By Cameron Crane
In my opinion, if you are a reader, there are three things that are almost guaranteed to happen to you at least once in your life: (1) you will fall head over heels in love with a book (or a character in it, or both); (2) you will so deeply admire an author that you will find a friend in their words; and finally, (3) you will one day find a bookstore that is so special, it becomes a second home. I say this as a reader who has experienced all three of these things a multitude of times—most recently in my position as the Marketing Professional at Little Pickle Press.
The first time I read Spaghetti is NOT a Finger Food and Other Life Lessons, I fell in love with the book and even more in love with its protagonist, Connor. Before I ever talked to Jodi Carmichael on the phone, I found myself smiling or audibly laughing every time I read one of her emails, blog posts, or Facebook statuses. And when McNally Robinson Booksellers hosted the launch of Spaghetti in Winnipeg, I knew that it was a bookstore so special, it would immediately feel like home if ever I got the chance to walk through the doors.
|Jodi Carmichael greeting her audience at McNally's|
|Jodi signing copies of Spaghetti for some lucky readers!|
|Jodi's special audience showing support with Spaghetti t-shirts!|
I knew this for several reasons. First, I knew that any bookstore that supported Spaghetti and Jodi was a bookstore I liked. Second, in Jodi Carmichael’s blog post with pictures from the event, not only was she glowing with excitement, she also casually referred to McNally’s as “the finest Independent Book Store in all of the world”. But this notion didn’t truly set in until I visited McNally’s website and began to really explore what they are about.
McNally Robinson is a family-oriented independent bookseller, committed to the values of community bookselling. They believe that “reading is co-relative with a thoughtful, imaginative and fulfilled life”, and, as the launch of Spaghetti demonstrated, they go above and beyond to foster a love of it. From the floor-to-ceiling tree with a winding staircase leading to the kids' department, to a beautiful collection of children’s books and a highly supportive staff, McNally’s is definitely a placed to be loved. And we do!
Thank you, McNally’s, for your generous support of Little Pickle Press, Jodi Carmichael, and Spaghetti!