Bookshop-sitter! Sounds like a job for a librarian, doesn't it? Well, if you're looking for a place to stay in October and November, you might consider bookshop-sitting for Tales of the Lonesome Pine Used Books in Big Stone Gap, VA.
Co-owners Wendy Welch and Jack Beck need you to run the shop and feed the cats while they're off touring for Welch's forthcoming memoir THE LITTLE BOOKSTORE OF BIG STONE GAP: A Memoir of Friendship, Community, and the Uncommon Pleasure of a Good Book.
Wendy Welch and her husband had always dreamed of owning a bookstore. When the opportunity to escape a toxic work environment and run to a struggling Virginia coal mining town presented itself, they took it. And took the plunge into starting their dream as well. They chose to ignore the “death of the book,” the closing of bookstores across the nation, and the difficult economic environment, and six years later they have carved a bookstore—and a life—out of an Appalachian mountain community.
THE LITTLE BOOKSTORE OF BIG STONE GAP will be available in October from St. Martin's Press.