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Indies First, the campaign of authors, publishers, and readers celebrating independent bookstores and local communities, kicks off this year on Small Business Saturday, November 26, 2016. Events and festivities, many of them featuring authors as guest booksellers, will be held in hundreds of independent bookstores across the country.
In addition to author Sherman Alexie, who first envisioned Indies First in 2013, authors Cheryl Strayed, Kate DiCamillo, Neil Gaiman, Amanda Palmer, and Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) have been author spokespeople and supporters of Indies First.
An archive of spokespeoples' letters to authors about volunteering for Indies First is here.
Authors and Illustrators, Join the Indies First Registry Here
Bookstores, Add Your 2016 Indies First Plans to the National Map Here
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Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.
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