We were in St. Paul this past weekend, attending the Midwest Booksellers Association trade show. An annual event for librarians, booksellers, publishers and authors to mingle and share ideas and stories. Folks from as far away as North Dakota and Missouri and all points in between.
Everyone was mostly optimistic about the book business, but some pessimism, too. Like farmers, book people look ahead, tomorrow will be a better day, next year will be a better year.
Saw many old friends, made many new ones. A special treat—viewing fall colors along the way. How beautiful the trees in the North these early October days—the red and yellow maples, the sparkling yellow aspens, the bright red sumac. An artist’s array of colors against a clear blue sky, with all the haze and humidity blown south.
THE OLD TIMER SAYS: Books have long been wonderful Christmas presents. They still are.
CHECK THIS OUT: CRANBERRY RED book launch:
--Patterson Memorial Library, Wild Rose, Sunday October 24, 1:00 p.m.
Learn all about cranberry growing, county agent work, and what happens when research goes amuck. UW Press is the publisher of this, my fourth novel, in the Ames County series.
October 7, 7:00 p.m. Next Chapter Bookstore, Mequon. Horse Drawn Days
October 9-10 Old World Wisconsin, 2:30 each day. On Saturday, Horse Drawn Days and on Sunday, Barns of Wisconsin.
October 15, Local History Conference. Lake Geneva, WI
October 16, 12:00 noon, Muskego Library, Muskego. Horse Drawn Days
October 19, 6:30 p.m. Rhinelander Public Library
October 23, 6:00 p.m. Oregon Public Library. Living a Country Year.
October 24, 1:00 p.m. Patterson Memorial Library, Wild Rose. Cranberry Red
October 28, 7:00 p.m. Oconto Falls Library.
November 3, 3:15 p.m. Wisconsin Library Association, Wisconsin Dells
November 5-7, National Farm Toy Show, Dyersville, Iowa.
November 13, 9:30 a.m. Sheboygan Falls Library, Horse Drawn Days.