Announcing The Four Tendencies Book Tour! Hope to See You Along the Way.

I’m gearing up for my book tour for The Four Tendencies! I can’t wait.

Some writers don’t enjoy traveling or speaking, but I really enjoy it. I love connecting in person to book and blog readers as well as Happier listeners.

I wish I could go to every city, but because of the time and money involved, I can only visit a handful. I try to mix it up, too — to try to visit new cities with every tour.

I’ve been doing book tours for many years now, and one difference is that nowadays, most events are ticketed; ticketing helps event-planners and booksellers, because they know how many people to expect. So, if you’re planning to come to an event, I suggest buying your tickets soon, because many of these venues may sell out.

Standing room only! Starting soon. #betterthanbefore

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One of my favorite things about events is the chance to do question-and-answer with the audience. I love q-and-a. In fact, a major inspiration for my writing The Four Tendencies came from audience q-and-a. For my book talk for Better Than Before, I packed in all the material that I thought was the most surprising, interesting, and useful from the book — but 90% of people’s questions were about the Four Tendencies. People only wanted to talk about the Tendencies! So I realized that people wanted to learn more, and that I had a lot more to say.

One new fun feature of this tour is that three of the events are with brilliant fellow writers. It will be great to sit down for a conversation with…


If there’s an event in your city, I hope to see you there! Please come, bring your friends.

If there’s no event in your city, you can…

1. Request a signed book plate 

2. Join me on a Facebook live broadcast and ask your burning question there

3. Join me for a live chat in my free app, Better, (the next one is Monday, June 17)


Boston, MA / Sept 12

Q&A moderated by Melissa Hartwig. Signing to follow.
Hosted by Harvard Bookstore.
Location: Brattle Theater, 40 Brattle Street Cambridge, MA 02138
*Tickets required. Details here.
Date: September 12, 2017 06:30 pm

New York, NY / Sept 13

Talk/Q&A/Book signing at www.Open
Location: Marble Collegiate Church, 1 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001, (at 5th Ave)
*Ticketed event (price includes a copy of the book, The Four Tendencies)
Date: September 13, 2017 07:00 pm

Dallas, TX / Sept 14

Authors Live! at Highland Park United Methodist Church.Location: 3300 Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, TX 75205
Program, Q&A, Book Signing.
The 7pm event is free and open to the public. The 6pm pre-reception is a ticketed event that includes a copy of the book.
Date: September 14, 2017 07:00 pm

North Richland Hills, TX / Sept 15

Talk/Q&A/Signing @ North Richland Hills Library,
9015 Grand Avenue, North Richland Hills, TX12:00pm reception;  1:00pm event open to the public
*Ticketed lunch event. Details here.
Date: September 15, 2017 01:00 pm

Claremont, CA / Sept 19

Luncheon at Claremont Graduate University.
Location: Claremont University
*Ticketed events. Details coming soon.
Date: September 19, 2017 01:00 pm

Santa Monica, CA / Sept 19

LIVE Talks LA at The Moss Theater
3131 Olympic Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90404
*Tickets required. Details here.
Date: September 19, 2017 08:00 pm

Rancho Santa Fe, CA / Sept 20

Luncheon hosted by Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild
*This is a ticketed event. Details here.
Date: September 20 2017 12:00 pm

San Diego, CA / Sept 20

Talk/Q&A/Signing, Hosted by Warwick’s at USD
Location: USD, Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Theater
5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110
*Ticketed event. Details here.
Date: September 20 2017 07:00 pm

San Francisco, CA / Sept 21

Q&A moderated by Kim Malone Scott
Location: Books Inc in Opera Plaza. 601 Van Ness, San Francisco, CA 94102
*Ticketed event. Details here.
Date: September 21, 2017 07:00 pm

Washington, D.C. / Sept 26

Gretchen Rubin in Conversation with Chris Guillebeau, hosted by Politics & Prose.
Location:  Sidwell Friends Meeting House. 3825 Wisconsin Ave. NW,  Washington, D.C.
*This will be a ticketed event. Details here.
Date: September 26, 2017 07:00 pm

Los Angeles, CA / October 18

Werk It Podcast Festival.
*Ticketed event. Details here.
Date: October 04 2017

Louisville, KY

Details TBA.
Date: October 18, 2017



Indianapolis, IN / Nov 7

Keynote at Indiana Conference for Women.
*Ticketed event. Details here.
Date: November 07, 2017

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  • Darlene

    My youngest son graduated from USD – you’ll love the beautiful campus!

  • Michelle

    Would love it if you’d come to Canada!

    • gretchenrubin

      I love Canada! I hope to visit again soon.

  • Sharon

    Bummed because I will be in Montana all the dates you will be in the San Diego area where I live! Glad you will be visiting our beautiful city though!

    • gretchenrubin

      Sorry to miss the chance to see you! Next time.

  • Thank you – got my ticket… see you in San Francisco!

    • gretchenrubin

      Terrific! see you soon!

  • Lisa Zahn

    Why doesn’t it surprise me that Melissa Hartwig is an Upholder? Gah! She’s all about the rules. Which I love in the Whole30, but as a Rebel, I’m afraid as it gets more mainstream I’ll lose all interest in it…Still, it heals me every time I do one.

    I wish you were coming to Minnesota!

  • OH MY GOODNESS! This PERFECTLY coincides with my roadtrip through the US! See you Claremont Gretchen!

  • Maureen Quaid

    When do you expect details of your Claremont CA stop to be available?