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Malls, Shopping and Saving the World






IMG_8604It’s a long story. Or not really. Maybe it is just a short one that’s been going on for months. But months ago, a friend asked if I’d like to join her at the ARIA Author Expo in December. In April, that sounded fun. And good for business. Then my friend got an offer not to be refused and told me she couldn’t do it. I had the option of opting out. I opted out but the guy running this ARIA event is convincing. So I stayed in.

IMG_2900Three or four other opportunities have come up in the past months for me to opt out. Each time, I have opted out, only to be convinced by friends or fellow writers that, really, I should do this. It’ll be great, right? Meeting people. In a mall. During holiday season. Maybe selling a book.

Being at a six foot long table, all by myself, while people wander past, smiling brightly, trying not to look self-conscious, resisting the attempt to run as far away as possible. But I can’t. Because I am to stay there until 5. It will be dark then. I have a one hour and forty minute drive back to Jaffrey. I don’t like to drive. Especially at night.


So this is going out to all my connections. If, by happenstance, you are out and about and near the Lincoln Mall in Rhode Island, please do stop by. I’d love to see you. But, if you are like me and don’t like malls. Or shopping. Or crowds. Please go to a small local, independent bookstore and buy a book to give someone for the holidays. Supporting local bookstores is cool. Books are cool. You will be really cool buying a book a an independent bookstore. And then drop me a line or a facebook message telling me you did that. Because then, as I sit at the mall, I can have something to do, like read my email. And the Scrooge in me will be happy to think that a small business, rather than a chain store, will have been supported. Because it’s not bigger is better but local and small that is the future. And that, my friends, is doable.

And so is getting myself to the mall Saturday morning. Right? I can do this! Wahoo!



8th Whistle Stop: Havre

Progressing across the country . . ..

Flash Reading Schedule




Here it is! The Flash Reading Schedule for our Whistle Stop Tour. The times are subject to change. I’ll be updating the calendar on this website and (ahem) tweeting and posting on Facebook. And, of course, if you can’t be there in person, I will be posting the YouTube video links here. . ..

Now I’m off to plan the Whistle Stops!






1st Flash!

Saturday, October 25th 4pm

Toadstool Bookstore

Peterborough, NH


2nd Flash!

Sunday, October 26 5pm

St Marks

136 East Third Street

New York City, New York


3rd Flash!

Sunday, October 26 6:15pm

McNally Jackson

52 Prince Street (Between Lafayette & Mulberry)

New York City, New York


4th Flash!

Monday, October 27 5:30 pm

Kramerbooks & Afterwords

1517 Connecticut Ave NW

Washington, DC


5th Flash!

Tuesday, October 28th 12 pm

Politics & Prose Bookstore

5015 Connecticut Ave NW

Washington, DC


6th Flash!

Wednesday, October 29 12 pm

Book Cellar

4736 N Lincoln Ave

Chicago, IL


7th Flash!

Wednesday, October 29 2:15 pm

Women and Children First

5233 N. Clark St.

Chicago, IL


8th Flash!

Saturday, November 1 6:30 pm

Mrs. Dalloway’s

2904 College Avenue

Berkeley, CA


9th Flash!

Sunday, November 2 10:15 am

Green Apple Books

506 Clement Street

San Francisco, CA


10th Flash!

Sunday, November 2 11:55 am

City Lights

261 Columbus Avenue at Broadway

San Francisco, CA



11th Flash!

Tuesday, November 4 12 pm

Bookshop Santa Cruz

1520 Pacific Avenue

Santa Cruz, CA


12th Flash!

Wednesday, November 5 11 pm

Book Passage

51 Tamal Vista Blvd

Corte Madera, CA


13th Flash! PLUS READING!

Wednesday, November 5 6:55 pm Flash plus 7 pm Reading

Copperfield’s Bookstore

Montgomery Village Shopping Center

911 Village CT

Santa Rosa, CA


14th Flash!

Saturday, November 8 12 pm

Annie Bloom’s

7834 SW Capitol Hwy

Portland, OR 97219


15th Flash!

Saturday, November 8 2 pm

Wallace Books

7241 SE Milwaukie Ave

Portland OR 97202


16th Flash!


Change of venue: The Secret Garden

2214 NW Market Street

Seattle, WA 98107


17th Flash!

Tuesday, November 11 2 pm

Edmonds Bookshop

111 5th Avenue South


18th Flash!

Sunday, November 16th 5 pm

Darwin’s View