Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, Book Signing Tour

Delia Owens has announced a book signing tour for Where The Crawdads Sing…From New York Times bestselling nature writer Delia Owens, this is the debut novel about an unforgettable young woman making her way alone in the wilds of North Carolina.

New York Times Bestseller for 27 weeks (so far)
#1 Hardcover Fiction
#1 Combined Print & E-Book Fiction
#1 Audio Fiction

A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick

“I can’t even express how much I love this book! I didn’t want this story to end!”–Reese Witherspoon

“Painfully beautiful.”–The New York Times Book Review

Signed Copies of Where The Crawdads Sing

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Book Tour Schedule

Friday, March 29, 2019
7:00 PM 8:30 PM
Coeur d’Alene Public Library Coeur d’Alene Public Library Community Room
702 E. Front
CDA, ID 83814
Doors will open at 6:15 pm, serving southern food, wine and beer for ticket purchasers. Talk, Q&A, Signing. Copies of Where the Crawdads Sing will be available from The Well-Read Moose. For more information, please visit the event page at Brown Paper Tickets

APR 18 7:00 PM
Thursday, April 18, 2019
7:00 PM 8:30 PM
Third Place Books (Lake Forest). Talk, Q&A, Signing. For more information, please visit: Event page at Third Place Books


Winnetka, IL
Saturday, April 20, 2019
2:30 PM 4:00 PM
The Book Stall. Talk, Q&A, Signing. For more information please visit the Event page at The Book Stall.


Madison, CT
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
7:00 PM
RJ Julia at The Country School (map)
SOLD OUT. Limited standing-room-only available on-site for first-come, first-serve guests. Talk, Q&A, Signing. The event is free but you must register to attend. Please note: This event will be held at The Country School and not the bookstore! To register and for more information, please visit: Event page at RJ Julia Booksellers


Washington D.C.
Sunday, April 28, 2019
5:00 PM 6:00 PM
Politics & Prose at The Wharf
Talk, Q&A, Signing. For more information, please visit: Event page at Politics & Prose at The Wharf


Houston, TX
Monday, April 29, 2019
7:00 PM 8:30 PM
Blue Willow Books at St. Thomas Presbyterian Church. Talk, Q&A, Signing. For tickets and more information, please visit: Event page at Blue Willow Books


Georgetown, TX
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
7:00 PM 8:30 PM
Lark & Owl
Talk, Q&A, Signing. Tickets will be available starting March 25th. For tickets and more information, please visit: Lark & Owl Booksellers website


Wednesday, May 1, 2019
7:00 PM 8:30 PM
Half Price Books Flagship.
Talk, Q&A, Signing. For tickets and more information, please visit: Event page at Brown Paper Tickets.


Thursday, May 2, 2019
7:00 PM 8:30 PM
Barnes & Noble at Stonebriar Center Mall. Talk, Q&A, Signing. For more information, please visit: Event page at Barnes & Noble.


Friday, May 3, 2019
6:00 PM 7:30 PM
The Charleston Library Society with Buxton Books. Talk, Q&A, Signing. For tickets and more information, please visit: Event page at Brown Paper Tickets.


Saturday, May 4, 2019
2:00 PM 4:00 PM
The Sandcastle at Kiawah Island with Buxton Books. Talk, Q&A, Signing. For tickets and more information, please visit: Event page at Eventbrite.


Monday, May 6, 2019
11:00 AM 3:00 PM
Litchfield Books at Pawleys Plantation.
Luncheon, Q&A, Signing

11:00 AM: Luncheon at at Pawleys Plantation
2:00 PM: Book Signing at Litchfield Books


Wednesday, May 8, 2019
6:00 PM 7:30 PM
Malaprop’s Bookstore. Talk, Q&A, Signing. For more information, please visit: Malaprop’s Bookstore


An Amazon Best Book of August 2018: Although this is Delia Owens’ first novel, she long ago distinguished herself as a gifted writer. In the mid-80s, Owens co-wrote with her husband Cry of the Kalahari, which was a best-selling, nonfictional account of traveling and researching Africa’s Kalahari Desert. One of the joys of that book was the Owens’ description of the natural world, and Where the Crawdads Sing is immersed in the natural world as well. The story is set in the 1950s and revolves around a young woman named Kya Clark, who is from extremely rural North Carolina. Known by others as the Marsh Girl, she lives alone in nature—but the draw of other people, and specifically love, brings her into contact with the greater world. This novel has a mystery at its core, but it can be read on a variety of levels. There is great nature writing; there is coming of age; and there is literature. Crawdads is a story lovingly told—one that takes its time in developing its characters and setting, and in developing the story. You’ll want to relax and take your time as well, and when you’re done you will want to talk about it with another reader. – Chris Schluep , Amazon Book Review



“A painfully beautiful first novel that is at once a murder mystery, a coming-of-age narrative and a celebration of nature….Owens here surveys the desolate marshlands of the North Carolina coast through the eyes of an abandoned child. And in her isolation that child makes us open our own eyes to the secret wonders—and dangers—of her private world.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Steeped in the rhythms and shadows of the coastal marshes of North Carolina’s Outer Banks, this fierce and hauntingly beautiful novel centers on…Kya’s heartbreaking story of learning to trust human connections, intertwine[d] with a gripping murder mystery, revealing savage truths. An astonishing debut.”—People

“This lush mystery is perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver.”—Bustle

“A lush debut novel, Owens delivers her mystery wrapped in gorgeous, lyrical prose. It’s clear she’s from this place—the land of the southern coasts, but also the emotional terrain—you can feel it in the pages. A magnificent achievement, ambitious, credible and very timely.”—Alexandra Fuller, New York Times bestselling author of Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight

“Heart-wrenching…A fresh exploration of isolation and nature from a female perspective along with a compelling love story.”—Entertainment Weekly

“This wonderful novel has a bit of everything—mystery, romance, and fascinating characters, all told in a story that takes place in North Carolina.”—Nicholas Sparks, New York Times bestselling author of Every Breath

“Delia Owen’s gorgeous novel is both a coming-of-age tale and an engrossing whodunit.”—Real Simple

“Evocative…Kya makes for an unforgettable heroine.”—Publishers Weekly

“The New Southern novel…A lyrical debut.”—Southern Living

“A nature-infused romance with a killer twist.”—Refinery29

“Both a coming-of-age story and a mysterious account of a murder investigation told from the perspective of a young girl…Through Kya’s story, Owens explores how isolation affects human behavior, and the deep effect that rejection can have on our lives.”—Vanity Fair

“Lyrical…Its appeal ris[es] from Kya’s deep connection to the place where makes her home, and to all of its creatures.”—Booklist

“This beautiful, evocative novel is likely to stay with you for many days afterward….absorbing.”—AARP

“Compelling, original…A mystery, a courtroom drama, a romance and a coming-of-age story, Where the Crawdads Sing is a moving, beautiful tale. Readers will remember Kya for a long, long time.”—ShelfAwareness

“With prose luminous as a low-country moon, Owens weaves a compelling tale of a forgotten girl in the unforgiving coastal marshes of North Carolina. It is a murder mystery/love story/courtroom drama that readers will love, but the novel delves so much deeper into the bone and sinew of our very nature, asking often unanswerable questions, old and intractable as the marsh itself. A stunning debut!”—Christopher Scotton, author of The Secret Wisdom of the Earth

“A compelling mystery with prose so luminous it can cut through the murkiest of pluff mud.”—Augusta Chronicle

“Carries the rhythm of an old time ballad. It is clear Owens knows this land intimately, from the black mud sucking at footsteps to the taste of saltwater and the cry of seagulls.”—David Joy, author of The Line That Held Us


Planning the Crawdads Movie


In LA with Reese Witherspoon planning the Crawdads movie!

I’m so grateful to Reese, Hello Sunshine, and Fox 2000 for their support of Where the Crawdads Sing.

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