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We had a great crowd last month at Books on the Bosque, Albuquerque’s newest bookstore. I brought copies of my manuscript at various stages and an editorial letter for attendees to peruse.
As a group, we defined charlatan, cure-all (also known as patent medicine), and medicine show. Did you know Listerine was originally a patent medicine advertised as a surgical disinfectant, a cure for dandruff, a floor cleaner, a hair tonic, a deodorant, and a remedy for a variety of diseases?
I mentioned the two books I read that influenced the story, You Are Not So Smart and You Are Now Less Dumb, which examine the psychology behind why we believe the things we do.
I read the beginning of chapter two, and we talked about charlatans and cure-alls again. Are they still around? Absolutely. Even though we probably think we’re more sophisticated nowadays than a person who might have fallen for the gimmick of a medicine show, it is easy to be swayed when a person or product preys on our insecurities.
My event happened to be on the last Saturday of April, which is National Independent Bookstore Day. A local news station stopped by, and I had a mini interview. Fun!
It’s so good to finally, officially welcome Jack and Cora and the dastardly Dr. Kingsbury to the world. If you missed out on the event, you can still get a copy of Miraculous. Send me a picture of your receipt, and I’m more than happy to mail you a signed bookplate and bookmark.