But I digress (for a change!). Beth is promoting her 2nd book, Looking For Me. It has only been out for a little over a week, and it's already made the NY Times bestseller list. And her 1st one, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, published in 2010, also made that exalted list. I haven't read either of her books, but just about every single blogger that I follow has given both of them glowing reviews. I figured I better get to it. I bought CeeCee and will start it probably tomorrow.
The bookstore, which I've never been in before, has a very intimate backdrop. It's long and narrow, which you can kind of tell from the picture. Beth sat in a high chair (not that kind of high chair) in front of the cash register counter. The rest of us were arrayed in a long row (about 20 chairs) opposite her. In fact, I was directly across from Beth and had to swing my legs to the side so as not to hit her legs. How often does that happen with a NY Times bestselling author?
Beth is a fascinating speaker. Her new book reflects her personal life, although it's couched in fiction, and she speaks with a lot of emotion. It's impossible not to get caught up in her storytelling. She not only told us (there were 8 customers and 3 employees) what events led to the telling of this story, she also told us a lot about her childhood growing up in Kentucky. Good stuff.
I have to talk about the bookstore a little bit too. The owner, Kathleen, was there. I had a chance to talk to her a little bit. They do a bunch of author events (they've got something like another 9 or 10 just this month alone!). And the store is way cool. Kathleen has such a passion for books and seems to be very determined to continue to make A Great Good Place for Books a great good place to visit. I know that if I have a choice, her bookstore will be right near the top of the list of venues to see authors.
One Blogger's Opinion: WE HAVE TO KEEP THE INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORES ALIVE!