I have spent much of the last 3 weeks on the road in Saco , Maine (vacation with our grandson), New Sweden, Maine (packing up for a show from my husband's stock), Hartford, Conn. (Selling at PAPERMANIA), Baltimore, Maryland (Selling at the BALTIMORE ANTIQUE AND BOOK FAIR) and Annapolis, MD (visiting with relatives)! Glad to be home but overall great visits and good or better shows. Even with torrential hurricane rains in Baltimore the show there did not fail us. We look forward to next year when customers won't be scared away or distracted by weather (we hope!). And we won't get caught up in long (more than an hour!) and snakey detours off of Rte. 287 North in the Boonton, New Jersey area due to storm damage. Thanks to Books-on-tape we were well entertained coming and going by Lisa Scottoline and then James Patterson. Check out our case # 28 (Valley Books) for more brand new audio books.
Bought some rare folklore tomes before then. SIBERIAN FOLK TALES and one multi volume set published by the University of Hawaii on TAHITIAN FOLK LORE. And several volumes of the CHILD'S BALLADS in hardcover. Come check them out!
The hurricane did not harm our store but fellow book sellers just north of us were pretty much wiped out in the town of Shelburne Falls, Mass. Their lovely riverside shop was flooded with a loss of more than 2/3 of their select stock. UGH! Once, having lost hundreds of volumes in a microburst years ago at the outdoor Farmington Antiques show I can only imagine how sickening and sad it is to throw away thousands of often individually selected old & friendly titles. Our thoughts are with you Shelburne Falls Books as you clean up after your loss.
Time to cart my packages to the post office, pack up some lunch, and head to the book store where my husband Peter is manning the first shift today. A walk with Fred is definitely a must before or after work. Til later! Barbara