In talking with friend Dwayne Siskey, who lives in Gettysburg, I’ve learned a bit more about the bookstore in the new Gettysburg Visitor Center. He was told during a recent visit that they haven’t ordered any new books in the last 2 or 3 months (I guess since the store was initially stocked) and that they don’t plan to order any more for a while. I guess that means my new one (which will be out next month) may not be ordered anytime soon, or at all. Our publisher has been contacting the store to set up a signing this summer, but is getting no response. I don’t even know if they carry my first book. They don’t carry my good friend Scott Mingus’ books, and this seems to confirm all that I’ve heard – that the store carries about half the titles of the old store. Newt Gingrich’s alternative fiction is, however, stocked in the store.
I’ll be visiting myself this Friday morning on my first trip to Gettysburg this season, and I’ll post a full report on the new Visitor Center here. As for the bookstore, it indeed seems that inventory has been designed to cater to the masses, not the specialized historian by any means.
All of which leaves the door wide open for the bookstores at the Farnsworth House, Gallery 30, the Antique Center, the Gettysburg Gift Center, the Habitat Gift Center, and a possible new stand-alone bookstore that might be opened by Eastern National (which ran the old Visitor Center bookstore).