Monday, December 28, 2009

Storms, holidays and a year of great books

So where the heck has Page 854 been? Two major things happened: the Big Winter Storm of 2009 and the holiday season. Now, Asheville is located in the mountains, so you would think a big snow wouldn't bring everything to a standstill, right? Wrong. The world screeched to a halt for several days, and I don't think our parking lot has fully recovered yet. And five days after the storm we had customers in the store reporting they still hadn't had their power turned back on.

Which of course brings us to the holidays. By last Tuesday people were beginning to emerge, and, fortunately for us, they still had some shopping to do and -- correctly! -- decided that books were just what they needed, for themselves or for others. We had a busy time last week, and we thank all of you who were a part of that busyness. And if someone gave you a gift certificate or two copies of the same book -- or if you just feel a need to reward yourself for surviving the past few weeks -- we invite you to come check out our grand after-Christmas sale, with loads of great books discounted 40% or more.

And since we're only a few days from the start of 2010, I thought I'd mention another year-end list: one that Rob Neufeld put together for the Asheville Citizen-Times of the bestselling books of 2009 with Western North Carolina connections: books about the area by folks who don't live here, books about other places by folks who do live here and books about the area by local authors. It's a fascinating list which shows the wide literary reach of these mountains. (A fuller version can be found at The Read on WNC, a great website featured in the "Links" section of this blog.)

Hope you're having a great holiday season, and that you have a happy and prosperous 2010.

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