Cool Idea of the Day: NaNoWriMo in a Bookstore

For the past four years during National Novel Writing Month, Red Wheelbarrow Writers has created a collective novel, with author Laura Kalpakian writing the first chapter and 29 people signing up to take a day each. This year, the group is working on a story titled Juicy Fruit Don’t Grow on Trees, which takes place in Our House Books, a fictional Northwest bookstore. The central characters are all booksellers or, as Kalpakian hinted, “the books themselves.” About 20 of the co-authors will be reading from their collective work at Village Books, Bellingham, Wash., in early December.