Emma Keeps Watch at J. Michaels

621.emma at j michaelsEmma took up a post at my signing desk at J. Michaels Books in Eugene Friday, keeping watch. Or taking a quick snooze. She seemed comfortable with the arrangement.

Apparently satisfied, she finally resumed her perch behind the counter, where she keeps tabs on the store’s business for proprietor Jeremy.

623.emma at j michaels counter

She does a very good job in this lovely store on E. Broadway in Eugene. The place is packed with temptations for book lovers.

Many people who came in the store had seen the story about my book A Place of Her Own in the Eugene Register-Guard. Others delighted in telling stories of their own pioneer ancestors, which I always enjoy hearing.

But Jeremy and I discovered our 5 to 7 schedule for the signing was a little off. The 7 o’clock end time proved too early, and the start time too early as well for this First Friday ArtWalk event. Buyers trickled in during the two-hour period. Then suddenly after 7 o’clock more customers for my books showed up, some after I had packed everything away. But Jeremy quickly pulled out more copies, and I happily signed them.

It all worked out. Emma was never worried. She has, by the way, the softest curls I have felt in a long time.


Signing at Eugene’s Friday ArtWalk

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARemember my excitement last May when I visited Eugene bookstores right after my book came out? And I was planning to tell the folks at J. Michaels Books about it? And there the book was already? Right in their window? My blog post about my surprise, “Happy Discoveries,” even got a mention in Brian Juenemann’s Eugene Register-Guard column. Brian writes about the local book scene as marketing director for the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association.

So, it’s a pleasure to tell you I’m going back to J. Michaels Books this coming Friday, September 5, to do a book signing event during Eugene’s First Friday ArtWalk. I’ll be there from 5 to 7 pm signing my book, A Place of Her Own: The Legacy of Oregon Pioneer Martha Poindexter Maupin.

If you’re in the Eugene area I hope you’ll stop by. The bookstore is located at 160 E. Broadway. That’s between Pearl and Oak. It’s a great street for meandering in and out of cool shops, taking a few minutes for a sidewalk snack or dinner, nice trees to offer shade.

Looking forward to a happy return. 🙂