Sweet Home Chicago

OK, I’m back from my whirlwind Philly/Boston trip, which was terrific. Met lots of Shapelings, sold lots of books, had lots of fun. Am also lots of tired.

I’ll have photos (and more content) soonish, but for now, please enjoy a dark cameraphone pic Lesley got during the Boston event yesterday. Yeah, I’m totally drinking wine at like 2 p.m. 

katemariannebostonAlso, please note the new thingers on the sidebar over there to the right — the “Fatospherebook” Twitter feed, which will keep you abreast of news about the book, and the upcoming events widget, which ought to be self-explanatory. 

And since I know people are going to ask, my wrap dress is from Kiyonna, and Marianne’s awesome secretary dress (which did not show up well in this pic at all) is from a Lane Bryant outlet in Orlando or thereabouts.  Her tights are from We Love Colors, don’t know about her shoes. My shoes are these, except I got them for $45 at Alamo Shoes and am really not sure they’re worth $99. 

Thank you SO MUCH to Marina of Big Moves Boston, who got the Philly event together for us; Gina at The Rotunda, who hosted it; Ally Day of the Center for New Words, who got the Boston one going; everyone at Lir Irish Pub, who hosted that and got that glass of wine in my hand; Lesley and Julia for giving readings of their kickass essays there; and of course, all the awesome people who came out and bought books!

Oh, and I did not fall once the whole weekend! Though I did have to buy an emergency pair of flip-flops at a CVS in Philly, because my bag went on to Boston without me, and the shoes I wore on the plane were giving me blisters after 20 minutes. (I flew to Philly Saturday morning and Boston Saturday night, didn’t realize the dude who checked me in at O’Hare had treated it as a connecting flight rather than two discrete trips. I did bring comfortable shoes, I just couldn’t access them.) So I’m still figuring out the whole book event footwear thing, but it’s getting better.

48 thoughts on “Sweet Home Chicago

  1. Very cute dress. I so wish I could have been there! If you ever make it down to Austin, I’ll be the first in line (and I’ll have a glass of wine, too).

  2. Congratulations to you both for a good trip!

    My fat-o-sphere is traveling itself, as I’ve already started handing it off to people to read. :)

  3. Yay! So glad you came. You guys both kicked some butt and looked hot doing it. rah! rah! rah!

  4. I’m sorry I didn’t know you were leaving until too late to say goodbye — but it was grand to see you. The event was fabulous!

  5. What a great event! I had so much fun. I’m going to repost my blog reviewette as a comment here:

    I was lucky enough to have the chance to attend a reading/signing event for the truly fabulous Lessons From the Fat-o-Sphere today. Co-authors Marianne Kirby of The Rotund and Kate Harding of Shapely Prose were funny, informative, and candid; Lesley Kinzel and Julia Starkey read from the essays they had contributed to the book, and were fantastic as well. It was an amazing afternoon, with dozens of brilliant, lovely women (of all sizes and shapes) gathered to celebrate this no-bullshit, hilarious book. WOO-HOO!

    If Marianne and/or Kate will be hitting your area on their book tour, don’t miss them. They’re both engaging speakers, with very different styles: Kate’s got a direct, wry way of putting things that makes you laugh and wince at the same time; Marianne is fizzy and adorable and as you’re melting inside with how cute she is you realize she’s delivering laser-precise insights. The event was a total delight, and kudos to the Center for New Words for making it happen.

    So just in case I’m not gushingly fangirl enough to make this point clear: GO SEE THESE LADIES IF YOU POSSIBLY CAN! NOT TO BE MISSED! WOO!

  6. SUCH a pleasure to meet you again, and awesome to meet Marianne! I had such a great time and it was some much-needed energizing. I’ve been having a bit of an impasse lately, and yesterday was definitely good for helping get through that. Last night I finally started weeding through and tossing in the goodwill bag my size 10s and 12s after harboring them for more than four months of a “not over THIS ass!” state. Woo!

  7. JupiterPluvius your post is right on the spot: the Boston gig was so much fun! I feel awkward that in my fan-girl panic moment all I could think to ask Kate was “Dur….how was the flight?” Like yeah, she’s not answered that a million times already ;)

    But what an awesome group of people to meet and hear from and speak with!

    Thank you both for coming out and everyone for reading and especially Lir Pub and the Center for New Words for setting it up :D

    My copy of the book is also already making rounds! I feel as a librarian that I may have to put a date due card in the thing ;)

  8. Last night I finally started weeding through and tossing in the goodwill bag my size 10s and 12s after harboring them for more than four months of a “not over THIS ass!” state. Woo!

    WOO! And apropos of that, can I just say that Daphne was rocking the hell out of the green version of the Igigi dress FJ reviewed here, which just goes to FJ’s point about trying stuff on to see how it works on YOU.

    Rebecca, I think you were talking to someone when I left, and my sisters were dragging me out the door in an effort to stop my Irish goodbyes before they got started. Great to see you!

    And so great to meet Jupiter Pluvius and lilpeadot! ETA: And April D., who was commenting at the same time I was!

  9. Awww, thanks Kate! And of course I loved yours – that is the freaking perfect wrap style and you got me addicted to wraps :P I’m dying to find a perfect wrap dress in a print. Kiyonna has a couple of solids left now, but sadly no more prints. ONE OF THESE DAYS :)

  10. Yeah, I’m totally drinking wine at like 2 p.m.
    Why’d you start so late?

    p.s. if anyone reading this has a few minutes, there’s some new ‘helpful’ reviews over at Powell’s. Note sarcastic quotes.

  11. All right!! Good going! Looking forward to Friday.

    P.S. I was drinking wine yesterday at 1 p.m., and I didn’t have a good reason why. Hey, I guess taking the time difference into account, I may have actually been exercising some kind of cosmic resonance with the Boston revelry.

  12. Kate, in Word Press, three hyphens, no spaces, turn into an em-dash. Here—I’ll experiment. Did it work?

  13. Hey wait, what just happened here? I went and read Kate’s interview at Editrix, where she complained about WordPress’s em-dash capabilities, and that’s why I posted here about it. Was I perhaps being ….mocked for doing that?

  14. Never, JP. That’s like, my nightmare, to be publicly mocked. I guess I had second thoughts that maybe SM thought I was being a small-minded punctuation bitch or something and was shaming me for it.

  15. Oh no, Lu, you totally weren’t being mocked! We are sarcastic bitches, but we do not joke about em-dashes. You really HAVE saved the blog!

    Now I’m pissed that I’ll have to retrain myself, though. The spaces have become such a habit, it might take a while.

  16. Oh, thank god. You have no idea how fragile I am. LOL. If my favorite blogetteers were mocking me, I don’t know what I’d do.

    I figured it might be hard for you to change the spacing habit, so if you don’t need to, I give you Professional Editorial dispensation. You know, you blog with the em-dashes you have, not the em-dashes you wish you had. In fact, I never noticed yours were irregular. I am an MD and semicolon addict, and the day I slripped and typed in 3 hyphens was a happy day for me .

  17. I guess I had second thoughts that maybe SM thought I was being a small-minded punctuation bitch or something and was shaming me for it

    Ha! You are talking to someone who owns this t-shirt. I used to have a cat named Em-Dash. You have truly solved a problem for us!

  18. No Way! Em-Dash? Adorable. Again: Phew! Now, back to something other than me. {blush} We’ll be able to buy the book at the Vive La Femme appearance, I believe has been said. Will we be able to shop as well (I’m assuming it will be a somewhat informal reading and gathering—I wouldn’t dream of walking away while an author is talking), or is it going to be after hours and the cash register will be closed?

  19. Yay for not falling down! Yay also for that secretary dress because I think I have the same one, though Marianne looks awesomer in hers than I do in mine.

    I’m waiting for the store to email me and tell me that my book is in. If we scrimp, we can fit the purchase in this month and another month of Warcraft.

  20. [Longtime lurker here]. I saw you and Marianne in Philly and you were both awesome. I’m so glad I got the chance to meet you both and pick up the book. Between the Big Moves show and the reading, it was an inspiring afternoon! Thanks for what you do!!

  21. “Kate’s got a direct, wry way of putting things that makes you laugh and wince at the same time; Marianne is fizzy and adorable and as you’re melting inside with how cute she is you realize she’s delivering laser-precise insights. ”

    After seeing you guys in Philly, I couldn’t agree more. And Elizabeth is right, it was definitely an inspiring afternoon.

  22. Ohhh…I need THREE* hyphens (*sorry, not yelling; just haven’t figured out the italics thing on my bb yet).

    ^Thanks, Lu, for that clarification and asking the question that’s been racking my brain the past few days. I was half planning to buy something there before Kate began, just in case. (Looking forward to meeting all of you there, actually.)

  23. But, Bree, my dress is in my room right now!

    *grin*

    Sorry, could not resist!

    Ahem. It’s a great dress and that is not a great picture of it. Also, I apparently never stand still. *laugh*

    Also — EM DASH HOORAY! This is totally good to know.

    And it was an amazing weekend in Philly and Boston. It was incredible to meet some of you guys and talk.

  24. I was at the Philly event, and I had an awesome time. (In case Kate or TR remembers me, I was the roughly size-18 gal with chin-length brown hair, wearing a floral top that TR complimented.)

    Big Moves was terrific, so funny and rockin’ and inspiring. And it was such a treat to hear Kate and TR read from the book, which I had already purchased and had brought to the event in hopes that they would sign it. Which they did! Wooo!

    So thanks for making my Saturday so special! *group hug*

  25. I suck at grammar. I know. It’s rebellion against having an English teacher father.
    But — I used to be a typesetter — back when they existed — and I loved the em dash.

  26. Will we be able to shop as well (I’m assuming it will be a somewhat informal reading and gathering—I wouldn’t dream of walking away while an author is talking), or is it going to be after hours and the cash register will be closed?

    Oh, there will be shopping! For both clothes and books! In fact, this one might not even involve an actual reading — it will likely be a more social thing, where everyone mills around and shops, and I just sign books and talk to people. Reading is fun, but… so is hanging out and shopping.

  27. I can’t remember if I’ve got this right or not – did you guys (Kate and Marianne) meet after you’d started writing the book together? Is it a shift to go from literary to in-person collaboration? It sounds as if you’re a complement in person.
    I’m still waiting for my books… they shipped from Amazon.ca two days ago. When I get them, I’ll review ‘em!

  28. I can’t remember if I’ve got this right or not – did you guys (Kate and Marianne) meet after you’d started writing the book together? Is it a shift to go from literary to in-person collaboration?

    Yes and yes. :)

  29. Also, “You know, you blog with the em-dashes you have, not the em-dashes you wish you had” might be the best thing ever written on this blog. Oh baby, never; not by a long shot.

  30. I’m thinking of buying that book just to lend to certain people to read. I also read parts of Big Fat Lies yesterday, another good book. That obesity and fat are bad has become a “truth” to so many people, I think it’s up to us all to give people an alternate view on this. I’m glad these books are being written.

  31. It was such a pleasure to meet you in Philly (though I hope folks didn’t mind me kind of monopolizing you for a bit, Kate).

    Glad your comfortable shoes caught up with you. I had wondered why you were wearing flip-flops!

    I had a lucy chance guessing which colors for the earrings, though. I’ll have to get them up on my etsy site so folks can order them.

    ~Kali

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