The Final Chapter – closing of A Novel Idea

Posted June 28th, 2012 by

This is a sad note to post. I’ve procrastinated writing it for months. I learned in January that A Novel Idea, one of my favorite independent bookstores, closed it’s doors in Bristol, Rhode Island last December. Such closings are a sad epidemic across the country.

I was so looking forward to making an appearance at A Novel Idea with Sharon when Gather at the Table comes out in October. Sue Woodman, the owner of A Novel Idea, was one of the strongest supporters of Inheriting the Trade since it was published in 2008. It sold very well at her store through the efforts of her and her staff.

As I wrote to Sue in January,

I thought about you today because we’re reviewing the copy-edited galleys and you and the store are mentioned in chapter 6. I’m glad you’ll both live on together in print!

All my best to you in your new adventures. I hope to see you when I’m next in Bristol!

The world of book publishing and distribution is changing dramatically. In some ways these changes are very exciting. In other ways, not so much. These changes are not surprising. Advances in technology always bring about changes. Yet I can’t help but believe that Bristol lost a bit of its heart with the closing of A Novel Idea.

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