How's this for a rave for The Tiger's Wife?
"It is with a strong mastery of storytelling that Obreht has truly earned her stripes. The Tiger's Wife is richly textured with intersecting themes: the Balkan wars and their effects on new generations in Eastern Europe, the ways myth can displace reason, sense of duty in family and occupation, and the tradition of using allegory to impart life lessons."
Hey, isn't this supposed to be the gift post? Well, the big news was the arrival of our new tee shirts. We sold an unprecedented six tee shirts in one day yesterday, four of our artist tee and two of Heather Maroon Boswell. I know six doesn't seem like a lot to you, but if you're a bookstore (or a retailer not working a tourist strip or a festival), you'll know otherwise.
Here is a photo of Jocelyn and Stacie wearing the new "The book was better" tee. This is one in a series of shots--I call this pose "I can't believe we're wearing the same tee shirt." The series also includes "disturbingly happy" and "photo shoot for a mid-priced department store chain." That one disappeared from the camera, so maybe Stacie didn't like it. I'm sad to tell her that I kept a copy on my laptop and it's carefully hidden. Before I use it, I'll find out if she deleted it on purpose.
Yesterday both Stacie and I were wearing our new Kpolly "The Book was Better Tees" and yes, a customer came up to me at the end of the evening and said, "Is that a Kristopher Pollard?" I have never before felt at the cutting edge of anything.
*In the grand dreams of Mr. Pabst and myself, we imagined 75-100 attendees, but while I applaud thinking big, I know that our attendance was above the expectations of the publisher and author and everybody was very happy. And for sales, we are now officially #1 for the book on Above the Treeline. And some of you know what that means!