Always a reason to celebrate! There's a great new book store in the area, East Line Books. The proprietor, Robyn Ringler, is just a wonderful and enthusiastic woman -- and writer! You may remember her from my radio show, Prose at the Rose, where she talked about things like being Ronald Reagan's nurse when he was shot.
Robyn is determined not only to have a terrific and well-stocked store -- with determined book sleuthing skills as well -- but also to make the store a community gathering place. She's got books to suit all interests and tastes. There are comfy chairs scattered throughout the various rooms, coffee and tea, and best of all a meeting room for book clubs, writing groups, and writing classes. There's already a book club for the suddenly ubiquitous Twilight series. Getting kids to love reading is one of Robyn's chief aims.
She has ambitious plans for readings, including a program very much like Selected Shorts. Yes, she asked me if I was interested in doing a reading (didn't have to ask twice!), so I will probably be launching Unikirja there this fall. I finally got my copy of Lynda Barry's What it Is from East Line -- thanks, Robyn! Support the independent bookstores:
East Line Books
Old Village Plaza
1714 Route 9
Clifton Park, NY 12065
(Just north of Rt. 146 on Rt. 9 across from Snyder's Restaurant, between Clifton Park Pizza and Captain's Treasures -- Exit 9 off the Northway )
Tues - Fri: 10AM - 5PM
Sat: 10AM - 4PM
Sun & Mon: Closed
On the walk this morning, new sightings: a wee turtle and a water rat (as opposed to my birth sign, the metal rat). City wildlife! And then there was the ABBA House of Prayer down the street which I never noticed before (mama mia!).