#indiesfirst: More than 500 independent bookstores nationwide play host to more than 1000 local authors as guest booksellers on November 30, Small Business Saturday.
Indies First is the brainchild of noted author Sherman Alexie, who began the movement in September via an open letter addressed to his fellow authors, asking them to “…. be a superhero for independent bookstores [and] spend an amazing day hand-selling books at your local bookstore….” Alexie also urges authors to place an indie bookstore “buy” button on their website, as the first option among all e-retailers. Propelled by the enthusiasm of authors and booksellers Indies First has become a national event with thousands of participating authors and booksellers.
On the cover of this month's Indie Next list is SOMEONE ELSE’S LOVE STORY, by Joshilyn Jackson
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Indie Next authors talk about their books...
Suzanne McMinn speaks about her new book, CHICKENS IN THE ROAD: An Adventure in Ordinary Splendor, about which Susan Thurin from Bookends on Main in Menomonie, WI says: “All those interested in sustainable agriculture, living off-the-grid, dwelling in yurts, organic farming, backyard foraging, beekeeping, cheesemaking, etc., will love this inspiring memoir. It’s also a great gift for rural-wannabes, as it’s filled with the details and dialogues of McMinn’s challenging pursuit of a natural lifestyle.”
Indie Next around the web. . .
“In this epic tale, two brothers close in age but of very different temperaments are inseparable in their younger years in Calcutta. They become more distant as they mature, however, due to the political passions and ideology of the older, more outgoing brother. An ensuing tragedy forces the younger brother to evaluate his strong bond to his brother and to take on responsibilities he never expected. This is a story of decisions and consequences, family ties and separation, deceit and honesty, as well as cultural differences and similarities. Lahiri’s exquisite prose is like quicksilver, sometimes shocking and sometimes warm and comforting.”
Why shop Indie?
When you shop at an independently owned business, your entire community benefits:The Economy
- Spend $100 at a local and $68 of that stays in your community. Spend the same $100 at a national chain, and your community only sees $43.
- Local businesses create higher-paying jobs for our neighbors.
- More of your taxes are reinvested in your community--where they belong.
- Buying local means less packaging, less transportation, and a smaller carbon footprint.
- Shopping in a local business district means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and more money to beautify your community.
- Local retailers are your friends and neighbors—support them and they’ll support you.
- Local businesses donate to charities at more than twice the rate of national chains.
- More independents means more choice, more diversity, and a truly unique community.
Now is the time to stand up and join your fellow individuals in the IndieBound mission supporting local businesses and celebrating independents.