Some days, you think you know the world and the way it works. Other days, the wife of the CEO of Amazon.com is going on a book tour of small independent bookstores.
You read that right: Mackenzie Bezos, wife of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, has written a novel. Cute idea, right? After all, when the family business model is based on suffocating and killing small bookstores, spending millions lobbying to keep from paying sales tax on those loss-leader books and maintaining sweatshop-like conditions at distribution warehouses to send those books out all over the country for maximum profit, it's only a matter of time before one thinks, "Gee, these 'authors' must be on to something. I'll try it, too! Maybe I can go around to talk about it at some quaint little bookstores, if there are any left."
Mackenzie Bezos' book, Traps, is the story of four women whose lives intersect, transforming them forever, etc., etc. What you really want to know is: how does Copperfield's feel about this?
"We try to look at the author independent of whom they are married to," says Copperfield's spokesperson Vicki D'Arman, adding: "Bezos himself—not happening."
Anyway, see the wife of Amazon's CEO appearing at the very type of small independent bookstore that Amazon has so successfully squashed on Monday, March 18, at Copperfield's Books. 775 Village Court, Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. 7pm. Free. 707.578.8938.—Gabe Meline