Indies First on November 30th, 2013, was a rousing success with over 1,000 authors appearing at over 400 independent bookstores in the USA and abroad.

Below are links to many inspiring stories from that day


From the Los Angeles Times is Marla Frazee's account of working at Vroman's in Pasadena, California.  Frazee has been a customer of Vroman's for a few decades so getting a chance to work at the store was a dream come true for her. Awesome.

Funny thing: a short while later, Lian Dolan herself walked in to start her own shift as a volunteer bookseller. She hadn’t been working very long when someone asked her the kind of question every author fantasizes about: ‘Can you tell me where I can find a book by Lian Dolan?’
— Marla Frazee

From Publishers Weekly is this overview of the day at various bookstores during IndiesFirst along with photos of writer/booksellers like Sven Birkerts, Daniel Handler, Lisa Brown, and T.C. Boyle.

Lisa Brown & Daniel Handler at The Booksmith in San Francisco

Lisa Brown & Daniel Handler at The Booksmith in San Francisco

Some authors had a little help, like YA writer A.S. King (Reality Boy) whose daughters assisted with making book recommendations at Aaron’s Books in Lititz, Pa.
— Publishers Weekly

Tattered Cover in Denver has a great blog post, with tons of photos, about their IndiesFirst day.

Chris Howard and BK Loren at Tattered Cover.

Chris Howard and BK Loren at Tattered Cover.

Chris and BK were, naturally, talking about their own books, but they picked out several other books that they loved to handsell to our Historic Lodo store.
— Tattered Cover

A beautiful and touching blog post from Elizabeth Bluemle at Publishers Weekly detailing the experiences of writer/booksellers. 

I was pleased by the displays in The Book Spot and by the number of people who showed up. The owner said there was actually a line at opening!
— Jeanette Larson

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