Author Sherman Alexie headlines a list of local writers who will serve as booksellers at University Book Store (4326 University Way N.E.) on Saturday, Nov. 30, dubbed Indie’s First Day by Alexie, the creator of the international movement.
Indies First is a grassroots effort spearheaded by Alexie that calls on authors to show their support for independent booksellers by signing up to work at their favorite indie bookstore on Small Business Saturday, celebrated this year on Nov. 30, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The American Bookseller Association (ABA) teamed with Alexie to take the movement national and ultimately international.
The idea originated last spring, when Alexie and Queen Anne Book Co. co-owner and manager Janis Segress came up with the idea of authors as booksellers to help launch the new bookstore on Queen Anne.
In September, Alexie took the idea one step further by writing an open letter to authors to join his Indies First movement. To date, 700 authors have signed up to sell books at more than 400 bookstores, according to the ABA, which is serving as a clearinghouse for author signups.
Alexie will at the University Book Store from noon to 1 p.m. The Indies First event will also include host Nancy Pearl, Mary Jane Beaufrand, Patrick Flores-Scott, Carly Anne West, Ryan Boudinot, Peter Mountford, Kyle Bolton, Jennie Shortridge, Kim Baker, Cat Patrick, Jaime Garbacik, members of the APRIL Festival and Kristin Halbrook.