BookPeople Speakers Bureau

Hello friends,

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.

For someone who barely made it through the oral portion of my Master's exam, it came as a bit of a surprise to discover how much I enjoyed this speaking gig. Proof, perhaps, that my decision not to go into academia, but rather to veer off into the world of writing, and working in libraries and bookstores, was the right one. Or maybe I just enjoyed having a captive audience to regale with my current favorite book recommendations! In this I have a lot in common with author Ann Patchett, of Parnassus Books in Nashville. Read her entertaining article here about the perks of owning a bookstore.

I would consider it an honor and a privilege of my job as owner of BookPeople if I was able to do more speaking, with other clubs and organizations, all throughout the region. If you are a member of a club or organization that invites guest speakers, please let the leaders of your group know of my availability. I hope that my very talented colleagues Jamaica Ritcher and Jesica DeHart will also join our "speakers bureau," and we'll post information on our web page about this soon. Perhaps you already saw Jamaica on IPTV this past winter, doing us proud?

Stay tuned for some great author events coming up to kick off the summer, including regional favorite Jack Nisbet with his new book, Ancient Places. He'll be at BookPeople on Wednesday, June 3, at 7pm.

Until then, happy reading!

Carol Spurling