This is the Texas Book Tour for This Is Not a Confession.

June 4th through June 7th. Three cities. 450 Miles.

The first stop was Austin at Book People. The only thing that could’ve made this better for me is if somehow Willie Nelson’s name could’ve been on the marquee above mine.

Austin Book People

Btw, sometimes even bookstores make spelling errors…

Olimpio Reading, Book People

It was a great crowd full of friends and even a few strangers…

Olimpio Reading, Book People

Olimpio Reading, Book People

My friend Jonathan took some great photos of the event. There he is in the foreground of this one…

Olimpio Reading, Book People

I really like this shot he got…

Olimpio Reading, Book People

I did my standard amount of finger slamming…

Olimpio Reading, Book People

I believe the line I’m saying here is “Which, by the way, are illegal in New Jersey…”

Olimpio Reading, Book People

Afterwards, there was some conversation with Francois Pointeau…

Olimpio Reading, Book People

And some signings…

Olimpio Reading, Book People

Then we went to Grackle to celebrate…

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Then we took a day to chill with friends. Now it all seems like a blur…

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Next stop was Dallas. This skyline gives me a little of the warm and fuzzies…

Dallas Skyline

We started drinking a little too early at The Wild Detectives.

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There were three other great readers to break the ice with the crowd. First up, the mystical and mythical Courtney Marie…

Courtney Marie, Olimpio Reading, The Wild Detectives

Next up, the smooth-voiced Walker Smart…

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Then there was the disarming Leah Tieger…

Leah Tieger, Olimpio Reading, The Wild Detectives

Only have this one photo of me reading at The Wild Detectives…

Olimpio Reading, The Wild Detectives

And also there is this of me wearing Jeff’s aviators…

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The Dallas send-off committee met me bright and early the next morning and blew me kisses as I drove away to Houston…

Dallas Send-Off Crew

From the road, I saw Brazos Bookstore had set up a killer display…

Olimpio, Brazos Bookstore

Approaching the Houston skyline from the SPRAWL…

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Brazos Bookstore, since 1974

Olimpio Reading, Brazos Bookstore

Only a year younger than me….

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This reading was different in that it had the highest percentage of folks I didn’t know in the audience. I made sure to wave my hands an extra amount for them…

Olimpio Reading, Brazos Bookstore

Brazos Bookstore asked me to sign one of their folding chairs, which I was happy to do, because you never need to ask me twice to create a relic.

Olimpio Reading, Brazos Bookstore

Relic…

Olimpio Reading, Brazos Bookstore

The chair seems to be working, because this past week, I wound up on Brazos Bookstore’s bestseller list!

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