When you burst into the world ready to shop after Thanksgiving, consider hitting up Battenkill Books (virtually!), a local independent bookshop that has been generous to me and many other local authors. Battenkill Books is specifically asking for your business on Monday, November 26th, a sort of cash mob project. Also of note - on the 23-25, they are offering 20% off one item!
Jon Katz, Jenna Woginrich, James Howard Kunstler, and I will personalize any of our books if purchased at Battenkill. Jon and Jenna - both super smart and larger-than-life characters - will be taking phone calls at the store, which can be reached at 518 677-2515 or online. The shop takes Paypal and ships anywhere.
Connie, the proprietrix of Battenkill Books, is a super sharp lady who loves and understands book culture. Jenna has a fascinating farm and a devoted following; you can check out her Cold Antler Farm site and writings to see for yourself: fiddles, homebrew, hunting, horses, you name it. I first found her through her book Made from Scratch, and am in love with the cover of her memoir, Barnheart. I recommend both.
Jon Katz has been a mentor to me; this man is as screamingly honest and real as they come. He called me up the day before my hardback went live and gave me what we in the south refer to as a "come to Jesus talk" about the state of my website (which, I should add, I still need to work on). When I have questions about the writing life, and I want a real answer, I go to Jon. The man is talented and generous and has no problem saying the thing you are afraid of hearing. I recommend his books but also his Farm Journal, which like thousands of other people, I've come to obsess over. He takes searingly gorgeous photographs, and writes unflinchingly about his life among animals. I was delighted by the strength and art of his story collection, Dancing Dogs.
All this to say I've found good people up here, and I'd be grateful if you'd consider supporting them.
All love and gratitude,