End of Year Update


Baby has arrived!
My beautiful baby girl was born November 1st at 9:16 pm. She weighed a healthy 8 pounds 7 ounces. My husband and I are smitten by her. For a person so tiny, she sure keeps me busy! It’s an accomplishment to get dressed and eat lunch by 2:00 pm now, so blogging has fallen to the wayside. Before the end of the year, however, I wanted to update you on a few literary things that have happened in my life recently.

1). Remember my post about writing to authors? Well, I got a response! Katherine Neville sent me a signature. I was surprised since I had written to her in September of 2013. The signature is now proudly displayed on my bookshelf in front of her novel, The Eight.

2). I also had a response from another author – but in a different way. Not long ago, I posted about Miranda Beverly-Whittemore’s novel Bittersweet. I mentioned how I was confused by the story’s setting. I went on Goodreads and posed the question on the book’s page. I figured I would get a response from a fellow reader. Lo and behold – I received a response from the author herself. It answered my question and it made me appreciate the book more because the author took the time to respond.

3). I was further surprised to hear about the upcoming closure of my favorite bookstore. The Barnes & Noble located inside the historic Chateau Theatre in Rochester, Minnesota, will close at the end of December. I am saddened to hear this news and hope I can sneak in one last visit over the holiday season. It’s a unique space and who knows what will happen to the building once the books move out.

Happy Holidays to all. May your holidays be filled with lots of family, laughter, good food, and great books.


My Favorite Bookstore


Browsing in a Theater

I’ve visited plenty of bookstores over the years, but my favorite is still the Barnes & Noble bookstore located in Rochester, Minnesota. There are two locations in the city. One of the stores is a typical chain, located within the local mall. But the other location is something special. The store is located in the old Chateau Theater downtown and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The theater opened in 1927 and hosted plays, operas, vaudeville acts, and both silent and talking movies. From 1940 to 1980, the theater was a cinema. Eleven years after the doors closed, Barnes & Noble reopened the theater as a bookstore in 1994. Since the theater is a historic building, the floor is supported by pillars so that the decorative walls were left untouched. The walls replicate an early French village and the ceiling is still painted the original dark blue. The ambiance makes for a pretty magical shopping experience. If you ever find yourself in Rochester, be sure to stop at this unique bookstore.

bn_baltimoreAnother Cool Barnes & Noble Location:

I had relatives living in Maryland for a while, so my family visited them during spring break once upon a time. One afternoon, we made a stop at a B&N store that was inside a converted power plant. The décor is industrial and has elevators crisscrossing between the floors. If you’re near Baltimore, Maryland, it’s worth checking out.