If you’ve been wondering what Wired‘s Chris Anderson has been up to lately, he’s been running BookTour.com. It’s a free online directory of author events, which you can search by book, author, zip code or google earth maps. You can sign up to get updates when your favourite authors are in town, or you can request that they come to speak at your event. If you are an author or a publisher, you can enter your book’s ISBN and plan a book tour using TourBuilder, which generates itineraries based on past successes.
If you are looking for experts or potential onscreen talent you can check out author biographies, and make sure you get to meet them when they are next in your city. You can browse the authors who are currently touring by genre.
It mainly covers the USA at the moment, but there are one or two events listed in Canada. You can search using your zip code here.