It’s hard to believe the holidays are nearly upon us. I have news, updates, and upcoming signing information to share. I hope to see you in the coming weeks, and wish all of you a healthy, peaceful holiday season.
- If you need a hostess and/or holiday gift, I’ll be signing books at the following events:
- Thursday, November 17th, 6-9 PM, Girls’ Night Out. Turn the Page Bookstore (Nora Roberts’ Shop), Boonsboro, MD. Free champagne. Do you need any other reason to attend?
- Saturday, November 26th, 11 AM-1 PM, Small Business Saturday. Annapolis Bookstore, 53 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis, MD. (*New store location.*)
- If you are not local to Maryland, I’m happy to send signed bookplates. Email me at info [at] erikarobuck [dot] com with your mailing address and what you’d like inscribed. (US & Canada only, please.)
- On November 1st, AUTHOR IN PROGRESS—an essay collection for writers to which I contributed—was published by Writer’s Digest Books. It debuted as a #1 new release in Fiction Writing Reference on Amazon! If you have a writer in your life who needs empowerment, encouragement, and practical advice, I highly recommend it.
- Book Clubs: My kids’ busy schedules make participation in person difficult these days, but it’s always worth a try. At the very least, I might be able to FaceTime your book club. Email me at info [at] erikarobuck [dot] com if you’d like to schedule an in-person or virtual visit with your book club.
- Finally, if you are so inclined, please consider leaving an online review of one or more of my books. And please feel free to share this post with the book lovers in your life.
Greetings & Readings is another independent bookstore somewhat local to me. Nestled in lovely Hunt Valley, just twenty minutes outside of Baltimore, G&R is another store who carried not only my first self-published novel, but my subsequent novels with Penguin. I hope you stop by if you’re ever in town.
Title Greetings & Readings of Hunt Valley
Setting 118-AA Shawan Road, Hunt Valley, Maryland 21030
Backstory The Baum family opened Greetings & Readings in 1969. Known for its selection of books and greeting cards, Greetings & Readings has grown into Baltimore’s premier independent gift store, branching out into lots of different gift categories with Baltimore Ravens and Baltimore Orioles gear, designer handbags, jewelry and fashion, toys and much more.
Hook Greetings & Readings caters to its Baltimore base with souvenirs and sports gear, plus a focus on local authors, artists, confections and the popular gift lines that Baltimore shoppers love.
I learned about The Ivy several years ago when a friend gifted me a book from their shelves. Since then, I have enjoyed many visits, and have respect and gratitude for a bookstore who has been willing to carry novels from my self-publishing days to now.
F. Scott Fitzgerald would have loved to visit this cozy shop while he lived in Baltimore, and I recommend it to all of you.
Title: The Ivy Bookshop
Setting: 6080 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD 21209
Characters: Twitter- @theivybookshop
Backstory: The Ivy Bookshop was founded in November 2001 as an alternative to the big chain book stores. In January 2012, Ann and Ed Berlin purchased the store and began connecting with previously untapped sectors of Baltimore’s literary community through the development of an effective web presence and through a wide range of in-store events. It has become Baltimore’s premier bookseller, winning multiple “best of” awards including 2012 and 2013 Best Bookstore award from both Baltimore City Paper and Baltimore Magazine.
Hook: The Ivy Bookshop is an independent literary bookstore, carrying a broad range of titles with an emphasis on new fiction, non-fiction, biography, art, interior design, cooking, and children’s books. Our booksellers are knowledgeable and friendly, ready to recommend based on your personal preferences. We are locally owned and have a deep interest in promoting the community and its organizations. We hold weekly in-store events, host books clubs, and provide book sales for offsite author readings.
In honor of the wonderful indies I visited during the Call Me Zelda book tour, I wanted to highlight these places so you can visit them on your own travels. I sent questionnaires to my contacts at each of my stops along the way. Today’s indie spotlight is The Concord Bookshop in Concord, Massachusetts, a place where I have many fond memories and new friendships.
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Title The Concord Bookshop
Setting 65 Main Street; Concord MA 01742. In the heart of historic Concord
Backstory The Concord Bookshop was founded in 1940 as a lending library, morphing to a full-service bookstore over the next few years. Over the decades, we’ve expanded and are constantly tweaking to best fit the needs of both our local community and the many tourists who come to town for our Revolutionary and literary history. Visitors can make a day – or a weekend, or a week! – of touring Walden Pond, the Old North Bridge, the Old Manse, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, the Concord Museum, and Concord’s many wonderful art galleries and unique independent shops. One of the things that makes us the happiest is when a new-to-us customer walks in the front door and takes about 10 steps before stopping to smile wide and happily sigh “Wow, a REAL bookstore!”
Hook Our event season runs September through June, with author readings and conversation, open mic poetry, and writing workshops. We’re proud of our well-read staff, who enjoy a fun game of “guess the title” when a customer inquires about a book she’s just read a review of, or listened to an author interview. We’re an IndieBound store, highlighting not only bestsellers from national newspapers, but also the “sleeper hits” from the IndieNext list and our own Staff Picks. We’ve devoted two full bookcases to local authors, including H.D. Thoreau, Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Nathaniel Hawthorne; and are well-stocked with other books of local interest. In addition to books for adults and young readers, we offer magazines, greeting cards, and quality jigsaw puzzles.
I’m delighted to announce that I’ll be partnering with the Annapolis Bookstore in Annapolis, Maryland to send signed copies of my novels to readers all over the U.S. I have received many requests from people near and far for signed books, and this will not only support an independently owned bookstore that enhances the community, but it will give me a way to get books to you.
The Annapolis Bookstore does not yet have a cart on their website, so you’ll have to call (Mary or Janice will answer) if you’d like to order a book: 410-280-2339 . Shipping and handling will be $3.00. Please specify when you call to whom you’d like your book inscribed.
Thank you for helping me support local businesses.
Receive Me Falling
Call Me Zelda (starting May 7th)
Indie Bookstore Spotlight: Flyleaf Books
Title: Flyleaf Books
Setting: 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC, 27514
Characters (on Twitter): [ Jamie Fiocco] @FlyleafBook
Backstory: Flyleaf Books opened in November 2009. Owners Jamie Fiocco, Land Arnold and Sarah Carr had all worked in bookstores or publishing for years, and when a landlord in Chapel Hill, NC approached Jamie about opening an independent bookstore in his shopping center she in turn approached Land and Sarah about the project. All three had grown up or lived in Chapel Hill for many years, so they knew there was not only a great reading but a writing community that was not being served by an indie bookstore. In their first three years they have hosted about 350 author events a year.
Hook: Flyleaf is a general independent bookstore, we sell mostly new but some used books and have a really big children’s section. We are really lucky to have a dedicated author events space – hardwood floors, audio/visual equipment and 140 chairs. We can make the space intimate for a small event or open up the entire room for a large event. The space Flyleaf occupies used to be a womens’ gym and the events room is the old aerobics room; it seemed a shame to demolish that great space within a space!
Title: Annapolis Bookstore
Setting: 35 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401
Characters (on Twitter): @BookstoreMadams
Backstory: Once upon a time, eight years and three locations ago, a fifteen year old told her mother that she couldn’t bring home another book unless she got rid of some. The next day, the mother saw a single room for rent and started a used bookstore. After a couple of years, they outgrew their space and had to move. Several years after that, they grew and moved again to their current location on Maryland Avenue, and now sell used and rare books, new adult titles, oodles of children’s books, and specialize in maritime and philosophy for the convenience of the nearby students at the Naval Academy and St. John’s College.
Hook: Events of music, poetry, readings, game nights, and tag team theater make the Annapolis Bookstore a small community center. There is also a café with tasty sandwiches and coffee, a secret garden with a playhouse, and a rumored ghost in the basement.