Happy Birthday to Us

September 10, 2008

It’s TKE’s 31st Birthday! And not only that, it’s also the one year anniversary of my hiring. Hard to believe, isn’t it? So I thought, in honor of the day, I’d do a little retrospective on the highlights of my first couple of months at TKE:

  • Our 30th Birthday with Diane Ackerman, September 10, 2007: This was the first event I worked at TKE — talk about a whirlwind! As exciting as it was to come into the store during its 30th year of business (buy local!), it was even more exciting to meet one of my favorite nonfiction authors of all time. Not only was it fantastic to meet her and hear her talk about The Zookeeper’s Wife, but I literally got chills when she was nice enough to sign and personalize my very dog-eared copy of A Natural History of the Senses.
  • Pam Munoz Ryan came, September 17, 2007, to sign copies of Paint the Wind, after spending a day at local schools. This was the first time I was attached to an author for an event, which means I was introduced into the fine arts of book prepping — PostIt-ing books for kids in line, getting stock ready for her to sign, etc. Ask any events bookseller, it really is an art.
  • September 22, 2007, was my first Shannon Hale event, for Book of a Thousand Days. If you’ve ever been to one of our events for Shannon, you know exactly how overwhelming they can be. Definitely a lesson in crowd control!
  • October 11, 2007, was the first time they ever left me alone to run an author event; it was also the first time I introduced an author. To understate, I was nervous. Fortunately for me, it was the lovely and talented Alexandra Enders, in town to promote her debut novel Bride Island. She was sweet, the crowd was great, and everything went well. Phew!

Since then there have been too many events to count, all buckets of fun. You may think I’m just saying that, but it’s true. Ask any events coordinator: All the madness of setting up the event, finding a venue, publicity, making sure you have the right books, making sure the books get to the venue on time, staffing, and the million other details that need your attention — all of that fades to nothing as you watch an audience and an author connect.


Author Update | Pam Munoz Ryan

September 24, 2007

Last week was author-packed and amazing! On Monday, Pam Munoz Ryan was in town for her new book, Paint the Wind:

Paint the Wind, by Pam Munoz Ryan

In this epic horse, story, Maya is a captive. In Grandmother’s house in California, she is forbidden from playing or having friends, every word and action is strictly monitored, and even Maya’s memories of her mother have been erased—except within the imaginary world she has created. A world away, in the rugged Wyoming wilderness, a tobiano paint horse called Artemisia runs free, belonging only to the stars. She embodies the spirit of the wild—and she holds the key to Maya’s memories. How Maya’s and Artemisia’s lives intertwine, like a braided rein, is at the heart of this richly-drawn adventure about captivity and freedom, about holding on and letting go.

After visiting several schools, she came to the store for a signing at 7 p.m. We had a great turn-out, and the highlight of the event for me was seeing the six or seven kids’ bookgroups that turned up, en masse, with their books and their wonderful enthusiasm. Pam was incredible, signing books for students, customers, and then for the store almost until closing! We hope that she remembers us for the fun we had, and not for the resulting carpal tunnel.

We still have plenty of signed books on hand, waiting for good homes, so don’t be a stranger!