September 11: Portneuf Valley Brewery in Pocatello, ID 12 – 6pm
September 12 & 13: King’s English Bookshop in Salt Lake City, UT 10 – 6pm
September 16 & 17: Fiction Beer in Denver, CO 2pm – 7:30pm
September 19: Barista’s Daily Grind (downtown location) in Kearney, NE 7am – 2pm
September 20: Constellation Studios in Lincoln, NE 2pm – 6pm
September 21: Lux Center for Arts in Lincoln, NE noon – 6pm
September 23-25: South Dakota Festival of Books in Brookings, SD (following festival schedule)
September 26: Red’s Grill in Sturgis, SD 9am – 3pm
September 28: Public library in White Sulphur Springs, MT 10am – 4pm
Yes, I am the owner/driver of the bookstore and I REALLY hope not one more person asks me, “Do you drive that all by yourself?”
Yes, I often travel alone on these trips. Sometimes a friend or two will join up for portions of a trip, but it is unusual for me to have a passenger for an entire bookstore tour of this length. Not opposed to it – most people though seem to like to experience the traveling bookstore business for a few days or a week, but longer than that seems grueling (except to me). I personally like the rhythm of longer bookstore tours.
I have space in the back of the bookstore for about six boxes of extra book stock. I get books along the way (for example, Beth in Denver has already sent a photo of books she is holding for me there). I have never run out of books even on longer tours. No idea why it works this way, but it always has.
I have been doing the traveling bookstore business for eight years now and don’t remember any unpleasant interactions with customers. There have been a few mechanical issues with the van, but people drawn to a traveling bookstore tend to be very nice. In fact I am adding a few more chairs on this upcoming trip so folks have a place to sit if they want to have longer conversations.