James Fowler reads from his book Falling Ashes at Poetry in the Park.
Savvy bookstores are meeting the digital age by reshaping themselves into social gathering places. One of the best bookstores in New Hampshire, Gibson's in Concord, our capitol city, has just remade itself completely along these lines. They have a gorgeous new space, plenty of room for author events and a café with fabulous food—and even wine and beer soon. They have become a place for literary happenings and literary excitement.
At Hobblebush we look for venues like this and we spread the word about our books by having the authors spread the word themselves as often as possible.
Our Poetry in the Park event became an event. We heard that folks mightily enjoyed themselves and we plan to repeat Poetry in the Park next year and maybe even take it to other cities. In October our biggest event is the Boston Book Festival and I encourage any lover of books to make the effort to go. It is book heaven, with publishers and authors and food and music in abundant supply in a scenic part of downtown Boston.
Our events include slide shows of exotic places, mini-plays, folk music, provocative lectures, all kinds of literary excitement. If you aren't too excited by watching the world go by—or just go on and on—on your television set, or even if you need a break from your reading, come join the literary conversation, live, at one of our events.