Since 2015, Collins has piloted her traveling bookstore around her home state of Montana and across the U.S. several times. What started as a seasonal summer project evolved into a year-round, part-time business after Collins retired in 2017 from a long career in adult education, teaching in Montana as well as recent stints in Romania and Czechia.
Like many bibliophiles, Collins had always wanted to own a bookstore. But she ran into a roadblock. Collins lives in Eureka, Montana, a town of just over 1,000 residents that can’t financially sustain a brick-and-mortar bookshop. Taking a one-week business-planning course with the American Booksellers Association, she realized another option was possible. “What about a traveling bookstore?” she asked her instructors. They were skeptical. But Collins knew she was onto something big—as big as a van or bus, anyway.
Still bummed I missed this while it was in town, but what a cool project. Maybe you’ll catch it by you?
Regardless of which character you choose as your main source of inspiration, a literary-inspired Halloween costume is a smart, easy, and conversation-starting choice. To help get your wheels turning, we rounded up nine iconic literary characters to dress up as on October 31. Ready to see our favorites?
More diversity would be nice, but here are some easy literary Halloween costume ideas.
Mississippi has markers noting a blues trail, a country music trail, a civil rights trail and even an Indian mound trail.
Now, with the dedication of a marker to the late author Eudora Welty, the state is starting a writers trail.