This past Saturday I attended an all day book signing of The Hand of God, at Karen’s Book Barn and Java Stop in LaGrange, Kentucky. I was there to celebrate Oldham County Day and was joined by another Oldham County author, Rachael Rawlings
I’d like to start by thanking Karen and the rest of the staff at the Book Barn. We could not have been treated better. When ever you stop by Historic LaGrange, you need to make sure a stop at her store is on your list. The books are priced fairly, and the coffee is first rate.
I’d also like to thank Rachael for being a fabulous sport and putting up with me during a long, hot day. This is the second signing I’ve attended with Rachael, and she is excellent to have at your table. Check out her two novels, the paranormal romance, Dearly Departed and her mystery, The Parrot Told Me. Worth the purchase, I promise.
To say the day was hot is like saying Charlie Sheen is a bit crazy. Karen offered us the chance to set up inside, where we would be in the air conditioning, or outside where we would be seen by more people. I choose to set up outside.
Before long we were in the shade of the building, and we had a nice breeze all day. While the heat reached very warm levels, I wasn’t uncomfortable until I took a break to visit the booths in the Courthouse Square. By the time I got back to my seat, I was frying.
Sitting outside, no matter the temp, is the right decision, and it allowed us to see many old friends and meet dozens of new ones. Plus we had one of the best seats for the Oldham County Day Parade.
Book sales were brisk, and I ended up selling as many there as I did at Barnes and Noble the weekend before. We had such a magnificent time, I’m coming back to Karen’s Book Barn for the Iron Man Triathlon.
I was born and raised in LaGrange and every time I go back it’s like stepping into a time machine. Granted, the town itself, like me, is particularly different, but there is much that is still the same. From the trains running down main street to strolling lazily down the myriad booths in the square. I got to talk to neighbors I haven’t spoken to in thirty years. All in all, an extremely fun day.
So next Oldham County Day, I hope you find me out on the sidewalk, baking in the sun, signing a few books and talking non stop. It’s fun to go home.
2 thoughts on “Anatomy of an Oldham County Day Book Signing”
My wife and I LOVED visiting LaGrange during Pitch the Publisher back in 2010. We want to bring the kids back. My youngest is a big train fanatic. I can’t remember the name of the painter right across from the bookstore, but we bought a painting there for my daughter. Such a nice town!
Great town to visit. You’ll have to come back for a book signing.