Where to begin? Here’s a sampling…
- Hard to believe it’s been almost a month since my last post. The American Heartland Bookstore Tour 2023 was a wonder! So many great people along the way, adventures, new places discovered, delicious foods – and we did the entire tour out of a 2014 Subaru CrossTrek. I hope anyone who considered doing a traveling bookstore but thought they couldn’t do it without a van, now knows it can be done with a smallish car. You just have to have the upper body strength and a very good friend sharing the tour to help with loading/unloading boxes of books daily.
- The van is fixed!!!! And the incredible mechanics who sorted it out said it will hold up for years so I’m already thinking where the traveling bookstore will adventure in 2024, 2025, …
- Continuing this summer at all bookstore events, besides a selection of great used books, you can purchase ink made from guns. This ink, the man who makes it, and the process are all remarkable. If you do calligraphy, paint, or enjoy experimenting with dipping ink for drawing – you will be tempted. Read more about it here Thomas Little and A Rural Pen Inkworks.
- And where are these bookstore events you might be asking? Most Wednesdays in the summer from 3:30pm – 6pm, catch the traveling bookstore at the Eureka (MT) Farmers Market. Most Thursdays, the bookstore is set up from 3:00pm – 6:30pm at the Farmers Market in Libby (MT). Then there are special events like the Pride Festival in Libby (MT) on July 8 from 11am – 6pm, the Backwoods Accordion Festival on July 22 from 2:00pm – 8:00pm in Trego (MT) at the Trego Pub and General Store, and the Lincoln County Fair in Eureka (MT) August 25 – 27. No doubt there will be others but this gets us started. We will certainly get up to the Yaak at least once.
- A customer in Libby who bought a pile of books, said the thing he likes most about the traveling bookstore is the eclectic selection. He said it in such a positive way, the comment made my day.
- I sent off a package with two letters and seven photos (actual printed photos – not the kind people show you on their phone) to Jan Svěrák, the Czech film director, encouraging him to make a film about the traveling bookstore. Get in touch with him if you happen to know the guy to say what a great idea this is. Thanks.
- Someone recently told me they were surprised more people didn’t know about this eclectic traveling bookstore. It doesn’t surprise me because after all I am one person with a very average size van. But I am always ready to try new events, other places. All it takes is an invite to set up the traveling bookstore at a birthday party, a book club, a literary dinner or other festive affair. As well as at a cafe, pub, art gallery, etc. Drop me a line. Events outside of Montana are typically done during the spring or fall as part of a longer tour. In Montana, summer is a great time to suggest something.