June 8th, 2011

Fly-by signings at the airport

The closest I've ever come to an airport book signing is signing whatever is in stock at Powells. Although on tour for my second book, I was in the airport at San Francisco and saw my first book on the shelves. I pointed it out to browser. He was so excited he bought one, had me autograph it, and then told clerk in amazed tones that "the author" was in bookstore.

She was not as impressed.

The Wall Street Journal looked at signings in airport bookstores, particularly in New York. It's a different cross-section of people than come to bookstores. And sometimes that's a good thing.

"Hudson News's transit locations make up 10% or more of total sales for some books that the retailer keeps in heavy stock, said Sara Hinckley, a company vice president."

Read more here.

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Despite what the WSJ thinks, not all kids lives are sweetness and light

Take this news story:

SEATAC, Wash. – A trooper who stopped a car being driven erratically found a 13-year-old boy behind the wheel.
The State Patrol says the trooper pulled the boy over for driving erratically, and found the boy's father drunk in the passenger seat.

The boy said it was his first time behind the wheel.

He was released to his mother and is not expected to face any charges.

The boy's father was booked into jail.

Don't your fingers itch to write about that? Only for one kid, and probably quite a few more, that's also real life.

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Books aren't for burning - but what do you do with 350,000 of them

In what sounds like a specialized case of hoarding, a Canadian man amassed 350,000 books. Then he died and his widow started to burn them. Horrified, a neighbor couple stepped in and said they would help.

But now they don't know what to do with them. They moved the books to a small house on their property and the weight is literally tearing the house apart. They've had no luck (at least at the point the story was written) in getting used book dealers interested.

Here's hoping someone will help them out.

Read more here.

I love this quote in the comments: "Anything that has a spine must have a soul."

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