“I love indie bookstores because I love the safe and inclusive spaces that they create for the people in their communities. They’re more than just places to shop. They are community centers that promote and host important events about issues that impact their communities. They promote authors and give them a space to promote their works and further their careers. They provide good jobs. They pay taxes (looking at you Amazon). But most importantly, indie bookstores provide really unique spaces that capture the spirit of their communities to promote reading.”
— Sean Doolittle, 2020 Independent Bookstore Day Ambassador
Saturday, August 29th is Independent Bookstore Day and all across the country more than 600 indie bookstores will take part in the celebration. This year, we absolutely, positively need it more than ever!
Some indies will host safe, fun in-store events and some will take part via a host of on-line events. Either way, there is something for everyone — kids’ events, author panels, fun giveaways. You can check it all out here and join any of the on-line events you choose to: http://www.indiebookstoreday.com/
Not surprisingly, indie bookstores have come to our rescue while we’ve all been sheltering at home — and we as readers, writers, and book lovers have helped keep them going. A mutually empowering and fruitful love affair — what better kind can there be?
Just consider all that indies bookstores do for us:
• They give us safe, soothing places to explore the world.
• They love and support both debut and established authors.
• They help foster a life-long love of reading in kids.
• They provide forums for discussing issues that matter to us.
I could go on and on. Indies are the best! This year, I’m going to show my wonderful local indie, Watchung Booksellers, some love in my hometown of Montclair, NJ and order books and a gift card for the holidays. How about you? Indies support authors, so let’s support them back as we all write on!
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