Over coffee this morning jotted down some bookstore thoughts. Now with a few weeks’ perspective, there is the wonder of my Western States Bookstore Tour and all the great things that came from that – new people, new gig locations, new sights to remember, old friends, revisiting places I had set up before that welcomed me back. For those of you who might consider starting up your own traveling bookstore business, I will caution that 3-4 weeks on the road is exhilarating and exhausting. So many adventures! Some nail biting, some heart warming. For now it is a treat to be back in Montana and know that for the rest of the summer I will mostly be peddling books in these parts.
Since returning home, bookstore wonders happen even in Lincoln County, Montana. The county is large by some standards; has more square miles than Delaware but a population just shy of 20,000 people. So lots of forests and mountains, rivers and lakes but rather small towns. Last week with the bookstore at the Eureka farmers market, I started talking with Stella, a young person who obviously loves books. Turns out she is an avid reader and hopes to become a journalist after college. But as she is currently twelve years old, still has time to change her mind. She mentioned doing a regular podcast about books. Definitely appreciate a young person who isn’t shy about her passion and is willing to actualize something she cares about.
A realization that came from having the bookstore at farmers markets – perhaps all those luscious vegetables and fruits at booths near by – was how books are like fertilizer. They help ideas grow. They nurture new thoughts. They strengthen so many things from general knowledge to vocabulary to understanding of cultures. I suppose having a Textual Apothecary, this thought shouldn’t have surprised me but it did.
A few short notes…
Mission Pie which is a wonderful place in San Fransisco that hosted the bookstore and Type-Ins numerous times will close its doors on September 1. So very thankful for all they gave the community over the years.
I recently completed a chapbook with Shirley Jacobs and will have limited copies available at the bookstore.
Upcoming bookstore events (although there are bound to be more which will be updated on the bookstore’s Facebook page):
every Wednesday at Eureka Farmers Market 3:30 – 6:30
every Friday at Trego Farmers Market 4:00 – 7:00 (unless scheduled for another event)
July 18 TBC Laughing Dog Brewery, Sandpoint ID
July 19 – 20 Yaak music festival, Yaak MT
August 9 – 10 Riverfront Blues Festival, Libby MT
August 23-25 Lincoln County Fair, Eureka MT
September 14 Kootenai Harvest Festival, Libby MT