email newsletter. In it I mentioned a few kids books that seemed to be getting some nice love from booksellers. Interestingly enough, though we haven't hosted either author, both were Wisconsites.
Ilsa Bick has been getting some nice buzz with Ashes, her new dystopian novel. An electromagnetic pulse destroys all electrical equipment and also kills billions of people, including Alex's parents. As one of my sales reps said to me, they adults almost have to disappear; it's all about thinking of an interesting way to make them leave. As Jason noted to me, the most interesting twist about Ashes isn't the zombie-like creatures that haunt Alex and her ready-made family; it's that Alex has a brain tumor, and this calamity has come in the midst of her treatment.
We're hoping we can one day figure out how to get Schmatz back to Milwaukee, but we have to work around her day job. That said, even without an appearance Amie assured me that the book will be back on our bestseller list this fall, due to enthuasiastic handselling.
We just sold books at the Society of Childrens Book Writers and Illustrators Wisconsin meeting, which really brought home how much talent there is around here. Sometimes it's folks who come here from other places--our event with Andy Rash for Ten Little Zombies on October 29 celebrates another successful transplant from the Island of Long.*
And we're just putting the finishing touches on our event with area favorite Barbara Joosse, whose Dog Parade is a perfect match for our Festive Friday celebration. Ms. Joosse will be doing a storytime/talk at 4 pm on Friday, December 2, after which she will help judge the famous Downer Avenue doggie costume contest. I don't know if you've heard this but Joosse has taken to writing lyrics to kids songs. I'm hoping we'll have some of the music to play in the store that day (and perhaps even sell.)