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"Shared Core Values"

So I’d been working to set up a book signing at one of the local Borders stores for me and several other local authors of erotic and spicy romance. I love Borders. They always have a great variety of our books on the shelf and they always seem so friendly to us. So naturally they were my first choice. I was told I had to go through the district manager to set the signing up so I relayed all the info he asked for and received this email from him today. (BTW, I didn’t talk to him in May, I don’t know what the heck he’s referring to)

Hi Lauren – if this all seems strangely like deja-vu, it is. The moment we started to chat on the phone, it all clicked, and I realized that you had proposed Borders store events back in May of this year. At that time, I polled each store General Manager – and each passed on the erotica genre regarding events. New store (Olympia), new poll – but the results were the same.

What readers purchase and read is subject to a wide diversity of tastes, interests, politics and passions and we welcome that freedom. An event, however, reflects upon the communities we serve and we strongly wish to reflect upon our shared core values every time someone visits Borders.

So, – deja-vu, all over again – speaking for the Borders stores in Washington, Idaho and Alaska – we appreciate your interest in Borders but must pass on your proposal for in-store author events.


Make it it what you will. I just thought I’d let you all know why I won’t be doing a signing at any local Borders stores anytime soon.

4 comments to “"Shared Core Values"”

  1. Shelli Stevens
    October 11th, 2006 at 11:03 am · Link

    Wow, that just sucks. I’m sorry, Lauren. I thought Borders was the more open one too.

  2. Christine
    October 11th, 2006 at 1:28 pm · Link

    Are these people for real? They have no problem selling your books and therefore making a profit off of your work but they are too morally uptight to have you come to the store. I would complain to this guys boss. Obviously if they stock the books they are selling and therefore people want them. If they couldn’t sell the books they wouldn’t keep them in the store. Come to NY we will gladly welcome you and any other author who comes along

  3. Lauren
    October 11th, 2006 at 1:48 pm · Link

    I’m going to start signing things,
    Lauren Dane – lacking shared core values in Alaska, Washington and Idaho since 1968

  4. Charlene
    October 11th, 2006 at 2:04 pm · Link

    I seriously don’t understand this. It’s not like an author signing books at a bookstore is anything bookshoppers shouldn’t see. Unless you plan to do a strip-tease or something that would violate zoning or public decency laws or what have you. How is sitting there signing books an offense to community values? I mean, Seattle is LITERATE.

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