Highlights of "the Book With No Pictures" Book Tour

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    The Harlem Children's Zone Promise Academy.
    The school from "Waiting for Superman." It was so inspiring as a place - the brightest (literally) building that seemed perfect to inspire brightness in its students. The idea that this book would be universal - from Harlem to Newton, from Chicago to Texas - was my biggest dream with this book. Seeing it kill here doubled my heart. Video footage forthcoming.
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    Mason-Rice Elementary, Newton, MA.
    I read the book at my old elementary school on a bright, beautiful fall day. And unlike the other stops of the tour, with hotel rooms and media escorts, I simply stayed at my parents' house and walked, alone, to and from the school. I was filled with such Proustian memories when I entered that I almost cried. The 1st/ 2nd graders loved the book; the 5th graders knew me from The Office. So proud.
  3. 3.
    Austin, TX.
    Sorry. So sorry to be that guy. But I love Austin, Texas. You know what else I love? So sorry: Portland, Oregon. What are you gonna do?! They're both great cities with incredible independent book stores (Book People in this case) and great food and people and natural beauty. Sorry!
  4. 4.
    Chicago.
    I actually didn't do an event in Chicago this time - I was in Naperville, a suburb - but I got to hang out with really impressively smart and nice people. If I had more time I would have wanted to see the Art Institute and a show at Steppenwolf's independent lab again. Last book tour I did those things and loved.
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    San Francisco, CA
    In nearby Danville, a kid (3) came up to the microphone during the Q and A to say this: "I had a dream about you and my mom." The next night, at the gleaming SF JCC, I was asked incredibly precocious questions by slightly older kids. I stayed in Oakland. Had a drink with my high school hero, author Adam Mansbach, who lives in Berkley. Great diverse 2 days.