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November 25, 2019
This month, a memoirist signs books at a winery; an author commemorates a historical journey; a writer advocates for endangered wildcats; and a whole lot more.


Book Transfer

Amos Kim, author of The Transfers, has taken “handselling” to a whole new level. While Kim says that he has tried to promote his book through social media, “I’ve found the most effective method is directly asking people I meet to buy my book." While Kim (r.) admits that “this is probably the slowest way to market a book," there's something to be said for making new friends. 


By All Means

Author Christine Kindberg celebrated the publication of her historical YA novel, The Means That Make Us Strangers (Bellflower Press), at Blackberry Market, a café in Glen Ellyn, Ill. At the party, Kindberg and family members wore t-shirts made by Kindberg’s mom, which feature the book’s cover art, designed by Zach Harris, a member of Kindberg’s writing group. Pictured (from l.): Brenda Cuellar, Christine Kindberg, and Jonathan Kindberg.


Friends of Fishing Cats

Children’s book author Nadishka Aloysius (and four-year-old son Ronan) read aloud to a young audience from the author's picture book, The Little Lost Fishing Cat. The book launch took place at the urban wetland sanctuary Diyasaru Park in Sri Lanka. The book was created in conjunction with The Urban Fishing Cat Conservation Project and aims to educate children and adults about the endangered wildcats.


Living History

Author and U.K. historian Peter Padfield recently signed copies of his book, Mayflower II Diary, at the Brixham Heritage Museum. Padfield wrote Mayflower II Diary in 1957 while he was a crewmember onboard the Mayflower II, a replica of the 17th-century ship that recreated the original Mayflower’s voyage. On the left, Padfield signs a book for Kit Villiers, son of the ship’s captain, Allan Villiers. On the right, is a photo of Padfield onboard the Mayflower II.


No Authors Were Harmed 

During the launch for the first book in author Lida Sideris’s Southern Mystery series, reader Alyce Scerbo (r.) won a contest to have a character named after her in the second book. She couldn’t have known that Sideris (l.) would make her namesake a murder suspect. Here, at a launch for the second book in the series, Murder Gone Missing, held at Chaucer’s Books in Santa Barbara, Calif., the real Alyce shows Sideris that she can take on her heroine by putting the author in a headlock.


Wine and Sign

To promote the publication of her memoir, Farming Grace, author Paula Scott signed copies of the book at Cordi Winery in Sutter County, Calif., where most of the story takes place. Readers sipped wine and picked up their books on the beautiful autumn afternoon. Among her biggest fans is Scott’s father, Garry Laughlin (pictured here with the author), who also appears in the memoir. Scott’s tip for fellow authors? “Wineries are a great place to hold book signings!”


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