J. Travis Grundon and long time friend B.C. Brown have decided that the one thing an author can bring to a community is books. The two have decided to bring books to Vincennes, Indiana, not just their own. Brown and Grundon have joined forces to create The Mockingbird Book Emporium.
The Mockingbird is designed to be a new and used bookstore with a focus on local and bestselling authors of all genres.
“We wanted to be a part of the downtown business district and really make Vincennes a cool place,” Brown told one source.
The grand opening of the store will be on September 11th at 10am, with St. Louis author Joe Schwartz signing and reading from his book Joe’s Black T-Shirt. The opening will also feature refreshments, door prizes and several local authors in attendance. One door prize mentioned for the event is a signed copy of Isabella Moon by Laura Benedict. Other prizes will include more books signed by local authors and a gift certificate. The amount of the certificate will be announced at the opening.
Vincennes Chamber of Commerce President Marc McNeece was thrilled to tell the local newspaper, “A bookstore has been one of those things that’s been missing for a while.”
Brown and Grundon have several events and fun already planned for the store from a 10/10/10 ten author signing to a Mark twain tribute, that will coincide with the release of Twain’s highly anticipated biography.
The Mockingbird will also be having local play actors reading to children, one Saturday a month.
“This is something I have wanted to do for a very long time and I’m ecstatic to have so much support from the city,” Grundon said.
The published co-owners of the store have been very hard at work getting ready and the buzz about the store in Indiana’s first city is already huge.
Sept. 11th, 2010 - Grand Opening with Author Joe Schwartz
Sept. 25th, 2010 - Children’s Author/Vincennes Lincoln Alumni Dr. Ed Yosowitz Signing with profits going to the Ronald McDonald House.
Oct. 10th, 2010 – Ten Author Signing Event featuring: Co-Owners B.C. Brown and J. Travis Grundon, along with Thriller Author Jay Zimmer, Local Woman’s Fiction Author Molly Daniels, Non-Fiction Author David Boyer, Horror Author Brian Barnett, and several more!