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Donna Fletcher Crow (US) is the author of forty-some books, mostly novels dealing with the history of British Christianity. She is the author of The Monastery Murders series; The Lord Danvers Victorian True-Crime series; The Elizabeth & Richard literary mysteries, GLASTONBURY,A Novel of the Holy Grail and more. www.donnafletchercrow.com

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MURDER BY THE BOOK

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ March 8, 2011

With the expense of travelling these days and the easy, wide reach of the Internet, physical book tours and in-person book signings are becoming rarer and rarer. But there are still a lot of advantages to a real live author event.

Of course, number one has to be the joy of meeting your readers face to face, getting to show them your books and tell how they came to be, then the delight of a good question and answer session. A good book event always has a sense of energy that can inspire writers, readers and book sellers alike.

  

And then there’s the fun of getting to meet the store owners and managers— those people on the front line of connecting readers to books (and authors) they will love. I like to think of Beau Nash, the famous master of Ceremonies in the hay day of Bath’s Pump Room whose job it was to introduce young women to eligible males. In a book store everyone is eligible.

And there’s the stores themselves— my favorite signings are always in independent book stores and best of all are Mystery bookstores. As Barbara Tom, the owner of MURDER BY THE BOOK in Portland, Oregon said to me Saturday, "We’re a dying breed." But for those of us who love these unique offerings of civilization, they are worth fighting for.

MURDER BY THE BOOK has been serving the mystery reading community since 1983 and are proud to be a locally-owned independent bookstore. They say, "Since so many mystery writers have series, we have become serious about series. To the best of our ability, we try to keep in stock all the books in a series." And to make browsing easier the books are all arranged by category so you can go straight to the type of reading you like and find your favorite author or new ones in the same subgenre.

MBTB says, "If you are ever in Portland, Oregon, drop on by. We've got a slew of opinions -- is a gathering of mystery opinions a ‘clue of opinions’? -- and are happy to share them"

My event Saturday was an especially happy one because my sister-in-law Virginia, who lives in the area, arranged a luncheon at a nearby restaurant appropriately named Bread and Ink where I had the fun of meeting friends from college days, new friends, and fellow writer Debbie Goodwin.

   

And it wasn’t even raining, so we could walk up Hawthorne Blvd. To the signing.                             My husband Stan set up his computer to play my book video and handed out post cards to drop-in customers. Store owner Barbara provided coffee and nibbles, including dark chocolate— thank you, Barbara— and, unique to any event I’ve had before, interviewed me in a lively exchange with our guests. She took notes, too, and the interview will be posted under "Meet the Authors" on the MURDER BY THE BOOK website: http://www.mbtb.com/home 

Thank you to everyone who made this such a lovely day.

Donna Fletcher Crow (US) is the author of forty-some books, mostly novels dealing with the history of British Christianity. She is the author of The Monastery Murders series; The Lord Danvers Victorian True-Crime series; The Elizabeth & Richard literary mysteries, GLASTONBURY,A Novel of the Holy Grail and more. www.donnafletchercrow.com

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And i should have said, if you're not in the Portland area where you can drop in on MURDER BY THE BOOK, look up the nearest independent bookseller in your area and support them. Especially if it's a mystery bookshop. And watch for their listings. All indies hold great author events.

Thank you again, Barbara.
-Donna, March 8, 2011

Donna, the pictures are terrific and really add a sense of celebration. Congratulations on a successful signing!
-PegBrantley, March 8, 2011

That sounds like a wonderful event, Donna! (I mean, how can you go wrong with chocolate, books, and coffee?) I would've loved to hear everything you had to say--maybe one day I can since summers I walk up and down Hawthorne Blvd quite a lot myself!
-jennymilch, March 8, 2011

Jenny, you're a New Jersey gal, right? What are you doing on Hawthorne Blvd? DO stop in at MURDER BY THE BOOK next time you're in the neighborhood. Tell them Donna sent you. smile.
-Donna, March 8, 2011

Loved reading your blog and zooming in on the pictures; appreciated your plug for independent bookstores.
-Kathryn, March 9, 2011

Thank you so much for sharing the day with us, Kathryn!
-Donna, March 9, 2011

Just the concept of a bookstore that carries only mysteries makes me jealous! And your husband had a great idea, to show your trailer to people who came by your table. How festive!

-Bethany, March 9, 2011

We enjoyed meeting you! Your knowledge of British history and mythology is impressive. We look forward to more books in "The Monastery Murder" series. -- Murder by the Book
-ht@mbtb.com, March 9, 2011

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