Book People

I’ll admit it. I wish I knew a way to get our book available on Kindle or Nook or whatever all those devices are called.  But we won’t go so far as selling “A Certain Slant of Light. Emerging from the Shadows of Mental Illness” on They’re “predators.” Maybe even more important to me — they’re not book people.

I’ve been there, having owned Oz Books for 15 years in Southwest Harbor, Maine. Book people can be more helpful than therapists by suggesting reading that may take you out of yourself. Voila! Problems solve themselves through story, escape or  empathy with someone else’s realization.

Book people can become good friends. When they recommend a book you love,  you want to hang out with them. Plus, they take the time to listen.

I always appreciated a customer thanking me for a book suggestion. It was a kick when someone would return to OZ, telling me I was “the source of all knowledge.”

“A Certain Slant of Light…” has a lot to offer to so many people who have limited understanding of mental illness. If anyone knows how to turn our important little book into an ebook, short of getting a commercial publisher, please let me know. Also looking for that one Oprah-like acknowledgement to get our book national publicity. All ideas welcome!

Meanwhile, although I don’t usually care for Broadway in Tucson productions, the “Wizard of Oz” is opening next week. I’ll be there. And there’s the Tucson Festival of Books, March 15-16.

Once a book person, always a book person.

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