I am so excited! Tonight is my very first book signing event in a real, brick and mortar independent bookstore!!
First, here’s the details for my event:
WHEN: 6:30 – 7:30 PM today
WHERE: Avid Bookshop @ 493 Prince Ave, Athens, GA 30601
Now I simply must write a few things about this wonderful place. This bookstore is everything an indie bookstore should be. It’s a friendly, cozy sort of space filled with a great selection of books. The staff is friendly without being overly chatty (which can ruin my book buying zen happiness). There are lots of handwritten shelf-talker cards from staff and customers in case you are the adventurous, omnivorous sort of reader who is always in search of new authors/titles (like me). There’s a great children’s section located in the back 1/3 of the retail space. (Yay, no tripping over kids while reading the back cover copy on the latest thrillers!). And all of this is located in a beautiful historic building.
Right next door, there’s a funky, friendly, fabulous salon called Model Citizen that is on just about every “Best of Athens” list. (Michelle at Model Citizen is responsible for my author photo look). The Grit, which is one of my most favorite restaurants in Athens, is within easy walking distance (two short city blocks). In other words, you can buy a stack of books, get your glamor on and stuff your gut in one trip.
Seriously, when visiting Athens, don’t stick to the campus/downtown area. This little section of Prince is worth a quick side trip or an entire afternoon.
Once upon a time, I dreamed of owning an independent bookstore…OK, I still indulge in that fantasy from time to time even though I know that it’s a 24/7 kind of career where the monetary profit margin tends to be lean (if at all) and where success requires catering to the public (ugh) and doesn’t allow much time for the actual reading of new books (zoinks!). Maybe someday I’ll figure out how to live in a bookstore without actually being responsible for running the place. Hmmmm…..
Anyhoo, whenever I used to visualize my fantasy bookstore, it looked A LOT like Avid Bookshop. It is truly the perfect little neighborhood bookstore. That’s why I’m so happy and grateful that somebody was willing to put in the work to make it a reality. And now I get to have a book event there!