At Sutherlin’s Gem~the Books Gallery

DSCN0240Photo by Robin Loznak with my small Nikon.

Sutherlin, Oregon, has such a great gem of a bookstore in the Books Gallery on Central Avenue. I spent a pleasant afternoon there signing books and sharing a reading from A Place of Her Own. The signing table is right in the front window with cushy chairs so people can sit in comfort and visit a moment. For the reading I moved back into an inner space with large tables and the ever-present puzzle table.

Cheryl, the proprietor, said her son suggested the puzzle table nine years ago, and they’ve had a puzzle going ever since. People stop by, work on it a while. Then others come and do a few more pieces. Folks bring in their favorite puzzles and sometimes trade. It’s a great feature.

They also offer yummy goodies to eat with excellent coffee, tea, and soft drinks.

The place isn’t far off I-5 and is definitely worth a stop. Cheryl still has a few of my books there, and I think she’ll probably keep some in stock. Check out the Books Gallery Facebook page. If you scroll down a bit you’ll see me with Robin Loznak, my son-in-law whose photos are in the book.

Again I had a few surprises, people I hadn’t seen in a long time or recognized only by name. What a great tradition, book signing!