Instant Nostalgia

One of my first and favorite stops on the Trespasser book tour was at Red Fox Books in Glens Falls, New York. I did a joint event with Julia Spencer-Fleming. We joined a friendly and interested crowd for lunch, trading stories and anecdotes about Maine and mysteries. I knew that the day would make for a nice memory, but I had no idea it would be a bittersweet one.

I just heard the news that Red Fox is going to close, driven out of business by a sluggish economy and a surge in ebook sales that is leaving lots of independent booksellers in dire straights. Glens Falls seems like a great little town, and I suspect lots of people will miss their favorite shop downtown.

I wish Susan and Naftali the best, and I am grateful for the warm welcome they and their customers gave an unknown Maine author.

Guest Blogging at Powell's This Week

For the next five days I will be the featured blogger at, the Web site of the awesome independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon. I visited the store on my pre-tour for The Poacher's Son, and it was like visiting a holy literary shrine, a cathedral devoted to the written word. The store is massive: It sprawls from room to room over an entire city block. 

I'll hope you follow my blog at Powell's this week, and please post a few comments there if the spirit moves you.