Tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 1, I’ll have a book signing at the Books-A-Million in Houma, Louisiana. My Jim Limber Davis: A Black Orphan in the Confederate White House sells well at the BAM stores. (They’ve all been sell-outs so far) I had thought Houma was thrashed severely by the hurricanes a couple of years ago, but word is that the economy has rebounded well and is actually booming.
Today, I signed the contract with Pelican for my next children’s book: A Scottish ABC Book.
William Wordsworth said, “Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.” If I could see him now, I’d punch him in the mouth.
After a really enjoyable and fruitful weekend of book signings in the French Quarter in New Orleans, I received great news: My children’s book, Jim Limber Davis: A Black Orphan in the Confederate White House will be part of the Accelerated Reader Program used by many schools.
This weekend I’ll have two book signings in the French Quarter in New Orleans. Tomorrow (Friday) I’ll be at Tisket-A-Tasket and then Saturday at the Friends of the Cabildo Bookstore. Both are repeat locations for me. I sold a ton of books at both locations last visit. Other than putting up with the traffic (which admittedly is not as bad as Dallas), I always enjoy my trips to New Orleans.
Well, my university classes begin today. I’ve been running around again, doing the paperwork required. I’ve got a 102 class at Delta, 2:15 pm Mondays and Wednesdays; a 206 class at the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) at 1:00 pm same days; and a 102 class at ULM starting at 5:30. Some gaps in time, but still a decent schedule. As I was handling business, I made two personal sales, and the ULM bookstore agreed to carry my books as well.
This morning, I attended the adjunct instructor orientation at Delta Community College. Great people. I left that meeting at 11:00 am to drive (two hours) to go to my signing at the Books-A-Million in Alexandria, Louisiana. I had another sell-out. I think we’re going to get the attention of the national accounts at BAM if I can keep this up. The BAM managers were VERY pleased and said that I could definitely return to their store for future signings. No negative responses to the book today, and I did sell some to school teachers who said they were interested in my coming to their school so I could present my Jim Limber/Civil War Program. All of today’s activities translates into future money. I also met Jimmy, a member of the local SCV, and he wants to schedule me for a camp meeting as well. A friend of mine met me at the store and we got reacquainted (our families had been close friends for that two years I lived in the Alexandria/Pineville area). After I had sold all my books (I was scheduled from 1-5 pm), at 5:20 we went to eat a supper at Sammie’s. I’m tired, but very happy with how the day went. People who stopped to listen to me tell the synopsis of the Jim Limber story were surprised at the rich ironies of the story: 1) The fact that the President of the Confederacy legally adopted a free orphan of color and 2) That it was Yankee troops who kidnapped little Jim. I do believe this is a story that must be told.
In spite of my resolution to not do so, I have agreed to teach a class or two (maybe even three) at the local universities on Mondays and Wednesdays. I hope I don’t regret it, but as I received the schedule I wanted, I still have Tuesdays, plus Thurs-Sunday to hit the roads and market my books and work with libraries and schools.
Here is a photo of me at the Barnes and Noble in Arlington last Saturday. The manager asked me to read Jim Limber Davis: A Black Orphan in the Confederate White House to a group of kids who had come to the store that day.
At the Fort Worth Barnes and Noble, I purchased a CD, No Promises by Carla Bruni.