Hello Book Lovers:
here, hiding on the farm in central Virginia, safe and secure. I trust you are
too. Be careful out there.
Camino Winds will be published today, and normally I would be in New York making the rounds and launching my new novel. But as you know, the world has changed dramatically in the past two months and almost nothing seems the same.
planned to tour with Camino Winds but
that’s not possible now. With its
prequel, Camino Island, I toured for
the first time in twenty years and had a delightful time. I went to 25 bookstores and did all sorts of
events with local writers. I enjoyed
that, and I enjoyed meeting a lot of readers, but the most interesting part of
the entire tour was hanging out in some wonderful independent bookstores. We
have some great ones in this country and they’re owned and run by dedicated
Independent booksellers view their
stores as far more than retail outlets.
They welcome debut authors on the road for the first time, and they
welcome the literary stars for unforgettable readings. They host book clubs and
story time for kids. They recommend the books they’ve read and loved, and they
know the ones to keep away from certain customers. They host wine tastings, cooking classes,
small concerts, recitals, and art fairs.
Some have cafes, bars, and coffee shops. And the music – every store has
its own sound and its own play list.
In many communities, the bookstore is
the life of the town, the hub of commercial activity.
To booksellers, their stores are institutions
that cannot fail.
They need your help and we need them
to stay vibrant.
Buy more books!
By John Grisham
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