We're having sad days here in Lake Charles, LA. After 23 years, we're losing our Waldenbooks. This is where I had my first book signing, sitting right there where the pink All Bargains 50% Off sign is.
The salespeople in Waldenbooks knew their business. They knew their inventory. They didn't scratch and look puzzled when I asked for a title. They actually recognized the title--no matter what it was. I can spot a reader and a book lover. Do you think it was mandatory that anyone who worked for Waldenbooks had to be book lovers?
With Waldenbooks gone, we'll be left with BAM, an over sized gift store that carries books. Nope, not a fan, but I will go there. After all, they're the only 'show' in town now. No town should have only one bookstore.Especially MY town.