It is the time of year when traveling bookstores, especially those in Montana, are planning for spring. Of course it isn’t as though we can put off doing bookish things until the cherry blossoms are out. We ease into it with a Valentine’s Day Type-In at The Front Porch in Eureka. Between 2:00 – 5:00pm stop by to type your sweetie a poem, create a valentine, compose (or copy) a sonnet, send off kisses to someone special, etc etc etc. There will be a variety of manual typewriters as well as pens, markers, glue, crayons, stamps, glitter, paper and envelopes to assist in your effort.
Then in late March we hit the road. My oh my! Exciting places lining up. The bookstore pulls out of Eureka late March with the first event in Minneapolis on April 1 (no fooling!). Then on to Woodstock, IL, Indianapolis, Asheville, Raleigh, and Wake Forest (we are partnering with Page 158 there). On the return trip the bookstore has stops in Morgantown, WV and Sheridan, WY. Tempted to get tshirts like rock groups to advertise the 2018 Bookstore Tour.
Of course the Grand 2018 to North Carolina and Back Tour is just the beginning of the season. There will be the farmers market in Eureka, the annual music festival in Yaak, MT and the blues festival in Libby, MT. There will also be adventures in San Francisco and in Oregon. It seems the trainer wheels have finally come off the traveling bookstore and its rolling! If you want to have the bookstore visit you for a special event, don’t hesitate to ask. Birthday parties, read-a-thons, literary luncheons, summer camps and family reunions (“The Relatives Came” by Cynthia Rylant being one of my personal favorites) are all opportunities to have a traveling bookstore pull up.