I was a Book Fairy for Mendocino’s wonderful independent bookstore, Gallery Bookshop, in the Fourth of July parade. I highly recommend being a Book Fairy. Christie, Gallery’s owner, saves publishers’ samples all year. She sorts them into categories–Adult Female, Young Male, Child, etc.–and we Book Fairies, wearing pink and wings, walk alongside the bookshop truck, handing out free books to people who look as if they deserve one. Such power and such fun. I saw one man hand a book back, but most people were astounded and happy. Christie’s mom says she reads them all–that Christie can read three books a night, but that’s another story.