Local children's author and Nicola's Books customer, Nancy Shaw will be in the store to discuss her contribution to the new book, My Bookstore. In this enthusiastic, heartfelt, and sometimes humorous ode to bookshops and booksellers, 84 known authors pay tribute to the brick-and-mortar stores they love and often call their second homes.
She will also be discussing her new children's book, Elena's Story.
n this enthusiastic, heartfelt, and sometimes humorous ode to bookshops and booksellers, 84 known authors pay tribute to the brick-and-mortar stores they love and often call their second homes.
In "My Bookstore" our greatest authors write about the pleasure, guidance, and support that their favorite bookstores and booksellers have given them over the years. The relationship between a writer and his or her local store and staff can last for years or even decades. Often it's the author's local store that supported him during the early days of his career, that continues to introduce and hand-sell her work to new readers, and that serves as the anchor for the community in which he lives and works."My Bookstore "collects the essays, stories, odes and words of gratitude and praise for stores across the country in 81 pieces written by our most beloved authors. It's a joyful, industry-wide celebration of our bricks-and-mortar stores and a clarion call to readers everywhere at a time when the value and importance of these stores should be shouted from the rooftops.Perfectly charming line drawings by Leif Parsons illustrate each storefront and other distinguishing features of the shops.
Elena lives near a small town in western
Guatemala. She lives there with her mother,
her younger brother, Luis, and her baby sister, Ana. Her
father is far away, working on a plantation.
Elena struggles to keep up in school. Her teacher says she
needs to practice her reading, but it's hard to find time
to read. She must help her mother with the cooking and
housework, as well as the hard work of planting and
weeding their garden.
As the big sister Elena is also in charge of watching over
Luis to keep him out of mischief. It isn't always easy and
she gets impatient with her little brother. But at the end
of the day, when Elena shares a book with Luis, carefully
sounding out the words, she comes to better understand
and appreciate her role in the family.