A few years ago, I put my name on a list in case an independent bookstore wanted help on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. I had completely forgotten about it until this year when Emily Stearns from Once Upon a Tome bookstore here in Rockingham County emailed me and asked me to be a part of her Indies First celebration.
For those of you outside the U.S., Indies First is a time to recognize the wonderful impact independent retailers have on our communities. It's generally celebrated after our notorious Black Friday sales events. Whereas Black Friday is an impersonal horror show, Indies First is a much more intimate event that makes shopping fun again.
I will have limited, and I do mean limited, copies of Miserere: An Autumn Tale for sale. If you have a copy of Miserere, or any of the anthologies containing one of my short stories, bring them along. Since Los Nefilim is not yet in print, I'm afraid I won't have any of the novellas with me, but I am conspiring with Emily to do something special when Los Nefilim hits print later next year.
I will also have bookmarks and cards that I will sign for you for free, because we all like free stuff, and who knows, I might be famous someday, or at the very least, obscure-famous enough that some of this stuff might be worth money. Probably not, but weirder things have happened in the great cosmic scheme of things.
So. Me. Live and in person. Can you imagine? Of course, you can. Mark your calendar, and if you're in our neighborhood, stop in and say hi. While you're there, buy something from Emily, and remember: you don't have to wait for November 28 to visit Emily. She is there Tuesday - Friday from 10:00 a.m. -- 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. -- 4:00 p.m. with a wonderful selection of books and gifts.