event announcement (UPDATE)



BEST-SELLING AUTHORS STEPHEN KING, JOHN GRISHAM AND TESS GERRITSEN  HEADLINE FUNDRAISER FOR TOM ALLEN Best-selling authors Stephen King, John Grisham and Tess Gerritsen will headline a special fundraising event for the U.S. Senate campaign of Congressman Tom Allen in Bangor on Saturday, June 7. The authors will each do a reading from their recent works and talk about the importance of Allen’s candidacy for the Senate. King is a resident of Bangor. Gerritsen resides in Camden.  “I don’t often get involved in politics, but I believe there is a great deal at stake in this year’s election,” King said. “Tess, John and I believe that we need change in America. What has happened to our country in the last eight years is downright scary – and believe me, I know scary.” Allen’s vote against the war in Iraq, his support for the middle class, energy independence and affordable health care are all reasons King supports his candidacy for the U.S. Senate. “Electing Tom Allen to the U.S. Senate is an important step towards change for our country, and we are proud to support him,” he said.  General admission tickets are $25 for the 7 p.m. event at Bangor Auditorium, Bass Park Complex, located at 100 Dutton St. Doors will open at 6 p.m.  Proceeds Benefit the Tom Allen for Senate campaign and are not tax deductible. For more information, contact the Allen for Senate campaign at 207-774-9696 or visit the campaign web site at http://www.tomallen.org/free_details.asp?id=102  For more information, contact the Allen for Senate campaign at 207-774-9696 or visit the campaign web site at .   

34 replies
  1. Abe
    Abe says:

    Hi Tess,

    I know you have alot on your plate, but have you really ever thought of running for some political office? Maybe a congresswoman or city controller? After years of reading your blog, you make more sense than any of those knuckleheads out there. Just a thought!
    I will visit the website above and probably make a contribution. Maybe I’ll get a fund raiser going with the help of your fan club.
    Have a great time.

  2. Dan Williams
    Dan Williams says:

    Perfect, Tess, perfect. See, you are a good person! And everybody will feel that. Everybody. So just go forward a bit at a time and the tempest will pass as it always does, and your talent will shine as it should, bringing light to the reading public who adore you.

    Every single person in the public eye goes through this at one time or another. When Tiger Woods was starting out, he said one time, “I didn’t have my A-game, today,” and you would have thought that was the most heinous statement any human being could have made, considering the outcry. He stopped saying it and went on. Simple. Hard, but simple.

    Your blog is a must-read. You must go on with it so those who want to destroy you (and we all have such persons in our life) won’t be able to. You can’t please everybody, but the use of your talent for good will affect everybody and bring them over to your side eventually.



  3. JerseyGuy
    JerseyGuy says:

    What Dan said. You have an immense amount to contribute. Don’t let a few small minds repress that. I have been involved in only one thread at Dear Author, the one about how Karin Slaughter “let down” her faithful readers. My impression from that single thread are that those are folks whom you don’t want to affect your life. Keep at it, Tess, pretty please. ,)


  4. GerritsenFever10
    GerritsenFever10 says:

    I would be insanely nervous to meet Stephen King…it’s like he could write you into Hell if he wanted to haha but then again I’d be nervous meeting any author I like…It’s like star struck but for authors….author struck? maybe…

  5. Ann Woodburn
    Ann Woodburn says:

    Way to go Tess. Three people I’d love to meet. If I didn’t have a St Bernard who can’t walk and needs me for bathroom visits etc. so I can’t travel at the minute I might fly in for the event. So glad you’re back.

  6. Anne Germain
    Anne Germain says:

    Excellent post in which you say a lot without actually saying anything yourself. Excellent and exactly at the right time.

  7. Kyle K.
    Kyle K. says:

    I actually saw Steve with JK Rowling and John Irving in NYC two years ago and it was AMAZING. I had actually never heard of John, but I bought and really enjoyed A Prayer For Owen Meany after hearing him read from it (of course I had heard of and read Steve and Jo!).

    This time I would have read all of you! But, I don’t think I could make it to Maine. Darn… Sounds like a really cool event!

    Good luck!

  8. childofthewilderness
    childofthewilderness says:

    hey this is irrelevant but, if it’s still the 23rd over in the US, happy world book day (:

  9. john lovell
    john lovell says:

    Have you decided what you’ll be reading at the Tom Allen fundraiser? Any chance you’ll be wearing a Conehead hat?

  10. Tess
    Tess says:

    I am a huge fan of both King and Grisham, so I’m really excited about this. And if I could sell 1/100th of the numbers of books they sell, I’d be thrilled.

  11. Abe
    Abe says:

    Hi Tess,

    But I’ll bet King nor Grisham can handle a scalpel with precise accuracy like you can………..

  12. Mikal
    Mikal says:

    I’m gone for several days without internet connection and this is what happens? Oh, say it isn’t so!

    I hope you *never* give up writing and that you reconsider your decision to stop blogging. It’s been a real treat to catch a glimpse of the “real” working world of authors, publishers, and things book-related. It has been wonderful reading your blog for the past several years..!

    Best of luck to you, Ms. Gerritsen!

  13. april
    april says:

    Oh, how I wish I was in Maine now and not only in the summer. I don’t care what the rest of the world thinks, New Englanders do know their politics and it’s not an elitist position at all. Good luck at the fundraiser! May it be successful!

  14. Abe
    Abe says:

    I don’t know about anyone else out there (all of you, probably), but I miss Tess and her blog. A dark cloud hangs over the Metropolis. Tess, you’ll just have to email each one of us personally, and give us updates on your upcoming book. Like I’ve said before, Tess, we’re behind you 100% in your decision.
    Take care and many thanks for your kindness and constant devotion to your fans.

  15. therese
    therese says:

    Dear Tess,
    I’m with Abe, April, Mikal and everyone!

    I searched through so many author blogs and other writer sites for so long and finally narrowed down to the ones that were informative, delightful and really portrayed the career path of an author in this wacky business called publishing.

    I’m willing to grant you some time to regroup but will continue to check your blog – for the day you are ready to return to the fray. Elizabeth Boyle is one of my five fav blogs and you are one of the others. When I told her that, she was thrilled to be in your category, at least in my eyes.

    I believe writing is a journey and every bump and switchback on the road has the potential to skirt the edge of the cliff into disaster, which is the tension we put into our stories. So like the heroic journeys your characters take between the covers of your books, I’m going to expect you will also return victorious to this blog, and grant your readers the elixir from the gods of storytellers.

    Until then, happy writing!

  16. GerritsenFever10
    GerritsenFever10 says:

    Tess probably has still been blogging just on like a Word document and saving each one waiting to put them up…that’s my theory anyway. Either that or finishing up some touches on her book. Anyway she needs to come back!!! Or like another poster mentioned email all of us individually haha….better to have a blog in my opinion.

  17. Tony Joaquin
    Tony Joaquin says:

    Bravo Tess, and I am among the faithful readers of your books and admirer of the author.
    Never let flack get you down, including the emtpyheaded so called writers or readers.

    Just keep on doing what you feel is right..and I feel you have done and will be doing the right things.

    Excellent writing, Tess. Do continue…and time will heal things as well as set the record straight in the final analysis.


  18. Dan Williams
    Dan Williams says:

    Like everybody else, Tess, I’m looking forward to your next blog. It’s time to blog again.

    Are the flowers all out in your town? The tulips and daffodils? Any local flowers know only to local people? Is your lawn all green? Are the leaves on the trees? Up here in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, it’s finally spring. But when it rains, it’s just cold and raw and you’d think you were in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean in a perfect storm. But at least the tuplips are opening.

    Anyway, write soon!

  19. Dan Williams
    Dan Williams says:

    Hey Tess, whatcha doing?

    Have you been doing more work on your Egyptian novel? How’s it going? When’s it coming out? Are you going to treat yourself to a nice book-launch party?

    Seen any good movies lately? 🙂
    I’ve borrowed the DVD of PRIME SUSPECT 2, starring Helen Mirren, and I can’t wait to see it. Do you watch any particular murder mystery shows?

    Anyway, hope you have a great L.A. day in the wilds of Maine, and I hope I do too in the even wilder environs of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

    Write soon!

  20. Dan Williams
    Dan Williams says:

    Hi Tess,

    Has it been as humid in Maine as it’s been here in Guelph, Ontario? You just step outside and the sweat begins. But at least the second wave of blooming flowers is taking over from the first wave, led by the tulips. On Sunday, I saw a nice poppy starting to open its leaves.

    Anyway, I was interested to see that Hilary Clinton set off a mini-firestorm by her reference to RFK. See, it happens to everybody, but it blows over so fast nobody ever thinks about it again. The priest here in Guelph wrote a litte encouraging piece in the bulletin this week: “The turtle only makes progress when he sticks his neck out.” So when’s your next blog?


  21. Abe
    Abe says:

    I hate being “Tess-less”
    It’s like the sun doesn’t come out anymore.
    Who else is with me?

  22. bettea
    bettea says:

    Hi Tess,
    Im another newby who is very disapointed that you have stopped writing your Blog.
    Being a HUGE fan of your books and blog, you have also introduced me to many great authors and blogs, J A Konrath, Patry Francis and many more.
    Also forgive me if im wrong, isnt it your Birthday today June 12? If so have a fantastic Birthday

  23. Dan Williams
    Dan Williams says:

    Abe is right. We need a “draft Tess” movement to swell up from the grass roots and get this blog up and running again. Come on, Tess.

  24. jkzy
    jkzy says:

    Dear Tess,
    I am Singaporean and a medical student now. I just read The Sinner’s. And I felt it was really good. It’s the hols w/o the textbooks, and ur books really enjoyable. Thanks a lot! I really love your writing.

  25. T
    T says:

    Tess, I had trouble signing into your blog for ages and couldn’t comment. Wanted to say that I miss reading your insightful thoughts about the writing life. You always keep it real, and that’s what counts.

  26. Cebs
    Cebs says:

    I just grabbed a random book out of the huge pile of books my grandmother gave me, in case I got bored. Normally I don’t really take the time to read. I’m only halfway ‘the Surgeon’ yet, but you already have another fan. I’m definitely going to buy more of your books. (Sorry for my shitty english :P)

  27. wy82331
    wy82331 says:

    Hi Tess,
    I am not a regular on your blog but I do drop in now and then to see what you are doing. Your quite a busy lady. History? Many don’t have a clue about the Romans in England. I see you have a new book coming soon??
    My point here is I once heard someone, you, mention the ” Big Boys”. Well if this fund raiser didn’t show you that you belong what will?

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