Indies First is the brainchild of Sherman Alexie, who asked his fellow authors to "… be a superhero for independent bookstores [and] spend an amazing day hand-selling books at your local bookstore…" Alexie also urged authors to place an indie bookstore "buy" button on their websites, as the first option among all e-retailers.*
Propelled by the enthusiasm of authors and booksellers, Indies First has become a national campaign, with thousands of participating authors and booksellers. Now, Indies First honors Children's Book Week with Indies First Storytime Day on May 17. Authors and Illustrators across the country will appear at their local indie as a story hour reader volunteer. See the Indies First map for details.
*Authors can become Indies First by linking to an indie through this website, or through the affiliate program of their local store.
On the cover of this month's Indie Next list is SHOTGUN LOVESONGS: A Novel, by Nickolas Butler
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Indie Next authors talk about their books...
Matthew Quick speaks about his new book, THE GOOD LUCK OF RIGHT NOW, about which Lynn Beeson from Loganberry Books in Shaker Heights, OH says: “After the death of his mother, Bartholomew Neil faces the future alone, pitifully unprepared for the realities of life. He embarks upon a one-sided correspondence with Richard Gere, and although there is never a response, it somehow provides the wisdom and support Bartholomew needs to confront the mysteries of his past and to meet the challenges of his future.”
Watch the trailer for Alice Hoffman's new book, THE MUSEUM OF EXTRAORDINARY THINGS, about which Karen Pennington from Books Inc. in San Francisco, CA says: “Hoffman’s latest work of fiction is a tour de force of imagination which, at the same time, builds a world so real and present that the reader senses a tangible reality. The setting is New York and Brooklyn in 1911, where sideshow ‘curiosities,’ Russian émigré Jews, the emerging workers unions, and the lost, wild beauty of Manhattan’s rivers and woods blend into a dream.”
Indie Next around the web. . .
“Is there any living writer who can so effortlessly chronicle the messy absurdity, unintended humor, and quiet pathos of the human condition better than Lorrie Moore? I had been eagerly awaiting another short story collection from her, and Bark delivers in full. The Moore I’ve known and loved is back, replete with her trademark pithy one-liners, wry observations, wicked wit, and spot-on renderings of her characters’ quirks, failings, and stubborn dreams.”
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.