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5 women: Elizabeth Ellen, Chloe Caldwell, Donora Hillard, Brandi Wells and Mary Miller go South to promote their books this summer!
5 women: Elizabeth Ellen, Chloe Caldwell, Donora Hillard, Brandi Wells and Mary Miller go South to promote their books this summer!
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The Southern Summer Comfort Tour is an exciting literary event consisting of authors Chloe Caldwell, Elizabeth Ellen, Mary Miller, Brandi Wells and Donora Hillard, all crammed into a rental van touring the hot southern states like a good old fashioned rock band. Our new books have been released on indie presses such as Future Tense Books, Short Flight/Long Drive Books, and Tiny Hardcore Press. 

We are: Five women authors hailing from New York, Michigan, Mississippi, and Alabama and we'll be meeting up in Austin, Texas to start our travels. From there, we will be reading from ours books at bookstores and bars in Austin, Houston, New Orleans, Oxford, Tuscaloosa and Atlanta. There will be special guest appearances along the way by people like Kevin Sampsell, Jess Stoner, Brian Oliu, and others.

We need your help for car and gas money, not to mention breakfast tacos and lots of liquids. 

With your help, we will be able to entertain audiences in these far-away exotic American locales. We're also excited to meet readers and fans and explore parts of this country that some of us have never seen before. 

Here are our dates:

  • July 11th - Austin, TX - Domy Books, 7pm
  • July 12th - Houston, TX - Domy Books, 7pm
  • July 13th - New Orleans, LA
  • July 14th - Oxford, MS - Square Books, 6pm
  • July 16th - Tuscaloosa, AL - Green Bar, 7pm
  • July 17th - Atlanta, GA - Beep Beep, 8pm

Read more about the ladies:

Chloe Caldwell

Elizabeth Ellen

Mary Miller

Brandi Wells

Donora Hillard

Thank you in advance!

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    Shampoo, soap, mouth wash, and a handwritten note from one of the shitty hotels/motels from the trip.

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    **The Future Tense Package**
    You get a signed copy of Chloe Caldwell's Legs Get Led Astray along with a bonus chapbook from the catalog of America's oldest micropress.

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    **The Tiny Hardcore Package**
    You get a signed copy of Brandi Wells, not to mention something else awesome from the PANK/Tiny Hardcore family.

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    **The Hobart Package: MM Edition**
    You get a signed copy of Mary Miller's short story collection, Big World, and some other goodies from the best little publisher in Michigan.

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    **Mix-CD plus signed book from lady of your choice (on SoCo Tour)

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    **The Hobart Package: EE Edition**
    You get a signed copy of Elizabeth Ellen's Fast Machine, plus all other SF/LD books (Orange's Sicily Papers, Miller's Big World, Novy's Avian Gospels, Greenfeld's NowTrends, & Stoner's I Have Blinded Myself Writing This), plus the 2008 Hobart calendar ft. the Hobart editors in Santa outfits!

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    Signed book from each author on tour.

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    *Your Own Personal Editor Package*
    Have any of the girls (or Kevin Sampsell from Future Tense or Aaron Burch from Hobart) give you editing notes on a story or essay (up to ten pages) along with a personalized copy of their book.

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    **The Southern Culture Package**
    In this deluxe package, you'll get a subscription to the great southern magazine, Oxford American, as well as signed books from two of these southern friends: Michael Bible, Beth Ann Fennelly, Tom Franklin, Jack Pendarvis, Ryan Call, or Jamie Iredell.

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    Bundle of goodies from Gene Morgan's just-opened retail store in Houston, TX.

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    **The Photographic Evidence Package**
    This sexy package gets you signed copies of all the ladies' newest books as well as a group photo with the ladies if you can see them on their tour. If you're not at one of their shows, they will send you a special pic via email or text!

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    Signed wife beater from each girl on tour.

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    **LIMITED EDITION Hobart Package**
    Every Hobart we still have available (2, 3, 5, 6, 8-13), Hobart/Monkeybicycle #2.5 broadside, 2008 wall calendar, super limited Hobart #11 handbound by Spork hardcover, all swag (flask, shot glass, ashtray, matchbooks)

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    Private reading from all tour members (must be in city already visiting, and must take place in McDonald's or Taco Bell).

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