Book Tour 2016 – 2017
As old old song goes, I’m on the road again come this fall, and on into winter and early 2017.
My new cookbook, Buck, Buck, Moose: Recipes and Techniques for Cooking Deer, Elk, Moose, Antelope and Other Antlered Things, comes out on September 1 — but if you preorder it now, chances are you will get it a few days before then. As with my previous books, I have an extensive book tour planned to help spread the word about the book. Click on the map below and you can scroll around and see where I will be.
Many of the events are works in progress, but places and dates are firm through Christmas.
It is an ambitious schedule, and it will be taxing both on my car — I will be driving through most of the West — and on me. I’ve done long stints on the road before, and they are both exhilarating and enervating.
Why do it? Because of you. Five years ago, when Hunt, Gather, Cook came out — God, has is been five years already?! — I started with a modest tour schedule. Then I heard from you, over and over again, asking me to come to your city.
I threw down the gauntlet: I’ll come if you think you can help me sell a few dozen books. You picked up that gauntlet, and again and again, showed me the kind of hospitality and generosity that still gets me a little teary-eyed, even now. That tour was a highlight of my life.
I did it again with Duck, Duck, Goose, and again, it was an amazing experience. So when it came time to plan this tour, there was no question: I had to do it again.
Anchoring most of the stops on the tour will be a venison-themed book dinner at a local restaurant: some trendy, some obscure, award-winners and unsung culinary heroes all. My hope, my goal, is to meet you at these dinners. To pack the house both for the restaurant’s sake — I make no money from the dinner itself — and yes, to sell as many copies of my book as I can.
This is my tour, not one set up by a publisher, and it’s on my own dime. But for me it’s worth every penny to meet all of you in person. Whenever that happens, I learn as much from you as you from me.
In many places, such as Wisconsin, Washington state, New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Oregon and of course California and Texas, I am planning several events, and at least one of these will be cheap or free. After all, not everyone can afford a $60-a-head dinner, no matter how awesome. I get that.
No matter what the event, I need your help to make this tour a success. The goal is to sell at least 35 or so books at each event; if you can’t make it yourself, maybe you know someone who might? Here’s what the tour looks like now:
TRIP ONE – THE WEST
- September 1 – Book signing in San Francisco at Omnivore Books. Starts 6:30 pm. FREE
- September 2 – Demo and Book Signing in San Francisco at the Filson store. RSVP here. Starts at 5 pm. FREE
- September 3 – Beer, Burgers and Books in West Sacramento at Yolo Brewing Company. We’re brewing a special beer just for this party, and there will be bison burgers, too. Details here. Starts at 6:30 pm.
- September 7 – Venison tacos in Roseville at Nixtaco. Details here. Starts 5:30 pm.
- September 9 – Book Dinner in Bend, OR at Drake. Details here.
- September 10 – Book signing and Demo in Portland at the Filson Store. You can RSVP here. Starts at 2 pm. FREE
- September 11 – Butchery demonstration and class in Portland at the Portland Meat Collective. SOLD OUT
- September 12 – Book Party in Portland at Elder Hall. Details and reservations here. Starts at 6:30 pm.
- September 13 – Book Dinner and Presentation on How to Get the Most from Your Venison and book signing in Longview, WA at the Hop-n-Grape Smokehouse Pub.
- September 14 – Cooking Demo and Book signing in Seattle at the Book Larder. Details and RSVP here. Starts 6:30 pm.
- September 15 – Book Dinner in Bellingham, WA at Ciao Thyme. Details here. Starts 6 pm.
- September 16 – Book signing and Demo in Seattle at the Filson Store. You can RSVP here. Starts at 6 pm. FREE
- September 17 – Book Dinner in Seattle at Il Corvo. Tickets available HERE
- September 21 – Presentation on How to Get the Most from Your Venison and book signing in Boise at the Boise Public Library. Starts 7 pm. FREE
- September 22 – Beer & Books in Boise at Edge Brewing. Details TBA.
- September 23 – Book Dinner in Jackson Hole, WY at The Rose. Two options: $45 for light fare, drinks and a copy of the book, or $100 for that plus a very special, wild foods dinner (only 28 seats available for this option.) Call 307/733-1500 to RSVP.
- September 25 – Book Dinner in Red Lodge, MT at the Ox Pasture. Details here. Cost $75 includes wine and tip. Call 406/446-1212 for a reservation.
- September 27 – Book Dinner in Denver at Old Major. Details TBA
- September 28 – Demo and Book Dinner in Boulder at Blackbelly Butcher. Tickets available soon!
- September 29 – Book Dinner in Colorado Springs at Till. Details TBA
- October 1 – Book Signing in Salt Lake City at King’s English Bookshop. Starts 2 pm.
TRIP TWO – BIG TEN COUNTRY
- October 5 – Book Dinner in Chicago at Perennial Virant. Tickets are $100, and that includes 4 courses WITH wine pairings, PLUS tax and tip. CALL 312/254-7070 to make a reservation.
- October 6 – Book Dinner in Milwaukee at Dan Dan.
- October 7 – Book and Beer Dinner in Cedarburg, WI at the Fermentorium
- October 9 – Book Dinner in Madison at Forequarter
- October 11 – Book Dinner in St Paul at Heartland.
- October 15 – Book Dinner in Buffalo at Black Sheep
- October 16 – Book Dinner in Pittsburgh at Eleven
- October 18 in Cleveland at the Butcher & the Brewer.
- October 19 – Book Dinner in Okemos, MI at Red Haven. Four courses of wild-inspired food for $50. Another $25 gets you a copy of Buck Buck Moose. Call (517) 679-6309 to reserve your spot!
- October 20 – Book Dinner in Imlay City, MI at Mulefoot Gastropub
- October 21 – Detroit Athletic Club (private event)
- October 22 – Book Dinner in Grand Rapids at Founder’s Brewery
TRIP THREE – BIG 12 COUNTRY
- October 25 – Book Dinner in Oklahoma City at Ludivine
- October 27 – Book Dinner in Des Moines at Proof
- November 7 – Book Dinner in Austin at Dai Due
- November 9 – Book Dinner in San Antonio at Cured
- November 10 – Cooking Demo and Book Signing at Hotel Emma
TRIP FOUR – THE NORTHEAST
- November 15 – Book Signing in New York City at the Beretta Gallery
- November 16 – Book Dinner in Somerville, MA at Kirkland Tap & Trotter
- December 2 – Book Dinner in Washington DC at Bar Civita
- December 3 – Presentation on How to Get the Most from Your Venison and book signing in Chestertown, MD at Washington College
- December 4 – Book Dinner in Milton, DE at Dogfish Head Brewery.
- December 5 – Book Dinner in Frederick, MD at Volt
- December 7 – Book Dinner in Philadelphia at Brauhaus Schmitz
TRIP FIVE – MISSOURI
- December 10 – Book Dinner in Cape Girardeau, MO at Celebrations
- December 11 in St. Louis – VENUE TBD
- December 12 – Presentation on How to Get the Most from Your Venison and book signing in Kansas City at the Gorman Discovery Center
TRIP SIX – BACK HOME
- December 16 – Book Signing in Davis at The Avid Reader
- December 17 – Book Signing in Petaluma at Copperfield’s Books
- December 18 – Grande Finale Book Dinner in Sacramento at Grange
Once we get to 2017, I plan on events in the following cities:
- Little Rock, AR
- Santa Fe, NM
- Fargo, ND
- Birmingham, AL
- Oxford, MS
- Raleigh, NC
Many of these events are a work in progress. In some cases, I am still hammering out details and will announce venues and events as they firm up.
But for the most part, you should be able to reserve seats already for the September and October events, even though details and costs of the dinners are TBD — I will plug them in on this post, as well as here on Facebook, as soon as I get those details.
Either I or a local bookstore will be selling copies of Buck Buck Moose at every event, and I will also have a limited number of copies of my earlier books, as well as Buck Buck Moose and Hunter Angler Gardener Cook t-shirts and hoodies for sale at the events, too. You can get a look at some of the styles here.
Once I am on the road, you can follow my travels in any one (or more) of several ways:
I am getting really stoked about this tour. There will be a ton of amazing venison to be eaten, adventures to be had, old friends to see again and new ones to meet for the first time.
Are you with me?