The works of Sonoma County writers can get lost on the shelves of even the most supportive local bookstores. So one resourceful author has found a way for their books to stand out.
Many of the Sonoma County writers who are participating in Jeane Slone's local authors bookselling program have been published by established publishing companies. But these days, she observes, that's only a starting point for a little known or first time author.
Working with publishers turned out to be a years-long exercise in frustration for Laura McHale Holland, so she ultimately published her memoir, Reversible Skirt, herself.
Slone admits to being surprised by the way her local authors initiative has been embraced, and attributes that to the burgeoning interest in "localism" in Sonoma County.
The roster of authors and topics featured in the local authors book display is impressively diverse.Still, Sloan has been surprised at which of those titles has been the "best seller."
The Sonoma County authors' books can be found at the following locally owned coffee shops:
The Bean Affair, 1270 Healdsburg Ave, #101, Healdsburg
Geyserville Mud, 21065 Geyserville Ave., Geyserville
The Dry Creek Store, 3495 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg
The Barking Dog Roasters, 18133 Sonoma Hwy., Sonoma
The Barking Dog Roasters (II), 201 W. Napa St., Sonoma
Café de Croissants, 6580 Oakmont Dr., Oakmont
Kenwood Farmhouse Gift Shop, 9255 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood
Bungalow Coffee and Tea, near Molsberry Market, Larksfield
Café Noto, 630 McClelland Dr., Windsor
Muffin Street Baking, 52 Mission Circle, Santa Rosa (McDonald/Mission shopping center)
Pearson & Co. Expresso & Catering/McCoy's Cookware, 2759 4th St., Santa Rosa (Near Farmer's Lane, next to Safeway)
Local Folkal, 117 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale
Aqus Coffeeshop, 189 H St., Petaluma
Apple Box Coffeeshop, 224 B St., Petaluma