Preview of my episode on Discovery Science and my tour schedule

It's very weird seeing myself on television. Here's a link to the episode of Ingenious Minds that profiles me on Discovery Science next week. My friend Bob Jeffway talks about how I was . . .

Meanwhile, the release of Be Different draws closer every day. Here's a link to the wonderful trailer that Alex Plank made for the folks at Crown, Random House Canada, and Random House Australia.

I am about to embark on the most extensive speaking tour ever. It's exciting but also stressful and kind of scary. I'll be on the road for six week this March, April, and May, and again in September. I sure hope to see some of you at my stops on the road. Here's what I have so far, for 2011:

Remember my latest schedule is available at and on the website

March 05, 2011, Lenox, MA
I will be teaching my Asperger Mind course at the College Internship Program in Lee. This is a regular one-credit graduate course, which you can also audit or take for professional development credit. Register on the Elms College website; call the college or CIP for more details.

March 22, 2011, EVERYWHERE Be Different goes on sale! Order your copy now for delivery on the first day!

Mar 22, 2011, Atlanta, GA
I'll be appearing at ASA Georgia's 2011 conference at the Gwinnett Convention Center in Duluth, GA. Advance registration required . . . see conference website for details

Mar 23, Hartford, CT
I will be the keynote speaker for the Annual Professional Development Conference of the Connecticut Association of Private Special Education Facilities. This will be at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Connecticut. Registration required.

Mar 24, Washington, DC
I will be speaking at the National Institute for Children's Health. All NIH employees are welcome, but this is not a public event.
For more information or reservations, contact Alice Kau, Ph.D. at The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Branch, Center for Developmental Biology and Perinatal Medicine at 301 496 1383 or by email:

Mar 27 (afternoon), 2011, Iselin, NJ
I'll be the keynote speaker for ASPEN's annual conference at the Hilton Woodbridge. For more information see ASPEN - Asperger Syndrome Education Network at All are welcome but registration is required and there is a fee to attend the conference

Mar 28 (evening), 2011 New York, NY
Join Michael John Carley and GRASP for an intimate evening fundraiser. Regiatration required; contact GRASP for details. Both Look Me in the Eye and Be Different will be available and I'll have time to speak to guests.

Mar 28, 2011 New York, NY
Join me at 7PM, at B&N Tribeca, 97 Warren St., New York, NY 10007. This free public event will include a Reading/Talk/Q&A/Signing.

Mar 31, 2011 Framingham, MA
Join me at Barnes & Noble on Route 9 in Framingham for a free event at 7PM

Saturday, April 28, 2011, 7:00 PM, Chicopee, MA
Join me at Elms College for a Q&A and discussion . . . This is a free event; Public welcome; Odyssey Bookstore will be there with books. I'll be in the Veritas Auditorium, 291 Springfield Street in Chicopee.
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Sunday, April 3, 2011, Northampton, MA
Join me at 1:45PM at Stoddard Hall, Smith College for a Q&A and discussion . . . Public welcome; Broadside will be there with books

Events contact: Roxie Mack/Bill at Broadside

Tuesday, April 5, 2011, Washington, DC
Join me at Ivymount School. Ivymount is home to the renowned Model Asperger Program for kids like me. They are producing one of the teaching guides for Be Different

I'll be speaking at a free public fundraiser at Ivymount School Auditorium, 11614 Seven Locks Rd in Rockville. Politics & Prose has Co-Sponsored the event with Ivymount. They will be there with books.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011, Houston, TX
Join me at 7PM at Barnes and Noble's River Oaks store for a talk and Q&A. I'll be there with folks from Monarch School. . . . Public welcome; Address is B&N River Oaks, 2030 W. Gray Street, Houston

Thursday, April 7, 2011, 6PM on Vermont radio, also streamed online
Join host Ann Barbano and I for THE NEXT FRONTIER, the first Vermont autism, disabilities and diagnosis radio program WOMM-LP 105.9 FM Burlington. Call in to (802) 861-WOMM (861-9666)
On ITUNES under eclectic radio WOMM

April 9, 2011, Nashville, TN
Join Dena Gassner and I at the Center for Understanding conference. 9AM to 2PM (several programs) at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3900 West End. Ave. in Nashville. Landmark will be there with books.

April 11, 2011, Toronto, ON
Join me at 7:00 PM at the Royal Ontario Museum where I'll talk about Being Different. Sponsored by Random House Canada and Autism Speaks Canada. Tickets required. I'll be signing copies of both books.

April 12, 2011, Philadelphia, PA
I'll be speaking at 11:45AM as part of a diversity and autism awareness program at The Kinney Center at Saint Joseph's University. Admission is free and open to the public.

April 13, 2011, Boulder, CO
I'll be visiting the Google Boulder crew and recording a talk for the Authors@Google program. This is a private event but you'll see it online shortly.

April 13, 2011, Boulder, CO
Join me at 7:30PM at Boulder Bookstore, 1107 Pearl Street.

April 14, 2011, Denver, CO
Join me at 7:30PM at Tattered Cover's Colfax store, 2526 East Colfax at Elizabeth Street

April 16, 2011, Burlington, MA
Join me at 2PM, Saturday afternoon for Educator Appreciation Weekend at the big Barnes and Noble store, 98 Middlesex Turnpike, across from the Burlington Mall. I'll be discussing Asperger's, autism, and education, while signing copies of Look Me in the Eye and Be Different. Free, open to the public, and refreshments are available in the cafe. Remember, Barnes and Noble sells all my books on the Nook as well as in print and CD audio.

April 19, 2011, San Francisco, CA
Join me at 7PM for a free public event at Books Inc.- Opera Plaza in San Francisco.
For more information, contact Margie Scott-Tucker 415-643-3400 x11

April 20, 2011, Portland,OR
Join me Wednesday at 7:30 at Powell’s- 1005 W Burnside in downtown Portland

April 21, 2011, Seattle, WA
Join me at 7PM at Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE in Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
For more information contact Wendy Manning; 206-366-3316 or

April 26, 2011, Madison, CT
Join me for a 7PM free public event at RJ Julia of Madison. I'll be signing copies of Look Me in the Eye and Be Different, and telling stories of life as a free-range Aspergian.

April 30, 2011, Dothan, AL
I will be speaking in my Uncle Bob's home town; at Wallace College, at the Spectrum Center for Autism

May 12-14, 2011, San Diego, CA
I will be attending IMFAR 2011 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. Advance registration is required.

May 17, 2011 everywhere
My mother's memoir, The Long Journey Home, goes on sale. Join my mother and me at 7PM at the Odyssey Bookstore, Village Commons, South Hadley, MA for a discussion and signing.

May 18, 2011 Mass General Hospital, MA
Join me for a night at Mass General YouthCare. For this event I will be accompanied by Cubby and Alex, my own Aspergian youths.

May 26, 2011 Chicago, IL
I'll be giving the 1PM EBCALA legal issues keynote talk at Autism One, followed by a breakout session, book signing, and Q&A. Autism One and EBCALA Conference registration required.

Aug 25-Sept 15, 2011, Australia
Stay tuned for dates and locations. Check back here or with Random House Australia

Oct 11, 2011, Kent State, OH
I just agreed to join the Tuscarawas County Literacy Coalition for their annual One Book One Community event in Kent State University in Ohio. Save the date . . .


Stimey said…
I'll be at Ivymount. Can't wait to read your new book!
Hi, John - I was so excited when I saw that you were going to be profiled on the science channel. I recorded the series. The first two segments were absolutely fascinating! Can't wait to see yours too.
jgueths said…
Johm, I just finished your book, Look Me in the Eye. I thoroughly enjoyed every word. Thank you!
I am a middle school teacher. I teach self-contained students. Yes, some of my students are struggling young adults with Aspergers,Autism, and a variety of other diagnosis. Today, I handed your book over to one of my students. I know he will connect with your stuggle of learning to communicate - an others learning to communicate back.
I just wanted to reach out to you and say, "Thank You! Thank YOU!"
Ms Gueths
mjncad said…

I saw your episode on the Science Channel's 'Ingenious Minds' and although I don't have anywhere near your technical genius, I was able to relate to everything you've experienced being a social outcast who is more comfortable with technology than people.

The symptoms of Asperger's described in the show echo a lot of the symptoms I have. I'm also being treated for chronic depression and had to give up being a piping/mechanical designer and CAD programmer/manager as a result of whatever it is I have. At my next doctor's appointment, I'm going to bring up Asperger's again and the TMS therapy is intriguing. I like the fact that it appears more selective in its approach than old fashioned electro-shock treatments with its sledgehammer philosophy.

For what it's worth, I'm a few months older than you and congratulations on your success.

Holly Figueroa said…

I just reviewed your tour schedule, and was saddened to see that you were in Seattle (my hometown) late last month. My 7 year old son (who also has Aspergers) is a huge fan of yours. I have known he was on the spectrum since he was 16 months old, and could read the NY Times, but also had trouble looking people in the eye, making friends, and was hyper focused on one thing for many years. (the solar system, and the elements. At four, he would say, "Mom, I just do not think you understand how intertwined these worlds are!" He was administered an IQ test, and they ran out of test for him, which puts him into the profoundly gifted arena, but being gifted does not mean much if you cannot share what you know and like with age peers or intellectual peers, because you are social unable to do so. I am a private music instructor, and I mainly take on students who are 2e (mostly gifted and on the spectrum). It is so important for my son and my students to see role models like you and Temple Grandin who can impress upon these kids that gets better, with a lot of hard work. Thank you for your books (my son and I read them both...I screened them for content before letting him read appropriate passages of your first book, but your second book has really been inspiring for him.) and for your segment on the Discover Channel. Thank you so much for your bravery and diligence. My son's generation needs your legacy to keep them going.

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