Tales from the Summer–#2

I know for many folks, summer feels like a distant memory, but I’m still relishing my experiences on book tour. Two book signings really, really stood out. The first was at Borders Express in the Exton Mall,  just down the road from my house in PA. The store manager and her co-hort, Laura and Michelle, are doing amazing work in that store. Both of these women are fanatical YA readers and their mission is to share the love. They have converted teens who go to the mall only looking to hang out into readers. They sidle up to them while they’re looking at manga and graphic novels and start a conversation, casually slipping in some reading suggestions. “Oh, if you like manga, you might like X title.” And the kids are going for it! They have kids rushing back to the store for more suggestions–kids who admit that they had never read a book before!

Michelle has a table of her special YA picks at the front of the store where kids will see it from the mall. She writes great shelf-cards to give the shoppers a sense for what each book offers. After everyone ripped through the  Twilight series, she seized the opportunity of readers looking for a new read. She came up with an “after Twilight” list. And it worked so well, she’s now on her second  or third list of suggestions! She also has a blog called Michelle’s Minionz. Here’s the link, because it is worth checking out: http://community.livejournal.com/michelesminionz . Go to the store and thank these women! Buy books! They are doing wonderful work!

Special Signing #2 was far from PA. As you know, I went to Chicago for the ALA conference (see photo of me and Neil Gaiman below — eeek!). While there, a group of us 2k9ers teamed up for a signing at Anderson’s Bookstore –a great independent bookstsore in Naperville, IL. These folks really knew how to put on a party! They had each of us — there were 9! — sitting on bar stools around little tables, grouped according to genre. As a fantasy writer, I was paired with Joy Preble (Dreaming Anastasia — I just got my copy in the mail! Can’t wait to read it!). They also provided all kinds of food — and this is where they went all out — using the recipes from the books that 2k9 put together! (You can find them on our website: http://www.classof2k9.com) . For example, they served Hoysta’s brownies, chocolate covered strawberries (from Kathryn Fitzmaurice’s The Year the Swallows Came Early) and Grandma’s Ultimate Root Beer Floats (from Lisa Greenwald’s My Life in Pink and Green). We had a blast! 

Here is a photo of our books at Anderson’s: booksatandersons

Not all nine of us who signed had books out yet…

Below is a photo of the group of us after the signing.

Susan Fine, Beverly Patt, me, Albert Borris, Joy Preble, Kathryn Fitzmaurice and Fran Cannon Slayton
Susan Fine, Beverly Patt, me, Albert Borris, Joy Preble, Kathryn Fitzmaurice and Fran Cannon Slayton

So more tales to follow! It was a good summer!

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~ by ellenjensenabbott on October 5, 2009.

2 Responses to “Tales from the Summer–#2”

  1. your book is really good i love it

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