Today on Alphabet City: JP’s alter ego Gary Tyler Moore traverses the Metroplex for the book; rushes Chi-Omega sorority!
By the end of book tour day 2, I was sprawled on the floor of a fancy home in Southlake doing my best Playgirl pose for the alumna of Chi-Omega Sorority. Anything for a sale. And they bought 20 books at a Sex and the City themed party (was I Aidan or Mr. Big?)—the perfect end to a day that began with me demonstrating the Shake Weight on Good Morning Texas—anything for more air time!
Victory Park. In Episode 5, I write that I learned from Tyra about book tour etiquette, including
always carry an extra copy of Tyra’s book along with a summary of key points and list of suggested questions because the host of the local ‘Wake Up’ morning show will have lost hers.’”
Well, leave it to Dallas’ own Rob McCollum, host of Good Morning Texas, to prove the exception to the rule. Not only did the he read the book fully, he shared with me he was also the son of a Federal Judge and put me right at ease. In typical Texas style, the crew was so helpful they even took behind-the-scenes photos for me.
Believe me, you don’t find that level of support at many morning shows. Still, I felt like I needed to smile more, and forgot to put in a special plug for sponsor Kimpton Hotels (although they were listed on the graphics). My favorite comment from my stepmother giving kudos to the make-up people for doing a great job. Hey, that make-up person was ME, thanks to a tinted moisturizer.
Addison. Next stop, my alma mater The Greenhill School where Katie Young toured me around and arranged for the Montgomery Library to take ownership of a signed copy of Alphabet City. Hey kids, maybe don’t read the episode about Babylon? Then again, there’s probably nothing these kids don’t know about sex anymore. I loved that everywhere I went there were stickers from GLSEN indicating the school is a safe place for gay teens. And as I told Katie, I credit the school, and the teachers, with pretty much saving my life and keeping me on path during the chaotic teen years. Although I’ve kept my distance, the school is never far from my heart—and what a special place it remains, including an organic garden that supplies some of the school food! Can’t wait to catch-up with more alums on the road—it means so much that the people who helped me get through high school—and believe me, it took a village—are still sticking by me.
Plano. If you don’t have library privileges at Greenhill, or you prefer to actually purchase a copy from a brick and mortar store, then RUN don’t WALK to Legacy Books in Plano—the first store in the country to have Alphabet City on display for all! Of course I pressed into service an employee to take a picture of me with my baby—at first she didn’t believe that I was the author. Do I look that different from the cover?!
Lakewood/SMU. A homecoming of sorts—Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar, not only one of the sponsors of the tour, but the scene of many episodes of my early life. Mary/Gary feels right at home in the 70s chic environment, running on the treadmill singing the lyrics to “A Way Back to Then,” from my one of my inspiration influences Broadway’s [title of show].
Southlake. Which brings me to my life as a Playgirl centerfold pledging Chi-O. Honestly, I’d been looking forward to this night since Angela’s sister Mandy organized it a month or so ago. I truly believe there’s something for everyone in this book—and these ladies proved it. Boy, do they know how to have fun with a very energized Sex and the City theme. Because they laughed at every punch line from the readings about “summering,” first encounter with Tyra, and my mother’s visit, I was not shy about taking any photo they asked. They were so gracious—constantly thanking me for spending time with them, and even took a liking to my latest iPhone SwipeIt app that allows me to take credit cards! Well believe me ladies, the pleasure was ALL mine. I just wished Chef could have been there to see the hostess Lana’s outdoor kitchen. See you the next year with 40, Love.
Thankfully, Gary Tyler Moore has the spunky energy to carry us both through book tour.