Monday, August 22, 2011

Book tour for Hodgman's THAT IS ALL announced

On Hodgman's blog, he recently announced the coming of his new book, titled THAT IS ALL.

Hodgman has a book tour scheduled. He announced it like this:
TO BRING YOU THE FINAL WORLD KNOWLEDGE, I will be traveling the future wasteland known as the UNITED STATES with copies of the books, words to read from it, and occasional guests of note. While some details are still emerging, here is the basic outline of THE END IS NIGH TOUR, 2011.
Here are the dates that have been announced on his blog, with updated information:

Pre-tour appearance


October 18th; 7:30pm

Zoellner Art Center
Lehigh University
$12 or free for Lehigh students


Tuesday, November 1st; 8pm-11pm

The Bell House - Buy Tickets at $30 each.

This is Coulton's only appearance!
Other guests: Paul Rudd, Wyatt Cenac, David Rees, and Cynthia Hopkins


Wednesday, November 2nd; time TK

Second City

Guests include Malort and Peter Sagal (cancelled)
Call 312-337-3992 for tickets ($27).


Thursday, November 3rd; 7:00 PM

Mad Art Gallery / Subterranean Books
2727 South 12th Street, St Louis MO
Buy Tickets


Friday, November 4th; 8:30 PM (doors open at 7)

Largo at the Coronet / Book Soup

366 North La Cienega Boulevard
Guests include Paul F. Tompkins, John Roderick, and Rich Sommer

Tickets = $35

Sunday, November 6th; 7:00 PM

Bagdad Theater / Powell’s

3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland
Guests = John Roderick + others
Tickets = $25


Monday, November 7th; 7:30 PM

Town Hall / Elliott Bay

119 8th Avenue
Guest = John Roderick


Tuesday, November 8th; 7:00 PM

Book People (in-store) details (only a few tickets available November 1st for $25 $28 or you can skulk stand in the back for $5 free!)

603 North Lamar
Guest = Neal Pollack
Entertainment = moustache contest


Wednesday, November 9th; 7:30 PM

Durham Armory / Regulator Bookshop

220 Foster Street
Guest=David Rees
$25 tickets


Friday, November 11th; 7 PM

Asheville Community Theater / Malaprop’s

35 East Walnut Street
Guest list pending
$30 tickets


Monday, November 14th; 7:00 PM

Barnes & Noble – Union Square

33 East 17th St
No tickets. Just show up and voluntarily show your support for Hodgman by buying THAT IS ALL.


Tuesday, November 15th; 6:00 PM

Coolidge Theater / Brookline Booksmith
290 Harvard Street
Tickets are $5 each (except the first one is actually $25 because it comes with a copy of THAT IS ALL) and will be available at the Booksmith (279 Harvard Street) or by calling 617.566.6660 or by clicking here

With Ted Leo and the Pharmacists


Friday, November 18th; 8pm

The Fitzgerald Theater / Minnesota Public Radio “Wits Extra”

Guests: John Darnielle, Kevin Murphy, Bill Corbett
$23/25 tickets do not include a copy of the book

I will update this list as I get better information.

All but one of these (probably the Austin appearance) require a ticket to get in (due, no doubt, to how much Hodgman's popularity has grown since his last book tour), but in such case, the price of the ticket always includes a copy of the book (except in Minnesota, where it includes the price of admission to a public radio show).

If you have the opportunity to see him on this tour, I strongly recommend that you do so. He puts on quite a show.

But for those who can't attend one of his appearances, he has announced that he is going to hold Skype office hours over the Internet. Yes, really.

Also from his follow-up post:
please know that, due to the complexity of the Sam Pottsian design of THAT IS ALL–including charts, tables, photographs of human tongues and Cyclopses, and a TODAY IN RAGNAROK page-a-day calendar–there shall be:


…until we figure out how to make one IN THE FUTURE.

And the earliest that the audio adaptation might emerge is 2012, though it's more likely to be 2013.

UPDATE: Hodgman's reupdated tour schedule

Pre-order THAT IS ALL from Amazon.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Hodgman appearance on The Daily Show in "Borders Goes out of Business"

In John Hodgman's latest appearance as the Daily Show resident expert, he discusses the demise of the Borders chain of bookstores. Watch and enjoy!

Here are some follow-up comments that the Hodge has made on this topic on Twitter:

Smart, well curated bookstores in the right location should and will always thrive.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet Reply

For physical bookstores to get ahead of ebooks, focus on books that don't work on that platform: art, comics, books by John Hodgmanless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet Reply