Attendees of the Jot Conference will recognize Susie Finkbeiner. She’s worked the registration table and faithfully attended the conference for years. But in addition to being a wonderful helper and friend of Jot, Susie is a published author.
Her most recent book, A Cup of Dust, is a novel set in the midst of the dust bowl.
Ten-year-old Pearl Spence is a daydreamer, playing make-believe to escape life in Oklahoma’s Dust Bowl in 1935. The Spences have their share of misfortune, but as the sheriff’s family, they’ve got more than most in this dry, desolate place. They’re who the town turns to when there’s a crisis or a need―and during these desperate times, there are plenty of both, even if half the town stands empty as people have packed up and moved on.
Pearl is proud of her loving, strong family, though she often wearies of tracking down her mentally impaired older sister or wrestling with her grandmother’s unshakable belief in a God who Pearl just isn’t sure she likes.
Then a mysterious man bent on revenge tramps into her town of Red River. Eddie is dangerous and he seems fixated on Pearl. When he reveals why he’s really there and shares a shocking secret involving the whole town, dust won’t be the only thing darkening Pearl’s world.
Susie will be reading a chapter from A Cup of Dust at the Jot Conference on Friday, September 9th at Baker Book House, 2768 East Paris Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. Please join us!
You know where to park your buns tonight once you get to Jot, but where should you park your car?
Baker Book House is a great bookstore with a small-ish parking lot. Fortunately, there are many great places to park nearby.
The largest lot is at the vacant Sanford-Brown Institute (soon to be a BioLife Plasma Center) on the corner of East Paris Ave. and Sparks Dr. If you are feeling daring, feel free to park across East Paris Ave. at either of the strip malls opposite Baker Book House.
Do NOT park at Cantina Mexican Grill, either in their main lot or their triangular overflow lot next to Baker Book House. They need these spaces for their customers as Friday nights are their busiest nights. If you are looking for a great place to eat before Jot, visit Cantina, but please move your cars afterward.
If you’ve never been to Baker Book House, you are missing out. Fortunately, you can easily rectify that mistake by attending the next Jot Writers’ Conference which is being held at Baker Book House on Friday, September 12th (but you probably already knew that).
There are a lot of great reasons why we hold Jot at a bookstore. Here are just a few:
- Bookstores are natural second homes to writers (and for those of you who would say that coffee shops are even more natural second homes for writers, Baker Book House is home to Icons Coffee, an indie coffee shop with the best Chai Latte in the world).
- The space is free for us to use because Baker Book House is wonderfully supportive of West Michigan’s vibrant writing community (plus, one of the members of the writing group that runs Jot works there).
- And finally, there are a lot of great places to tuck yourself away and work on your book.
It is this last part that makes Baker especially well-suited for hosting Jot, because Jot is one of the only writers’ conferences in existence that plans writing time right into the conference itself.
Let’s take a look at some of the nooks around the bookstore into which you may nestle to work on your book at Jot.