It's been a busy fall with many exciting things happening in the book world of Loveland. In late September, Stephanie, Teresa and I attended the Moutains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association Trade Show in Denver. Two days were devoted to learning more about social marketing, surviving in this economy, hearing from publishers as to the "top picks" in new books; it was a great experience! We came back enthused and encouraged to broaden our marketing focus, find ways to attract and retain loyal customers and with a list of books to read/sell at the store.
Then two great events happened the first week of October, with Loveland Loves to Read hosting Wyoming author, Craig Johnson. His first novel, The Cold Dish, was a hit with a wide variety of readers and the Rialto Theater was filled with a welcoming crowd of folks who were eager to snatch up his other 4 novels, including the latest, The Dark Horse.
Later that week, the US Poet Laureate(1997-2000) Robert Pinsky came to Loveland as part of the Loveland Poet Series. He offered an informal talk on his poetry project, Americans' Favorite Poems, held at the Loveland Museum and Gallery. Later that evening, following a sponsors' reception, he spoke to a packed house at the Rialto. Dave Beegle performed acoustic guitar in an opening number, then was brought back by Pinsky to join him in the reading of the poetry. It truly was a magical evening, and what a delight to see so many people appreciating the art of poetry.
Anthology hosted another special event, on the 9th of October, bringing Bhanu Kapil and Aakash Mittal together for an evening of original work. Bhanu read from her latest book, Humanimal, while Aakash and his ensemble performed improv jazz, drawing from his East Indian roots. "Rhythm is melody" was the underlying theme of the collaboration, as I introduced the artists to a welcoming audience of about 40 individuals. The lovely fall day turned to a brisk and snowy evening, yet folks lingered and sipped coffee well until closing time. This Night on the Town event brought out the best of Loveland's supportive locals, and visitors from as far away as Boulder and Denver.
Join us in November when award-winning young adult author Laura Resau offers a chat and signing of her latest book, The Indigo Notebook. Laura will join us for Night on the Town, November 13, 2009 at 7 pm at Anthology. Her books, bio and other information may be found at www.lauraresau.com This is the perfect opportunity to bring your pre-teen and teen readers, to meet an accomplished writer who understands and relates well to the young adult reader. A child who reads will be an adult who reads, and always be a life-long learner. Plan to have a light dinner out on the town in one of our fine restaurants in Loveland, then join us at 7 pm to meet Laura Resau.