Celebrate Small Business Saturday by Supporting Your Local Independent Bookstore and the Indies First Movement

indiesFIRSTShopSmallIn an open letter addressed to “glorious book nerds,” novelist Sherman Alexie challenged his fellow writers to spend this November 30–also known as Small Business Saturday–volunteering their time at local independent bookstores. More than 1,000 authors all over the United States are heeding the call and will be hand-selling their favorite books tomorrow as part of the Indies First movement.

To see a state-by-state listing of independent bookstores and authors who will be guest-bookselling, visit this Indies First page on the American Booksellers Association website.

****SPECIAL NOTE: Read all the way to the end of this post to find out how to get a $10 credit toward any small business purchase tomorrow.****

If you’re in the Atlanta area tomorrow, you have a number of wonderful independent bookstores to choose from. Below is a list of Atlanta area indie bookstores, with links to their website and other relevant web pages, and their plans for Indies First:

A Cappella Books – authors Sheri Joseph, Susan Rebecca White, Jessica Handler and Lu Ann Cahn will be working in shifts at A Cappella Books. And A Cappella has even more to celebrate on Sunday; that’s the day that the bookstore celebrates 24 years in business. To learn more, view this e-newsletter from A Cappella Books.

Book Exchange Marietta – customers who visit this Canton Road independent bookstore will find music provided by a live band, personal appearances by local writers Ann Hite, Romily Bernard and Lynn Cullen, and a new selection of clever and sassy gift items. For more information about the Indies First party at Book Exchange, visit and like the store’s Facebook page.

Bound to Be Read Books – guest author-booksellers at this warm neighborhood bookstore in the East Atlanta Village include Collin Kelley and Laurel Snyder. All of the stores in the East Atlanta Village are offering specials as part of Small Business Saturday. You can visit their Small Business Saturday EAV page on Facebook to find out more.

Charis Books & More – authors Pearl Cleage, Isabel Wilkerson, Fiona Zedde will be sharing their time at the nation’s oldest independent feminist bookstore. Charis is also listing the recommended reads from “virtual booksellers” Karin Slaughter, Amanda Kyle Williams and Jessica Handler. For more information, visit this page on the Charis website.

Eagle Eye Book Shop – authors Lynn Cullen, Carmen Deedy, Ann Hite and Joshilyn Jackson will be in the store sometime between 10 and 5 on Saturday. They’ll be chatting with customers and recommending their favorite books, including their latest. To view this and more Eagle Eye Book Shop events, visit this calendar on the store’s website.

FoxTale Book Shoppe – the Foxes always have a great time in store for customers at this charming indie bookstore in Woodstock, GA. On Saturday, Pulitzer Prize-nominated author Charles McNair will be reading and signing copies of his latest novel, Pickett’s Charge, at 1:00 p.m. To see a complete listing of upcoming FoxTale Book Shoppe events, visit this page on their website.

Little Shop of Stories – if you’re as clueless as I am about what books, games or products to buy for the 18 and under set in your lives, you need to visit this cozy children’s bookstore located on the Decatur Square. Guest booksellers include Joshilyn Jackson and Laurel Snyder, and you my favorite full-time author and part-time bookseller, Terra Elan McVoy, will be there on Saturday.

To encourage its customers to shop small on Small Business Saturday, American Express is offering a $10 credit on your next monthly statement. You must register your American Express card before shopping at your favorite independent bookstore to take advantage of the program. Visit the Small Business Saturday page here to register your card for the $10 credit.

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