Last week while I was on vacation in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, I dutifully stopped in to the local indie bookstore, Browseabout Books, in the heart of this charming town to say thanks to the booksellers for supporting my book and displaying it so beautifully. The happy news was that their initial order of The Calligrapher's Daughter had nearly sold out, and a reorder of ten copies had arrived that morning so I could sign them. And then the manager, Susan, kindly asked me to participate in a weekly radio show broadcast from their bookstore in a few days. Happily I returned, and in between interviews with candidates for a local election, I was generously given 10 minutes by talk-show host Dan Gaffney to shill my book. Because of the candidates, and the promotion of a watermelon festival, a small crowd had gathered to hear the 92.7 morning drive (WGMD, the voice of Delmarva) broadcast, and afterwards, I received a nice round of applause, a delicious watermelon and a watermelon-colored totebag from Steve, the owner of Browseabout Books. What a lovely and encouraging encounter for this first-time novelist. It was the first time I'd introduced myself to a bookstore owner, and it couldn't have been a better testament for authors to meet and greet the folks who do so much for us. Huge shoutout to Browseabout Books!