Monday, September 08, 2008

Signed and Dated

So I'm in a new city and I've been sulking a bit about missing my neighborhood children's book shop, Cover to Cover. They have the most knowledgeable staff and I NEVER miss their fall book review. I suppose the crisp weather this week is what keeps reminding me that I will be missing the review this year.

Friday, I decided that it's time to move on and check out the book shops around here. I was pleased to discover a wonderful independent bookstore just a few blocks away called The King's English. The best part is that they have some fantastic authors doing book signings soon. So if you're in the Salt Lake area, you might be interested in this:

Judy Sierra and Marc Brown, the team behind Wild About Books have a new book called Born to Read, which they will be signing at The King's English on Friday, September 19th at 4:00.

Jon Scieszka will be signing his new memoir Knucklehead on Monday October 6th at 3:30

And Laurie Keller will be signing her new book, the Scramble States Of America Talent Show on Tuesday, October 21st at 7:00 p.m.

Oh, I wish that I had been around last month for the Repunzel's Roundup Event featuring local authors like Shannon Hale, A.E. Cannon, James Dashner, Sara Zarr, and Mette Ivie Harrison! Wow!

I'm so happy to discover such a cool independent shop, and the part that amazes me is that a few of my neighbors, who like to read children's literature too, didn't know about any of these events. It makes me wonder how many people out there are missing out on incredible author events near them.

My husband grew up in Irvine, CA where there is a tiny children's book shop called A Whale of a Tale that holds the best signings. Every time we visit there I check ahead for any book signings so we can schedule to be there. Seriously, check out this lineup (over the next two months they have Jack Prelutsky, Tony DiTerlizzi, Graeme Base, Cornelia Funke, David Carter, T.A. Barron, Tomie DePaola, David Shannon and several others). And once again, many of my husband's friends that still live in Irvine don't even know about A Whale Of a Tale and the author events that they're missing out on. It just kills me!

I guess all this is my very long winded way of saying, check out out the events at your local bookstore because you never know who you might have the chance to meet!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the reminder to check out local book stores. I stay busy going to public libraries and a couple of larger chain bookstores. I had forgetten about the fabulous perks of local bookstores, like book signings.

Krystal Trapnell said...

Wow, that's a lot going on! Thanks for sharing.

Kim said...

Thanks for taking the time to read and review books. I'm always amazed at your insight. I've enjoyed many of the books that you have recommended...books I wouldn't have read without your recommendation. My life has been richer because of it. Thank You!!!

J.R. and Meg +3 said...

I love The King's English in SL--grew up going there with my mom. I have yet to find a "Cover to Cover" here in San Antonio as well. Thanks for the motivation to start looking around!

Elisa said...

A local Bountiful bookstore called All Tucked In is having Shannon Hale sign...sometime in October I think.

They have had Caralyn and and Mark Buehner come as well as Rick Walton. Cute parties too.

R said...

Good for you! I'm glad you've been able to explore some and find some buried treasures!

Anonymous said...

Oh how I would love to own my own children's book store. I ran the children's department of a tiny village bookshop in Quebec. Sadly it is no longer there because they couldn't compete with chapters. I was the children's lead in a Barnes and Noble -- there is a huge difference between the two types of bookshops.I love to hunt out the tiny bookshops when I travel. Thank you for your blog, it's great.