Wine, Women and Some Well-Chosen Words: Fictionista ChickLit Book Tour Makes for a Great Girls' Night Out

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In this sisterhood of the traveling books, 14 chick lit authors tour into 15 cities across the United States. It's a literary ladies' night that the fictional Carrie Bradshaw would appreciate.

Anytime two or more women get together, the talk invariably turns to gossip, guys and the latest fashions. Well, author Josie Brown has more than a few choice words to say on those subjects, if the reviews of her new book True Hollywood Lies [Avon, 9/27/05] are any indication.

And she'll be saying them at a Hard Rock Cafe or some other trendy club near you.

A literary ladies' night out? It's a natural, insists Brown.

"This sort of book tour combines all the elements appreciated by the Carrie Bradshaws of the world: a hot place to hang with their gal pals, a great glass of wine, and listening to four authors who write about the things they love: men--and fashion, of course."

Even the tour's name is a play on the word "fashionista," a term meant to describe a woman obsessed with the changing trends of the fashion industry.

And Brown certainly doesn't shy away from the word "chick lit," a term used to describe books for and about single women juggling out-of-control love lives on fashionable three-inch stiletto heels, that usually end up with the heroine having her Zone-approved cake and eating it, too.

"Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones's Diary may have updated the genre, but Jane Austin was the original chick lit author, and I'm honored to continue the tradition. Only now the plots are more 'nonsense and insensibility'--in a word, clueless, but in a lighthearted way."

Brown first approached Hard Rock with the concept. Having had success with similar events featuring various musician-authors, the international nightclub chain knew that the marriage between bars and books was a winner.

Avon Books, Brown's publisher, felt the same way. For the California leg of Brown's Fictionista Chicklit Book Tour, at Brown's suggestion, Avon also pulled together three other chicklit authors whose stories will resonate with West Coast women, and coordinated with local booksellers, who will be selling the authors' books at these Hard Rock Cafes, on these dates:

San Diego, Tuesday, September 27, 6pm: Hard Rock, 801 4 Ave., 92101, where Brown will be touring with Kim Wong Keltner (Buddah Baby), Sonia Singh (Bollywood Confidential) and Mary Castillo (Hot Tamara).

Los Angeles , Wed September 28, 6pm: Hard Rock, 8600 Beverly Blvd., 90048, where Brown will be touring with Kim Wong Keltner (Buddah Baby), Sonia Singh (Bollywood Confidential) and Mary Castillo (Hot Tamara).

Los Angeles, Thu September 29, 6pm: Hollywood Hard Rock, 1000 Universal Studios Blvd. #99, 91608, where Brown will be touring with Kim Wong Keltner (Buddah Baby) and Sonia Singh (Bollywood Confidential).

Las Vegas, Tue October 4, 6pm: Hard Rock, 4475 Paradise Rd., 89109, where Brown will be touring with Kim Wong Keltner (Buddah Baby) and Sonia Singh (Bollywood Confidential).

San Francisco, Thu October 6, 6pm: Hard Rock, Pier 39, Bldg Q-1, Beach Street & The Embarcadero, 94133, where Brown will be touring with Kim Wong Keltner (Buddah Baby) and Sonia Singh (Bollywood Confidential).

After the California tour, Brown will be heading to other cities with 2-3 authors from a variety of publishing houses--truly an anomaly in the pubishing industry. She will show up at:

Washington DC Hard Rock Cafe (Mon 10/10/05) with Jennifer O'Connell (Off the Record), Kayla Perrin (Gimme An O!) and Stephanie Lessing (She's Got Issues);

Baltimore Hard Rock Cafe (Tue 10/11/05) with Kayla Perrin (Gimme An O!) and Stephanie Lessing (She's Got Issues);

Philadelphia Hard Rock Cafe (Wed 10/12/05) with Kayla Perrin (Gimme An O!) and Stephanie Lessing (She's Got Issues);

New York (Fri 10/14/05) at Sugarcane 245 Park Avenue South (@ 20th), with Jennifer O'Connell (Off the Record), Kayla Perrin (Gimme An O!) and Stephanie Lessing (She's Got Issues);

Chicago (Mon 10/24/05) at the Encore Liquid Lounge, 171 W. Randolph Street), wtih Jennifer O'Connell (Off the Record), Laura Caldwell (The Night I Got Lucky) and Stacey Bollis (Sleeping Over);

Memphis (Tue 10/25/05) at the Hard Rock Cafe, 315 Beale Street, wtih Jennifer O'Connell (Off the Record), and Johanna Edwards (The Next Big Thing);

Atlanta (Thurs 10/27/05) at the Aiko Lounge (128 East Andrews Drive), with Jennifer O'Connell (Off the Record), Berta Platas (Friday Night Chicas), and Wendy Wax (Hostile Makeover).

During the four-city Texas leg of Brown's Fictionista Chicklit Book Tour, Josie will be joined by Julie Kenner, (Carpe Demon and The Givenchy Code) and Shane Bolks (The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Men I've Dated). Here are those dates and locations:

Houston Mon 11/7/05, 6pm: Hard Rock Cafe, 502 Texas Avenue 77002.

San Antonio Tue 11/8/05, 6pm: Hard Rock Cafe, 111 W. Crockett Street, 78205

Austin Wed 11/9/05, 6pm: Hard Rock Cafe, 222 East 6th Street, 78701

Dallas Thu 11/10/05, 6pm: Hard Rock Cafe, 2601 McKinney Avenue, 75204

Does Brown envision her Fictionista Chicklit Book Tour turning into an annual event, sort of a literary Lilith Fair?

She laughs heartily at that question. "To paraphrase Paris Hilton, that would be hot! Seriously though, I can't think of anything more fun that a room full of readers enjoying an author's reading of a good book, along with a great glass of wine, and the opportunity to flirt. It's the most fun you can have with your clothes on."

Fictionista ChickLit Tour is a TM of Josie Brown.

About the Author:

Josie Brown is the author of True Hollywood Lies [Harper/Avon Trade]. Her most recent book Last Night I Dreamt of Cosmopolitans [non-fiction humor, Griffin/St. Martin's Press] was released in May 2005. Josie is a feature writer whose relationship articles and celebrity interviews have appeared in numerous publications.

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