Wednesday, August 30, 2017

A Review (sort of) and Other Information

1.  At my 50th high school reunion earlier this month, I got to reconnect with Harvey, a very good buddy of mine back in the day.  He told me something that I just didn't remember.  He said that I used to read Go, Dog. Go!, by P.D. Eastman, to his younger sisters.  Even though my memory is pretty weak, I believe Harvey.  So what did I do?  I bought the book, of course.  (Don't worry.  I won't include this in my year-end list!)  I was very happy to see that it was an easy read.  Here's the cover:

2.  Word after Word Bookstore in Truckee, CA now has a website -

3.  Green Apple Books in San Francisco is celebrating it's 50th anniversary September 9 and 10.  Go on their website to get the details.

4.  Amazon Books opened last week in Santana Row (San Jose, CA).  They have 3500 unique titles, and all the books must have a rating of 4.8/5 or higher.  They have 9 bookstores total.  The1st one opened in Seattle in November of 2015.  And the 2nd Bay Area store will be coming to Walnut Creek's Broadway Plaza.  I also learned these stats:

In 2009, there were 1651 independent bookstores.
At the end of 2016, there were 2321 independent bookstores.
In 1995, the number was approx. 7000.
In 2000, there were about 4000.

Twenty years after the online retail giant helped lay waste to the brick and mortar book industry, is opening a ... brick and mortar bookstore. Q: Do you prefer book shopping online or in real life?

Amazon is opening brick and mortar bookstores across the US, with San Jose the latest location.

5.  Shelly King, author of The Moment of Everything (and one of our very 1st RBC authors) will be conducting writing classes at her home in Felton.  Here are the dates:

9/30 - 9-5
10/14 - 9-1
10/28 - 9-1
11/11 - 9-1

You can go to her website - - for more information.


  1. How fun that Harvey remembered that and you didn't! I wonder if his sisters remember it.

    1. Evidently, when Harvey told his sisters that he would be seeing me at the reunion, they mentioned it. This is not the first memory that someone else has that I don't have!

  2. I hope the reunion was fun! We had such a low turnout for our 25th I'm not sure how many more we'll have.

    1. We had a graduating class of 700+. So there were a lot of people to choose from. I think there were about 250 people (including +1) at the event. What really surprised me the most was all the people that I was happy to see that I didn't know I would be happy to see. Does that make any sense?

  3. Awww... Go Dog Go is a favorite from when my kids were little.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  4. I don't think we ever read it to our kids. But it appears that we're the only ones who didn't!