I'm not a great photographer and I don't have a great camera, but doesn't this photo of Emma Straub, hugging Stacie while at Boswell for Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures, exude joy? You can see where Emma gets it, straight from her mom Susan, who by the end of the evening, had befriended every single bookseller. And it was pretty cool to have Emma's dad Peter also at the event. Straub senior signed our copies of Mrs. God.
And here's your more traditional posing with a book shot. It's a Sarah, Sharon, and a Sasha with Emily. The bound manuscript came from the publisher; many active readers on sites like Good Reads now get access to the same kinds of advance copies that go to booksellers and critics. Mandel was in town for The Lola Quartet, and while it was at the rather unusual reading slot of Saturday at 7 pm, when the author is good, you make it work. Next up, 2 AM readings?
It's our traditional reading shot. You send this to publishers to prove you had a decent turnout and are not in fact fudging the numbers. This is our event for Kevin Powers, in town for The Yellow Birds, who joined Gary Shellman. Both authors were very gracious. I would say everyone was very gracious, except for one customer, who let us know he didn't like the combo. It's hard to do better with two days notice.
And finally, a nice shot of Nick Bruel at the Greenfield Public Library, explaining the foods from A to Z that Bad Kitty doesn't want to eat. Did I mention that while Emma Straub is a bookseller at Book Court (and quite the hand seller), Bruel worked for a number of years at New York's Books of Wonder? He convinced me that I really did want Bad Kitty for President in 2012.