Book Tour By Amtrak: Atlanta to New Orleans

Good morning y’all. And by morning, I mean afternoon, because I slept in. I’m in New Orleans right now, facing a weekend of mostly-not-working. I’ve got Amtrak to thank for making that happen in the least stressful way possible. Yesterday, Maddie and I (along with Claire… yes, an APW reader decided to book an Amtrak trip already) hopped the train in Atlanta. Maddie and Claire had breakfast together (On the New Orleans line they serve sweet potato pancakes and grits. I know.) while I napped on the enormous couch in our bedroom. Then Maddie wandered back to the room… and I napped some more. We pondered working, but instead the day ended up being a giant slumber party where we both caught up on much needed rest.

And then, rather suddenly, we were in my (second) favorite city in the United States, just in time for Krewe du Vieux. And all I’m saying is that you should pay very close attention on Tuesday morning because we might be hosting an exciting Amtrak and New Orleans related…. something. I can’t say more than that because I have to go test out the city for you and just make sure it’s not broken. It’s a hard job, but someone has to do it. So far, I’ve stuffed my face, and danced till midnight in the middle of the street to an amazing brass band. But really, I’m just getting started. After weeks of working insanely hard on the road, I’ve decided that New Orleans is my reward. In fact, New Orleans might just be a giant comic reward for all of us. I’d type more, but NOLA calls. Let’s meet back here Tuesday and discuss. Hint, hint, get excited.

Pictures from Instagram, where I’m documenting the trip. Follow me on Twitter for more.

**This post was made possible by Amtrak, who is sponsoring the book tour. Thank you Amtrak!**

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  • “I have to go test out the city for you, and just make sure it’s not broken”

    This completely cracked me up. Enjoy New Orleans and good luck with the mystery event.

    • meg

      Good luck to YOU, not to me.

  • LPC

    It just gets better all the time. Hear that train whistle blowing…

  • Paranoid Libra

    Ahhh Nola such a wonderful place. Soooo Jealous you are there right now. Enjoy some Cafe au Lait for me and beignets (and I’m praying I spelt that right since it’s technically french and not coming up with spell check anything remotely close)

    Such a city of magic and wonder and beauty.

  • melanie

    Does that mean there was no book event in Atlanta? Charis would’ve been an amazingly good fit for you…. and of course Leah and mark…. I wanna hear about your stay in my hometown!

    • meg

      Of course there was!

  • I didn’t even know that there was an OPTION to hop the train with you guys. I so would have been on board. Literally. :)

  • A-L

    I didn’t miss an event while you were in NOLA, did I? I had checked the schedule and didn’t see anything, but things have been crazy lately. Anyway, I hope you’re having fun at Krewe du Vieux and enjoying everything that the city has to offer!

    • meg

      No, no. We took the weekend off.

  • You had me at sweet potato pancakes and grits.
    WHOT is this magical NOLA slash Amtrak idea in the works? Sign me UP.

    Sending you and Maddie HUGE hugs from Park Slope. Brooklyn just isnt’ the same without you.


  • I’m excited, but even more so I’m JEALOUS. You got to hang out at Carnival in New Orleans! With the extremely awesome sounding Claire! You job brings you the very best. Damn my current austerity drive, or you might find me in the next carriage. ;)

  • Ashley

    Hey Meg,
    The book tour must be a success! Amazon says there’s only 15 copies of your book left! Congrats!

    • meg

      It has been selling, which is super super super lovely!!!!

  • Claire

    It was lovely meeting you and Maddie and enjoying breakfast with you and my nieces was super cool. And a little surreal – how “Internet life” intersects with real life. Hope the rest of your stay in Nola is awesome!