These days I unapologetically read ebooks. Very rarely do I read actual books. Partly I appreciate the space saved and partly I appreciate the trees saved.
There were maybe 50 people in attendance. I can’t remember the name of the bookstore but it has long since closed.
I got my copy of Susan Elizabeth Phillips book Heroes Are My Weakness signed in another lovely bookstore in Memphis TN. She entertained an audience of approximately the same number as Jenny, 50 people. Made everyone laugh a lot and gave out her signature red suckers.
That bookstore has also since closed.
I really do prefer ebooks but I will miss bookstores and book signings, for sure.
If you have to have paper books new things with promise are happening though! For example:
If you follow author Brenda Novak on FB you may have seen that she has a new idea. She created a travelling bookstore & coffeeshop and is going across the USA making various stops to promote and sell her book The Seaside Library due out 4/11/23.
And flashfictionforum.com puts on an event that takes place in San Jose CA but is also live on Zoom. I joined the Zoom for the last one. 6 people read including my fellow pinellaswriters.org member, Susan Rogers.
It was a stimulating evening of good reads from mostly new authors I've never heard of. I won a prize of a book titled If Not For You & Other Stories by Niles Reddick. I haven't read it yet but it looks good.
Nowadays I carry my TBR (to be read) pile with me everywhere I go because it's in my ebook app in my phone.
You're welcome, trees. I love you!!!