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A literary academic can no more pass a bookstore than an alcoholic can pass a bar.
Clémentine Delait (March 5, 1865–1939) was a French bearded lady who kept a café.
Clémentine Delait and her husband kept a café in Thaon-les-Vosges, in Lorraine, France. According to later accounts, Clémentine Delait visited a carnival, saw a bearded woman with some stubble and boasted that she could grow a better beard herself. Her husband bet 500 francs to back her.
The bet attracted many more customers to the Delaits’ café and they changed the name to Le Café de La Femme a Barbe, “The café of the Bearded Woman”. Delait also sold photographs of herself. (wiki)
“Never trust anything that can think for itself, if you can’t see where it keeps its brain.” (by Paiyge Grey)
But privately, some publishers said they were skeptical. “We pay for the author to travel and come to the bookstore, and then the store makes money from it?” one said.
I don’t love the idea of charging for events, but this incredulity that businesses need to make money in order to stay in business strikes me as…what’s the word…STUPID?
Best friends Suryia (left) and Roscoe at their book-signing in South Carolina.
Photo by Barry Bland
Nice blog. ;)
(I work at the national office of Reading Is Fundamental.)
Thanks, @gatsbylives. Sounds like you have an awesome job! I am ever-so-slightly jealous. Keep up the good work (at your job and with your blog, which is so very wonderful!). :D
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