Indie’s First at Local Bookstores


Karen with Indie’s First founder Sherman Alexie

November 29 was the second annual Indie’s First bookstore event. An idea hatched by Sherman Alexie and Janis Segress from Seattle’s Queen Anne Book Company, Indie’s First is a day when authors get to go play bookseller at independent bookstores to encourage readers to buy local.

In an open letter, Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer invited authors to take part.

You will be supporting independent bookshops. They need your help. They in their turn will be supporting you. Everybody wins.

Sherman Alexie created a movement; let’s take it to the next level. Call your local indie bookshop and find out how you can help.

Indies First!


Neil and Amanda

For 2014, I visited two bookstores: University Bookstore and Elliott Bay Book Company. I have to admit, it was more fun than I expected. After a YA author panel at UBooks, seven authors all signed books and met readers. I was lucky enough to do two events with one of my literary heros, Deb Caletti.

Karen with Deb Caletti

Karen with Deb Caletti

Deb Caletti is a former finalist for the National Book Award as well as a generous comrade. I got to sit next to her and sign and chat for an hour! Thanks Elliott Bay.

Elliott Bay Books asked me for two books by other authors I wanted to hand sell to readers. My choices this year were books by fellow Write Bloody authors. Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz’s new non-fiction work, Dr. Mutter’s Marvels, made a recent appearance on the New York Times bestsellers list and makes great holiday down-time reading.  Mindy Nettifee’s  Glitter in the Blood was my choice for poetic craft book for the gifting season.

If you missed Indie’s First, then buy these books from local bookstores! IndieBound is the best way to find store near you that carry the books you want.




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