This is a big week for folks who love to shop. Black Friday (which comes earlier and earlier each year!) is followed by Small-Business Saturday. And now book lovers have a reason to stand in line and wrestle other customers for the last copy of that must-have bestseller: Indies First Day.
Indies First Day happens Saturday, November 30. In bookstores across the country, authors will be standing in as booksellers, peddling books of all sorts to the throngs.
According to novelist and poet Sherman Alexie, who spearheads this grassroots campaign:
“We will become booksellers. We will make recommendations. We will practice nepotism and urge readers to buy multiple copies of our friends’ books. Maybe you’ll sign and sell books of your own in the process. I think the collective results could be mind-boggling (maybe even world-changing).”
Plenty of independent bookstores in North Carolina are joining in on the fun…
At City Lights Bookstore in Sylva: Pamela Duncan and Brent Martin.
Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill: Rosecrans Baldwin, Erica Eisdorfer, Alan Shapiro, and Daniel Wallace will be booksellers for a day.
Pomegranate Books in Wilmington: Sheila Boneham and Wiley Cash.
Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh: Kelly Lyons, Sarah Shaber, Diane Chamberlain, Bren Witchger, Betty Adcock, Linda Watson, and Debbie Moose.
And at The Regulator Bookshop in Durham: Sarah Dessen, David Cecelski, Stephanie Greene, Jim Wise, J.J. Johnson, Katy Munger, Dan Ariely, Lora Florand, David Ferrio, and Tim Tyson.
And many more.
You and your house-guests are going to need something to do next weekend. Why not get out there on Saturday, November 30, and support those indy bookstores?