Indies First finally making authors do real work, sell books at bookstores

Emma Straub could help you find your next favorite novel.
Emma Straub could help you find your next favorite novel at WORD.

Authors across the nation will be doing some heavy lifting on the retail front November 30th. As part of Indies First, writers will be slinging hardcovers at local bookstores to spur business and keep some of those Amazon dollars in out of Seattle. Of course Brooklyn, well known for its varied cast of established and up-and-coming authors, is taking part. On “Small Business Saturday” Bergen Street ComicsCommunity BookstoreGreenlight BookstoreThe POWERHOUSE ArenaPOWERHOUSE on 8th, and WORD will be staffed by some of our favorite local authors.

Want to talk shop with a Brooklyn wordsmith? Nerd out with a comic book artist? Get recommendations from someone you’ve read? Check out the list below of participating writers and stop by a shop. It’s pretty hefty, so you’re bound to find someone you like. And remember: support all small businesses this season, not just bookstores!

Participating authors include:

Nick Abadzis, author and illustrator of Laika and Hugo Tate (Bergen Street)
Jami Attenberg, author of The Middlesteins (WORD)
Jennifer Armstrong, author of Sexy Feminism (WORD)
Stefan Merrill Block, author of The Storm at the Door (POWERHOUSE on 8th)
Amy Brill, author of The Movement of Stars (Community Bookstore)
Michael Buckley, author of the Sisters Grimm and N.E.R.D.S. series (Greenlight)
Mike Cavallaro, artist of Foiled, The Shield and Mega Man (Bergen Street)
Myke Cole, author of the Shadow Ops series (WORD)
Emily Jenkins, author of Water in the Park and Five Creatures (POWERHOUSE on 8th)
Jodi Kantor, author of The Obamas (POWERHOUSE on 8th)
Ayana Mathis, author of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Greenlight)
Sarah McCarry, author of All Our Pretty Songs (WORD)
Leigh Newman, author of Still Points North (The POWERHOUSE Arena)
Tim O’Mara, author of Crooked Numbers and Sacrifice Fly (WORD)
Yuko Ota, illustrator of Johnny Wander and Lucky Penny (Bergen Street)
Ananth Panagariya, writer of Johnny Wander and Lucky Penny (Bergen Street)
Matt de la Peňa, author of The Living (Community Bookstore)
Jeffrey Rotter, author of The Unknown Knowns (Greenlight)
Jon Scieszka, author of Battle Bunny (Community Bookstore)
Amy Shearn, author of The Mermaid of Brooklyn (WORD)
Emma Straub, author of Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures (WORD)
Justin Torres, author of We The Animals (Greenlight)
Teddy Wayne, author of The Love Song of Jonny Valentine (The POWERHOUSE Arena)
Paul Zelinsky, author of Z is for Moose (Greenlight)

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