour planning as it is.

  13. If you’ve never been to Minneapolis airport, be forewarned: The MSP experience will leaving you cursing and shaking your fist at the sky. The terminals are LLOOONNNNGGG (expect a mile to a mile and a half walk, each way. Not kidding). The rental car counters are in Idaho. And the whole flippin’ town is under construction.

    Ha, I have been to the Minneapolis airport several times, but since my home base is O’Hare, it seems like child’s play. :) So if you ever fly into Chicago, I’d highly recommend Midway.

  14. Yay, you will be in my neighborhood! Literally, as the Rotunda is a quick walk from my house. So this is the opposite of an “aw, you won’t be near me!” comment.

    See you in May! I will be the awkward one trying not squeal fannishly at you while racking my brains for something clever to say so you will like me and we will suddenly become friends. I will fail at this and say something inarticulate about how awesome you are. You’ll know just who I am!

  15. It does seem, though, that those comments could easily and charitably be *read* as “OMG I’m so excited for this book and I really wish I could show my support for Kate and Marianne in person because that would be super-exciting, too!”, rather than whining or guilt-inducing.

    But wasn’t it just as easy to type that, which doesn’t require any interpretation to be read charitably?

  16. Hey, wow, I’ve never heard of Vive la Femme (I don’t really shop) but I will plan to be there! I’ll give them the ol’ RSVP soon. Looking forward to it!

  17. I will so be there at Vive La Femme. Looking forward to giving up my mall-store-sized privilege for one night and awkwardly looking at accessories while everyone else tries on fab garments. Kate, I hope you bring a lot of books because I’ve had a running list of people I want to give them to, and it just keeps getting longer . . .

  18. Awesome!! I’m so glad you guys were able to put this together! I will try to make it to the one in the city near me, if I can. :) Let me know if you need anything while you’re in the area.

    I am not in any way trying to pester you about it, but I think the possibility of coming to the college where I teach (with travel expenses covered) is still open, so let me know if you need/want me as a contact person for that. it’s near one of the cities you’ve listed here, though, so if that means it need to be crossed off the list, fair enough.

  19. I am not in any way trying to pester you about it, but I think the possibility of coming to the college where I teach (with travel expenses covered) is still open, so let me know if you need/want me as a contact person for that.

    Sure, absolutely, if they can pay to get one or both of us out there in the fall, we’re still open to it. Either way, hope we get to see you in the city near you!

  20. OK, I’ve got some upcoming reading/event dates for Marianne and me!

    SQUEEEEEE!!!!!!!!

    The very concept of “upcoming reading/event dates” sounds so glamorous! Or at least it does to me!

    Kate, please get yourself some shoes that treat you well, not like those handsome cads you wore last time.

  21. Well I am glad you’re hitting Philly.
    Because Boston’s not a big college town. :D

    I’ve already started inviting people to Brooklyn, even though I live in Manhattan. I hope that’s OK.

    Indianapolis, Madison, Milwaukee, Chambana, but not Bloomington?
    What will it take?

  22. ahhh, did you seriously just mention Champaign-Urbana?? Long time lurker here who would definitely attend any event in the aforementioned locale! :-)

  23. Oops. Next time will read comments before commenting with an additional location.
    *hides face*

    KATE HARDING HAD TWO OF THE MOST-READ ARTICLES ON SALON THIS WEEKEND AND WAS THE ONLY AUTHOR LISTED TO HAVE MORE THAN ONE

  24. I’m with Katia on the “Squee”-ing! I might get to support the event in Boston and that just tickles my fancy! Especially since it would be a celebration double-fold: my second semester of grad school classes will be done (the day before in fact) so I can think of no better way to celebrate!! :D *more squeeing*

    That said, even if you weren’t up in the NorthEast at all you still get major kudos for having a freaking BOOK! Published! and book events to go to!! :D

  25. Uh, let’s see…oh yeah:
    *squeeeeeee!!111*

    Congrats Kate and Marianne! Keep up the great work! Where was I? *squeeeeeee!!111infinitysquared!!*

    [The preceding squeefest was for Kate's* upcoming appearance @ Vive la Femme on 5/15. I'm so flippin' there, man! Insert mullet/graphic tee here: WOOOOO! The book, a dress or two, I hope Stephanie remembers who I am...*Marianne, I shall cop an extra accessory on your behalf.]

  26. But wasn’t it just as easy to type that, which doesn’t require any interpretation to be read charitably?

    Of course it is, yes. And making sincere, straightforward statements is almost always just as easy, if not easier, than using hyperbole or sarcasm, and straightforward sincerity is much less likely to be misunderstood. But straightforward sincerity is not exactly the generally prevailing tone of the blog or its comments (which, don’t get me wrong, is why I like it here so much), so it seems a charitable reading on both sides would be good — readers assuming that Kate is doing everything she can and not just ignoring certain regions out of spite, and writers assuming that readers are making requests for additional dates because we really want to see Kate and support the book, not because we’re trying to hassle her.

  27. P.S. caseyatthebat re: MPLS airport – it is a VERY sucky airport. And the construction, especially in the vicinity of the airport is awful. But the cities of MPLS & St. Paul completely make up for it.

  28. I’m coming to see you in Boston! And I wish the publishing world was different, so that you guys could be amply funded to do, on someone else’s dime, a tour that would go lots of other places as well, and delight the Shapeling constituencies all over.

  29. occhiblu, yeah, if there’s anything we get behind here, it’s the idea that if someone is offended or hurt by the way you say something, it’s their responsibility to give you the benefit of the doubt because you meant well!

    Seriously, what Kate said. Yes, one could work to put the most charitable spin on things. But the tone of the comments was making Kate feel put-upon, I pointed it out, and people stopped. That’s exactly how it should work.

  30. YAY!! congratulations!
    I’m pretty sure I can come to the Boston reading so yay! you’re gonna make CNW bring like eleventy-billion books to sell, right? ;)

  31. You know, I started to post something about how I’d love to see y’all down here, but something stopped me. Guess it was FJ in my head again! So many congratulations. May there be many editions in your (and our) future!

  32. you’re gonna make CNW bring like eleventy-billion books to sell, right? ;)

    Working on it!

    Guess it was FJ in my head again!

    FJ, get out of liberalandproud’s head! That’s just creepy!

  33. Very excited! I’ve never been to Vive la Femme, so it will be a perfect opportunity to celebrate the book’s release and peruse the racks.

  34. I’ve never been to Vive la Femme, so it will be a perfect opportunity to celebrate the book’s release and peruse the racks.

    I know you were referring to the things they hang clothes on, but I couldn’t help thinking of the Rack o’ Doom. Ha!

  35. Ok, now volcanista’s in my heaad!
    SRSLY, y’all, there’s only room for so many in here!

  36. I will so be there at Vive la Femme. And 6 to 8 sounds great, but maybe Chicago peeps want to do something afterward? Like.. go to a bar? I would like the opportunity to further socialize with my fellow Shapelings.

    Not that I’m suggesting Kate should organize one. I’d be happy to do it. Just wanted to know first if there’s any interest.

  37. I’m totally bummed that I no longer live in Philadelphia. Or anywhere near it, for that matter. I would love to check this out.

    San Diego is lovely this time of year. Or any time of year, actually. :)

  38. Why, m.leblanc, glad you asked: we may have to hoof it a couple blocks or so, but it’ll so be worth it! Nudge the hipsters aside with the shopping bags (the reusable ones, of course) chock full of clothes/books, as it were. Ah, to go outside again…[insert swoon here]

  39. Yay for our upcoming events!

    To throw a few more citties in the mix just so people know, I’m working on organizing Orlando and Atlanta at the moment.

    Kate, I’ll double-check the start time on the Brooklyn event and get back to you! I can’t find the email where we talked about it.

  40. wow, that is a seriously crazy travel schedule. good thing you have such enthusiastic fans to keep you company while you’re on it. ;D

    if i could fly you to portland for a stop, i totally would. in fact, if i find later i can, i totally will! powell’s is the poop of the book world. and it’s a reasonable walk from Voodoo Donuts, the folks at which i am almost certain we could talk into supplying us with some baby-flavored ones for the occasion. bwahahahha!

  41. Shoot, I think I’m going to be out of town on the 28th, but I’ll remember you!

    Congrats on the book!

  42. I cannot wait to get my pre-ordered book!

    Here’s hoping the fall college tours include the NW, but if not, I’ll just look eastward longingly. I am in no financial situation to travel eastward or southward, so I can certainly understand that coming this way without pay is not possible.

    I’m so excited for those of you able to attend “Fat Camp.” That sounds like tremendous fun!

  43. Ok I’m a Boston area performer and I have had the pleasure of working with Marina and the girls from big moves before. they are incredible. anybody in the area should go see the show. you will be moved, inspired and entertained by these sexy, fearless women!

  44. Woo Hoo! You’re coming to my backyard.

    We east coasters need a good boost of un-skinny-not-wearing-black-all-the-time-cause-it-makes-us-think-we-look-skinnier.

    When I invent the first real energy/matter transporter I will beam all of your rural fans into boston/brokland/philli, ect… Then everyone will be happy.

  45. Oooh! I really hope I can make it down to Minneapolis if you end up doing something there! I do wish I could justify flying to NY to see you both AND spend lots of money at Re/Dress… but Mpls is 2 hours away and therefore more “practical.”

    Pshaw, practicality. Who needs it? (poor college students like me, evidently.)

  46. FJ, get out of liberalandproud’s head! That’s just creepy!

    Especially since I seem to remember everyone being in my stomach for some reason, so I don’t even know how that’s possible. Paging M.C. Escher.

    Brooklyn is gonna be packed. Kate, I demand to be let in no matter what.

  47. Brooklyn!! Woooooo!!!

    I live like, two blocks from Re/Dress and it is made of awesome. They have a loungey couch-tacular area and enormous dressing rooms and everyone who works there is the shit!

    Congratulations!!!

  48. Good luck on your tour and in all your readings: I wish for you easy travel, good media, better sales, and only the most amusing douche-hounds offering their opinions (for public evisceration).

  49. Chicago Shapelings, I can’t wait to meet you at the event! Except for Shinobi and Other Kate. I can wait to meet you since I did it once already. :-)

  50. CONGRATS, Kate and Marianne. That is a super-exciting tour set-up! Speaking on behalf of Big Moves Boston and our rowdy group of fatties and fatlets soon to descend on Philadelphia, we are totally PSYCHED to have a reading right there in our venue–I know, the Rotunda, right?–and of course all 16 of us are going to be piling into the front row seats, after we towel off the matinee sweat, of course.

    Brief thread hijack: we could really use help in both homestay and promo in Philly. For homestay, we’re looking for stuff not too far from the Rotunda; sofas, futons, floor space… we’re not picky in that regard. We also REALLY need folks to pick up cards and posters from the Rotunda and flyer the shit out of neighborhoods and events over the next week and a half.

    People’s help in getting the word out and the Big Moves folks tucked in is going to be so important for making our second appearance at the Rotunda a success. For details, please send email with your name and phone number to info at bigmoves dot com.

    Back to the regularly scheduled WOOT!

  51. Oh man, I wish I’d known about the Fat Camp event sooner! (I’m in the Boston area)

    I also really wish I could make it May 10th to come out a-drinking, but something tells me my mom wouldn’t go for the idea. I’ve tried several times to get her to read your blog, since she’s been miserably dieting pretty much for the last two decades. Still, she keeps insisting that the idea of fat acceptance is “just an excuse to give up.”

    Which, in a way, it is. I just don’t see why that’s a bad thing. Isn’t a constant inner recording about about how fat//ugly/lazy/worthless I am something that -should- be given up?

  52. OK, if I can get away from my internship, I am so coming to Re/Dress.

    Maybe I can convince them it would make a good blog post…

  53. Sweet Machine, I didn’t know you were in Chicago! (Or are you just coming in for the event?) Jeepers, a double dose of Shapers; what a treat! (Don’t know if that’s a new term, but in my mind, Shapers = honchos; Shapelings = us, the acolytes.)

  54. This is awesome! Have fun on the tour!

    Off-topic: There was a FA article in my Reuters newsfeed this morning on Yahoo, and Kate, Deb, and Bevin(both from Re/Dress) were in it!

  55. Okay, this is a little off topic. After reading this post and researching Big Moves Boston (which sounds awesome), I decided to try to find out if there were any other local organizations that stress body acceptance. My mistake was using google, because the first five or six hits on my search were all “health-related” news stories on Massachusetts’ intention to send public school kids home with fat report cards, letting their parents know their BMI.

    …neat?

  56. Perhaps we should be called The Spanx.
    A-hahah! Especially if you want to invite a running “naughty/spanking” joke theme.

  57. Oh shoot, I just realized I can’t make Vive La Femme after all! So sorry to miss you Shapers and Shapelings. I will just have to call Women and Children First and order a bunch of copies. Kate, I secretly think you should do a reading there too–you know, in your spare time.

  58. This is all so awesome, and I wish, wish, wish I could be in any of those places. Except Minneapolis.”

    Ah, don’t be dissin’ my hometown. ^_~ Though I’ll give it to you that the ENTIRE CITY OF MINNEAPOLIS IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION RIGHT NOW. Like they say, we have two seasons here: snow and road construction.

    But I am so glad you’re coming to my city, Kate and Marianne! What place will you be reading at? I’d recommend Amazon books on Chicago Av. They’d be a great place for it, being a feminist/queer bookstore and all.

  59. the ENTIRE CITY OF MINNEAPOLIS IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION RIGHT NOW

    No shit! Couldn’t believe it when we were there last weekend.

    I’d recommend Amazon books on Chicago Av. They’d be a great place for it, being a feminist/queer bookstore and all.

    Our publicist is still working on lining up the Mpls event, and she mentioned reaching out to True Colors, which appears to be the same thing. Sounds great! If you want to call them and tell them you’d bring a hundred people or so to a Kate and Marianne event there, please feel free! :)

  60. Y’know, I’ve been attempting to pick a weekend for my semiannual NYC visit sometime in the near future…
    *plots*

  61. “I’d recommend Amazon books on Chicago Av. They’d be a great place for it, being a feminist/queer bookstore and all.

    Our publicist is still working on lining up the Mpls event, and she mentioned reaching out to True Colors, which appears to be the same thing. Sounds great! If you want to call them and tell them you’d bring a hundred people or so to a Kate and Marianne event there, please feel free! :)”

    I forgot they caged the name after the store was saved by the current owners. I’ll see what I can do to get people to go! I know my roommate and I will be there and anyone else we can scrounge up.

  62. Kate, will you guys be in Philly just for the day Saturday or will you be here Friday too? I ask because I might be able to help you with transportation to and from the airport to ease your travel expenses.

  63. Delurking to say: OMG you must hit up Minneapolis the last weekend in June cause it is the same weekend that they have their pride celebration which is always awesome and it means I will be able to see you!

  64. yay!! unfortunately I can’t make it up for the chicago event, but I will be eagerly awaiting your appearance in champaign-urbana!! best of luck with the rest of the events. : )

  65. Hey Chicago Shapelings,

    Stephanie from vive la femme here!

    For an apres-soiree event, we have a delightful plethora of options:

    Cleo’s — loud, rock-n-roll, decent dinner menu
    Danny’s — quiet, hipster haven, moody lighting
    Lemmings — local crowd, cheap PBRs, no frills
    Map Room — beer list a mile long, friendly, unique
    Charleston — very neighborhoody, bookish, low-key

    I am not sure whether I can join you on the post-vive la femme sojourn, but you are definitely in good area for good times.

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