The traveling bookstore has been around. It set up on a street corner in Brooklyn, New York and in a field in Yaak, Montana. It has been visited by cool kids, hipsters, grooving elders, cowboys, cops, waitresses and parents with babies. And now it is setting off on a crazy cross country adventure that is bound to push the envelope even farther. If you don’t have time to read this entire post, here are the bare facts of where we will be so you don’t miss out:
3/28 Bozeman, MT Wildrye Distillery 6-8
4/2 Minneapolis, MN Birchwood Cafe 9-3
4/4 Woodstock, IL Isabel’s Family Restaurant 10-1
4/5 Indianapolis, IN Coal Yard Coffee 9-3
4/6 Smiths Grove, KY Quarter Moon Antiques 10-1
4/7 Asheville, NC French Broad Food Co-op 10-3
4/8 Asheville, NC French Broad Food Co-op 10-3
4/9 Asheville, NC Moog Store 10-1
4/10 Raleigh, NC Nickelpoint Brewery 5-9
4/11 Raleigh, NC Nickelpoint Brewery 5-9
4/12 Raleigh, NC Lonerider Brewery 2-9
4/13 Wake Forest, NC Page 158 Books 12 – 8
4/16 Morgantown, WV Fawley Music 9-2
4/20 Sheridan, WY Studio Cafe 10-2
4/20 Sheridan, WY Black Tooth Brewery 4-7
It might strike you as ambitious that a rather unpretentious bookstore carrying about six hundred volumes with a 132 inch (335cm) wheelbase is willing to set up in all these places including the urban clatter of Minneapolis and the small town calm of Smiths Grove, KY. And, needless to say, a traveling bookstore deals with details your average brick-and-mortar shop rarely considers – like the oil change by the time we pull into Asheville. Storage is quite limited and mostly given over to books, a manual typewriter, a small folding table, some folding chairs, a theremini and a spare tire. While sorting out where the bookstore will set up (a major thank you to the businesses that agreed to partner with us on this trip!), we also figure out where to spend the night. There have been times when I sleep in the bookstore especially after some remote Montana events. On this trip though there will usually be two of us traveling so more space is required then the one aisle between fiction and biographies.
No doubt this is going to be a buffalo size adventure. Hope that you are able to stop by to visit. And just in case you aren’t in these regions of the country during March/April, the summer bookstore tour to Washington, Oregon and California is already taking shape.
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We’d love to host you in Emporia, Kansas! I own the local indie bookstore, Ellen Plumb’s City Bookstore, and we have a perfect spot for you to park it for a while: right beside the bookshop. Hope to see you in person sometime during your travels!
wow! thanks for the invite. I really like to set up near other bookstores. Not sure if I can make it on this trip but will keep you posted if on the return loop we go thru Kansas. The traveling bookstore does seem to be on a roll so I believe I will get out your way sometime.
Safe travels whereve you go–and remember, Kansas has some wonderful surprises up its sleeve.
Look forward to meeting you and enjoying your bookstore