Road Trip: Day 98

Posted: November 6, 2016 by Jollymore in Uncategorized

Dateline: Indianola, Iowa

It is hard to say goodbye. After nearly 100 days selling books, thinking of selling books, talking about books, dreaming about books, it seems one cannot just drive off into the sunset. Surely, that’s not me.

Originally, my exit strategy was: finish the Totally Criminal Cocktail Hour, jump in the Subaru, and drive south then west as fast as I could. But it occurred to me it might be a waste to pass by bookstores whose owners and managers I had met at Heartland Fall Forum but whose bookstores I had not seen. Along the way (in order of my visit and all in Iowa) were Bookworld in Fort Dodge,  Plot Twist Bookstore in Ankeny, The Book Vault in Oskaloosa, Pageturners Bookstore in Indianola, and Beaverdale Books in Des Moines.  Each is, and was, well worth the visit. See them online!

(L) The Book Vault (keeping three vaults open and unlocked), (LC) Indianola is the place to plan your wedding, (RC) a touch of Tiffany’s in Iowa, (R) a home grown coffee chain (four stores), this one in Oskaloosa.

Racing across the Nebraska state line, it occurred to me that visiting the three remaining stores in Omaha and Lincoln might delay me too much from my 450 mile drive to Cheyenne. “Give it a rest, Tim. Stop the insanity.” Once I left Lincoln behind unvisited, I felt lightened, more like a West Coast writer unchained. So I drove.

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Oskaloosa’s square, railroad overpass on highway 92,  the interior of Smokey Row cafe, a church on the square and a passing shot of Des Moines center.

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