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I’m pleased to welcome Lisa Dale to She Is Too Fond of Books!  Lisa is the author of Slow Dancing on Price’s Pier, which was published in April by Berkley/Penguin.  A little about the novel:

Thea Celik has devoted herself to running her Newport coffee shop, to parenting her daughter, and to being a [...]

Spotlight on Bookstores: *Toad Hall Bookstore* in Rockport, Mass.

Today’s Spotlight on Bookstores post is written by Laura Harrington, author of Alice Bliss (forthcoming from Pamela Dorman Books/Viking, June 2, 2011). I’m really looking forward to reading Alice Bliss, and will share a Tuesday Teaser as we get closer to publication date.  In the meantime, here’s a snippet from the publisher’s synopsis:

… a coming-of-age novel [...]

Spotlight on Bookstores: *Ravenna Third Place Books* in Seattle

I’m delighted to welcome Sarah Jio to She Is Too Fond of Books today, spotlighting Ravenna Third Place Books, one of thebookstores that she frequents in her hometown.  Sarah is the author of The Violets of March, a delightful novel set in Bainbridge Island, Washington, and following interconnected dual story lines; it will be on [...]

Spotlight on Bookstores: *Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe* in Asheville, North Carolina

She’s done it again!  Kathy – the intrepid reader/reviewer/blogger/traveler at BermudaOnion - recently sent me a Spotlight on Bookstores post about Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café in Asheville, North Carolina.  This is Kathy’s FOURTH Spotlight on Bookstores guest post (thank you, Kathy!) … she truly practices what she preaches about supporting the local independent bookstores that offer personality along with [...]

Spotlight on Bookstores: *Fiction Addiction* in Greenville, South Carolina

The lovely Kathy at BermudaOnion offers another wonderful Spotlight on Bookstores post.  If you follow Kathy’s blog, you’ve been introduced to Fiction Addiction in some of her posts about the Book Your Lunch events she’s attended (here are links to her write-ups about Heather Newton and Under the Mercy Trees, Donna Ball and A Year [...]

Spotlight on Bookstores: Newtonville Books in Newton, Massachusetts

I’m very happy to introduce Randy Susan Meyers and her Spotlight on Bookstores post about Newtonville Books in Newton (well, Newtonville), Massachusetts.

Randy is the author of the riveting The Murderer’s Daughters, which is now available in paperback – perfect for book groups, and a great solo read as well.  The book has a discussion guide, [...]

Spotlight on Bookstores: *Kepler's* in Menlo Park

I am delighted to welcome Linda Gray Sexton to the blog today!  A memoirist (Searching for Mercy Street: My Journey Back to My Mother, Anne Sexton) and novelist (Rituals, Mirror Images, Points of Light and Private Acts), she is the daughter of the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Anne Sexton.

Ms. Sexton’s recent memoir, Half in Love: Surviving the Legacy of Suicide, [...]

Spotlight on Bookstores: *Brattleboro Books* in Brattleboro, Vermont

Allow me to introduce you to Jessamyn Smyth, who will introduce you to Brattleboro Books in this Spotlight on Bookstores.  Brattleboro Books is the kind of place where one can have a “glorious debauch” and the owner takes pride in his role of enabler.  I hadn’t even finished reading Jessamyn’s essay the first time through [...]

Spotlight on Bookstores: Loganberry Books in Shaker Heights, Ohio

This is a sad first.  Today’s Spotlight on Bookstores was submitted by Meg, a bookseller at another shop, in response to a call for submissions in the Harper Perennial promo/giveaway.  Why so sad?  Meg is the assistant manager at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lyndhurst, Ohio, which is closing at the end of this month.  Her message about the mutual support offered [...]

Spotlight on Bookstores: *Troubadour Books* in Hadley, Massachusetts

From beginning (how she and her husband arrived at the bookstore) to end (what the proprietor offered as a departing refreshment), Rebecca Rasmussen’s Spotlight on Bookstores will hold your attention.  I suspect that’s what we’ll find when we read her novel, The Bird Sisters, due out from Crown/Random House in April 2011.  In the meantime, you can learn more about Rebecca, her work, [...]