Throw your Jamba Juice in the trash, skip the line for Santa, and put the mall in your rearview mirror. Black Friday is for suckers. Saturday, November 30, is the day to do your Christmas shopping at the small, independently owned businesses in your community.
Independent bookstores are participating in Small Business Saturday in a big way by inviting authors to be guest-booksellers for the day. If you’re in Spokane, you can meet Jess Walter at Auntie’s. James Patterson will be behind the counter at Classic Bookshop in Palm Beach; you can find Wally Lamb at RJ Julia in Madison, CT. And yours truly will be selling books at The Book Cellar in Lincoln Square from 12 to 4. If you are in Chicago, please come see me!
Indiebound has an updated map and list of authors who will be at stores across the country. Spend your book money in your community this year, and help keep independent bookstores strong.