On Saturday (April 29), more than 400 authors will join forces with independent bookstores across Canada for the third annual Authors for Indies Day, a grassroots event organized in support of Canada’s independent bookstores.
Canmore’s Cafe Books is hosting author and former Banff National Park Superintendent Kevin Van Tighem for the day. Book lovers are invited to meet Van Tighem, buy books, have them signed, and celebrate the vital role of independent bookstores in the community.
This year, independent bookstores from Victoria to Halifax are hosting more than 400 authors who will sign books, talk shop with avid readers and lend 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 the initiative. Explaining her motivation for getting involved, Robson said, “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 bestseller lists.”
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.