A reader since kindergarten, Roxanne Laney has spent most of her career as a technical writer and editor, and serial entrepreneur. The Arts et Lettres bookstore is his seventh business.
Two of us book ladies recently attended a book conference in Denver. During a presentation, the authors affirmed that “bookstores are a community and cultural institution”. It really got us thinking. How do we live this?
So many days it seems like a chore to keep unpacking books and putting them away, paying bills, sweeping floors and directing people to public restrooms. The authors of this conference have put a lot of things into perspective. For example, according to Kate Manning, author of historical fiction: “History tells you what happened in the past; you need a novelist to tell you how you felt.
So true! How we see the world depends on who we listen to. Manning’s latest novel, Gilded Mountain, is set in 19th century Moonstone, Colorado (the real Marble, CO). The plot centers on a French immigrant trying to navigate a new world, but is contrasted with the historical story of career miner unionization. A point of fact – Marble, Colorado is famous for its pure white marble, which was used to create the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC Apparently it was not an easy road from the ground to fame.
Another Manning quote reads, “Writers who put words on a page are entirely on their own until the bookseller puts the work into the hands of the readers.” Making recommendations to clients is our hallmark, and that’s why. Nothing beats walking into a bookstore full of books and finding it busy with avid readers who can get to know you and tell you about great books. Our job in our community is to get the right book into the hands of the reader who needs it most.
We celebrated our third anniversary on October 12, and over the past three years we’re proud to have amassed readership who follow us, who read what we offer, and who are happy with our selections. And we’ll continue to attend national book conferences – hearing authors explain why they wrote a book, and how, and what happened there, helps us convey their passion for their subject to you. We will do this regularly.
People seem surprised to find a bookstore here in the square. They think bookstores are a thing of the past. Are bookstores relevant in the 21st century? Yes! Thanks to online media overload, perhaps more than ever. Come here to find out what’s new, what’s trending, what’s really worth your time. Serious writers dig into their manuscripts for months, sometimes years, to get the story out, to research the story in order to bring a story to life. Bookstores transmit the magic that the authors evoke.