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Max Barry wrote the novels Syrup, Jennifer Government, Company, Machine Man, and Lexicon. He also created the game NationStates and once found a sock full of pennies.

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Tue 04
Jun
2013

On Tour

Lexicon “Tour” may be an exaggeration. I’m going to a few places. If you want to see me, come along, and I’ll be all like, “Thanks for coming,” and you can be like, “That’s cool, man, no problem.”

Columbus, OHChicago, ILNew York, NYLos Angeles, CAMelbourne, Australia

Columbus, Ohio

Saturday June 15, 7:00pm ***UPDATED***

Gateway Film Center 8

Film screening! Syrup is playing here and I’ll be doing a Q&A afterward about what it’s like to have a book turn into a movie. I land in Columbus on the night of the 14th direct from Australia so I can’t make any guarantees about how I’ll smell. Because of the long flight, I mean. Not because of Australia. Australia smells fine.

By the way, Syrup is simultaneously screening not too far away at the Waterfront Film Festival in South Haven, Michigan, with a Q&A with the director Aram Rappaport and editor Robert Hoffman. If you think those guys are better.

Update! They decided it was a bad idea to schedule a Q&A that could be derailed by me missing a connecting flight. Is that a mixed metaphor? Because I’m saying the Q&A sesssion would be derailed, not my flight. Anyway, the Friday evening session is now a Saturday evening session, and I will be able to shower and degrease ahead of it.

Chicago, Illinois

Sunday June 16, 4pm ***UPDATED***

Hang With Max @ Emporium Arcade Bar

I’ll be in Chicago two days before my book comes out. I can’t do a bookstore event, but I figured I could meet people at a bar or something. I did this in London once and didn’t get stabbed at all so I think it’s a good idea. There might be some Syrup film people there too. So you could come along and talk about books and films or whatever. Very casual. If you bring a book, I will sign it.

Details to come: I will update this post. And if you know a good venue, please let me know in the comments.

Update! At the moment it’s looking like this will be in Wicker Park. But please check back for confirmation.

Update 2! Let’s make it the Emporium Arcade Bar, 1366 N Milwaukee Ave. Chicago. Thanks to Mark Dunlap for the suggestion. If it sucks, we know who to blame.

All good book stores, US & Canada

Tuesday June 18

Book comes out. I mention this because you probably want to schedule some time to head to your local bookstore and elbow aside the crowds.

New York, NY

Wednesday June 19, 7:00pm

Barnes & Noble (Upper East Side)
86th & Lexington Ave.
Ph. 212-369-2180

Book launch! I will read from Lexicon and answer questions and stuff. You know. It’s a reading. Actually, it’s more of a talking. I talk about things. I figure you can read the book yourself. I mean, that’s why we had it printed. I will read for a little while, because that’s expected, and because sometimes people come to bookstore readings for no particular reason and hear some of the book and think, “That sounds good.” Then they buy it and I get to continue being an author.

Los Angeles, CA

Thursday June 20, 7:00pm-8:00pm sharp ***UPDATED***

Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore (Redondo Beach)
2810 Artesia Blvd., Redondo Beach

Bookstore event! I read, I answer questions, I sign things. I haven’t been to Mysterious Galaxy before, but it was LA Weekly’s Best Geek Bookstore of 2012. So that’s promising. I only have a few hours in LA, flying in that day and flying out that night, so this will be the kind of visit that’s brief and passionate and leaves both of us wanting more, like that time in high school.

Update! I need to RUSH from this event to LAX to catch my flight home to Australia. So at 8pm I need to be out the door. I’m sure there will be time to sign everyone’s books, but I won’t get to hang around and chat. What I’ll do is get there early, like maybe 6:30pm, and browse the shelves or something. So if you want, come up and accost me.

All good book stores, UK

Thursday June 20

Book comes out in the UK. Sadly, I don’t get to be there. My in-laws moved out of Bedford, did I mention? They did. I will probably never go to Bedford again in my life. What am I saying, probably. There is no way I am ever going to Bedford again.

Melbourne, Australia

Tuesday June 25, 6:30pm

Embiggen Books
197-203 Little Lonsdale Street

Australian launch! On the day of Lexicon’s Australian / New Zealand / South African release I’ll be launching it here. Embiggen is awesome. They stock about ten books but they’re all really good. They stock more than ten books. That was an exaggeration. But you could seriously just wander into Embiggen with your eyes closed and buy whatever your hands fall on and walk out happy. It’s that kind of place.

By the way, the following day (Wednesday June 26 @ 6:30pm) the Embiggen Book Club is doing Machine Man. Details here!

Other Places

You know I’d come if I could. It’s not you; it’s me. Me, not being near you.

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Flynn (#520)

Location: Chicago, IL USA
Quote: "I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by."
Posted: 1932 days ago

Love to help find a place for you to gather in Chicago (I'm assuming you mean the one everyone knows in IL, not if there's really a Chicago, OH) Are you staying downtown?

Machine Man subscriber Max

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Quote: "I'm my number one fan!"
Posted: 1932 days ago

Right, right, Illinois. That's the one.

Sally F. (#5444)

Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Quote: "Budokan made Cheap Trick famous, Cheap Trick made Budokan famous. -Rick Nielsen"
Posted: 1932 days ago

You're going to be in Chicago and I'll be out of town!! (ghhh.) But I can suggest the Emerald Loop, just an ordinary restaurant/bar, but it's cozy and friendly, and the food is pretty good.
www.emeraldloop.com/Emerald_Loop

Machine Man subscriber Mark Dunlap (#3048)

Location: Chicago, IL
Posted: 1932 days ago

I recommend Emporium Arcade Bar - emporiumchicago.com/ - and a "Challenge your favorite author to your favorite arcade game" throw down.

If interested, I will reserve some tables and can get a deal on tokens.

There are tables, too, if you need something on which to sign the books, give a reading, record testimonials for your next book trailer...you know...whatever feels right.

Machine Man subscriber gStein (#585)

Location: 127.0.0.1
Quote: "That's not change! That's more of the same!"
Posted: 1932 days ago

what's with the giant eye on the UK Lexicon cover? did they not get one with their release of Jennifer Government?

Machine Man subscriber Max

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Quote: "I'm my number one fan!"
Posted: 1932 days ago

They liked it so much they wanted more!

Machine Man subscriber dabbeljuh (#4114)

Posted: 1932 days ago

have fun in the us and a, if you manage to come to Europe (i.e., Germany °J) at any given point, let me know, it would be fun to organize a Hang With Max Bar Evening in Hamburg (or Berlin)

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Machine Man subscriber tim (#3234)

Location: chattanooga, TN, USA
Quote: """
Posted: 1932 days ago

I was just in Columbus on Sunday! Why pick Columbus? Did Priceline make you choose another city? I hate that. :)


I am tempted to drive 8 hours to join you in Chicago. Although, like all online relationships, the real like Max would not live up to the chatroom (er, I mean blog) Max. Plus, I'm afraid I would end up awkwardly standing on the edge of conversation while others nudged and whispered, 'that guy drove 8 hours, what a weirdo... and why is he sweating so much?'

Karl (#5457)

Location: New York
Posted: 1932 days ago

For Chicago, the Vic Theater regularly does 'Brew & View', a combination movie/bar experience. No idea if you'd be able to get Syrup on the screen on such short notice, but thought I'd throw it out there...

Brittany O. (#1688)

Location: Montana
Quote: "people are kind of overrated "
Posted: 1931 days ago

Other Places

You know I’d come if I could. It’s not you; it’s me. Me, not being near you.


Damn, Montana.
If you had released the dates sooner I could have traveled. Bummer.
But the new book looks wonderfuly interesting and I am very excited to see Syrup. Finally.

broad (#1759)

Location: astoria, ny
Posted: 1931 days ago

also a chicagoan checking in. let us know where you'll be and we can suggest a place!

Machine Man subscriber Max

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Quote: "I'm my number one fan!"
Posted: 1931 days ago

What are you saying, Chicago is big or something? I'll be in CHICAGO.

Thanks for the suggestions. I think we are going to get the "Syrup" director & producer along, at least one of whom is a Chicago native and has venue ideas. More to come...

Machine Man subscriber coolpillows (#3749)

Location: new york general sort of vicinity
Quote: ""It's not working" -- Joseph Clark"
Posted: 1929 days ago

NYC?! Yay! Of course it's not an independent bookseller but then this is New York and all the indie bookstores are small and can't handle the teeming Barryheads that will no doubt invade.

Ethan (#6372)

Location: Ohio
Posted: 1928 days ago

I nearly had a heart attack when I saw that one of the four cities your going to is in Ohio. Care to sign a nearly decade old copy of Syrup?

Machine Man subscriber David (#1456)

Location: Sydney, Australia
Quote: "Why are the pretty ones always insane?"
Posted: 1927 days ago

*Grumpy* I'm still incredibly grumpy about having to wait until November for Syrup to screen here. May have to read a book in the meantime, any suggestions? ;-)

Machine Man subscriber Max

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Quote: "I'm my number one fan!"
Posted: 1926 days ago

Updated blog with Chicago venue! Going with Mark's suggestion, thanks.

Machine Man subscriber Max

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Quote: "I'm my number one fan!"
Posted: 1926 days ago

@Ethan: I will definitely sign stuff. And there's nothing better than old battered copies. I like a book that's lived a little.

Machine Man subscriber Toby O (#2900)

Location: Sydney
Quote: "You can't sell your soul to the devil if he's not buying"
Posted: 1926 days ago

No Sydney date? Don't you... love us too? *sniffle*

Machine Man subscriber Max

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Quote: "I'm my number one fan!"
Posted: 1926 days ago

Sydney! You mean MELBOURNE'S ENEMY.

Actually, Sydney may happen. Along with some other Australian things. Just not sure yet.

I am doing the Brisbane Writers Festival on September 6-7.

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