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Booking A Legacy

· Saltwire,Coastal Wire,Interview,Article,Bookselling

On June 2, I got a call out of the blue from a Brandon Young, who was a journalist with Saltwire, the publisher of The Chronicle Herald, Nova Scotia’s only daily newspaper. He said he was interested in doing a feature article on Raven & Gryphon Fine Books. Suspicious me asked if there would be a cost. Nope. The article would be for The Coastal Wire, their weekly community paper that was distributed free, and they were always looking for interesting local stories. So, I said “Sure!” and we set up an appointment for the next day to do an interview.

The session went on for some 45 minutes and went well. He had obviously spent some time on our website, and he had some good questions. I did ask him how he chose Raven & Gryphon Fine Books as a story, and he said that he saw our ad in The Masthead News business directory and that the logo caught his attention. (Thanks always Gregory and Maria!). The Masthead News is the local community newspaper for the St. Margaret’s Bay area.

When done, I asked if I could see the draft article before it went to press, and he said “Nope”. I guess that makes sense for a journalist. I have written a number of articles for various magazines and sometimes the editing changes the meaning of what I had written considerably. Nevertheless, with a bit of nervousness, I said “OK.”

The piece was published on June 9, 2021, and overall I think he did a very good job of it.

The title “Booking a Legacy” and the subtitle “ensures high-value inventory won’t be undersold” refers to the event that lead me to start R&GFB. The full story of this is laid out in the article. But, I must admit that when Glenda and I saw “won’t be undersold” we both thought it sounded like we were K-Mart!

A couple of corrections:

  • Re the auction - the total value of the books bought for $300 was $5,000, not “many carried a value five thousand times their asking price”. I wish!
  • Barflies and Cocktails was written by Harry and “Wynn” – not “Wyhn”.

Here is a link to the article – I hope that you enjoy it as it does capture the true essence of me,
Glenda and the Raven & Gryphon!