On a tour organised by Headline publishers, Eowyn traveled all the way from Alaska to do a whirlwind tour of book shops on Snow Day. The Book House were thrilled to participate as the novel has been the top of our staff choices, already selling over a hundred copies - incredible for a debut novel in an Independent Book Shop. Many delighted readers came to have their treasured hardback editions signed by the author (including my Mum in the middle of that picture!) and even more purchased the book as that perfect seasonal Christmas gift.
Based on a Russian fairy tale, The Snow Child is about a couple in 1920s who years on are still deeply mourning the loss of their baby. Set against the stark background of Alaska, Jack and Mabel are astonished by the appearance of a young girl who appears mysteriously on their land. Her arrival causes joy and foreboding. The novel is enchanting and tragic, superbly written and deeply affecting.
Eowyn had a particularly interesting outlook towards her book shop tour, as she herself runs an Indie book shop called Fireside Books back home in Alaska. She was very interested in the running of the shop and the local customers, comparing them to her own experience. Her Headline publicist, Sam Eades, documented the tour with a variety of photos taken from the road - treating followers of the tour on twitter to an abundance of imaginative snow themed windows and displays.
Working author events such as this one has been my favourite part of being a book seller for the past seven years. Seeing authors connect with their readers and hearing the stories of those who have loved and been touched by a book we have sold is incredibly heartwarming. Eowyn's friendly and approachable nature meant this event was a complete joy. You can follow her snowy Alaskan adventures on her twitter.
I hope you all get the chance to read The Snow Child this winter!