“Everyone Wants To Be Me Or Do Me” New York Party

Darlings, if a picture’s worth a thousand words, then this should all suffice to give you an idea of just how wonderful our “Be Me or Do Me” book party this Saturday was. Over 250 Bitter Kittens made their way out to see us (and each other) over a nearly 6-hour period. Much laughing, connecting and just plain having fun was had by all, watched somewhat nervously by the poor mama pigeon just guarding her eggs and waiting for us all to leave. We decided to make her the symbol of our Mother’s Day book contest (The winners of which will be announced later this week).

We just want to publicly thank our good friends Emmett McCarthy of EMC2 for hosting the party in the adorable courtyard behind his store, Gorgeous Fabrics for coming out and pitching in in the way a good friend will when you turn to her and say in panic “HELP!” And special thanks to Sugar Flower Cake Shop for the GORGEOUS cake, to Bread for the delicious nibblies and to Miss Brittany Lovely, for being the best Bitter Kitten by running around like a slave all day at our beck and call.

And above all, thanks to you guys. Every time we meet the BKs, no matter what city we’re in, they all look around in wonder at each other and say, “What a fun, friendly, fabulous little crowd this is!” Darlings, it was never a surprise to us. We’re serious as a bounced check when we say we wouldn’t be a thing without the support of y’all. You’re gorgeous, darlings.

 

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There’s also a lovely writeup of the party here.

 

 

 

[Photo Credit: Ann Steeves/Lorenzo Marquez/Tom and Lorenzo]

 

(Cross-posted on our main site.)

  • Chicago Signing and Bitter Kitten Meetup

    A very tired and rumpled T & Lo made the final stop on the 2nd leg of their book tour last night. And while the enthusiasm and fabulosity of our Chicagoland Bitter Kittens could not make us less rumpled, the tired part pretty much evaporated as soon as we saw y’all.

    But we reserve the right to not feature twitpics where we looked like crap. Instead we’re just going to feature the ones where you talk about how awesome we are. Image management, darlings. It’s the “Be Me or Do Me” way. Also: a little obnoxious. Sue us.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Things we’ve learned:

    1. Our Bitter Kittens are some of the sweetest, smartest, most fabulous people you could meet. We hope, if nothing else, that those of you who came out to see us understand that we’re just as excited to meet you as you are to meet us.

    2. There’s no real way to lean far back in a chair, with your upper body twisted to one side, and have a particularly flattering picture come out of it.

    And if you’re a kitten in the Chicagoland area who couldn’t make it out last night, the Barnes and Noble in Old Orchard Center has autographed copies of the book, ready for Kitten consumption. Call them at 847-676-2230 to getchaself a copy.

  • San Francisco Bitter Kitten Meetup and Signing

    The Frisco Kittens TURNED IT OUT!

     

     

    What an amazingly fun and energetic night. We keep saying it and we don’t even care anymore if we sound repetitive: Getting away from our desks and out in the world to meet our Kittens has been the most rewarding, most fun thing to ever happen to us.

  • Los Angeles Book Signing and Bitter Kitten Meetup

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  • Los Angeles, San Francisco & Chicago Book Tour Dates & Deets

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    Darlings, we are gearing up once again to head out into the world, poledance like crazy for our book, and meet our Bitter Kittens face to face, just to tell each and every one of y’all how fabulous you are and how much you mean to us. In fact, let’s illustrate that last point, if we can. To those who kittens who came to the Philly, NY and DC book store signings, you know how you were asked to put your name on a Post-it note in order to let us know who to make the book out to? Well, maybe you didn’t know it, but while you were humbling us by asking for our autographs…

     

     

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    We were collecting yours.

    We’re not scrapbooking types, but we think we may have to preserve these. We get the warm n’ fuzzies every time we look at them.

    Anyway, here are the deets for each city. Kittens come out! We’ll do our little dog-and-pony show for you! Please note that for both Chicago and Los Angeles, the Barnes & Noble stores will be giving those who have B&N receipts priority in the line for signing. Don’t worry. It just means those who bought at B&N get to go first. We don’t want to sound like we’re begging, but buying a copy in the store helps everyone out, darlings. Turnout and sales for each event help determine future signings and appearances. We would love to travel all over this country to every metropolitan area, meeting kittens and telling them they’re fabulous. We won’t rest until we do. We also love to sell our book. Not gonna lie about that one.

    Once again, here are the dates and times:

     

    LOS ANGELES

    Tuesday, April 8
    7 PM
    Barnes & Noble
    189 The Grove Drive
    Los Angeles, CA 90036

     

    SAN FRANCISCO

    Wednesday, April 9
    7:30 PM
    The Booksmith
    1644 Haight Street
    San Francisco CA 94117

     

    CHICAGO

    Thursday, April 10
    7 PM
    Barnes & Noble
    55 Old Orchard Center
    Skokie, IL 60077

     

    As we said, we would love to keep this tour going and get to other cities, darlings, but until we can, we’re holding a little party of our own in our backyard. Well. Actually, someone else’s backyard. Mark your calendars for the following, Kittens on the eastern seaboard!

    BITTER KITTEN “BE ME OR DO ME” PARTY!

    NEW YORK
    Saturday, May 3
    EMc2
    240 Elizabeth St.
    New York, NY 10012

     

    Project Runway alum and T Lo bestie Emmett McCarthy will be hosting a party celebrating the book at his store in SoHo. It’s the place where we first met him, first met Tim Gunn, and got married last summer, so it’s a location of the utmost significance. If there’s a T Lo Ground Zero of importance, Emmett’s store would be it. So all y’all NY, NJ and PA kittens who couldn’t make it out to our sub-zero readings in February (and even those who did), come on out to a garden party on a warm spring day, listen to us do a reading, answer Q&As, sign copies and just generally mingle with our kittens. There’ll be sips and nibblies, too. Make a day of it! Emmett’s whole street is nothing but fabulous shops and places to eat. We’ll have more details closer to the date, including the exact starting time, but figure on an afternoon-into-evening event. If the crowd’s large enough, we’ll do multiple readings, Q&As and signings throughout the day.

  • More Book Tour Dates, Darlings!

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    If we had to pick the very best thing about the release of our first book, it would have to be the opportunity to get out in the world and meet the Bitter Kittens en masse. Each appearance we’ve done so far has been so fun and energetic and full of love. We could do it every day.

    Unfortunately, we can’t, but we’ve been hustling like crazy to get more dates and cities added. Please note that we are working on more as we speak, but for now, here’s where we’ll be and when:

     

     

    LOS ANGELES
    Tuesday, April 8
    7 PM
    Barnes & Noble
    189 The Grove Drive
    Los Angeles, CA 90036

     

     

    SAN FRANCISCO
    Wednesday, April 9
    7:30 PM
    The Booksmith
    1644 Haight Street
    San Francisco CA 94117

     

     

    CHICAGO
    Thursday, April 10
    7 PM
    Barnes & Noble
    55 Old Orchard Center
    Skokie, IL 60077

     

    L.A., San Fran and Chicago Kittens better come out and REPREZENT. Ask the DC, NY, Philly and Minnesota Kittens about it. We’re pretty sure they all had a blast when they came out.

    And please don’t be upset if you’re not near the above cities. Like we said, we’re working on more dates, in totally different areas of the country, we might add, and will hopefully be bringing you more news on them shortly. The more people who come out to these signings, the more signings we get to add to the roster. Pay it forward, LA, San Fran and Chicago kittens. The BKs in other parts of the country are relying on you. No pressure or anything.

    Can’t wait to get out and see y’all!

  • Mall of America Book Signing

    As told by the Kittens who braved the elements to attend it:

    We can’t tell you how much fun we had this weekend. Having never been to the Twin Cities area and thus, having never been to the Mall of America, we walked around wide-eyed and open-mouthed at:

    a) The JAWDROPPING amount of snow all y’all live with. Seriously. We had to wrap our minds around the concept of “stale snow.” In our neck of the woods, it snows, the snow melts, and then later, it snows again. It doesn’t snow over the last snow, which is on top of the snow before that, etc. You Minnesota Kittens have snow upon snow upon snow.

    b) The sheer scale of the Mall of America and how it serves as an actual vacation spot for families; an oasis of food, shopping, and even a freaking amusement park, all enclosed inside this massive space, keeping out the cold. We dropped some bucks. We’re all about supporting the local economy. Especially when the stores are great and there’s no sales tax on clothes. Just sayin’.

    c) The fact that many of our kittens braved the aforementioned elements and even drove for hours and hours to see us. Not to pit kitten against kitten or anything, because we know that for the Philly, NYC, and DC readings, plenty of people had to haul ass from far away to come and see us, but some of the Mall of America Kittens drove as much as FOUR HOURS IN THE SNOW to come out, hear our cartoon voices, and then get maybe a minute, tops, to speak with us personally (we wish it was longer, but lines need to move) before driving back. That is truly astonishing to us – and humbling like you wouldn’t believe. We don’t take that kind of dedication lightly.

    So a HUGE “Thank you” to all y’all Snow Kittens. You honor us and we’re immensely grateful for that. Plus you were all so fun! And we got to meet and chat with Bill Nye The Science Guy about bow ties, which is both awesome and surreal at the same time.

    More tour dates coming, dolls.

  • Washington D.C. Reading and Signing

    And the Bitter Kittens were DRESSED TO THE NINES and out in force. It was our biggest crowd yet; well over 150 people – and we sold out every copy of the book in the store, darlings! It was an amazing night for us. We just love getting to meet all you guys. And while we knew our kittens would be stylish and fun, we’re so pleased to find out that y’all are so damn smart. The questions you guys come up with in the Q&As are fascinating and challenging and we love answering them. Blogging and writing is such a solitary thing, so it’s always something of a shock when you come face to face with the reality of your audience. But it’s an awesomely wonderful shock because you guys are too fabulous for words.

    And since we don’t want to steal pictures from the kittens who were in attendance, we’ll just show you their tweets to give you an idea of the crowd. That they’re all saying wonderful things about us in their tweets is only a coincidence, we assure you. No, really.

     

     

    We love you guys.

    And attention must be paid to the extremely hard-working and gracious people at Barnes & Noble, who set up the chairs, organize the line, take the pictures and stay past closing to clean our mess up. In every store we’ve been to, they’ve been incredibly gracious and accommodating.

    And we’ll be making announcements regarding more readings and signings very soon, darlings.

  • NYC Reading and Signing

     

    And the Bitter Kittens were out in force!

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    We cannot tell you what a ridiculous PLEASURE it is getting to meet you all after all this time. We should have written a book YEARS AGO.

    Thank you to all the Kittens! Keep spreading the word, darlings!

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