Seven authors will visit Chalottetown’s Bookmark for the day’s celebrations, working as guest booksellers, meeting fans, signing books and celebrating the neighbourhood bookstore.
The authors include Orysia Dawydiak, Laurie Brinklow, Jeff Bursey, J.J. Steinfeld, Sharon McKay, Kathy Birt and Karen Forrest.
On Authors for Indies Day, more than 400 authors across Canada take part in a grassroots event organized in support of Canada’s independent bookstores.
Indie bookstores build community, make for great spots to hang out, celebrate literary diversity and serve as a place anyone can experience the stories of our lives as Canadians.
Best-selling author Jennifer Robson, spokesperson for the event, has called on Canadian book lovers to show their support for this initiative.
“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,” said Robson. “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.”
Visit the Authors for Indies website at authorsforindies.com to see which authors are being hosted at your local bookstore. Follow Authors for Indies on Facebook, Twitter @Authors4Indies and via the hashtag #AFI2017.