Monthly Archives: June 2014

Community-Powered Book Signing!

As you know if you have been following this blog, my husband Paul and I are on a home-grown book tour (the Indie Bookstore Roadtrip) of independent bookstores from Boulder to Burlington, VT. The idea is to meet great people, see great bookstores, and get the IMG_7136word out about “Lost Children of The Far Islands” (You can read an article that I wrote for The Children’s Book Review about the home-grown book tour here).

Our most recent stop was Telluride, where we not only got to check out an awesome independent bookstore, but also participated in our first completely home-made event – a potluck book signing at our friend Rosemerry’s house. Rosemerry, a super-accomplished poet and all-around wonderful person, hosted a potluck to which she invited a list of families. I have to say, it was one of the most enjoyable book events that I have ever participated in! We lounged around in the beautiful back yard while the kids played, then gathered for a dinner picnic. After dinner we went inside and talked for a while about magical powers, then I read a chapter and signed books for sleepy, happy kids. It was a blast!


IMG_2859Book tours, as I wrote in the recent article, are becoming more and more rare. But perhaps they don’t need to be. Perhaps all it takes is some creative thinking, some generous friends, and a bunch of kids coming in from chasing snakes and fireflies to lay around and listen to a story or two before bedtime.

Our hostess, Rosemerry, and me, tired but happy at the end of the night
Our hostess, Rosemerry, and me, tired but happy at the end of the night

Thank you, Rosemerry & Eric, and thank you to all the great kids who came to the potluck book signing!

Signing Books








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Boulder Bookstore Rocks!

First Stop, Boulder! We kicked off the Indie Bookstore Roadtrip right with a visit to the revered Boulder Bookstore in Boulder, Colorado. This mecca of goodness has been on Pearl Street since 1973. The store began with only 10 bookcases and 5 employees. Now, the store employs about 50 people and occupies 20,000 sq. feet,… Continue Reading

Indie Bookstore Roadtrip!

Just what IS the state of the independent bookstore in America today? Tucked amid the grim statistics and what seems like a steady stream of bookstore closings and newspaper articles bearing bad news, there is a story of survival and success being told by small, independent bookstores across our big-box-store country. Where are they and… Continue Reading