2012 Bison Books paperback edition

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Book Tour: Politics & Prose Bookstore, Washington, D.C.

Me and grandson Kevin, signing books

Politics & Prose - what a great, fabled independent bookstore! I had heard about it for years, but had never been to 5015 Connecticut Avenue in our nation's capital before my Native American Son book signing date on November 8. 

Every detail seemed to be perfect in this quintessential book haven. The children's section downstairs was like a time travel dream -- all the favorites I remembered + new titles that looked terrific. My grandson diligently pulled all the squishy books off the shelf and then re-shelved them, over and over. Who says books are a doomed artifact?

It was a good group of grownups upstairs for the reading. Some passionate Thorpe fans, some women, and one man who came all the way down from Harrisburg, PA, ready with his questions and enthusiasm. It's interesting: there is always at least a handful of true fans among the audience who have been waiting for a chance to express their devotion to Thorpe. 

Maybe they learned it from their father or grandfather, but it's always the same questions:
  • was it true Jim couldn't hit a curve ball? (no)
  • did be beat Army in 1912 all by himself? (just about)
  • was he as good as my grandfather said he was? (yes)