By Cameron Crane
Bunch of Grapes Bookstore
44 Main Street
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
One of the most exciting things about launching a new book is getting to watch first-hand the way children react to title. The first time one of our authors attends a reading of their picture book is an experience that cannot be matched, and part of what makes the experience so magical is the special ambience that only the perfect bookstore can create. Such was our experience with Bunch of Grapes Bookstore, where Coleen Paratore held her first reading of BIG just last month.
Bunch of Grapes is located on Main Street in Vineyard Haven on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. Opened over forty years ago, this independent bookstore has worked its way into the hearts of vacationers, authors, and local readers, both young and old. In fact, the love for this this bookstore is so strong, it has survived against all odds.
In 2008, a neighboring restaurant caught fire and the bookshop’s entire inventory was lost. Hope, however, was not. Under the leadership of Dawn Braasch, the booksellers at Bunch of Grapes were able to maintain sales at a temporary location while the Main Street location was being rebuilt. Today, it stands proudly, opening its doors to avid readers from all over the world.
One step inside the store and one smile from one of the enthusiastic employees are all it takes to realize that Bunch of Grapes is truly one of a kind. For Little Pickle Press, the choice to host the BIG reading and signing at Bunch of Grapes was an easy one. Not only did Founder and Chief Executive Pickle Rana DiOrio grow up visiting the store, but they have also become a favorite customer of Little Pickle Press.
Suffice it to say, the reading turned out to be a great success.
In case you missed it, here are some fabulous photos from the event:
If a trip to the island is on your calendar, we highly recommend stopping in to explore all that Bunch of Grapes has to offer first-hand.
If you don’t know when your next trip to Martha’s Vineyard will be, there is no need to worry. You can still experience the magic of Bunch of Grapes from home. Their entire inventory is available online, and the amazing booksellers are available to answer any questions or recommend their favorite titles. Just visit their website, and connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.
Thank you, Bunch of Grapes, for all that you have done for Little Pickle Press.