This week at Eight Cousins . . .
As we've been watching our bookstore slowly dismantle, it's hard not to get philosophical. What makes a bookstore? Is it the books? They left on Wednesday. Is it the book cases? Do they represent potential? They left on Thursday. Is it the space? We officially left on Friday. If we have no space, shelving, or books are we still a bookstore?
I hope we all feel positive that the answer is yes, because a bookstore is community. It's the people who are passionate about reading, whether they are working or browsing. It's the people who share their love of books and reading with their children and friends, who then share that love with others.
With our bookstore, like all other independent bookstores across the country, we strive to be a community space. We do our best to be a reflection of our community, but we also want to offer opportunities to dream, believe, and expand horizons.
Right now, we're thinking and talking about the core of Eight Cousins. What do we do well? What can we do better? We have a lot of opportunities right now to make positive changes, while holding true to our core values.
We want to hear from you.
We are delighted to confirm that we have been mailing out stacks of gift cards this week. When yours is processed you will receive two email updates from us as well as your card in the mail a few days later. We are still working through the list, so please do not worry if you haven't heard from us. Thank you to to everyone who has purchased a gift card, but also thank you to everyone who has shared the information and the link.
We also received our first book shipment this week and have mailed out the orders. At the moment, we are placing orders twice a week. Remember you can order online at www.eightcousins.com.
We have been asked about local pick-up. We're still working on these details. At the moment, shipping is the only option.
Thank you as always for your continued support and encouragement.
~ Eight Cousins
Book talking in Memphis
I left Falmouth for Memphis last Sunday to attend the American Booksellers 13th annual Winter Institute. The weather in Memphis was lovely and warm! Then I heard that it was about the same in Falmouth. So much for escaping the cold . . .
Monday I was part of a booksellers' trip to Mississippi; we visited Faulkner's home in Oxford, the University of Mississippi, and the well-known Square Books. Booksellers love to visit bookstores! We take lots of photos and gather up as many ideas as possible.
Winter Institute opened with Sarah Jessica Parker, interviewed by Pamela Paul, the New York Times Book Review Editor. Educational sessions and round table discussions followed throughout the three days of the conference.
Everywhere I went, booksellers, publishers, and our wholesalers knew about Eight Cousins. Everyone expressed their deep sorrow at the situation; however, even more meaningful, support for Eight Cousins was paramount with "Let me know what you need. We're here to help!" I loved this warm embrace from colleagues---the community of booksellers is absolutely incredible and unique in its support for each other.
Dinners with publishers, meeting authors at the wild author reception, and one-on-one discussions with colleagues continued through the conference. Two sessions were especially helpful. The first was a panel discussion on "Smart Non-fiction," which gave me ideas for expanding our non-fiction section and highlighting new titles. My last session was a panel on disaster preparedness. Although the focus was on natural disasters, it was rewarding to see that we had followed many of the procedures recommended by the panelists. I spoke with fellow bookstore owners and learned about their paths to renovation and recovery. The number one force driving their re-opening: support from their local communities.
Thank you again to the Falmouth community and our friends from across the country who have offered support. We cannot do it without you!
~ Mary Fran
|Mary Fran with Juliet Grames, Soho Press and Soho Crime.
||Mary Fran with with author Jenny Milchman.
Upcoming Author Events schedule:
February 8 at 1 pm
Tova Mirvis, author of The Book of Separation at the Falmouth Jewish Congregation
February 20 at 2 pm
Richard Thomas, author of Why Bob Dylan Matters at the Museums on the Green
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