Thursday, June 6, 2019

Cats and a Special Bookstore

by Karen Rose Smith

Last weekend, I was pleased and excited to spend Saturday afternoon at Cupboard Maker Books in Enola, Pennsylvania,  meeting readers and signing copies of my new release MURDER WITH CUCUMBER SANDWICHES.  Cupboard Maker is one of my favorite bookstores because it features two of my passions...books and cats.  Located in a warehouse-type building in Enola, (near Harrisburg), the store carries a large selection (90,000 to 100,000 titles) of general stock hardbacks and paperbacks...both new and used.  The outside walls of the building are painted to resemble a giant bookshelf, featuring both classics and works by local authors.  I was honored to have my MURDER WITH LEMON TEA CAKES cover added to the "shelf."


Cupboard Maker is also the home of two bookstore cats--Squeekie and Annika--who interact with store patrons or just snuggle up on a bookshelf somewhere in the store.  Michelle also fosters two or three felines who are in need of "furever" homes.  So every time I visit, there are new occupants in the adoption cage.  This visit I met Tyler, a long-haired ginger, and Archie, a white and ginger short hair who had just arrived in the store. It's not unusual to see one of the felines walking on the catwalks above the bookshelves around the store. 


Archie's cage sits beneath the catwalk lined with
photos of felines who were previously adopted. 
Fellow cozy author Misty Simon and I greeted guests as they arrived.  Conversations at the signing table varied from books to cats, from the publishing industry to favorite authors.  Squeekie even joined the chat for a while.   Everyone seemed to leave with a stack of new reads and, of course, the satisfaction of having interacted with one of the store's resident felines.  Following store policy, some even left written messages on the shelves about their experience.

This was truly an enjoyable afternoon of chatting and sharing with friends (old and new) and interacting with some adorable felines.  If only I could have tucked Tyler or Archie in my tote bag when I left.  But I think my husband would have noticed!   


Random Felines said...

I wish I lived closer to a great bookstore like this one - though I would probably have to get a second job to support my habit. :)

Michelle Gross said...

I SO want to visit this bookstore!