One of the perks of bookselling I was unaware of when I came into the business is author dinners. When a publisher is trying to build momentum for a book, they can host dinners with local booksellers and other people in the book world. It allows them to highlight their featured author, giving that author a chance to talk books—and Their Book—with people in a direct position to make a difference to sales. And provide said booksellers with a nice meal at a nice restaurant. As a person who usually prefers to spend evenings cozy with a book, these events have to have an author I really want to meet before I'll sign up to go. So when the invite to an author dinner with Kristin Hannah for her new book, The Women, dropped into my email inbox last July, I immediately accepted.
I cannot tell you how many times I've been told how wonderful our children's section is, how thoughtfully curated, how delighted people are to find unique books and gifts for the children in their lives. And that is primarily down to one person: our children's specialist, Lillian. So we're sad to say (although happy for her) that Lil is moving onto a new chapter in her working life. After 20 years in the book industry, she'll be shifting to work for a Design/Build firm in Wallingford, running their small home goods store and project-managing for their interior designers.
Lil and I started working at Island Books at roughly the same time, but since she came with 12 years of experience to the book industry and I came with none (beyond being a lifelong reader), she was always willing to walk me through the many new things I had to learn.
Lil shared with me some of the things she’s been thinking about as her time at Island Books comes to an end:
Now, several of you will likely recognize the name Robin Oliveria. This may be because she's a wonderful local author, or because we've had the honor of hosting her several times, or because you're a lover of historical fiction. However it is that you know her, she'll be here at Island Books once again on Thursday, February 15 from 6:30 to 7:30, to celebrate the release of her newest book, A Wild and Heavenly Place! We are always excited to welcome friends and supporters of the store who happen to be amazing local authors as well *wink*, and love having them for book signings and Q&As.