In the book business, galleys are advanced copies of books in near final form distributed to booksellers to drum up advance buzz.
Rita, the proprietor of Booktowne, periodically invites me to take home a galley or two to read and give her my impressions. The first one I took on Friday was The Atomic Weight of Love by Elizabeth Church, scheduled to go on sale in May. I haven’t read it yet but a perusal drew me to the first line of her Acknowledgements: “Writing is an intensely solitary endeavor, but a story isn’t truly heard until many hands have held it.” Pulling out the cover letter from Algonquin Books to Booksellers tucked inside its front back cover, I was amused by the signator’s title: Craig Popelars, Director of Marketing & Mayhem. Now there is a guy who seems to thoroughly love his job.
A book that I took but paid for (it being well beyond the galley stage), was The Geography of Genius by Eric Weiner.
What captured my wallet on this one was his self-appellation in the Bio strip on the inside back flap: “Eric Weiner is a philosophical traveler and recovering malcontent.” Now there’s something to which we can all aspire.