|Indies First/Small Business Saturday|
|Indies First Day was created by author Sherman Alexie as a way of celebrating local independent bookstores on Small Business Saturday, calling on authors to be "superheroes for independent bookstores" by joining them in handselling books for a day. The authors not only sign their own books but also tell customers about some of their own favorite reads of late and help customers find good books.
This year's national spokesperson for Indies First Day is Portland's own Cheryl Strayed, who was here handselling books at the inaugural Indies First Day two years ago. While Cheryl won't be able to be here this year -- she will be speaking at an event in Australia that day -- lots of terrific local authors will be here throughout the day between 10 am and 5 pm. You'll find a list of authors and a general schedule below. Because Cheryl is such a strong believer in Indies First Day, she has autographed a poster of her new book, Brave Enough, that we will be raffling off on that Saturday. For every $50 you spend here that day you will get an entry into a drawing for that very cool poster.
November 28th is also Small Business Saturday, a day begun by American Express to encourage customers to "shop small" for the holidays to keep their neighborhood independent businesses alive and kicking. Here, here to that, we say!
Indies First and Small Business Saturday: two good reasons to drop in and say hi on Saturday, November 28th. And don't forget about our Holiday Book Guide, with the coupon on the back page!
Here are some of the authors that will be here that day. It's possible some other authors might pop in -- you just never know, and we certainly are blessed with a richness of wonderful writing talent in our city. The times listed for the authors are rough guides -- authors take to herding much like cats do; they are an independent lot, and we love 'em for it!
Jeff Alworth (2 - 4) Author of The Beer Bible
Brian Benson (1 - 5) Author of the memoir Going Somewhere: A Bicycle Journey Across America
Brian Doyle (11 - 12) Author of Mink River, The Plover, Martin Marten, How the Light Gets In, The Grail, and many more. Brian's forthcoming novel Chicago will be published in March, and Brian will read here at 7pm on April 7th.
M. Allen Cunningham (3 - 5) Author of the recently published novel Partisans and the nonfiction work The Honorable Obscurity Handbook, among others, and the founder and publisher of Atelier26 Books.
Polly Dugan (10 - 12) Author of So Much a Part of You and The Sweetheart Deal
Sheila Hamilton (1 - 3) News director and morning show host at KINK.FM. Author of the recently published memoir All the Things We Never Knew: Chasing the Chaos of Mental Illness
Justin Hocking (3 - 5) Author of the memoir The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld, winner of the 2015 Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction. Justin will read at the store with Suzy Vitello on March 17th as part of our Comma reading series.
Joe Kurmaskie (12 - 3), aka "The Metal Cowboy" and author of five books about his bicycling adventures, including Mud Sweat and Gears. Joe's newest book, A Guide to Falling Down in Public: Finding Balance On and Off the Bicycle, will be published this spring, and he will read at the store on May 24th.
Richard Lewis (2 - 5) Author of a debut collection of poetry, How Things Are
Margaret Malone (2 - 4) Author of the newly published story collection People Like You
Whitney Otto (3 - 5) Author of the novels Eight Girls Taking Pictures and How to Make an American Quilt
Linda Lee Peterson (10 - 12) Author of the Maggie Fiori mystery series, the most recent of which is The Spy on the Tennessee Walker
Portlandness authors: David Banis and Hunter Shobe (1:30 - 4:30) PSU professors and authors of the recently released Portlandness: A Cultural Atlas. David and Hunter will also do a presentation at the store on Tuesday January 12th.
Suzy Vitello (10 - 12) Author of the YA novels The Moment Before, The Empress Chronicles, and The Keepsake (#2 of the Empress Chronicles). Suzy will read at the store with Justin Hocking on March 17th as part of our Comma reading series.
Willy Vlautin (12 - 2) Author of The Motel Life, Northline, Lean on Pete, and The Free -- the latter two both winners of the Readers' Choice Awards at the Oregon Book Awards
Lidia Yuknavitch (12 - 2) Author of the memoir The Chronology of Water, the novel Dora: A Headcase, and the recently published novel The Small Backs of Children