Appledore Books Newsletter
July 2009

Co-hikers and co-authors Steve Sherman and Julia Older of Appalachian Odyssey; Walking the Trail from Georgia to Maine were guests at the Toadstool Bookshop in Peterborough, N.H., July 18.

On Saturday July 25 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. at Bayswater Book Company in Center Harbor, N.H., they’ll be answering more questions about their adventures on the 2000-mile Appalachian Trail.

Many in the audience at the Toadstool Bookshop were either prospective thru-hikers or readers who plan to do some armchair walking.

Sherman and Older fielded question about:

What emotional stresses did you face?

Psychic stamina is the most important strength to have through rain, black flies, mile-deep gorges, blisters and aching muscles.

What was the most important clothing?

A windbreaker with a hood is invaluable for mountaintops. A rain poncho keeps the pack dry and can be used to keep the tent floor dry.

How many pairs of boots did you wear out?

Get a top quality pair of boots. Take care of them and you’ll get 2000 miles of wear out of one pair.

What foods did you eat?

We met one hiker on a macrobiotic diet. He  was so weak and exhausted he quit. You need pots full of macaroni and other carbohydrates. We refreshed our protein at motel stops with half a dozen eggs and a pound of bacon. Plus a whole pie à la mode and, yes, literally a half gallon of ice cream.

Book Scene: Independent Publishers Boost National Sales

In 2008, according to the Book Industry Study Group (BISG), independent publishers accounted for 32% of the $40.3 billion national sales revenue. Previously, independent publishers were left out of national reports reserved for only the traditional large-scale publishers.

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