Hello, WW blog-readers!

As that magical day of February 4th sidles closer — the imminent publication date of the third book in the Wildwood Chronicles, WILDWOOD IMPERIUM — we’re happy to announce that Carson and I will be heading out on a short national tour. We’ll be visiting fine, upstanding bookshops everywhere to read from, talk about, and sign copies of the newest book. Come on out and say hello! Dates are as follows:

Saturday, February 1st

Portland, OR


2.00 PM

Powells Cedar Hills Crossing

3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton, OR 97005


Monday, February 3rd

San Francisco, CA

7.00 PM

The Booksmith

1644 Haight St., San Francisco, CA 94117



Wednesday, February 5th

Austin, TX


7.00 PM


603 N. Lamar, Austin, TX 78703



Friday, February 7th

Atlanta/ Decatur, GA


7.00 PM

Kavarna Coffee House

707 E Lake Dr., Decatur, GA 30030

Ticketed event to benefit Poverty is Real hosted by Little Shop of Stories



Saturday, February 8th

Asheville, NC

7.00 PM


55 Haywood St., Asheville, NC 28801



Wednesday, February 12th

Seattle/ Lake Forest Park, WA

7.00 PM

Third Place Books

17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155


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Hello stranger! Sorry we’ve been quiet for so long. We’ve been busy growing, birthing and rearing a new baby: Milo Meloy, born in mid-March. And, if that wasn’t enough, we’ve been working. A lot! WILDWOOD IMPERIUM, the third and last installment in the Wildwood Chronicles is all written and currently undergoing illustration. Expect to see it in stores this winter. In the meantime, visit the Entertainment Weekly website for an exclusive look at the book jacket and an excerpt of the first chapter.


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Original Illustrations up for Auction!

Attention!  We’ve made three original Wildwood illustrations available for auction to raise money for Skyline School.  We love Skyline, which is adjacent to Forest Park (in North Wood for you Wildwood nerds) and like many Portland public schools, they depend on their annual auction to fund important programs and keep critical teaching staff employed there.  So bid generously and know it’s going to a good cause.  All three illustrations are being auctioned on ebay.  They are:

The Council Tree

One of 6 color illustrations in Wildwood.  The only other one that’s been made available for purchase is the illustration of the Ghost Bridge, which was also donated to a school auction last year. The Council Tree is the spiritual heart of The Wood and owning it will probably, maybe, possibly bring you good luck. Bid on it HERE.


The Map of the Under Wood

One of three maps in Under Wildwood.  Each of the book’s three parts begin with a map detailing an area where much of that section’s action takes place.  This map features the labyrinthine world of tunnels, caverns, and mole cites  that make up the Under Wood.  It’s the only Wildwood Chronicles map that has been made available for purchase.  Bid on it HERE.


The Postal Van

A half page illustration from Wildwood.  Here Richard, the postmaster, smuggles Prue out of South Wood under cover of darkness.  Bid on it HERE.

All of these illustrations have since been signed.  You can get a better sense of what the actual art looks like on their auction pages.  Thank you for supporting a terrific Portland school!

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Congratulations to…

the grand prize winners of our UNDER WILDWOOD booksellers contest!  We loved this window display by Porter Square in Cambridge, especially the little cut paper moles.

Thanks for participating!  The above drawing is your prize, making it’s way slowly across the country to you as we speak.


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So get this: UNDER WILDWOOD comes out on September 25th, which, by this one’s reckoning, is a MERE WEEK AWAY! A perfect time for a BOOKSELLERS’ CONTEST, don’t you think?

We’re challenging booksellers of all stripe to engage their creative faculties and decorate their bookstores in a decidedly WILDWOOD way. The best and most imaginative redesign, judged by myself and Ms. Ellis, will be awarded an ORIGINAL PIECE OF ART drawn by the illustratrix, Carson Ellis, that will incorporate the name of your bookstore in a pretty banner. But that’s not all: runners up will receive nifty exclusive stuff, which is awfully cool.

But I won’t yammer on: the details have been laid out in graphic form by the nice folks at our publisher. Check it:

Under Wildwood Bookstore Contest Flier

Disclaimer: this only really applies to bookstore employees. If you happen to be a civilian, this may be one of those rare moments in the current economic state-of-things when you might wish you’d taken a job in bookselling. Extra points will be awarded to hedge fund managers and the like who quit their jobs and get hired on at the local bookstore in order to fulfill the requirements of the contest.

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UNDER WILDWOOD tour dates!

So Carson and I will be hitting the road soon, popping into fine, upstanding and discriminating bookstores (or their offsite annexes) everywhere this fall. We’ll be reading from and chatting re: Under Wildwood, the next book in the Wildwood Chronicles. Come say hello!

Sunday, September 23, 2012
04:00 PM

3702 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd Portland, OR 97214
Monday, September 24, 2012
07:00 PM
601 Van Ness Ave San Francisco, CA 94102
Thursday, September 27, 2012
07:00 PM
The King’s English Bookshop
Friday, September 28, 2012
07:00 PM
1628 16th Street Denver, CO 80202
Saturday, September 29, 2012
04:00 PM
1107 Pearl Street Boulder, CO 80302
Monday, October 01, 2012
Humanities Tennessee w/ Parnassus Books
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
07:00 PM
2180 Hamline Ave N Roseville, MN 55113
Thursday, October 04, 2012
Missoula, MT
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Cast your eyes, folks, on the jacket of UNDER WILDWOOD, the sequel to WILDWOOD. Look for it, cozily embracing the book itself, in fine bookstores everywhere this September.

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Oh My God Oh My God

I’m done illustrating Under Wildwood!  I’ve been working on it around the clock for months and now I’m done and it’s summer and I’m going outside.  Here’s the final illustration (it’s not the final illustration in the book, but it’s the last one I worked on.)

Corporal Donalbain in The Great Hall


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Wildwood Art for Auction

Battle at the Plinth

Are you a fan of Wildwood?  A supporter of 826 and their writing programs for kids and teens?  Both?!  Well, feel free to bid on the above illustration as part of this charity event for 826 LA.  (Even though, if I were you, I’d bid on this.)

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