Story by Lourice Angie
As the total solar eclipse gripped the attention of the nation on Mon., Aug. 21, members of a national organization of women crime writers, readers, publishers, book sellers, and librarians, better known as “Sisters in Crime,” gathered at Ye Olde Warwick Book Shoppe, located at 31 Main St. in Warwick, to award co-owner Tom Roberts with a check in the amount of $500.
Catherine Maiorisi, President of the New York chapter of Sisters in Crime, explained that the organization awards funds to book stores and libraries which feature books written by “Sisters in Crime” members. Ye Olde Warwick Book Shoppe was selected during a monthly drawing held in June.
Local author, Anita Page, said that this award was important because Roberts has been an extraordinary supporter of their organization. “In addition to supporting our group, he supports the community as a whole. When we have a book published, he opens his store up for readings. If we read at the library for an occasion or at the Children’s Book Festival or the Writer’s Festival, he always provide boxes and boxes of books, always showing support and helping out,” said Page.
Former crime writer Lois Karin also commented saying, “We all love Tom and would like to thank him so much for supporting ‘Sisters in Crime’ and other local authors as well.”
“Bookstores are vital for us. To have this kind of cooperation is unusual. It makes me want to move to Warwick,” said Catherine Maiorisi in closing.
For more information on ‘Sisters in Crime’ visit www.sistersincrime.org or call Ye Olde Warwick Book Shoppe at 544-7183.