Earlier this year author Sherman Alexie asked authors all over the country to take part Small Business Saturday (the day after Black Friday (and all these official names for shopping kind of makes me want to barf, but that’s me) by going to independent bookstores in their neck of the woods and helping sell books.
Go read Alexie’s letter he makes it sound much better than I do.
What I want to share is all the local authors getting off their duffs and getting into some of the local indies. It’s kind of awesome — you could get your books signed, get personal recommendation, and just generally rub elbows with some of awesome writers. Here’s what’s going on around town.
Addendum Books for Young Adults and Children 165 Western Ave. N #14 St. Paul
Holy Buckets! They have 16 authors working the floor — really if you’re a fan of lit for kids, this is jackpot.
Here’s who is going to be there:
John Coy (1-3pm)
Brian Farrey (9-11)
Kevin Kling (1-2pm, reading with Chris Monroe)
Mary Losure (4:30-6:30pm)
Chris Monroe (1-2pm, reading with Kevin Kling)
Laura Purdie Salas (2:30-4:30)
Kurtis Scaletta (2pm)
Pat Schmatz (2-4pm)
Lauren Stringer (12-2pm)
Stephanie Watson (5-7pm)
Jacqueline West (12-1pm)
Birchbark Books, 2115 W 21st St, Minneapolis
The Bookstore at Fitger’s, 600 E Superior St, Duluth
Common Good Books, 38 S Snelling Ave, St. Paul
Mary Losure, 2:00-4:00pm chatting with customers and recommending her favorite books, including her latest, The Wild Boy.
Sarah Stonich, 4:00pm – 6:00pm; Stonich is the author of several books, most recently Vacationland.
Excelsior Bay Books 36 Water Street, Excelsior
Children’s author Stephen Shaskan will greet customers and work in the bookstore as a part of Small Business Saturday.
Magers & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin, Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN
Andy Sturdevant, author of Potluck Supper With Meeting to Follow from 12:00 to 2:00.
Micawber’s, 2238 Carter Ave, St. Paul
Monkey See, Monkey Read, 425 Division Street, Northfield
Red Balloon Bookshop, 891 Grand Ave., St. Paul
Anne Greenwood Brown
Valley Booksellers, 217 Main St N, Stillwater