As reported, Borders Books has been going through Chapter 11 of bankruptcy proceedings. As such, many of the stores are closing and/or cutting back, but, fortunately, not all of them. My husband and I are lucky enough to live near one that doesn't have plans to close. In fact, in some respects, they are going all out to keep and enhance their business.
One of the ways the store is doing this is to hold public poetry readings every Wednesday night through the end of May. They started these readings in late March/early April. At first two employees just alternated by reading poetry they enjoyed, but as the word spread about the readings (the store passed out fliers...that's how we found out about it), more poets came to their coffeehouse. We have attended several of them and there are always a few poets who share their poetry to the coffeehouse patrons. They are not always the same poets, but young and old alike share either their own poetry or poems that are poignant and meaningful. Because of these readings, poetry books as well as others are being sold, too.
This particular Borders, which is located at the Sandusky Mall in Sandusky, Ohio, is also promoting local authors, too. For example, this Saturday, Kelly Keiser, one of the poets, who read some of her poetry at this venue, has a book signing for her poetry book. In a month, on June 18th, my husband, Rob Smith, will be having a book signing on his new novel, McGowan's Return. Besides these two signings, there have been others, too. The end units, as well as the local section of the store, are filled with books by local authors. Many of them are even signed. In this way, this Borders is keeping their store vibrant.
The reality is that the employees realize that keeping patrons interested in books, poetry, and authors will keep their sales growing, and their store open.
On a completely different subject of reality, I have never been one to watch much in the way of what is called reality TV. Most times, I think it is too outrageous and not really good programming; however, having said that, I am hooked on Dancing With the Stars. To be honest, l didn't watch the first couple of seasons of the show. I think I started watching in season three or four, and never voted for the first couple seasons of it. I have voted a few times, but even now, I don't vote, but I do enjoy watching the dancing. I am so impressed by the professionals who manage to turn stars into dancers. Some really have little dancing talent and yet, become, progressively, good dancers. The final is this coming Monday, and three stars remain. As this season winds down, I'll be rooting for my favorite: Hines Ward and his partner Kym Johnson, but all of them are not only stars, but dancers who deserve to win the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy. Let the dancing begin!
Causes Nancy Smith Supports
Doctors without Borders
American Diabetes Association