Saturday, October 04, 2008

Call for Stories

This is a shot of a great reading spot in the library I used to work at. You can see the bookstacks reflected in the windows. So let's talk about books. I still need stories for my next issue of Bookstore Thief.

Can you email me a true story that happened to you that has something to do with either working in a bookstore or a library, or a story that has something to do with your reading life?

Maybe you burned a book, why? Maybe you read a particular book once every year, why? Maybe there's a book you hated in school and it scarred you for life. Or there's a book that saved your life when you were 12. Maybe you had a brush with fame in a bookstore. Met your future spouse there? Did something crazy?

It doesn't have to be a long story, just a few paragraphs. Heck, I'd even take a few lines if they're interesting or funny.

If your story is ten pages long then obviously you need to write your own zine. My hope is that I get enough stories to make another zine that's a compilation of these stories. I will of course give everyone credit for their stories, and even provide plug space for your Etsy shop, blog address, etc. Or if you want to remain anonymous, you can do that, too.

I just think this will be really fun reading for bibliophiles like me. I got the idea when I read this great zine called 12 Items or Less that I bought off Etsy all about working in grocery stores and shopping in them. I thought it was fascinating. You're only going to find things like this in zines, little vignettes that don't fit anywhere else but are fun to read nonetheless.

For now, I'm going to have a deadline of February 2009, so you have plenty of time to stew about what you'd like to write. Meanwhile I'll be working on other articles for the second issue of Bookstore Thief, the first issue of which I hope to have done in a week or so and on Etsy for sale. If you have any questions, email me . Thanks for reading my humble blog!


Chris said...

You would not believe all the stories I have!

Some of them are lies, but they're stories, and that's the important thing.

Meleenia said...

Bookstore stories, i have doozie combining found love (temoporary) with Douglas Adams. I'll write it all down for you and hope you can use it. Loved your halloween heart pillows too, will keep your blog on my must check in now and then.
Best to you,
Dianne Miller