When I published “The Drive“ some years ago, a number of local bookstores helped me sell the volume, and I thank them for all their assistance. However, the largest single seller of the book — and they sold several hundreds — was SuperValu at First & Commercial. They put up a display stand near a cashier, sold the book at full price, and people bought it as an impulse buy (I’m guessing) while they waited their turn in line. I don’t believe they had sold books of any kind before and it was a positive experience for both the store and me.
Today when I was in the store, they were eager and proud to tell me they now had a whole display of locally written and locally published books.
As a Board member at People’s Coop Bookstore, I guess I should be nervous about yet another competitor. However, I really appreciate the efforts the owner and managers of the supermarket are doing to further the careers of our local authors, and I applaud and thank them!