Upcoming Tour Events
When we started this tour, in April 2013, the goal was to bring Peter S. Beagle and a gorgeous digital print of The Last Unicorn to as many people on the planet as we could. The plan included shows in all 50 states and at least 19 countries. By the end of May 2015 we’d successfully made it to 30 different American states and eight Canadian provinces, putting on nearly 300 screenings in 153 different cities, with Peter at every single event. Over 60,000 fans attended these shows, and 10,000-plus signed up as free tour members.
And that, sad to say, is where Version 1 of the tour has to call it quits.
In June 2015 it became clear that Peter was having memory problems that needed medical attention, so we immediately stopped booking new shows and canceled his personal appearances at the summer screenings already announced in Germany and Austria. As of this writing his doctors still don’t know the exact cause of the problem, but it has become clear that Peter isn’t up to the demands of a heavy public schedule.
So all previous plans are off. After some reorganizing, Version 2 of the screening tour will go on…but without Peter in person at the shows.
The downside of this is obvious: fans won’t be able to meet Peter or get stuff signed at the screenings.
The upside is also obvious: if we aren’t limited to showing in one theater at a time, the screening tour can go to many more places and get there a lot sooner than before.
…so that’s exactly what we’re doing. But it’s going to take time to put a whole new worldwide screening plan together and implement it. Please bear with us while we do!
WHERE WE’VE BEEN SO FAR
Buena Park, CA
Calgary, Alberta [CANADA]
Carson City, NV
Coquitlam, British Columbia [CANADA]
Dodge City, KS
Edmonton, Alberta [CANADA]
El Paso, TX
Fort Collins, CO
Fort Worth, TX
Gloucester, Ontario [CANADA]
Grants Pass, OR
Great Falls, MT
Green Bay, WI
Halifax, Nova Scotia [CANADA]
Hamilton, Ontario [CANADA]
Idaho Falls, ID
Kamloops, British Columbia [CANADA]
Kansas City, MO
Kingston, Ontario [CANADA]
Klamath Falls, OR
Lake Havasu City, AZ
Langley, British Columbia [CANADA]
Las Cruces/Mesilla, NM
Las Vegas, NV
Lethbridge, Alberta [CANADA]
London, Ontario [CANADA]
Long Beach, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Los Gatos, CA
Montreal, Quebec [CANADA]
New York, NY
Newport Beach, CA
North Hollywood, CA
Oklahoma City, OK
Orland Park , IL
Ottawa, Ontario [CANADA]
Pacific Grove, CA
Red Deer, Alberta [CANADA]
Regina, Saskatchewan [CANADA]
Richmond, British Columbia [CANADA]
Rio Rancho, NM
Saint John, New Brunswick [CANADA]
San Antonio, TX
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
Santa Ana, CA
Santa Cruz, CA
Santa Fe, NM
Santa Rosa, CA
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan [CANADA]
Sherwood Park, Alberta [CANADA]
Silver Spring, MD
South Dennis, MA
South Hadley, MA
South Jordan, UT
South Portland, ME
St. George, UT
St. Johnsbury, VT
Sudbury, Ontario [CANADA]
Thunder Bay, Ontario [CANADA]
Toronto, Ontario [CANADA]
Vancouver, British Columbia [CANADA]
Victoria, British Columbia [CANADA]
West Los Angeles, CA
Winnipeg, Manitoba [CANADA]
Recent Tour News
OFFICIAL TOUR HARDCOVER EDITION OF THE LAST UNICORN GOES TO PRESS THIS MONTH, AUGUST 2015
New Tour Hardcover, jacket design by Marcus & Sandie Almaraz.
This month the official Worldwide Screening Tour hardcover edition of THE LAST UNICORN goes to press, with copies scheduled to ship around the beginning of October. Contents include the complete text of The Last Unicorn, a huge interview with Peter S. Beagle by Austin journalist Amy Gentry, a wild-and-crazy eyewitness diary of the tour’s first road trip by Rone Barton, a backstage history of the tour by producer Connor Cochran, and several other goodies. This is a special collector’s edition with extra-high-quality binding, and an incredible dust jacket design by Marcus and Sandie Almaraz (Marcus designed the movie posters for The Dark Knight, Brokeback Mountain, and lots of other classic films).
This is the first hardcover of The Last Unicorn since 2007. List price of this special edition is $40, but the pre-publication price for Screening Tour members is only $20 plus shipping. Your copies will be specially-marked with the location and date of the Screening Tour events you attended. After publication, the tour member price will go up to $30 plus shipping.
The advance purchase price for non-members is $30 plus shipping, and after publication it will go up to full list price.
At this time there is no way to place an order online, though we are working on it. In the meantime, to make a purchase all you have to do is email firstname.lastname@example.org, say how many copies you want, and include your phone number so a staffer can call you back to get your details.
SOME THINGS YOU JUST HAVE TO DO
Peter and Lula in Boise.
While we were in Seattle in November 2013 we got a special request from a mother in Boise, Idaho, who hoped we could bring the tour there before her terminally-ill 10 year-old daughter died. The girl’s name was Lula Coe, and the message from her mom said that The Last Unicorn had been Lula’s go-to film for comfort during her many long hours of chemo treatment. We immediately got in touch and made plans to add a Boise show in January.
Two days later Lula was hospitalized for an emergency procedure that she barely survived. Before that her doctors had said she had at least 6-7 months. Now it was anyone’s guess. Luckily, our next day had been scheduled as a break between our Eugene and Portland screenings. We scrapped that idea and, after finishing in Eugene, drove all night to Boise instead. We got there around dawn. That afternoon we put on a special screening for Lula, her family, and their supporters, and convened afterward at a local bookstore so Peter could do a reading and meet with folks before spending the rest of the evening with Lula. Special thanks to the Edwards Cinema 22 for lending us a free movie screen on barely 24 hours notice, and to Rediscovered Books for throwing a terrific full-blown author event just 18 hours after being called out of the blue.
What we saw and felt in Boise was amazing. We’re never going to forget Lula, her family, or any of the people who came together to make this happen.
Lula passed away on February 24th, 2014. Before she died she worked out all the details of her memorial service in advance with her parents, so people would know how she wanted it to be:
We are having an evening service because Lu’s made plans for you peoples. Also, there is a strict dress code:
No one is to wear black.
Brightest colors possible, please, though Lula is less approving of pink than yellow, orange, green, blue, and purple.
If you are wearing a tie, she prefers bowties.
Fairy wings are greatly encouraged.
Sparkles will be welcomed. In fact, if you don’t have any, you might be “given” some at the door.
Things mismatched are things to be celebrated.
True to form, she asked that people remember her by donating to help her 10 year-old friend Gideon Perkins, who is suffering from a still-undiagnosed lung disease. Peter, Connor, and the tour are all sending money and hope you will honor Lula’s request by doing so as well. Here’s the donation link: http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/help-gideon-fight-chronic-lung-disease/111183
Lula Coe, 2003-2014. You will be missed.