The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap Giveaway!

Last week Wendy Welch, memoirist and owner of the Tales of The Lonesome Pine bookstore, stopped by the Flatiron with her hubby, Jack!

St. Martin's Press recently published Wendy's memoir, THE LITTLE BOOKSTORE OF BIG STONE GAP, about opening an independent bookstore in a small town in Virginia. I was curious to meet the woman who admitted in the first chapter of her memoir that,

"On something dangerously close to a whim, we became the broke and terrified owners of a five-bedroom, three-bath-with-one-working Edwardian mansion, complete with squeaky hardwood floors and a leaking roof. Under the influence of salsa and sangria, we'd decided to turn this house into a used bookstore, or die trying."

Wendy is unsurprisingly just as wonderful and charming as her memoir.

Publishers Weekly said it well when they said, "The whole narrative exudes enormous charm and the value of dreams and lives truly lived." And Booklist called it "a fervent affirmation of the power of books to bring people together." As book people you will undoubtedly connect to Wendy and her decision to live a life dedicated to passing along great stories.

Autographed Book Giveaway:

Wendy was kind enough to sign a finished copy of her book for us to give away to one lucky librarian!

UPDATE: This contest is now closed! Thank you for entering.

How to Enter: Leave a comment below with your full name and the library you work for by [UPDATED!] Friday, November 16th to be entered into the random drawing. And make sure the e-mail you use is correct, so we can contact you (it's not posted publicly).

wendy signed

This sweepstakes is open to librarians in the United States. More eligibility details below.

Entrants must be age 18 or older. No purchase necessary.

Comments must be posted by Friday, November 16th 2012 to be eligible. We will select the potential prize winner at random from among all eligible entries received. If the potential prize winner cannot be reached after three (3) business days, we will select an alternate winner, so check your email!

The winner grants Macmillan Library the right to announce their name on Twitter,, and all other digital and anywhere else that we want to congratulate him or her on.

Please note: we can't guarantee that the book will arrive in mint condition, but we will pack it with care!

Arianne Hartsell-Gundy. I work at Miami University Libraries in Ohio.

Arianne Hartsell-Gundy
October 24, 2012
5:11 pm

Thanks for the sweepstakes! I work for Henry County Library System in Georgia.

Allison Moyer
October 24, 2012
5:28 pm

My Mother-in-law, my son and myself have always talked about opening a used bookstore! Between the three of use we have enough books to start one, that is for sure! We were affraid to do it because we have a hard time getting rid of any of our books, but it really appeals to use because we would always be getting more books!
Stephanie Biggs Milam Library, Wichita Falls, TX.

October 25, 2012
8:43 am

Authors are my Rock Stars.

October 25, 2012
9:11 am

Lincoln Public Library

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Carol Riley
October 25, 2012
9:15 am

Love bookstores and would love to win!

Barbara Britton
October 25, 2012
9:52 am

I work for the Geneva Public Library, a branch of the Ashtabula County District Library in Ohio.

Mary Stokes
October 25, 2012
11:12 am

I love independent bookstores, you find the most interesting and sometimes obscure books that you will never, ever see in a big box book store!

Tracy Lech
October 25, 2012
12:16 pm

I work in the library at the Chattanooga location of ITT Technical Institute.

Julie Golden
October 25, 2012
12:22 pm

It has always been my (second) dream to own a bookstore! I work (my first dream) at Sunrise Library at Las Vegas-Clark County Library District.

October 25, 2012
1:28 pm

What a great book and a definite bonus for our library collection!

Harbor College Baxter Library

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Teresa Mares
October 25, 2012
3:15 pm

Independent bookstores are the best!

Barbara Bibel
October 25, 2012
3:48 pm

Part of my duties as Reading Specialist at Hermitage House Youth Services, Inc. include offering a lending library for our teen students.

I read and enjoyed the excerpt of the book. Sometimes your dream will come and find you, if you know what your dream is!

Linda Rider
October 25, 2012
5:28 pm

I worked at the Morgan Library at Colorado State University and also handle all our author programs. We do these in partnership with our local public library and our independent bookstore, Old Firehouse Books. I love my independent bookstore, Murder by the Book, in my hometown of Houston. Thank heaven for these book sellers and the readers who patronize them.

Andrea Lapsley
October 25, 2012
5:31 pm

Hello! My name is Melissa Gray and I work for St. Paul Public Library at the Central Library. This sounds like a book I'd like to read!

Melissa Gray
October 26, 2012
10:09 am

I work for the Manitowoc Public Library in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. The book sounds interesting. would probably enjoy it.

October 26, 2012
10:19 am

Hi, I am a librarian at Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN. I admire the courage of anyone opening an independent bookstore and would love to hear her story.

Janet Fore
October 26, 2012
3:49 pm

I'm a librarian at Patrick Henry High School in Virginia. Y'all are heroes to the folks in SW Va!

Terri Lent
October 28, 2012
11:48 am

Thank you all for entering the Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap giveaway!

The winner of this contest is Melissa Gray from St. Paul Public Library. Congratulations, Melissa!


Ali Fisher
November 19, 2012
10:53 am

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