Saving the BEST for LAST

Chapter 2     Listener may be a Minnesota story but despite recent political divergence of the two states, Wisconsin in winter could easily be the setting for Tatty Langille’s adventure north. So, a foray into Wisconsin seemed logical and Hudson is right there, just a river away.

Chapter 2 Books in Hudson, Wisconsin proved to be a great venue for us.photo_2[1]  Brian challenged us. I hope we measured up, if not in style, then in enthusiasm and sisu (don’t know that Finnish word? Read Listener).

It was a beautiful summer day in September. Perhaps that was what drew me to “put out the word” around town by popping into stores asking, “Have you seen the author?” or “Raise your hand if you’re the author.” It worked too. Two readers, both from the shop upstairs, wanted Listener.

But Brian had done his work already.  A trio of readers including two membersHudson Group of a reading group in town came to the reading and took away the enthusiasm for the book.  Haven’t heard since, but that is nothing new. When was the last time you mailed an author to tell him how much you loved his book?

Well, at least, keep authors and BOOKSTORES in your prayers if not your cards and letters. Incidentally, sales at Indie Bookstores are UP, not down as the electron-people have predicted, and someone whose business starts with “A” is rumored to be opening a ‘brick and mortar’ store soon – its first one.

Chapter 2 Books in Hudson has a jump on “A”. Come on down to visit. photo_1[1]

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Farewell, Minnesota, and Thanks:

DSCN7713DSCN7760DSCN7715DSCN7730ANNIE, NEIL, CAROL, MARYLENE, NICK, STEWART, GARY, BONNIE, VINCE, THAI, DEB, KENT, ANDY, BLAKE, LAURA, TRAVIS, Barnes & Noble, ANN, HARRY, CRAIG, DAVEY ‘S NIECE, DAVEY, CHARLIE’S NEPHEW, Bookstore at Fitger’s, EMILY, PAGE, MARY, SALLY, DSCN7727MARY’S SISTER, DONNA, CHARLIN, Village Bookstore, LOREN, CHAS, BUD, HOLLY, BEADY, KIVI, CRAIG, CATHERING, GARY, LARRY, BRUCE, MIKE, Buffalo Books, MACY, LOREN, DEB, SUSI, DEBBIE, CAREY, DOTTIE, The Valley Bookseller, THE BIRDS, JILL, BJORK, MARE, QUENTIN, THE GABOR FAMILY, KATHY, MARY ANN, Chapter 2 Books, BRIAN, THREE SISITER-READERS, VINCE, GARY , BONNIE, DAVID, DEB, JIM,DSCN7717DSCN7761DSCN7755DSCN7749Subtext Books, DAVID, DEB, BONNIE, VINCE, VANCE, TRICIA, Saint Paul Pioneer Press, JIM, MICHAEL, “SAM,” SEAMUS, MARK, Minnesota History Center, MARY, PAUL, THE GARRISON FISH, Book World – Baxter, LANNELL, LIZ, The Snow Storm of the Century (1940), SALLY, Beagle Books, JENNIFER, MIKE, MATTHEW, SELLY, TIM, BILL, Barnes and Noble – Roseville, PHILLIP, JANET, KELLY, KEVIN, PETE, SHIRLEY, Eat My Words, DON, JOHN, PAUL,
DSCN7709DSCN7669DSCN7659DSCN7622JAHN-JOHN, LARA, An Open Book, MICHELLE, KRISTEN, GILLETTE, JENNY, MICHAEL, MOM, GEORGE, DIANE, JANET, ED, DAVID, Cherry Street Books, KATHLEEN, BRUCE, WILLIAM, MARTY, VIOLET’s MOM, DOC, CHRISTINE, MARGIE, KATE, JEFF, KAREN, The Town of Berta, Book World-Detroit Lakes, JIM,VICKI, CARLA, NANCY, ANGELA, the Laker Marching Band & Homecoming Royalty, BETTY, PAUL, Winona Radio, CRYSTAL, SHELLY, Paperbacks & Pieces, LIZ, ROBERT, BARBARA, Bookworld-Albert Lea, SHARON, NICOLE, COUPLES MARRIED IN
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Snowstorm of the Century (Halloween 1991)
, MATT, MICHELLE, RAMON, MARILYN, ROL, DALE, KURT, MARK, BRENNA, GG, ANDREA, TED, LINDA, PAT, LEANN, GLORIA, MATT, MOLLY, TERRYDSCN7783 and a hundred others who bought LISTENER IN THE SNOW, and the many librarians, announcers, news men and women, relatives, old friends, and new friends that helped along the way. 

Good-bye, ciao, farewell, moi moi, naadan, au voir, vaya con dios. I carry you away with me and leave a little of me behind.

UNTIL NEXT TIME

UNTIL NEXT TIME

Revisit to Book World

In Bemidji’s far flung string of stores,  DSCN7539 Book World is a beacon for readers. The store traffic astounded me, and LISTENER nearly went viral (didn’t bring enough copies, that was for sure!)
DSCN7542 Erin greeted me and set the day in motion with her picks (top shelf by the register).  She is an eclectic reader and a writer too. With her, it’s all about – DSCN7540
For the record, I was kept too busy to take many pictures.  I drove through darkening skies and rain to a Cloquet wedding.  Poor me, but lucky readers who will brave the snowstorm of the century in an arm chair.

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Thanks readers, manager Stephen, Erin and the good folks in Bemidji.

The NEXT TO LAST – Again! BEAGLE BOOKS!!!!

The fast marching Ceasar never apologized, but I have to say MEA CULPA. 

I’ve been thinking of DSCN7530 Beagle Books in Park Rapids, Minnesota, and of Jennifer and Sally, sister booksellers (Jennifer is a bookbinder as well), but in the rush over river and dale I LEFT MY POST BEHIND. And Beagle was not only successful – certainly the very best of the INDIEs – but a fun place to be.

Never mind that I did a 20 hour circle tour from the Cities and back. I AM SORRY.  Here’s the scoop:

Park Rapids is vibrant. Beagle books is part and parcel of that bright spot.  Half a block off the main DSCN7531 street where residents insist on parking in the MIDDLE OF THE STREET, the foot traffic has to be intentional, and it was busy.  Maybe the lattes next door (the best of my trip, and maybe better than California’s best) might be another reason.  But Jennifer’s DSCN7533 deep book knowledge and honest smile could be another. (There is a piano in the back room too!).  The readers proved feisty and adventurous.  Jennifer’s non-beagle pup stayed calm until I went behind the counter for my bag.  Good dog!
Readers commence!

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The Penultimate Post – SOLD OUT AGAIN!

DSCN7764Book World must have some mighty good karma.  The stores do not seem to be able to hold on to copies of LISTENER IN THE SNOW.  Well, who said “Location,DSCN7763 L . . . ?” Someone was thinking. Great.

The staff too (sorry Nicole no photo) and management were on staff to welcome me with CANDY. DSCN7768“But I’ve brought my own,” I told them. No matter: Kit Kats galore mixed with my own Hershey’s Halloween fare.

DSCN7767Sharon managed the event and reeled in those she knew were readers.  What amazed me was the variety of people who would “give the book a try:” a candidate for political office (and a nationally know dog-reading teacher / yes she taught her dog to read commands), two juniors DSCN7770 from different high schools and already veteran readers, Ramon my dad friend  DSCN7772who sent his oldest off to college and will send her LISTENER too, a long time reader who bought the money back guaranteeDSCN7773, a kayak buying traveling-therapist and a hospice worker whose wife came in later looking for a book by Hyykinen (mystery writer).  All have their stories, and some were very cute.

He came for the candy!

This one came for the candy!

I’m leaving Minnesota with just a few LISTENER’S left behind. Should you need one right away check Fitger’s, B & N at Miller Hill,  The Valley Bookseller, Cherry Street Books, Subtext, Paperbacks and Pieces, or Beagle Books.  These and other stores on the list will stock more in the near future.  Remember: Listener makes a fine gift and great January reading! Ask your INDEPENDENT BOOKSELLER.

Ban My Book! Please.

September is banned books month at Paperbacks and Pieces (and all over the nation too)DSCN7739 during which we feature all the titles that “they” have banned from some readership or another, or altogether for everyone.  I’d like to be in that company. Well known and well read, too.  If LISTENER were a children’s book, it would be banned, I suppose.  BUT THE COMPANY! Look closely.

DSCN7736Crystal prevailed at the store with welcomes, water and wifi help. She’s a face-booker (did you know pages can’t be friends?)  She is a delight.

Shelly kept me apprised of industry opportunities and shepherded customers my wayDSCN7733. We moved books (out the door) and nearly cleared the display.

DSCN7737I think we left the sandwich board on the curb for the night, but “no one steals anything in Winona,” a customer told us. Seems they (a different “they”) banned theft some years back.

 

 Thank you for a great afternoon, Paperbacks and Pieces! Go purple.

Book World Sells out of LISTENER

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 The high school band and homecoming royalty played the high note on Washington Street in front of Book World.
Angela treated me with a front row seat outside the store and we quickly swept every copy of LISTENER IN THE SNOWDSCN7681 off the table into shopping bags and pocket books.

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Angela knows books!

DSCN7675 My first customer of the day had read all about the book (and me) in the DL Tribune that morning. She had been strolling around downtown waiting for my appearance!

Now that is fan loyalty!

 

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Vicki Gerdes’ article

The Detroit Lakes Tribune carried a half page article which pictures of the author and book, so we’ll  restock asap to fill the coming demand.
Books always attract writers: sometimes they buy two copies!

DSCN7684        Thanks for the hospitality and cool gifts, Angela.  You know how to treat an author.  After spending yesterday indoors when the weather was splendid, I relished sitting in the sun for a while.  DSCN7683