“For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth.” Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird
Indies First, held on Small Business Saturday, brings together authors, readers, and publishers in support of independent bookstores. Authors and local celebrities volunteer at events across the country, and publishers offer specials to celebrate.
Indies First and Small Business Saturday are being held this year on Nov. 25, a day dedicated to supporting the local businesses that help our communities thrive. So this Saturday, why not put on your dancing shoes and get thee to thy nearest independent bookstore and celebrate by buying a book or two or three — or a literary mug or note cards? There’s plenty of good news to hoist a glass to. The buy-local movement is boosting bookstores everywhere.
In 2009, the American Booksellers Association’s membership fell below 1500. But indies rebounded and over the past six years, the number of these intrepid ventures has actually increased by 25 percent. To celebrate, some 500 bookstores coast to coast are planning book events, from entertainment and book talks to food fests.
Watchung Booksellers, my hometown of Montclair’s beloved local indie, is a shining example of all that makes independent bookstores so special and creative: wonderful personal service, a book-loving staff, inspiring events, author book signings, loads of popular book clubs, and boundless community spirit. Browsing its shelves, ordering books, chatting with the friends I meet there, and getting expert advice from intrepid owner Margo Sage-EL and her enthusiastic team add so much joy to my day!
Given its entrepreneurial spirit, it’s no surprise then, that Watchung Booksellers is celebrating along with other bookstores coast to coast. I’m looking forward to joining in the fun and doing some of my holiday shopping early.
So whether you’re in Montclair, the Big Apple, Washington, D.C., Houston, San Francisco, or anywhere inbetween, why not visit your favorite indie this Saturday, buy some new books, and write on!