Self-Published Kindling: Memoirs of a Homeless Bookstore Owner

Understanding the homeless and other important revelations

Review by Grady Harp

Mik Everett is a writer to read, an artist to watch. She is unique: all writers who matter are unique, but Mik Everett has a higher position on the ladder with this her first book. One of the aspects of this book that is rather startling is the fact that it is indeed a memoir, that Mik Everett is the narrating person in this profoundly moving novel. Bit of bio (from her own sites): ‘Mik Everett is a 22-year-old writer living in Black Hawk, Colorado with her daughter. She studied philosophy and English at Wichita State University, where she also worked as a logic clinician before moving to Boulder, Colorado to open a bookstore. She is a former bookstore owner, former logic instructor, and former fashion magazine editorialist. Now she writes and edits stuff.’ Some comments from her about what is important: ‘literature also offers something I hope I can convince you is more valuable than that: The ability to see life through someone else’s eyes. When people are grouped and labeled and otherized, real human beings suffer.’ Continue reading