recorded my second Scribble* interview at WVIK in Rock Island, IL. It
has not aired yet. However, my memory of it tells me I need to fill in some
holes, those few blank spaces where I didn’t offer enough explanation.
my answer to the fundamental question: Where can readers find my new book, Shadows
Over Bishop Hill?
recall exactly what I said, and I do know I got “marydavidsaver.com” in
at one point near the end of my answer, but I think I missed the opportunity to
elaborate on the importance of mentioning my website.
year I decided, for better or worse, I would not mail out my books on my own. Amazon
was my primary book source for online orders. But I wanted a more personal
touch for my region of eastern Iowa and western Illinois. I wanted to make use
of local independent booksellers and in doing so I would support them, promote
them; therefore, we could help each other. I spent months making the rounds and
placing my books. I posted those businesses on my website.
1319 30th St., Rock Island, IL, is a new business that’s found a home in a lovely
house near the Augustana campus. It features used and new books, art, toys,
gifts, yarn, and community events. It has a gallery atmosphere with creative
inspiration on every wall and around every corner. Be sure to ask for their local
East Main St., Galesburg, IL, is another new business with a renovated space near the
Knox campus. It’s bright, airy, and well stocked with reading material, gifts
for all tastes, and is very welcoming to local authors. They can even accommodate
online shoppers at: https://bookshop.org/shop/wordsmithbookshoppe
Arts Center, 203
Bishop Hill St., Bishop Hill, IL, located in the Colony Blacksmith Shop is situated across
from the centrally located state park. The large brick building is an old
standby for me, practically a second home at one time. It’s renovated upper
floor contains antiques and collectables, while the spacious first floor is
filled with arts, crafts, and a book nook set aside for local authors. I’m
honored that my books have a place on the shelves.
101 West Main St., Bishop Hill, IL, is a venerable colony-era brick building that, like others,
has seen many uses over its long life. It’s the “candy store” to many children.
Other folks can appreciate the old-fashioned feel of a general store with a
serious Swedish flavor. Where else could my Bishop Hill based mysteries share
shelf space with Stieg Larson’s crime novels?
Brewed Book, 1524
N. Harrison, Davenport, IA, is in a building finishing up an ambitious expansion project. Visitors
will find friendly faces and shelves filled with new and used books. The
espresso machine is waiting to make everyone feel welcome and energized. My books
share space with other local authors near the front door, over the piano.
Main St., Dubuque, IA,
is another bookstore in a vintage brick building. This one is on an easy-to-find
corner overlooking the Mississippi River’s collection of casinos and museums. It
offers an intimate shopping experience and a wonderful showcase for my books.
South Dubuque St., Iowa City, IA, is an iconic landmark for the Iowa campus and for me. I’ve
come for readings from favorite authors, such as John Scalzi; and on interesting
topics, such as the history of Buxton, Iowa. I’ve stopped by for lunch and
latte. Now I can drop in to check on my Bishop Hill books, and perhaps meet some
friends and relatives.
As I worked
on this project, placing my books next to those of other local authors, I became
aware of how often I recognized names of people I knew, had met, or worked
with through the Midwest Writing Center*. It’s a testament to how vital
that non-profit organization has become to our region. A resource, in fact, to
so many of us who embrace the written word as authors; writers, at all levels
of engagement; and readers, of all manner of genres.
*Scribble is a weekly radio feature hosted by
Don Wooten and Rebecca Wee at noon Saturdays on WVIK 90.3 FM Quad Cities and
95.9 Dubuque. The hosts “muse about writing, poetry and the craft.” All books
are fair game for lively commentary. Book reviews are welcome. Contact information: email@example.com
Writing Center is “the
only organization in the Quad Cities dedicated solely to the literary arts.”
Writing is often a solitary
task, it’s good to find kindred spirits and help along the way. For more
information go to: https://www.mwcqc.org/