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Only One Book in the Shop

Looks like there are two ends of the book choice spectrum now. At one end is the overwhelming number of suggestions that come with such things as top 50 lists in some category or other (I’m guilty of posting some of these myself) and Amazon’s pop-up personalized recommendations (though I’m not sure why “Waiting: A Nonbeliever’s Higher Power” is showing up for me) and three-storey Barnes and Nobles all chock-a-block with tomes. At the other end is a Japanese bookstore that stocks a single title. In this Guardian article owner Yoshiyuki Morioka describes how author events would bring people to his old store “for the sake of a single book”, an observation that prompted his one-book-at-a-time store. The store sounds more like a gallery with a new exhibition each week. In fact, two of the books he’s featured so far are connected with artists and illustrations, which suggests that this approach might work best for books that are a bit more artsy. Will be interesting to see how this goes.

First the review, then…

Maybe nothing will come of it, but at least I’m really understanding the significance of reviews now. Two requests for copies of the novel from different movie production companies have come in since this Publishers Weekly review a couple of weeks ago. Could be a coincidence that the requests came just after the nice write-up, but I doubt it. Exciting in any case.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Pleased to provide some news about some upcoming events.

BOOK READING
Thurs, Sep 17 at 5pm
Read and Eat Bookstore
7141 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19119

BOOK READING (same date as above, but later time)
Thursday September 17 at 7pm
Big Blue Marble Bookstore
Mount Airy
551 Carpenter Ln, Philadelphia, PA 19119

The above events are on the same night as the Mount Airy Street Fare on Germantown Avenue, so if you’d like to take a rest from strolling and fancy listening to some near-future sci-fi while you’re savoring your food, feel free to swing by the bookstore. More information here.

BLACK WOMEN’S ARTS FESTIVAL
Sat/Sun, October 24 & 25
Rotunda, West Philadelphia
4014 Walnut St, Phila PA 19104
I’ll be presenting at the Black Women’s Arts Festival in late October. Topics include using Createspace as a publishing platform and a talk about Control Alter Delete. More details coming soon…

Signing Books

Great fun reading and signing books at Bindlestiffs last night. Many thanks to all the staff at the store who helped with the event and everyone who came along.

Bindlestiff_Book_Signing

University City Review

Tonight I have my first book reading event at Bindlestiff Books in Philadelphia and some people have asked me if I’m nervous. I’m not really. Generally, I avoid being center of attention, but I’ve always thought that no one knows more about this novel than me, so I don’t think I’ll be sidelined by any difficult questions. But you never know. Some of the questions thrown my way for the UC Review interview took me a while to answer. I guess it’s only now that the novel is out of my head that I’m considering how it ever got to be there in the first place. Clearly, I’m not as omniscient as I thought.

University City Review
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