This past week I had an opportunity to go to a really nice community book store in Morgan Hill. BookSmart is located on E. 2nd Ave. The store is owned by Brad Jones and Cinda Meister. Their event planner Jan arranged for an author event to be held at the book store. The entire experience was a demonstration of “community.” All of the people I met were the nicest people. I couldn’t find one single grumpy person in that community. I hear that the book store is very involved in their local community and they support others in many ways. This time they supported me in my quest to market my book.
The event was scheduled for Thursday Nov. 11th. They posted a poster, placed books and notes throughout the store, and published the event in local newspapers and on local websites. The evening of the event, food and wine was also provided. The event was a small gathering, a few people from Morgan Hill came to hear about my book and hear what I had to say.
I had an opportunity to tell them about myself, about the book, and why I wrote it. I read a short passage about Ronald, the 87-yr-old who didn’t tell his doctor that he didn’t want machines to keep him alive. Neither he nor his family had expressed Ronalds end-of-life wishes in a timely manner. So, he was ‘coded’ and place on life support. This passage from the book initiated quiet a few end-of-life questions and a discussion about what many of us need to do – discuss it with our families.
I was grateful to have another opportunity to market my book in a new community. I was happy that people came, discussed the book, and talked about one of the most important messages in the book. I hope that those who went home with my book will share it with others and the word will spread.
I’m looking forward to more opportunities to share the lessons in the book: end-of-life discussions and compassionate nursing care.