With the Palouse weather so hot lately, I’ve hardly stepped foot in my kitchen, one of my favorite places to be. So I was glad when, the other night, the heat finally broke, rain fell, and with it the temperatures. Time to start cooking!
Recently I was the invited guest speaker for the Ingleside Book Club's annual spring luncheon. What fun it was to talk with the members of this venerable Pullman club (celebrating 100th anniversary!) and share what I know about bookselling and the book industry as a whole.
In the past few weeks, we’ve been pleasantly surprised by the overwhelmingly positive response to one of our new programs: Blind Date with a Book. This is one of the ideas we brought back with us from our trip to the American Booksellers Association conference last February, and while we were excited about its possibilities, we didn’t anticipate how popular it would be with all of you. The "Blind Date Books" are flying out of the display, and this match-making couldn't make us happier.
Just over three years ago, in February of 2012, we re-opened BookPeople of Moscow after we had closed it for 7 weeks to remodel, revamp, and restock the store. As brand new owners of a venerable store, we had a lot to learn, and still do. Overall we feel proud of what we've done in three years and are immensely grateful to the community for its support all along the way.
I write as I prepare to return home after an all-day meeting with booksellers from the region, a short but sweet gathering to learn from each other and discuss industry business with staff of the American Booksellers Association.
Coming up on Sunday afternoon, Jesica will be meeting with two groups of amazing local kids and teenagers, our advisory boards. They get together once a month to discuss the books they've been reading, which have been supplied to them in "advance reader copy" or uncorrected proof form by our publisher friends before the books are officially published.
Happy New Year! We're always excited by new beginnings at BookPeople and are enjoying our freshly inventoried store and that post-holiday glow. A grant check from author James Patterson for $6000 also helped get our new year off to a great start.