That Bookstore In Blytheville is a tiny store on Main Street, Blytheville.
It is in an old building with creaking wooden floors and high, pressed-tin ceilings. It has all the atmosphere a reader could want, from a worn rocking chair under a vintage Nancy Drew poster. . .
. . . to a pot-bellied stove covered in toys and books.
My book-signing table was in the middle section, right in front of the Evelyn & Crabtree products. I wallowed in scents of lavender, vanilla, and books.
I could only hope it overpowered the scent of garlic that I carried with me from lunch.
After we set up, people began trickling in. Norma, the voice on the telephone, the emailer, the cashier, and Mary Gay’s all-around-right-hand-woman, told us that it was a quiet time for the bookstore – homecoming, plus three high school reunions in town. People had been spirited away to other activities for the weekend. She was afraid it was going to be a sedate book signing for me.
Instead, it turned into a mini-party by the Evelyn & Crabtree. Even though it was on the small side, we had a blast . . .
I got to chat with some of those I signed books away to . . .
There was Ellen, who is 13 years old.
And Sara and John Cooke from Little Rock.
And John is the one with the beard and shorts . . .
We made plans to meet up again at our Little Rock book signing where my second book, The Doll in the Wall, will be presented.
And, of course, Betty Koval from the Blytheville Chamber of Commerce. She DID come!
And I DID get to meet her!
All in That Bookstore In Blytheville.
Oh, and by the way, I did get to meet Mary Gay Shipley . . .
. . . And there is my left eye to prove it!
(Thank you for hosting me, TBIB.)