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. 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 members 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.