Red Deerians are invited to join their fellow Canadians and celebrate their independent bookstores through Authors for Indies Day (AFI) at Sunworks.
The store will host local authors Fran Kimmel, Leslie Greentree, Joan Crate and Janice Gallant. Red Deerians are welcome to come out and hear readings, get illustrated by Erin Boake and end the day with an Aloha Dinner.
Events take place throughout the day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the dinner at 6 p.m. at Sunworks in downtown Red Deer.
Bookstores across the country will be playing host to authors and readers talking shop as they participate in book readings, book-related trivia, book signings and other activities to celebrate the vital role of independent bookstores in both the book industry and in communities.
“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,” says Jennifer Robson, author and spokesperson for AFI. “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”
Authors for Indies Day is a Canada wide celebration of independent booksellers, started by Vancouver author Janie Chang three years ago, now eighty-seven bookstores and almost 600 authors are involved in this year’s AFI day.