Why do Canadians love their neighbourhood independent bookstores?
Indie bookstores build community, make for great spots to hang out, celebrate literary diversity and serve as that place where anyone can go and experience the stories of our lives as Canadians. On Saturday, April 29, Canadians will be out celebrating those great spaces – our independent bookstores – along with the authors who love them, as part of the third annual Authors for Indies Day, a grassroots event organized in support of Canada’s independent bookstores.
On this day, authors across the country will volunteer at their local indies to greet customers, recommend books, and celebrate the vital role of independent bookstores in both the book industry and our communities. This year, independent bookstores from Victoria to Halifax are hosting more than 400 authors who will be signing books, talking shop with avid readers and lending their support to promote local bookstores.
Best-selling author Jennifer Robson, spokesperson for the event, has called on Canadian book lovers to show their support for this initiative. Explaining her motivation for getting involved, Robson says, “In a world where big box stores and supermarkets carry a dozen or so bestsellers for a week or two, or perhaps a month if they’re feeling generous, local indie bookstores stock and hand-sell the books they love for far longer…I am profoundly indebted to independent bookstores for devoting shelf space and attention to my books, and to those of authors I love and revere, long after they have vanished from the
Stores that participated in 2015 and 2016 saw impressive increases in sales according to BookNet Canada and BookManager, organizations that track those numbers.
Visit the Authors for Indies website and find a store near you to see which authors are being hosted at your local bookstore. There will be authors of every genre participating, from bestselling authors to emerging Canlit stars. Follow Authors for Indies on Facebook (AuthorsforIndies), Twitter (@Authors4Indies) and via the hashtag #AFI2017.
To learn more about Canadian Authors for Indies, visit authorsforindies.com. AFI Public Relations Manager Robin Rivers can connect you with local writers for in-studio and phone interviews at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604.379.9067