I know I've been talking about GK's new bookstore a lot recently, but I ran across this article when I was looking for a Common Good Books web site so I could provide a helpful link in my previous entry about the sandwich. I thought this was too funny to pass up.
From Bookselling This Week:
“Common Good Books, Garrison Keillor's new independent bookstore in St. Paul, Minnesota, opened on Wednesday, November 1, to a welcoming crowd of about 400 people. "We felt ravished," said manager Sue Zumberge after a very busy weekend. “ (The emphasis is mine.)
This conversation may have occurred the following week:
“Hi Tim. It's Mike. How you doing? How was your weekend?”
“My weekend was pretty quiet, thanks for asking. I took Rex to the dog park, watched the Vikings lose, and went to Keillor's new bookstore and bought Pale Immortal, Anne Frasier's new book. Oh yeah, almost forgot: while I was at the bookstore I ravished the manager and a couple of the clerks.”
“Yeah. I'm not sure what came over me. It wasn't just me either – I'm fairly certain the manager was pre-ravished when I got to her. Plus I had a feeling the long line of guys at the cash register weren't there to buy poetry books. Glad I got there when I did. Nice place, though.”
I must admit, however, that Sue didn't say they were ravished, she just said they felt ravished. I guess things have changed since my bookselling days. When I worked in a bookstore, even on the busiest days I didn't walk out of the store and think, “Gee, I feel like I had sex all day!” Nope, it was more like, “Good thing I left when I did. If one more plump Iowa hausfrau had asked me where the Danielle Steele books were I would have punched her.”
You might be interested to know that before I wrote this I went downstairs and asked Sue if she really said that. She said yes. However, I didn't ask her any of the thousand follow up questions that you probably wish I had asked. My imagination works quite nicely without facts, thank you very much.
And by the way, Common Good Books really does stock Pale Immortal. Now.