The Sword of Summer Tour!

I’m very excited to share with you the tour dates for Magnus Chase & the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer! The book will be published October 6, 2015, and below is a list of the places I’ll be visiting.

If I’m coming to your area, I hope to see you at an event! If you have any questions about a particular event, please contact the sponsoring book store. Don’t contact the venue holding the event (especially if it’s a place like a public high school) because they won’t be able to answer your questions. All contact information is below.


·      Boston: Harvard Book Store – Oct. 5, 7:00 PM

Sponsored by:

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138

Event to be held at:

Back Bay Events Center
180 Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02116

$30 Bundled Ticket (General Admission Ticket + Signed Book)
$15 General Admission (Ticket Only)

·      New York: Symphony Space –  Oct. 6, 6:00 PM

Sponsored by and event held at:

Symphony Space 

2537 Broadway at 95th Street 


·      Washington, DC area: Barnes & Noble in Fairfax, VA – Oct. 8, 7:00 PM
Sponsored by:

B&N #2937
12193 Fair Lakes Promenade Drive
Fairfax, VA 22033
703-278-0300 store

Event to be held at:

W. T. Woodson High School
9525 Main Street
Fairfax, VA 22033

·      Orlando area: Books a Million in Kissimee, FL – Oct. 9, 6:00 PM

Sponsored by & event held at:

Books-A-Million #520
2605 W. Osceola Parkway
Kissimee, FL 34741

·      Miami: Books & Books – Oct. 10, 2:00 PM
Sponsored by: 

Books & Books
265 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables, FL 33134
305-442-4408 store



The Center for Literature & Writing at MDC
Miami Dade College

Event to be held at:

The Chapman Conference Center
300 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132

·      Houston: Blue Willow Books – Oct. 11, 3:00 PM
Sponsored by: 

Blue Willow Bookshop
14532 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77079

Event to be held at:

Morton Ranch High School, Performing Arts Center
21000 Franz Road
Katy, TX 77449

·      Phoenix: Changing Hands – 10/12, 7:00 PM

Sponsored by:

Changing Hands
300 W. Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85013

Event to be held at:

Dobson High School Auditorium
1501 W. Guadalupe Road
Mesa, AZ 85202

·      St. Louis: St. Louis County Library – 10/13, 7:00 PM CT

Sponsored by & event held at:

St. Louis County Library – Headquarters
1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63131

Below are my usual tips and disclaimers if you’re planning to come to an event. Very important to read because I don’t want anybody going away disappointed!

 What to expect at the events:

We’ve been doing events differently the last few years as the crowds have gotten larger and larger. Again, check with each location for exact details, but in general, here’s what happens:

When I arrive on location, before the event, I will be signing a thousand books. These autographed copies will be available for you to buy. In some cases, they are your ticket into the event. In some cases, you can choose to get a ticket without a book, or both.

The event will be about an hour long. I’ll tell you all about how and why I wrote the books. I’ll show you behind-the-scenes cover art that was never used. I’ll make stupid jokes. I’ll give you a sneak peek at my super-secret upcoming projects. And of course I’ll answer your questions, as many as we have time for. It’s always a blast!

What NOT to expect:
We won’t be doing a signing line. There are a lot of reasons for that, but it all boils down to the size of the crowd. Several years ago, I realized that so many people were coming through the signing line that nobody was really getting a chance to meet me. We had to move so fast, just to make sure everyone got through the line, that it just wasn’t a quality experience for anybody, including me.  I would either have to do a brief “Hi, how are ya?” speech and then launch straight into signing, or the store would sit me right down to sign. Kids would wait for two or three hours to get a two-second face-to-face with no chance to really interact. I couldn’t sign all your books. I couldn’t do pictures. I couldn’t personalize the books. I couldn’t answer individual questions. Well . . . it just wasn’t working. 
Back in the old days, I was able to do all of that stuff, and of course everyone understandably wants a selfie with me and wants all of their books signed, but even if I only spent thirty seconds with each fan (which is way too short to do all that) if a thousand fans show up, the signing would last eight hours. You see the problem? Also, to be honest, I’m getting older, and sitting in a chair for so many hours each night was murdering my back.

Because of all this, I decided if we didn’t have time to do a quality signing line (and with a thousand folks, there really is no way) we would make it a quality evening, with tons of time for the presentation and lots of Q&A.

Don’t bring all your books from home, because I won’t be able to sign them, but I wouldn’t be able to do that even if we were doing a signing line. There are just too many people with too many copies. The good news: You’ll still get a signed copy of The Sword of Summer. You’ll get a chance to ask your questions and really feel like you got to know me a little. And you won’t have to wait in line for hours and hours!

Hope that makes sense. I’m really excited for each of the events. Of course, every tour I wish we could go to more places, but with my writing schedule we just can’t. I know you guys want the books to come out as quickly as possible, and that means I have to spend most of my time writing.

Why am I not coming to (insert name of your country here)?

Apologies to all my international fans. I’ve been invited to so many amazing countries, and I’d like to visit them all, but sadly it just isn’t possible. We can’t even cover more than a fraction of the US in the time that we have. There’s only one of me, and I have to spend most of my time writing the next books. As I always tell people, however, the main way that I communicate with you is through my books. I may not be able to meet you in person, but the best way to get to know me is to read the books. Each one is a private conversation between me and the reader, and I love you guys! You’re all awesome. So if I get to see you on the tour, fantastic, but either way, I hope you’ll enjoy The Sword of Summer!

Rick Riordan