That is a headline, people. A new independent bookstore just opened its doors in Sarasota on March 1 of this year. Bookstore1Sarasota, owned by Georgia Court, is filling a gap left when Sarasota News and Books closed recently.
As far as I know, I will be the first lesbian author who writes lesbian fiction to do a reading and book signing there. So I am really trying to turn out a big, enthusiastic crowd to persuade the owner that having more of us appear in her store is a good idea. If you live anywhere in the Tampa, St. Pete, Sarasota area, please make an effort to attend. Lets welcome this new bookstore into our community and show the owner that our business is good for her business.
It’s a great way to kick off Pride month activities, a great way to support the debut of my new novel, What’s Best for Jane, and a great way to welcome a new business brave enough to open in these economic times.
Below I have included an article I wrote for Prsuzy.com about me and the bookstore.
Local Writer Makes Bookstore Appearance
Bett Norris, author of Miss McGhee and the just released sequel What’s Best for Jane, will be appearing at the new independent Bookstore1sarasota June 15, 2011, at 6 pm.
If you haven’t yet visited this new store, this is your opportunity to welcome it into our community, and a great way to kick off Pride month. Located at 1359 Main Street in Sarasota, Bookstore1Sarasota opened its doors for the first time on March 1 of this year. Georgia Court, the owner, has braved the world of independent bookstores when so many are closing, and chains too, such as Borders.
First, author Bett Norris is off to New Orleans for the Saints and Sinners literary conference May 12-15, at the Bourbon Orleans hotel in the heart of the French Quarter. This annual conference draws some of the very best authors, publishers, agents, and editors in the GLBT genre. The conference also serves as a benefit helping raise money and awareness for NOAIDS. This year’s attendees include Jewell Gomez, Jess Wells, Marianne K. Martin, Radclyffe, and so many others.
Bett Norris was born and raised in Alabama, and her southern roots are reflected in her books. Miss McGhee is set in a small town during the civil rights movement and spans the years from 1948 to 1965.
“Miss McGhee is a tender, complicated love story filled with real hurdles and triumphs. It is an absolutely engaging read. . .”
Miss McGhee can be purchased in print or in ebook format.
Its sequel, What’s Best for Jane, makes its debut at Bookstore1Sarasota June 15.
The back cover blurb reads:
Grudges die hard in the South
Mary McGhee knows that more than most. Jimmy Jackson hates her and she imagines his daughter Jane hates her too.
Turns out, though, that Jane has a mind of her own.
Which is how an old, lonely woman finds herself getting to know a young, lonely girl. It’s an innocent relationship, but Jimmy assumes it’s ugly. The poison from their past threatens today.
As Mary’s life draws to a close, she struggles to know what’s best, determined to make a future for Jane. But Jane has a mind of her own.
Come join Bett Norris in Sarasota on June 15, 6 pm, at Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main St. Help her introduce a new bookstore to the gay and lesbian community, an independent bookstore. It’s a good way to kick off Pride month, a good way to support a new business brave enough to start in these economic times, and a good thing to do to show that business owner that the gay and lesbian community can and will help those businesses that support us by helping a lesbian, local author launch her new book.
Spread the word to anyone you know who loves books and bookstores, and help this author, help the store, and have a good time as well.