Tour Time

UPDATE: This post isn’t updated with recent tour info, so click here to see our official regularly-updated tour page.

It’s heeeeeere. That fateful day when we finally get to reveal the finalized tour dates for our book, fresh from our publisher’s mouth (er, email).

A few things to note are:

1. If it were humanly possible we would parasail/glacier climb/spelunk to every last crevice of the globe to thank each one of you personally for reading our blog. But given all the factors that go into planning and executing one of these things, we’re extremely grateful to be able to slide through all of the places they’ve scheduled us – especially since this was originally going to be a much smaller tour.

2. For anyone who’s bummed that we won’t in their city, we actually have a mac daddy giveaway planned for this coming Monday (why yes it does include flying one lucky winner and a friend to Richmond for the November 8th signing… amongst other awesome things like delicious meals and shopping sprees). Photo courtesy of the Richmond Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau.

3. There’s always the possibility that our tour could be extended again down the line (depending on how things go, more dates could be added). Heck, our Austin stop wasn’t even initially planned but pre-orders at BookPeople were so popular that they invited us out. Thanks people of Austin! So to anyone in a city that isn’t on the tour, you know we’ll keep you posted the second anything changes, which is definitely a possibility (ex: there’s talk of coming to the ATL area in Feb).

4. As for the blog while we’re away, we’re sure it’ll be a bit of a juggling act but we’re dedicated as always to keeping things fun around here. So we’ve squeezed in some extra projects (surprise!) that we’ll be unveiling while we’re touring. We’ve also lined up a pretty darn amazing gaggle of house crashings (check out a few sneak peeks below). Speaking of which… if you have an awesome casa in one of the cities that we’ll be visiting, please email us photos so we can possibly crash your house! And of course there will be window shopping and other travel adventures as well as some ridiculous/dorky video footage of some of our events/stops/flights, etc – you know we like to virtually take you guys with us wherever we go…

5. Clara and Burger will travel with us for some parts of the tour and will stay back with the grandparents for other more intense legs. They don’t exactly love planes, unfamiliar rooms, and missing naps/bug-hunting adventures, so we’re trying to shield them from as much of the insanity as possible. Leaving them behind for some parts of the tour will no doubt make us a little sniffly (neither of us have ever spent a night away from Clara, and Burger even came on our honeymoon!) but we’ve gotta do the best thing for them, even if it’s the hard thing for us.

6. We just learned that the folks who are making this tour possible and hosting us at each destination (ex: independent book stores, West Elm, Flor, etc) love when you buy a book at the event for us to sign. So if you’ve pre-ordered one already and would like us to sign it, we’re happy to do that (and so grateful that you did!) but it would be awesome to show some love to the host for getting us out there by purchasing a book at the event for us to sign as well. With the holidays around the corner, maybe you can gift the one you got on pre-order? Or ebay it for $100 (what? our signature is only worth 40 cents?). Or just use it as a decorating prop while you read the other one, like so:

Fun fact about the shot above: that’s not actually our book. It’s called a “dummy copy” and it’s basically just our cover printed out and wrapped around a completely blank book since ours are still off in Indiana being printed (right here in the USA, baby). We’re supposed to get our first preview next week, which will surely make us squeal like the Chippettes. John included (he fancies himself a Jeannette – I’m totally an Eleanor).

Update #1: Some folks are worried that books won’t be available for us to sign if the tour stops in your city before the book officially comes out on the 6th. The good news is that there will be stacks of books being sold at every single event (both at independent book stores and places like Flor or West Elm). Yay! But I better start practicing my signature since it’s nothing but a messy squiggle that looks different every time… ack.

Update #2: We wish we had more control over what cities we were stopping at! It really is all about who invites us where. So it really has nothing to do with how big a city is, it’s all about if a certain vendor or bookstore works with the dates/times/etc. The great news is that it definitely sounds like the tour might get extended, so stay tuned for those details as soon as they’re finalized!

Now, for those looking for more details about our stop in each city – here’s a deeper breakdown of each event (note that some of ’em require an RSVP).

  • CINCINNATI: Saturday, October 20, 10:00 A – Books by the Banks Festival, Duke Energy Convention Center. Talk, meet & greet, and signing. More details here.
  • NEW YORK CITY: Thursday, November 1, 6:30 PM – FLOR, 142 Wooster Street; Book Party, Signing & Raffle (we’re unveiling and raffling an exclusive FLOR rug of our own design!) with wine, popcorn, cookies, and soda. More details here.
  • WILTON, CT: Friday, November 2, 9:30 AM – Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road. Talk & Signing. For details, call the event partner, Elm Street Books, at 203-762-3950.
  • BOSTON: Wednesday, November 7, 6:00 PM -West Elm, 160 Brookline Avenue. Cookies, Cocoa + Crafting Ideas: A festive talk with signing and refreshments to follow. RSVP here.
  • RICHMOND, VA: Thursday, November 8, 7:00 PM – R*Home for the Holidays at The Visual Arts Center of Richmond, 1812 West Main Street. Talk, Signing & Silent Auction: we’re offering up some of our favorite finished projects from the book to support the The School of Richmond Ballet. Wine & Hors d’hoeuvres will be served. Tickets here. Update: we’re working on a second Richmond event as well, details to come.
  • CHICAGO: Saturday, November 10, 1:00 PM – West Elm, 1000 W North Avenue. Cookies, Cocoa + Crafting Ideas: A festive talk with signing and refreshments to follow. RSVP here.
  • TORONTO: Monday, November 12, 6:00 PM – West Elm, 109 Atlantic Avenue. Cookies, Cocoa + Crafting Ideas: A festive talk with signing and refreshments to follow. RSVP here.
  • MINNEAPOLIS: Wednesday, November 14, 6:00 PM – West Elm, 3879 Gallagher Drive,  Edina, MN. Cookies, Cocoa + Crafting Ideas: A festive talk with signing and refreshments to follow. RSVP here.
  • HOUSTON: Thursday, November 15, 6:00 PM – West Elm, 3910 Westheimer Road. Cookies, Cocoa + Crafting Ideas: A festive talk with signing and refreshments to follow. RSVP here.
  • DALLAS: Saturday, November 17, 11:00 AM – West Elm, 5307 East Mockingbird Lane. Cookies, Cocoa + Crafting Ideas: A festive talk with signing and refreshments to follow. RSVP here.
  • WASHINGTON, DC: Wednesday, November 28, 6:30 PM – FLOR, 1037 33rd Street NW. Book Party, Signing (we’re raffling an exclusive FLOR rug of our own design!) with wine, popcorn, cookies and soda. RSVP here.
  • AUSTIN: Tuesday, January 8, 7:00 PM – BookPeople, 603 North Lamar Boulevard. Talk & Book Signing. To reserve your copy and RSVP, call 512-472-5050.
  • MIAMI: Wednesday, January 9, Time TBD – Books & Books, 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables. Talk & Book Signing. To reserve your copy and RSVP,  call 305-442-4408.
  • FORT LAUDERDALE: Thursday, January 10, Time TBD – Books & Books at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, 1 East Las Olas Boulevard. Lunchtime Talk & Book Signing. To RSVP call (954) 262-0255.
  • GRAND CAYMAN ISLANDS: Friday, January 11, Time TBD – Books & Books Grand Cayman, The Town Centre at Camana Bay, Grand Cayman. Talk & Book Signing. More info here.
  • TACOMA, WA: Friday, January 25, 1:00 PM – Tacoma Home & Garden Show. Talk & Book Signing. More info here.
  • PORTLAND: January date TBD, 6:00 PM – Rejuvenation, 1100 Southeast Grand Avenue. Talk & Book Signing. For more info call (503) 238-1900.

***Please come. And bring your friends/parents/ceramic animals. And be as awkward as possible. I’m telling you guys, no one will be more nervous and sweaty than me. No one.

UPDATE: This post isn’t updated with recent tour info, so click here to see our official regularly-updated tour page.


  1. Meg says

    Yay!!! I’ve been refreshing your page for 20 minutes awaiting this post!!! THANK YOU for sharing…can’t wait to see you guys in Chicago!

  2. Bobbi says

    Will miss you here in California, but are totally stoked that you are getting to visit as many places as you do! Congrats on the book!! Yay YOUNGHOUSELOVE!!!

    • DawnSC says

      I second the add California request! On the other hand, with Grand Caymans on the schedule, I suppose California loses some of its sunshine appeal. haha

    • Nicole M says

      San Diego is beautiful in the winter! Come visit us here. So bummed that the entire Southwest is not on the current tour…must plan a business trip to one of your other fab locations. Congrats!!!

    • Kerry says

      I’ll second the CA request, too! I would drive the length of the state to meet you guys!

      Still, I’m super excited for you both and can’t wait to have your BOOK in my hands!

    • Rosie says

      Yes! Los Angeles would love to have you! Congratulations on the book tour! This is so incredibly exciting. YHL for life!

    • DawnSC says

      Yay for all of us in the Los Angeles contingent! :) Maybe we can all meet up on our own and skype crash one of their other book stops. ;)

    • Tirzah says

      You know there is a West Elm and a FLOR in Santa Monica on the 3rd Street Promenade, along with all sorts of other designer stores like CB2 and Design Within Reach, and also discount stores like TJ Maxx and Goodwill. It’s shopping heaven! If you go, I’ll make the drive up from the OC.

    • Kate says

      Yep, I’m going to keep tossing the Cali hat in the ring for bookstop add-ons! (cough cough, come to San Diego, cough cough)

    • Meg says

      Another vote for southern California! I hope the person in charge of scheduling tour locations is listening! Look at all these SoCal fans!

    • says

      Yeah, I’m totally surprised there is not one stop in CA, let alone Los Angeles! Come on, second most populated city in the country! :D :D

      I kinda think it will be added, but I will be very surprised if not!

    • Powerpuff says

      Another vote for SF Bay Area! There’s a West Elm in Emeryville and one coming soon to Palo Alto. Or I could drive down to LA instead and visit my parents at the same time :)

    • Wilhelmina says

      Apparently we all need to band together and pre-order from the same bookstore so the book powers that be know we want them in LA =)

    • Michelle McCormick says

      Would love to see you in California for sure!! Or rather Orange County where we are, but I’ll settle for LA :)

      I was totally bummed about not seeing it on the list.

    • says

      I can’t believe Cali is not on the tour! How do we get our local West Elm to sponsor you? San Diego needs some YHL book lovin’ love ;). You just tell us what petition to sign…

    • says

      Aw thanks guys! Our publisher is definitely working hard to try to get us out there if the schedule can work with other tour stops! Will keep you posted!


    • Betsy says

      I’m a Californian now, so I’m a little jealous that you’re currently hitting two cities I used to live in! Ha! Fingers crossed that California may still happen, but so excited for both of you either way.

    • says

      I am so excited (and surprised) the YHL book tour is coming to Toronto! That’s pretty amazing since a lot of times we miss out this side of the border.

      Can’t wait for Nov!! Plus, haven’t been to West Elm in so long I feel I’ll need to same some moola for more than just a book purchase. Lol!

    • says

      I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU’RE COMING TO TORONTO!!!! OMG I AM SO EXCITED!! IM GOING TO GET TO MEET YOU!! AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA! (I promise I’m not crazy, I just really admire and love you guys!) SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO happy!!! I am RSVP’ing now!

    • Lesley says

      I am such a noob, I didn’t even realise there was a West Elm in Toronto – I’ve been looking at all of the lovely things you have sourced there and wishing I could go browse. East Ender… I rarely get west of Spadina.

      See you there!

    • says

      Lesley, I’m an east ender as well — hollaaaaaaa . . . I get a nosebleed if I go north of Eglinton or west of Bathurst.

      Honestly, I never thought you guys would make it north of the border. Will you bring Cheez-Its? I’ll bring eight people if you do. (No really. I have a problem.)

      I kid, I kid. Kinda. Yay Toronto!

  3. Amy says

    Wow, that’s great!

    Have you thought about using that blank YHL book as a book tour journal filled with thoughts, pics, quips, etc… I mean, not everyone gets a book tour!

    So excited for you guys!

  4. Corey says

    Squeee! I am so pumped! I am in western new york, but Toronto is only 2 hrs away. Yay! I’m totally there. I can’t wait!

  5. stephanie says

    This rocks. No love for the Midwest (come to Omaha!), so I won’t get to meet you, but I just think it’s so cool. Enjoy every minute together!

    • Carrie says

      I agree on Omaha! Wondering if I can convince the hubs that we need to take a quick road trip to Minneapolis. YHL + Ikea…sounds good to me!

    • says

      Seconded for Nebraska (but Lincoln is way cooler). Though I won’t lie that I’m now considering an eight hour roadtrip to MN because- well, why not?? Also, I think going to the Grand Caymans is totally just padding the tour for your personal enjoyment :-P I’d do the same thing, but still- jealous!

    • Kati says

      Fingers crossed for the Midwest/Omaha stop! But I have already pre-ordered my book and I’m sure I will love it even without your signatures! Have tons of fun!

  6. Lauren says

    I am SO EXCITED to meet you guys in Chicago! But let’s talk about you guys for a minute… how did you swing a stop in the Grand Cayman Islands?! You guys really do have the best job ever!

    • says

      How crazy is that? That’s another example of someone calling to request us and our publicist was like “hmm, should we squeeze it in? I THINK SO!” – so to anyone in a city where we’re not slated to go, there’s still a chance that a book store or vendor in your area could call and request that we come out there and who knows!


    • Andrea J says

      Hopefully you (John & Sherry) will make a bit of a vacation out of it (given the two weeks between that book signing and the next one)! That is too good of an opportunity not to pass up!

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