Breaking in at Barnes & Noble
(and the Epic in Yellow Springs)

Barnes & Noble beavercreek store

by Ed Davis on March 2, 2015

A Call to Arms 

This is a tale of the Little Literary Community that could—and hopefully still can.

Last fall, my friend Cyndi Pauwels set her sights on Barnes & Noble in Beavercreek for the literary debut of her first mystery novel, Forty and Out. She knew she’d have to persuade B & N that she could draw a crowd. Thus, she composed a very convincing letter to Pamela McGill, Community Business Development Manager, which she dropped off personally, along with a copy of the book to prove that it was professionally edited and published.

It worked. 

Before the reading, Ms. McGill told her they would mention the event on Facebook and place a poster in the store. Cyndi did the rest, notifying all her friends, personal and professional, well in advance. It didn’t hurt that she’d paid many dues to the region’s literary community (for example, being a work-fellow at the Antioch Writers’ Workshop for many years). 

Big Payoff 

Cyndi was informed that B & N staff would put out a dozen chairs for the event; as it turned out, they needed at least thirty more. Cyndi did a great job, the event was enjoyable for everyone and B & N sold every single copy of her book and could’ve sold more. Ms. McGill said it was her best event ever, and she even wrote an article on it for the company’s newsletter. (Hopefully corporate heads are listening: there’s a solid market for local writers in the Dayton area.) 

A Modest Request 

In the wake of Cyndi’s huge success, Barnes & Noble Booksellers has offered me the chance to introduce The Psalms of Israel Jones on Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. at their Beavercreek store in The Shoppes of Beavercreek across the street from the Fairfield Commons Mall.  I’m honored and, like Cyndi, hope to convince B & N it was a good idea to take a chance on a local writer.

That’s why I’m asking you to support not only me in particular but all writers in general by a show of force similar to the spectacle Cyndi pulled off last fall. We all know what happened to Borders, and we can’t afford to let that happen to Barnes & Noble, who need to know they can rely on local writers to attract the reading public. See you there? Tell your friends? 

This Just In . . . 

In coming months, the Epic Bookshop in Yellow Springs will host two writers I highly recommend.

First up, on Friday, March 6, 6:30-8:00 p.m.is Joe Downing, author of The Abundant Bohemian (www.abundantbohemian.com.), which teaches us how to follow our passions and live a life of abundance while giving up the illusion of security. Joe’s voice is intimate, compassionate and self-effacing as he shares wisdom gained by interviewing many artists, writers and other nonconformists, mostly in the Miami Valley.

Then on Friday, April 10 from 6:30-8:00 p.m., Suzanne Kelly (Garrison), will introduce, sign and read from her fine Irish-American novel Stolen Child.  As my blog of January 3, 2014 enthusiastically reported, it’s about nine-year-old Lucy’s summer of transformation, when her mother is hospitalized for a terrible, unnamed illness and she must live with her religiously strict paternal grandmother who turns out to have a tongue of fire and an emerald heart. Everyone I know who’s read this novel adores it.

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