*A Collection of Antiquarian Curios & Relics*
"[Author] Hugh Howey has a petition out for . . . well, I don't know exactly what it's for,
except I think it's like, an anti-boycott for Amazon? A love-fest for Amazon? I'm not sure . . ."
--From Chuck Wendig's Blog
STONER BILL MEETS THE GREAT & POWERFUL ROTH
We're in Double D's basement, again.
The Good Doctor created an exact replica of 'The Stage', which is located in the back of Schulers bookstore in Lansing. 'The Stage' is an elevated platform where authors can meet, greet, and speak to a captive audience safely ensconced in folding chairs. Henry, Stoner Bill's younger brother, has invited about 30 of his 6th grade classmates to be a surrogate audience for this simulation. They are preparing Bill for Veronica Roth's author event at Schulers at 7:00 on July 16. She is promoting Four: A Divergent Collection (9780062345219) 17.99.
Henry sidles up to Double D, who is dressed in one of his Mom's old pantsuits and a short black wig, "Hey Veronica, how many more times are we going to have to do this? The natives are restless. You promised my friends copious amounts of cake and ice cream for doing this crap . . ."
Double D's straight black wig whips around just a little quicker than the rest of his hair as he snaps, "They'll get paid once Bill gets this right", he gestures towards his friend, "You know what I'm dealing with here. Just once it would be nice to see him go to an event like this and not make an ass of himself. Just once!"
Double D whips around again and addresses everyone, "One last run through! Bill, are you on your mark? Good! Roll it!"
Stoner Bill walks up to the center aisle with his ticket. He hands the ticket to Henry and Henry hands him a pre-signed copy of Four.
Stoner Bill stops, "What's this? I want her to personalize it to me."
Henry sounds exasperated, "Dude, how many times do we need to go over this? She's much too busy to sit at a table and sign books for schlubs like you!"
"Well, what's like the point then? Maybe I should just buy a copy of Lois Lowry's The Giver Quartet Omnibus (9780544340978) 29.99 instead. You know that book is being made into a movie, too. And even better, it stars 'The Dude' from The Big Lebowski as The Giver. It looks really awesome."
Ignoring him, Henry hisses under his breath, "Dude, avert your eyes. Whatever you do, do not look directly into Veronica Roth's eyes."
Double D jumps in as Veronica Roth, "Thanks so much for coming to Schuler Books. Henry, can you get him seated, please? Great. Before I talk to you about the fourth book in the Divergent trilogy. I want to thank the fine folks at Schulers who have recently purchased Nicola's Books in Ann Arbor. They will keep the independent spirit alive and well in one of the Top 10 most literate cities in the U.S."
Stoner Bill stands up, "Well, don't forget there are several other fine independent bookstores in Ann Arbor like Literati Bookstore and Bookbound . . ."
There is an angry murmur from the crowd. Henry interjects, "That's it! What does that have to do with anything?! Cake or no cake, we're out of here!"
Odds & Sods
It's not one of the Chillers, but Johnathan Rand has new horror story for young readers called The Ghost of Gratiot Road (9781893699984) 4.99. Hopefully, it'll briefly keep the kiddies out of trouble over summer vacation . . .
Speaking of summer, there is no better place in Michigan to spend a summer vacation than Mackinac Island. Long-time resident and chair of the Mackinac Island State Park Commission Dennis Cawthorne has put together a collection of local stories and reminiscences in his new book, Mackinac Island: Inside, Up Close, and Personal (9781933926452) 40.00. It's not a bad looking book, but a little pricey at forty dollars . . .