Friday, November 22, 2013
Local Quad Cities authors to support independent bookstores on Small Business Saturday
The QC Book Rack, an independent bookstore with locations in Davenport and Moline, and 918studio, an independent literary press in LeClaire, have teamed up to participate in Indies First and are promoting a local author event for Small Business Saturday sponsored by the American Booksellers Association (ABA).
Quad City area local authors, Ann Boaden, Sean Leary, Cindy McDermott, Jane Reinhardt-Martin, Lilly Setterdahl, Jodie Toohey, Robin Throne, Connie Corcoran Wilson, Karin Youngberg, and illustrator William Hannan will join about 700 authors across the U.S. at more than 400 independent bookstores to make appearances at the Book Rack locations on Saturday, November 30, to sign books, recommend books, and talk about books in support of independent bookstores. An interactive map of the event can be viewed at http://www.indiebound.org/indies-first
The QC Book Rack offers a local author section at both stores and other local authors will also have their book recommendations on display for holiday shoppers. McDermott, Toohey, and Throne will be at the Davenport store, and Boaden, Hannan, Leary, Reinhardt-Martin, Setterdahl, Wilson, and Youngberg will make appearances at the Moline store.
Economic indicators have shown independent bookstores have begun a new chapter in a shifting bookselling climate when compared to the past decade. The ABA reported that since 2009 more independent bookstores have opened than closed in America. In September, the noted Native American writer, Sherman Alexie, called for local authors to use Small Business Saturday to support independent bookstores in turn for their ongoing support of both authors and readers.