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Indies First!

It's Thanksgiving week in the U.S. and that means feasting, family and Small Business Saturday!

Small Business Saturday is that shopping day after that OTHER famous shopping day when people are encouraged to focus on the small businesses that help their communities thrive. In the case of authors and readers, that means supporting our favorite local bookstores.

Author Sherman Alexie made a call-out to authors to get involved on Small Business Saturday, and the Indies First campaign was born. Authors and independent bookstores are teaming up this Saturday to make your shopping experience special. Authors will be on hand at bookstores across the country to chat about and sign their own books, but also to recommend their favorite books to you.

I have to admit, I'm super excited about the recommending my favorite books part. I LOVE helping people find something new to read.

This map from IndieBound can help you find authors at bookstores near you. You can then check the websites of the bookstores for schedules or follow along the #IndiesFirst hashtag on Twitter for more info.

If you're in the Seattle area, Kristin Halbrook will be participating at Secret Garden Books in Ballard from 10:00 - 11:30 am, and then at University Bookstore on The Ave from 12:00 - 1:00 pm.

For Bay Area folks, Stephanie Kuehn will be appearing at Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore from 3:00 - 4:00 pm.

We would love to see you out supporting your local bookstores!

Happy Thanksgiving week!
~Kristin Halbrook
Kristin Halbrook

Kristin Halbrook is the author of the critically-acclaimed young adult novels Nobody But Us (HarperTeen, 2013) and Every Last Promise (HarperTeen, 2015). She likes many things.

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