Thursday, April 14, 2011

northeast regional

OK, business first.  First off, we are confirmed, full event info for the New York event is listed here (scroll down, events are listed chronologically). I can't wait to meet up with you all!

Secondly, since I will flying up to New York in May anyway, I wanted to see if there is any interest in doing an event in a nearby big city before I fly all the way back home to Atlanta.  The two cities I was thinking about were Boston (because I went to college around there), and Washington DC (because that's where everyone from college went afterwards, unless they were moving to New York, San Francisco, or staying in Boston--which, if Hollywood is to believed, is where all the good, hardworking blue collar people with dark secrets and comically broad accents are).

If you will humor me with another poll, I will decide whether to stop at one or the other, or neither.  It's not a huge deal for me, as like I mentioned before I have no lofty expectations (nor desire, to be totally honest) for anything approaching a traditional book tour of the 20 cities in 20 days variety.  But I'm probably going to bring Cal to New York to see my parents anyway, and I know that he would get a kick out of a short trip to either of the two cities I mentioned above (though, admittedly, the thing he would enjoy most would likely be the fact that I'd let him play with my iPad on the train).  I do love both cities, and haven't visited either in a while, so if there's something book-related to do there aside from seeing the Air and Space Museum or walking around Lake Waban thrice (yes, my son and I are GETTING MARRIED, what of it?) maybe it could be worth pulling him out of kindergarten for an extra day or two.  Ergo, Boston or DC locals:






OK, thanks for helping me gauge interest! Like I said, no big deal, but I'm flying to New York that week anyway, so while I'm up there, perhaps a side trip can be justified, or at least somewhat amusing.  Thanks again for helping me figure it out.

Honestly, the fact that I have a book coming out in...what, really? twenty six days--is and continues to be completely bizarre for me, mostly because it's so separate from what I do day to day in my regular life. (Between being a doctor and having two little kids, sometimes I feel as though my life is just a continuous loop of giving and receiving occasionally sketchy signout about a series of people for which I am ultimately responsible.)

But writing and publishing and promoting a book, even if the book is indeed about being a doctor and having young kids--that's different, and to be honest, the different is exactly what makes it great for me.  It's a departure from my everyday life, and doing something completely novel, when you're in the mood and ready for a ride, is fun.  I want the book to do well, by whatever measures are pertinent, and of course I hope that people will enjoy reading it.  But this is the thing that I think about above all is that regardless of what happens, this experience, and the opportunity to go through it all, has been and will be a blast.

32 comments:

  1. Anonymous10:09 PM

    dude, BOSTON. There are so many Wellesley alums and medical types here that would LOVE to come see you!! And how fabulous would it be to have the event at Wellesley... I would love to drive out there for a night and see you talk!!! BOSTON BOSTON BOSTON.

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  2. Lake Waban! Tupelo Point. :o) I'll be seeing you in NY, but you should totally visit Wellesley! (And make sure the alumnae office knows all about your book!) I remember sometime during my senior year ('05), I had gotten my hands on Mau's Little Red Book and was reading it in Sage Lounge in the science center when a faculty member walked by, saw me and your book, and said, "Things just haven't been the same since she graduated."

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  3. Anonymous10:14 PM

    Question- what are the odds that if we've preordered a copy of the book, that it will show up in time for us to bring it to the 5/11 event at Columbia? I'm really excited about being able to meet you and get my copy signed but it'd be slightly heart-breaking if pre-ordered copies show up after the Meet n Greet right? I'll be there either way but I was just wondering how it'd all pan out. Thanks!

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  4. DC! You don't want Cal to get used to get used to comfortable weather by taking him to Boston. Besides all of our museums (and the zoo with baby lions!) are free so he could totally run the sightseeing show. It's a fun place for grown-ups too, of course.

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  5. Oh my word, I was definitely thinking about going to Wellesley in specific! The only thing that might make it problematic is that I looked at the schedule and the week of the book pub is going to be finals week. BOO-URNS. (Yes, Wellesley, I am spying on you from afar.)

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  6. Oh, I'll post this again closer to the actual event, but since the New York event is actually on the pub date, if people are worried (well, I shouldn't be so presumptuous and say "worried")--if people want to ensure that they have a physical copy of the book at the event, there will be copies available at the Columbia bookstore for sale. I will sign it. And then we will hug.

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  7. Wellesley people, seriously, tell me. If I have an event during the end of finals week--like, say, that Monday--would anyone even show up? Or would everyone just be too sweaty and stressed or else too busy defrosting their mini-fridges to care? I really want to visit but I an scared that the timing of my trip may be flawed. I WILL GO IF YOU TELL ME TO GO BUT PEOPLE HAVE TO SHOW UP.

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  8. Uh...two words for you- Best. Coast. Oh wait, I mean WEST coast. Preferably the LA/OC region. Lots of beaches and medical types and did I mention the beaches??

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  9. Anonymous10:33 PM

    if you do pick Boston, i think you should have the event in Boston rather than Wellesley. I'm biased, being at a Boston med school, but there are lots more medical students, residents, etc here.

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  10. Anonymous11:15 PM

    I say screw Boston and DC and come to Pittsburgh! Then Cal can play in steel mills! Totally safe for kids. No but seriously... Pittsburgh is awesome. There's a Cathedral of LEARNING! And a good med school! And we put french fries on our sandwiches!

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  11. I vote for Boston...though I'm in Worcester, which is annoying, but I would completely try and come that week. I love this site, though have never commented yet. And yes, I already voted for Boston above and might have tried to vote twice.

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  12. Anonymous11:35 PM

    Dude, definitely go to Wellesley. Even if the current kids geek out and don't take a break to come see you, think of all the faculty who would love to come by and the many many alums who will definitely make the trek out there. It would have much more meaning at Wellesley. I'll go for sure (and I haven't stepped foot on that campus since I graduated 9 years ago.)

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  13. I moved to Boston after college like all my friends, somehow overlooking the fact that with all those universities there, chock-full of graduates who also wanted to stay in Boston, the competition for jobs would be fierce. However, those were the good old days of yore, when an English major could easily get a job in her field (hello NEJM editorial offices!) But I digress. Boston's a great town, but you know where you should really go? Portland OR. We have rain. Lots and lots of rain. And what do we do, stuck inside from October till July when it finally stops? That's right, we read. We will be reading your book. And we want to see you at Powell's City of Books. I realize it's a long shot, but I sure hope you make it out here at some point.

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  14. Anonymous1:11 AM

    DC!!! Monuments! The National Mall! Smithsonian is free (American Indian museum cafeteria - yummy! You know you want some fry bread and buffalo burgers, though their healthy food is actually delicious, too) Newseum and Spy Museum are cool (get drinks and kobe sliders @ the Source)! aaand...no weekend call during the month of May for me, so I will come to a book signing event!!! With my infant! I got your (internal) medicine and motherhood right here, baby!

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  15. Knot Tellin1:52 AM

    Um... I suppose Jerusalem (or even Tel Aviv) is totally out of the question at this point? We have medical schools, doctors, and north-east transplants galore. And the possibility of some really *unique* experiences.

    Sigh. I suppose not.

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  16. I voted for Boston purely because I missed out on going there when I was in the States last.

    If you want to do a pop over visit to New Zealand or Australia, I'll come to a reading/signing and bring a group of people to make it less stalkerish. Totes promise.

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  17. Constance9:54 AM

    Hey Michelle,

    Which Monday of exams week are you thinking of? Because May 9th is a reading day and May 16th is the last day of exams. Either way, I am so totally going to be there. As for kid friendly things on campus, there are the greenhouses (Cal can get a kick out of the carnivorous plans!) and they put in new interactive exhibits in the focus of the Science Center. Including one from the Geoscience department which might be especially interesting for him. Plus all those creepy stuffed birds to gawk at!

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  18. Anonymous12:26 PM

    Come to Detroit or Ann Arbor! Both have med schools.

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  19. Hilary1:19 PM

    Come to boston!! Specifically, to this bookstore: http://www.brooklinebooksmith.com/ It is very cool and indy and located convenient to both Longwood medical center and Wellesley. Not to mention BC and BU- and many of the grads migrate to the Brookline area. As a young professional living in a neighborhood of young professionals, I can say we are totally your target demographic :-)

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  20. Hilary1:21 PM

    Also- just be aware if you stay out at Wellesley some of us won't be able to attend because some of us DON'T HAVE CARS. Ahem.

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  21. Anonymous1:46 PM

    Bump one more for Boston! So psyched! Will tell my fellow residents from MGH anesthesia to come too :)

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  22. Come on, if you're heading from NY to D.C., just stop off in Philly for a bit! Great for kids.

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  23. Anonymous6:12 PM

    BOSTON!!!! Tons of residents/med students and Cal-friendly activities. BOSTON!

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  24. Shameless campaign for you to come to Canada (Vancouver!) or maybe somewhere close by like Seattle
    But seriously... (unless you really would come, in which case that question was deadly serious)...

    Will you be flying into New York early for the book promotion? I will be in NYC the weekend before as a post-board exams treat and would love it if it coincided with a chance to meet you!

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  25. will be at the nyc book event! just hope i can get out early enough from ny downtown hospital...

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  26. I wouldn't attend any of these (all too far away), but if you're going to do another one, it should TOTALLY be in Boston rather than DC. Never estimate the alumna effect.

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  27. Pedimom12:39 AM

    I can't believe this is even up for debate. There are soooo many more geeks in Boston! It's got a critical mass of pre-med/resident/attending types.

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  28. Andrew3:49 PM

    Come to DC or out to visit NIH in Bethesda!

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