Grandpa's Barn

Grandpa's Barn

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Hello there,
In August, at the age of 77, I published my first novel (think Grandma Moses). As you can imagine, I self-published it and didn’t realize I’d have to do most of the marketing myself. This letter is part of my marketing campaign. I came across a listing of most of the independent bookstores in the country and, since I’m retired and have the time, I decided to contact each one, tell you a little about the book and ask you to give it a try. The book is available at Ingram Books. If you’re interested read on, if not thanks for your time.
Me and Jinx
Johnny Fry’s favorite times growing up were when his Uncle Bill would visit, and with Johnny’s pa, they would sit round the stove at night and talk of adventures they had in their youth as riders for the Pony Express. When his pa dies in the Spring of 1884, eighteen-year-old Johnny sets out to ride the Pony Express Trail to Sacramento, nineteen hundred miles away. With his ‘little buddy’, Jinx, a little black cat, he leaves his Kansas hometown and rides into a reality much different from the dreams of his childhood. It’s a reality of sweeping grasslands, towering mountains, simmering deserts, and raging rivers; of drunks, thieves, and murderers; of friends and enemies and someone to fall in love with. The West of 1884 is still the wild and beautiful place of legend. Billy the Kid and Jesse James are not long in their graves, Wyatt and Virgil Earp are alive and living in California, and the great cattle drives are still fresh in the memories of many. Surrounded by the beauty and perils of the Old West, Johnny must become a man or die trying.

S***t Will
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503-808-0836
2314 NW 1st St.
Gresham, OR, 97030
“The second I started reading The Fourth Courier, I was hooked. Smith avoids gimmicks and instead does the difficult work of creating a novel with a highly complex plot that comes together seamlessly at the end.” — RVA Magazine
Any plans or area tours?
A huge thank you to Grandpa's Barn for your generous book donation to Kathy Wetton's 4th grade class of Calumet for their service project with the Keweenaw Family Resource Center. Over 50 children attended Playtime in the Park and had a great time with the 4th graders!

A great selection of books and Copper Country curios in Historic Copper Harbor. Fourth Street - right behind the one-room school. If the shop is closed or you can't get here in person, support our bookshop page https://bookshop.org/shop/grandpasbarn

Operating as usual

04/29/2021

Growing our next generation of nature writers....

Got a teenager who's into nature? The one and only Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of the paradigm-shifting, new environmental classic Braiding Sweetgrass, is teaching a free class for high schoolers on the art of nature writing through the Traverse City National Writers Series. Check it out! https://nationalwritersseries.org/raising-writers/writing-classes/

Bookshop: Buy books online. Support local bookstores. 04/25/2021

Bookshop: Buy books online. Support local bookstores.

And then there's this:

Bookshop: Buy books online. Support local bookstores. An online bookstore that financially supports local independent bookstores and gives back to the book community.

Grandpa's Barn Bookshop 04/25/2021

Grandpa's Barn Bookshop

Celebrating yesterday's Independent Bookstore Day, bookshop.org is offering free standard shipping on orders placed TODAY only (Sunday 4/25). Purchase from the link below and proceeds go to Grandpa's Barn. Thanks for supporting Indie bookstores and we'll see you in person soon! https://bookshop.org/shop/grandpasbarn

Grandpa's Barn Bookshop A charming, seasonal book store on the shore of Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, specializing in local reads, fiction favorites, and captivating nonfiction - and a great children's section. Until you can make it to Copper Harbor (again or for the first time!), check out some of the lists...

40 of Our All-Time Favorite Book-to-Movie Adaptations 04/24/2021

40 of Our All-Time Favorite Book-to-Movie Adaptations

Read it, watch it! Any favorites here?

40 of Our All-Time Favorite Book-to-Movie Adaptations Just in time for the Oscars this weekend!

Timeline Photos 04/21/2021

Summer's coming! Lots of good reading ahead....

I'm working on the finishing up my latest lighthouse adventure trilogy, set on the California coast. If you haven't, now would be a great time to catch up on the first two trilogies, so that you're all set for the next adventure with Sam and Becky! https://mctillson.com/am-catalog-spring-2020/

April ~ National Poetry Month 04/06/2021

April ~ National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month! Explore some new poets and collections by this list suggested by local poet, Randall Freisinger.

April ~ National Poetry Month Check out this list on Bookshop

Which fictional detective is the greatest? You decide. 03/30/2021

Which fictional detective is the greatest? You decide.

We’re reading a lot of mysteries this year, but there are still some detectives to meet! Vote for your favorite here.

Which fictional detective is the greatest? You decide. Sherlock Holmes or Nancy Drew? Cast your vote for literature's greatest crime solver.

Why We Forget Most of the Books We Read 03/11/2021

Why We Forget Most of the Books We Read

The forgetting curve.... I feel a little better now.

Why We Forget Most of the Books We Read ... and the movies and TV shows we watch

03/04/2021

and a never-ending list of possibilities!

Illustration by ohjessmarie: https://www.instagram.com/ohjessmarieart

03/03/2021

All children love a good story - any time, anywhere! Celebrating March is Reading Month with book art by Calumet High School student, Alison Golden - "Baby Dragon Reading on a Kitchen Chair".

All children love a good story - any time, anywhere! Celebrating March is Reading Month with book art by Calumet High School student, Alison Golden - "Baby Dragon Reading on a Kitchen Chair".

Tom Gauld suggests some literary collective nouns – cartoon 02/24/2021

Tom Gauld suggests some literary collective nouns – cartoon

Tom Gauld suggests some literary collective nouns!

Tom Gauld suggests some literary collective nouns – cartoon What should a group of librarians be called? Or a collection of critics?

Timeline Photos 02/23/2021

Tonight! 2/23 from 7:00 - 8:00 Virtual presentation

"CC Streetcars" by Bill Sproule 7 pm tonight, Feb. 23 via Zoom - https://mailchi.mp/63bf14ddeca9/tues-feb-23-7-pm-cc-streetcars-a-zoom-talk-by-bill-sproule-4744873

Cozy Up to Mysteries, recommended by author Vickie Fee 02/22/2021

Cozy Up to Mysteries, recommended by author Vickie Fee

Local mystery writer, Vickie Fee, helped us create a list of favorite cozy mysteries on our Bookshop page - what would title you add?

Cozy Up to Mysteries, recommended by author Vickie Fee Check out this list on Bookshop

Daisy Ridley To Star In Thriller ‘The Marsh King’s Daughter’ For Director Neil Burger, Black Bear, Anonymous Content & STX Int’l – EFM Hot Pic 02/18/2021

Daisy Ridley To Star In Thriller ‘The Marsh King’s Daughter’ For Director Neil Burger, Black Bear, Anonymous Content & STX Int’l – EFM Hot Pic

We know you loved the book - now there's news about the movie!

Daisy Ridley To Star In Thriller ‘The Marsh King’s Daughter’ For Director Neil Burger, Black Bear, Anonymous Content & STX Int’l – EFM Hot Pic EXCLUSIVE: Star Wars lead Daisy Ridley has been set to star in the movie adaptation of hit psychological-thriller novel The Marsh King’s Daughter, we can reveal. Limitless and Divergent filmm…

02/13/2021

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Grandpa's Barn updated their website address. 02/10/2021

Grandpa's Barn updated their website address.

Grandpa's Barn updated their website address.

02/04/2021

“There’s no money in poetry, but then there’s no poetry in money either,” Robert Graves

The first Indigenous Caldecott Medal winner 01/26/2021

The first Indigenous Caldecott Medal winner

Great recognition for a book we love!

The first Indigenous Caldecott Medal winner A Tlingit illustrator is the winner of the 2021 Caldecott Medal, one of the most prestigious awards in children’s literature

01/19/2021

Who else is living in the lap of luxury? 📚💞

michigan.gov 01/06/2021

Library of Michigan - 2021 Michigan Notable Books

Michigan Notable Books of 2021. What will be first on your list?

michigan.gov Library of Michigan -

12/23/2020

And we love reading Gary Paulsen's books!

“Why do I read?
I just can't help myself.
I read to learn and to grow, to laugh
and to be motivated.
I read to understand things I've never
been exposed to.
I read when I'm crabby, when I've just
said monumentally dumb things to the
people I love.
I read for strength to help me when I
feel broken, discouraged, and afraid.
I read when I'm angry at the whole
world.
I read when everything is going right.
I read to find hope.
I read because I'm made up not just of
skin and bones, of sights, feelings,
and a deep need for chocolate, but I'm
also made up of words.
Words describe my thoughts and what's
hidden in my heart.
Words are alive--when I've found a
story that I love, I read it again and
again, like playing a favorite song
over and over.
Reading isn't passive--I enter the
story with the characters, breathe
their air, feel their frustrations,
scream at them to stop when they're
about to do something stupid, cry with
them, laugh with them.
Reading for me, is spending time with a
friend.
A book is a friend.
You can never have too many.”

By Gary Paulsen

apps.npr.org 12/02/2020

NPR's Best Books Of 2020

Where to start? This list has soooo many books to keep you reading through the winter!

apps.npr.org The Book Concierge is back with 380+ great reads, hand-picked by NPR staff and trusted critics.

12/01/2020

We don't know who sent this card, but we appreciate the message and want everyone to know that life is awesome in Copper Harbor!

11/29/2020

Agreed!

shoplocalbookstores.com 11/28/2020

Shop Local Bookstores

Good news~purchases made through our page listed in the comments below qualify for this offer from Libro.fm. If you spend at least $15 in a bookstore from 11/25-11/30, you qualify for one of the free audiobooks listed in the link below. Just register your purchase and submit it with a copy of your receipt.

shoplocalbookstores.com This holiday season is crucial for bookstores weathering the financial challenges of 2020, but you can make the choice to shop local, invest in your community, and ensure a brighter, book-filled future.

11/27/2020

Shopping locally can mean supporting a business through online sales. The Grandpa's Barn bookshop page is offering free standard shipping 11/27 - 11/30. Check it out! https://bookshop.org/shop/grandpasbarn

11/20/2020

For NaNoWriMo participants: Writers block? CRUSH the Corona!

amightygirl.com 11/19/2020

40 Children's Books Celebrating Native American and Indigenous Mighty Girls

amightygirl.com Buffy Sainte-Marie on Sesame Street When I was a little girl I was taught that there were no Indians. The only time I ever saw Indians was when we visited the stupid natural history museum and they were dead and stuffed like the dinosaurs.... [When Sesame Street] called me up and said that they want...

11/18/2020

Grandpa's Barn's cover photo

upbookreview.com 11/15/2020

UP Book Review – A service of Upper Peninsula Publishers & Authors Association

Interested in books written by UP authors? Here's a source with reviews of recent publications.

upbookreview.com Eden Waits by Maryka Biaggio victor November 10, 2020 November 13, 2020Historical Fiction Maryka Biaggio 0 Novel Documents an Historic Experiment in Faith and Society in the U.P. Review by Donna Winters What happens when a compassionate, homesteading preacher invites a power-hungry visionary to tran...

cnn.com 11/04/2020

The indie book platform trying to take on Amazon

Bookshop allows customers to shop from the comfort of their own homes and STILL support an independent bookstore located in the local community. Thank you for supporting Grandpa's Barn and Copper Harbor through this option!

cnn.com New bookselling platform Bookshop is pitching itself as a way for independent bookstores to claw back sales from Amazon, which controls a lion's share of a market worth nearly $26 billion in the US alone.

themichiganpoet.com 11/03/2020

Fall 2020 Poem

Randall R. Freisinger’s poem has been selected as the Fall 2020 poem on The Michigan Poet website. Read it and more following this link.

themichiganpoet.com I am pleased to present The Michigan Poet’s latest poem, “Wait for Me” by Randall Freisinger: He also provided some thoughtful commentary on his craft and on his poem’s ins…

nanowrimo.org 11/01/2020

NaNoWriMo

November 1st is the first day of NaNoWriMo and time to start that writing project! Here's the place to find some help.

nanowrimo.org

10/30/2020

NATIONAL FRANKENSTEIN DAY

What better way to kick off this Halloween weekend than to celebrate National Frankenstein Day?! Written by Mary Shelley, and published when she was just 20 years old, it is considered to be one of the first examples of a science fiction novel. She started writing the gothic horror story in competition with her future husband Percy Shelley and Lord Byron. (Maybe she’ll inspire you to participate in National Novel Writing Month!)

There are no fewer than EIGHT versions of Frankenstein available through our Bookshop page! (link in bio) The cover above is from an illustrated version with an introduction by Stephen King.
#maryshelleysfrankenstein #feminist #sciencefiction #gothichorror #madscientist #nanowrimo #stephenking #independentbookstore #shoplocal #bookstagram #smallbusiness

[10/28/20]   Thank you for the warm welcome in the last week as we get our Instagram account kicked off! Although our regular shop hours will be suspended until spring, we hope you'll keep us company through the winter via Facebook and Instagram.
Watch our stories for fun polls, news about our local area, and shared posts from some of our favorite authors, publishers and readers! Snap a photo of your haul from our new Bookshop ordering platform and be sure to tag us!
And, as always, feel free to reach out for a recommendation or for any questions.

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340 Fourth Street
Copper Harbor, MI
49918