Author Jon D’Amore of THE BOSS ALWAYS SITS IN THE BACK will read excerpts from his book on Thurs, Mar. 20 at 7 pm at Tachair Bookshoppe in Jersey City. The event is a milestone for D’Amore – it marks the 150th copy of his book to be sold at the neighborhood bookshop on Newark Avenue. Munchies by RICA Brownies will be served, too.
“When Carol, Tachair’s owner, called in January 2013, to say she had sold the 53rd copy of THE BOSS, making it Tachair’s #1 bestselling title, it was fantastic because the book was only on their shelves for 4 months at that point,” D’Amore says. “A few months later, she called again to tell me I was being inducted into their Authors Hall of Fame for the sale of the 100th copy of THE BOSS. And now, even though the book sold very well nationally, to mark the occasion of the 150th copy sold in one independently-owned bookstore in the county where I was born and raised reaffirms my belief that I told a good story that people wanted to hear. I can’t tell you how grateful I am to the people from Hudson County who enjoyed reading THE BOSS and spoke so highly about it to others around the country and the world.”
On Wed, Mar. 19 at 7 pm, D’Amore gave a reading at the Ridgefield Library with RICA Brownies as refreshments that night, too.
“It’s worth coming just for the brownies,” D’Amore says.
If you go:
Reading of THE BOSS ALWAYS SITS IN THE BACK by author Jon D’Amore
Goosebumps in Jersey City
Popular children’s book author R.L. Stine stopped by Tachair Bookstore in Jersey City on April 25th to read to an SRO crowd of children and parents who came to hear Stine read from some of his bestsellers. Author of hundreds of children’s horror books including GOOSEBUMPS, ROTTEN SCHOOL, MOSTLY GHOSTS and THE NIGHTMARE ROOM series, Stine is known in literary circles as the “Stephen King” of children’s books selling over 500 million copies since 2008. Stine is seen here with Paul Valleau, son of Tachair owner Aleta Valleau and her mother Carol Valleau minutes before Stine read to a very eager and loyal audience.
When they opened Tachair Bookshoppe last July, Carol Valleau and her daughter Aleta Valleau took a gamble that local book lovers wanted something more than downloading a book to their Kindles and Nooks. The mother/daughter booksellers gambled on the idea that book lovers want a place to browse new books, thumb through old classics and maybe read a chapter or two while sipping a fresh brewed coffee. It seems their gamble paid off – big time.
“To have the ability to walk down the street and find a bookstore, it’s nearly impossible,” Carol Valleau says between trips to the counter to help customers with their purchases. “We’re the only book store in Jersey City.”
“We’re an independent bookstore to the ‘T’,” Aleta Valleau says.