Friday, June 3, 2011

Sugar Maple Recap, Looking Forward to Doggy Day, Indie Next Picks at Boswell, Email Newsletter Link

Is it Friday already? That must mean that Chris Christie is tonight, speaking about her memoir This American Family, and Lois Ehlert is tomorrow (Saturday) at 4, reading from her new book Rrralph with her brother Dick and a chorus of dogs.  Then we have a day of no events and something every day until Father's Day weekend.  Yikes!

Last night's event at Sugar Maple turned out to be a lot of fun, and we had a decent crowd, thanks to some nice press in the Journal, some enthusiastic Boswellians, three authors, one of whom had cousins in the area, and some great music from Married to the Sea.  Oh, and free beer.  There turned out to be more beer swag than I expected, including cool glasses, posters, and bottle cap magnets.

The cousins turned out to be releatives of Josh Wilker, author of Cardboard Gods, and Stacie told me that last year, when we had a baseball window (including Stacie's own field of dreams), we included the book in hardcover in the display, and Josh's cousins sent him a photo.

It was great to see Pete Nelson again, and as we've now had three great reads on I Thought You were Dead, we're hoping to have a nice sale with the book in paperback.  There's a part of me that wishes he got the dog event instead of Lois Ehlert, as Stella is a big part of his novel.  And my friend Elly says that Pete's dog (the inspiration for Stella) was quite well known in Northampton.

And as for David Anthony, Something for Nothing, I have three things to say. 1) His book about a pilot who takes a gig transporting drugs circa 1974 is set in a fictionalized version of Danville, home of Rakestraw Books. I ran into Rakestraw Michael about 43 times at the Book Expo.  2) And he shares an agent with our pal Phil Hanrahan, who would like everyone to know that the paperback version of Life After Favre is coming out this fall, and yes, it's updated. And thanks for buying a "Book was Better" tee shirt.  I feel bad that I only read two of the three event books, but think of all the times I've read none of the one event books. 

Some nice reaction to the Susan Stamberg piece on NPR. I can't figure out what Dean Bakopoulos's reaction was, though this photo from Winter Institute seems to indicate some mixed feelings.

Another author who we have coming to Boswell, first introduced to us at Winter Insitute, just got some good news.  Alice LaPlante's mind-blitzing* novel, Turn of Mind, was just named the #1 Indie Next pick for July 2011. Hoping to do an entire post on this one as it should knock your socks off, as long as you are wearing socks.  Our event is Wednesday, July 13, 7 pm.

*Once again, much thanks to Arthur Plotnik for his help in selecting just the right word.  He'll help you too. Just show up at our event with Plotnik for Better than Great: A Plenitudinous Compendium of Wallopingly Fresh Superlatives, on Tuesday, July 7, 7 pm.

Oh, and here's the link to our latest email newsletter.  The big mistake is that I wrote 9200 instead of 2900 for our event with Rescuing Regina on July 6 at Mount Mary. It will be fixed in the next newsletter.

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