At last Saturday's bi-monthly Winter Otsiningo Park Farmers Market in downtown Binghamton, New York, I found something I had never seen before at a farmers market.
A local author, Jill Shultz, was selling a science fiction novel she had written. I stopped by and there was the author, ready to talk. The e book gift card was in an insert with a sample of the first chapter, so I knew the genre right away. It was available both in paperback and in e book (gift card) format, and the price was right. I knew the right person for it - if the writing was good.
It doesn't surprise me that much that someone would try to sell their book at a farmers market but this is not a book I would have expected. But, the author was local, so why not?
I wish Jill Shultz all the best, and I hope to have the guts to follow her in putting myself out there in the near future (more on that soon).
My giftee, incidentally, enjoys farmers markets, and also writes and edits professionally (but not in a book context). I told her I had not read the book. I looked the book up on Goodreads and it got four stars. It was basically a stocking stuffer so I took the chance.
I look forward to her reading the book, and letting me know what she thought.
You will always be surprised at a farmer's market. I came for eggs, crackers, farm made bread and perhaps a couple of holiday gifts, and also ended up with a book.
What has been your most surprising purchase at a local farmers or crafts market?