Busting Out at Barnes & Noble

photo from Ed Davis reading at Barnes & Noble

by Ed Davis on March 23, 2015

We Did It! 

The Miami Valley’s literary community did it again! My wife counted 45 people attending my reading at the Beavercreek (Ohio) Barnes & Noble last Saturday, March 21. Just as you did for Cyndi Pauwels last September, you supported me—and, therefore, all local authors—by coming out in force to show one of the last remaining big bookstores that you care about literature and you vote! (By buying books.)

Standing room only crowd at readingLike a Field of Sunflowers . . . 

Thank you so much—my heart was warmed by your enthusiastic presence as you gathered by the front window with pale early spring light on your upturned faces. I hope you had even a tenth of the fun that I had describing the genesis and challenge of writing The Psalms of Israel Jones and attempting to answer your excellent questions.

Dylan’s Delight

But you were as unpredictable as The Unsmiling One himself during the Dylan trivia contest. You answered with aplomb what I thought was a difficult question:What award, the nation’s highest for a civilian, did President Obama present Dylan in 2012?” while being stumped by (I thought) the relatively easy “In the early 1980s, Dylan toured with two very well-known popular American bands.” I had a blast giving away 6 books to winners, including my earlier novels, A Bob Dylan Reader and the Columbus Creative Cooperative’s new anthology For the Road.

B & N Rocks

Also, major kudos to host Barnes and Noble for the lovely introduction by the well-informed staff member; for putting out more chairs—even allowing us to borrow some from the café; for gifting me with the poster advertising the event; but, most of all, for allowing a local author who’s not a brand name nor published by one of the big publishers to soak up some of that lovely literary light.

And sell books for you.

Seventeen copies of Israel Jones were sold—and some folks bought other books; I’ll bet many (or a completely new horde of readers) will return when B & N hosts the next local author. Rather than the pleasant surprise Cyndi Pauwels’ turnout seemed to be last fall, maybe solid support for locals is the new normal.

Thank You and Good Night

Thanks for sharing your Saturday with me, when you could’ve been doing a thousand and one other things. Before I go, may I share below a few other local literary goodies in store for great readers everywhere?

Poet David Lee Garrison, author of Playing Bach in the DC Metro, will read at Montage Café in Greenville, Friday, March 27, 7:00-8:00 pm. Montage is located at 527 South Broadway Street, Greenville, OH 45331; it serves informal dinners, wine, and beer.  Free and open to the public. I’ve read there and it’s a great venue.

Suzanne Kelly-Garrison will be reading from her Irish American coming-of-age novel, Stolen Child, at Epic Books in Yellow Springs, Friday, April 10, 6:30-8:00 pm. Wine and Irish soda bread will be served in this cozy locally-owned bookstore serving the Dayton area.  Free and open to the public. Please read this book!

There will be a reading and book signing by poets and writers represented in the newly-released anthology Every River on Earth: Writing from Appalachian Ohio (Ohio University Press) at the Main Branch of the Dayton Metro Library on Sunday, April 19, from 2:00-3:00 p.m.  It includes work by the following Dayton area authors, many of whom will participate in the reading: Ed Davis, Cathryn Essinger, Benjamin S. Grossberg, Hayley Hughes, Herbert Woodward Martin, Julie L. Moore, Lianne Spidel, and Myrna Stone.  The Library is located at 215 East Third Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402 (937.463.2665).  Free and open to the public.

Answers You’ve Been Waiting For

You’ve got to be rewarded for reading this far, so here’s the answer to the Dylan trivia questions above. Obama awarded Dylan the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012, and the two bands Dylan toured with in the early eighties were The Grateful Dead and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. But you probably already knew that, right?

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