Support local authors at local bookstore on Small Business Saturday

From a Sundance Books and Music news release

shopsmall2014Sundance Books and Music will be hosting local authors Mignon Fogarty (Grammar Girl), Christopher Coake (You Came Back), Ellen Hopkins (Smoke) and Mark Maynard (Grind) as guest booksellers on Nov. 29, Small Business Saturday. The authors will be in the store from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. chatting with customers and recommending their favorite books.

Hundreds of independent bookstores across the country will be hosting local authors for Small Business Saturday thanks to a movement called Indies First. Launched by noted author Sherman Alexie, Indies First encourages authors to volunteer at their local stores to give back some of the support that independent bookstores have traditionally given to authors.

Other participating Indies First stores and authors may be found on

Small Business Saturday, founded by American Express in 2010, is celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

By registering an eligible American Express Card, a card member can get a $10 statement credit from American Express after he or she spends $10 or more in a single, in-store transaction at Sundance Books and Music on Small Business Saturday. Card members can take advantage of this offer up to three times for a total of up to $30 in statement credits at participating businesses. More information on the American Express program can be found at

For more information about the event at Sundance, visit

How to Create a Family Memoir This Thanksgiving

From the Book-in-Hand Roadshow

Holiday Memories: Learn How to Create a Family Memoir this Thanksgiving  will be held in South Lake Tahoe from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23.

The presenter will be Jennifer Basye Sander, author of more than 70 books and nonfiction writing and publishing teacher. Autographed copies of her book There’s More You Should Know will be available for sale at the workshop. It provides a place for parents to record the most significant reflections and remembrances of their lives.

Sander will help you get your own book project started at this event. The cost is $30 ($25 for 55 and older), and reservations are required. For more information, see the flier at this link.

A quick look at ‘Write, If You Live to Get There’

Updated “Where to find” Nov. 16, 2014

Write, If You Live to Get There, compiled and edited by Mary K. Sonntag and Mary Jo Sonntag


Genre: Nonfiction, history

My Synopsis: Letters written among descendants of Elisha and Mary (Meachem) Phillips from 1842 to 1862. Some remained back east (Vermont and Pennsylvania), and some moved to Illinois and Kansas. Some came out west and settled in northern California, notably in the Placerville area and at Phillips Station about 20 miles south of Lake Tahoe near Highway 50. A couple hundred of these letters were saved in a chest until the Sonntags, mother and daughter, transcribed and published them “to contribute to the historical record.”

Publisher: Word Association Publishers, 2013

Format and Number of Pages: Paperback, 434 pages

Where to Find: Write If You Live to Get There and Also check in the gift shop of the Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum in South  Lake Tahoe.

How Much Read: Most

Quotes (with spelling, capitalization and punctuation or lack of it from original letters):

June 28, 1868, Aden Church Phillips in Slippery Ford, Calif., to his sister Mary Phillips in Pennsylvania (the only mention of Reno I saw):
“The Pacific Rail Road is across the mountian [sic] and the cars are running to a place cawled Reno, which is only twenty miles from Virginia City, Nevada.”

April 12, 1869, Jane Davis Waterman in Vermont to her half-sister Lydia Davis Phillips in Illinois:
“give my love to your dear children how bad they will feel to have you go to Kansas and leave them Dear sister write it you live to get there”