We had such a full, lovely weekend at the store – both Arts Walk and Independent Bookstore Day were successful AND enjoyable. We think over 1,000 people came through the store on Friday night alone! Thank you for coming downtown, for supporting Browsers and local businesses in general. Our Arts Walk artist, Jimmy Ulvenes, will have his work upstairs through the end of May so please stop by and see it! There are still a few unsold paintings.
Last Sunday, after two full days at the store, I spent much of my day outside reading Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl, a memoir of the author’s time running Gourmet magazine. The book is generous and warm and includes recipes which is about my favorite thing in a book. It feels so good to read a whole book in a day. To add to the amazingness of Sunday we watched the third episode of the last season of Game of Thrones. WHOA. We had to pause it several times for me to do some deep breathing. So stressful but so good!
After a packed April, May is a really chill month at the store. I am not sorry about it! I plan to read a ton. I am looking forward to finishing Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli (really good so far) and then dive into Spring by Ali Smith (the third novel in her Seasons Quartet) and How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell. April was busy but I still read and loved Women Talking by Miriam Toews, based on a real-life situation in a Mennonite community, this novel is unlike anything I have read before and absolutely worth your time. On a lighter note, I loved the personal essays by cartoonist and bookseller, I Miss You When I Blink: Essays by Mary Laura Philpott.
Hope you are reading something good,