Monday, November 21, 2016

Know about Black Friday? How about Indies First?

Poet, fiction/children’s book/screenplay writer, and literary instigator Sherman Alexie in 2013 helped start the Indies First program which brings authors into bookstores as the holiday season ensues. For this year, he and a roving cast of writers (of all kinds and genres), musicians, and scribes will make their way to three Seattle bookstores to recommend select titles for readers, and to sign copies of their own books, where applicable. The fun includes some of this city’s liveliest poets, hip-hop artists, children’s book authors, science fiction and fantasy writers, thriller writers, graphic novelists, and many of its primary literary critics and reviewers. Elliott Bay BookstoreSherman Alexie Video

Author Visits & Activities on Sat, Nov 26
Book Larder
4252 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
Coloring party with Adrianna Adarme for "A Cozy Coloring Book", Lauren Wilson of Sweet Lo's Ice Cream will be here selling pints, and local authors Cynthia Nims of "Crab" and John Sundstrom of "Lark" will be here to sign books.

Edmonds Bookshop
111 5th Ave S, Edmonds, WA 98020
Local children's authors, Kizzie Jones from 1 to 2 pm; and Anne-Marie Heckt from 3 to 4pm. We will host these authors as honorary booksellers to celebrate Indies First, to help hand sell their favorite titles, sign books, give readings, and more.

Magnolia's Bookstore
3206 W McGraw Street, Seattle, Washington 98199
3 to 4pm Kathryn Dennis signing her new picture book and her junior spy novels for middle grade readers. 4 to 6pm Rebecca J. Novelli will sign her new novel, The Train to Orvieto 6 to 8pm Hot Chestnuts in front of the store. All day: free "Eat . Sleep. Read." bags to first 30 customers spending $50 or more

Page 2 Books
457 SW 152nd St, Burien, WA 98166
"Seattle Illuminated" by David Barnes, "Hello Baby" by Kathleen Petrich, "Sis for Seattle" illustrator Michael Schafbuch, "When All The Girls Have Gone" by Jayne Ann Krentz, "Folly" by Stella Cameron, and "Sophie Topfeather, Superstar" by Sonja Anderson.

Queen Anne Book Company
1811 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
Meet authors and illustrators for recommendations! 10 to 11am Billy Sparrow, Dana Arnim; 11 am to noon Rita Wirkala, Liz Wong; noon to 1pm David Barnes; 1 to 2pm Mike Lawson, Laurie Thompson; 2 to 3 pm Carol Cassella, Kelly Jones; 3 to 4pm Sanae Ishida, Ben Clanton; 4 to 5pm Matt Buscemi, Mary Jane Beaufrand

Seattle Mystery Bookshop
117 Cherry St, Seattle, WA 98104
Timothy Hallinan will be here to sign "Fields Where They Lay", a comic Holiday mystery with LA burglar Junior Bender.

The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 10th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
Authors on a Bus! Sherman Alexie and Friends This lively day will start at Third Place Books Seward Park, noon to 1pm, continue to University Bookstore, 2 to 3pm, and bring things home here at Elliott Bay starting at 4pm Please join us - and enjoy!

Third Place Books
17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
Spend $50 and get a $10 gift card good at all Third Place Books locations. Spin the prize wheel from noon to 2pm and win coupons, surprise books and bookstore swag. Our restaurant partner Honey Bear baker will be serving free drip coffee all day!

University Book Store
4326 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
11am: Holiday Read Allowed for Kids; 1pm: Reading & Signing with Billy Sparrow, Tranquility: A Memoir of an American Sailor; 2pm: Sherman Alexie Party Bus arrives, full of authors, reporters, musicians and city council members (Stop by for book giveaways!); 3pm: Demo KLUTZ games and activities; 4pm: GameOn! — Demo the latest and greatest in board games; Throughout the day, Book Giveaway with a minimum $30 purchase in the book department (while supplies last.)

Village Books
1200 11th St, Bellingham, WA 98225
Local artist Ben Mann on hand from 11am-noon, and local author Janet Oakley from 1 to 2pm to sign copies of their books and talk about their favorite reads this season. At our Lynden store: Local author Jeff LaMont will join us to sign copies of his book, The Song of the Christmas Tree, and talk about his favorite reads of the season.

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

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Image from the "Reading Matters" campaign.