In a step forward, I not only talked a bookstore into carrying Travels with Cats, I got it into a bookstore listed in Atlas Obscura as one of the world’s best.
And, I have a book signing scheduled for December 1.
Owned by Jim and John Hoffsis, Treasure House Books has been operating on the Albuquerque Old Town Square since 1974. I’d chatted with Jim on numerous occasions. He is 90 years old and still participates in the Bataan Memorial Death March, a 26-mile hike through the White Sands Missile Range held every spring. This subject came up because I buy my hiking guides there.
Noting all the local authors featured, I asked Jim if he’d take a look at my book. “Well, self-published books are tough,” he said. Nonetheless, I brought one in and left it with his son John, who warned me he’s not a cat fan. I told him to give it a try anyway. He liked it and I am in.
The December 1 date for a book signing was settled by coordinating their heavy slate of local author appearances and my late-year kitchen duties at Grey Duck Hunting Lodge.
In the photo above you can see John behind the counter with four of books, my purse and $24 profit on the left, my orange key chain with whistle for hiking alone on the right.
To celebrate I went to the Hotel Chaco rooftop lounge, only to be promptly chased inside by lightening. I got a seat at the bar and spent my $24 on a couple of botanists, a wonderful cocktail of gin, tonic, lemon, juniper and thyme.
For any Better Call Saul fans out there, two scenes of the recently aired episode 2 were filmed at the Chaco.