Most definitely, and very well said, for it goes well beyond the books. I've actually been to some of the (many!) coffeehouses in Eugene, many years ago. Great places to come in out of the rain! As I recall, they encourage you to sit and read. Let's see: I still have a tee-shirt from the Smith Family bookstore, a marvelous little cafe and a terrific book shop! And I have a well read copy of van Gogh's complete letters (NYGS) from J Michael's Books on East Broadway. Are they still there? Yep, all this, great galleries, and free street parking!! What a concept!
As for being active, I think the real go-getters are up in Canada - must be something to do with staying warm! As for me, I've yet to release a book into the 'wild', per se; mostly just work through the mail. That said, any books you're looking for? :-)
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How 'bout that kid? Is she cute or what?! :-)