ABOUT THE BOOK TOUR (of November 2003)

I wanted to go on a book tour. My Publisher wanted me to go on a book tour. The only book tour any of us could afford was a driving book tour. Soft Skull would give me an unlimited gas card and all I had to do was spend one month driving across country. There was one small, tiny little problem: I didn’t know how to drive.

I DECIDE TO LEARN HOW TO DRIVE.

STEP ONE: Sign up for driving lessons

STEP TWO: Take written Learner’s Permit Test

STEP THREE: Take first driving Lesson from Rey at the Professional Driving School of the Americas.

STEP FOUR: I am not a very good driver.

STEP FIVE: Tried to drive on the highway. Never want to do that again. Scaredy.

STEP SIX: Okay, there is NO way I can drive myself across country in one month. This is preposterous. I might have to bag this whole thing. Have you ever had to drive across a bridge?? It’s the worst. Never, ever, ever want to drive across a bridge again. Or a highway. I’m screwed.

STEP SEVEN: I am holding a contest. If you would like to drive me across country on my book tour, please fill out the APPLICATION below. I am not kidding.

Want to JOIN AMANDA on her book tour? Just complete this TOUR COMPANION QUESTIONNAIRE.

WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED in the beginning of October.

STEP EIGHT: Take road test.

UNFORSEEN STEP: Publishers’ Weekly turns my contest into a story!

STEP NINE: Fail road test. Take again.

ANOTHER UNFORSEEN STEP: 45 people have applied to drive me across country!

STEP TEN: Fail road test. Take again.

THE WINNER of the TOUR COMPANION CONTEST is JENN MCKEE Jenn hails from Michigan and has written a biography of Jack Kerouac.

Read JENN’S APPLICATION

STEP ELEVEN: PASS ROAD TEST!! GET LICENSE!!

 



TOUR DIARY — WEEK ONE

TOUR DIARY — WEEK TWO

TOUR DIARY — WEEK THREE

TOUR DIARY — WEEK FOUR

HOW TO SHOWER IN AN AMTRAK TRAIN

THE CEDRIC TO ENGLISH DICTIONARY

BOOKS I DID AND DID NOT BRING WITH ME ON TOUR

ROAD RUMINATIONS

 

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