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:
Apple Box Coffee, Petaluma
The Barking Dog Roasters, Sonoma
The Bean Affair, Healdsburg
Bungalow Coffee and Tea, Larksfield
Café Noto, Windsor
Community Café, Sonoma
Cookie's Café, Santa Rosa
Food Bar, Petaluma
Golden Bean, Rohnert Park
Gaia's Garden, Santa Rosa
Local Folkal, Cloverdale
Midtown Café, Santa Rosa
Muffin Street Baking, Santa Rosa
Off the Track Coffee Shop, Forestville
Pearson & Co. Expresso & Catering/McCoy's Cookware,
Studebaker Cheese Cake, Sonoma
Viva Cocolat, Petaluma