The Odyssey experiment was very successful. I had a full house at the S. Hadley Library and then again at Odyssey. I'd say about 60-70 altogether, pretty good for a small town, and I sold a lot of books. I think libraries are a vital and underutilized venue for writers. Libraries are eager to host events and they drawn intensely focused lovers of books. My blog and Facebook were integral in turning people out and many bought hardcover books of "Rose In A Storm" for themselves and their relatives. Chrysler, who works in the bookstore, asked me about the "still" and different nature of the writing in "Rose." She wondered if I was channeling Rose in some way. Good question. I said yes, I probably was, but more likely channeling Maria.
I liked the one-two punch idea, and the library was quite vital, as much as the bookstore. Libraries are informal and viscerally interactive. We closed the place down. Tired, off to sleep. Back to the farm Wed and then back to Massachusetts on Thursday, for Framingham Barnes & Noble, 7 p.m. Big advance orders for "Meeet The Dogs of Bedlam Farm," my first children's books, out in April. It's up on Amazon.com and BN.com.