The bookseller tip for this blog comes from Lou Parmenter of Furby House Books of Port Hope, ON. Blog by Kate Hilton.
It’s a good idea to invite authors from a variety of genres to celebrate AFI Day. Remember that authors are in your store to hand-sell the books they love, and this is a great way to ensure that you’ll have recommendations to suit every customer’s taste.
Here’s what Lou Pamenter from Furby House Books in Port Hope, Ontario has to say about getting the most out of hosting a diverse group of authors.
“Furby House Books hosted 10 authors at our 2016 Authors for Indies Day, which meant we could cover a few genres: Jennifer Robson with her popular First World War novels, Kurt Palka with his recent historical fiction, Brad Smith and Michael Redhill (aka Inger Ash Wolfe) with their action-packed thrillers, Elizabeth Abbott and Colin Campbell with stories about animals, and Wayne Johnston with his Newfoundland brand of humour.
Ann Walmsley's The Prison Book Club offered another slant on book clubs, Katherine Govier needed no introduction, and Port Hope's own Claire Mowat spoke about her own and her late husband Farley's books.
At one point, we had three dogs waiting to meet George, the hero of Colin Campbell's Free Days with George. The clientele was as diverse as the writing styles represented at Authors for Indies.”
Check out our AFI Planning Guide for Bookstores and the list of Celebration Ideas. If your bookstore didn't host authors last year but you'd like to give it a try, just register on the website to be listed as a participating bookstore. If you have problems with registration, just email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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