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QUINTESSENCE

Small Business Saturday - November 30, 2013

Books for the Holidays!

As many of you know, this upcoming Saturday is "Small Business Saturday," better known as your community "shop local" Saturday, when we all have the opportunity to demonstrate support for our main street businesses by making our purchases downtown. As the holidays draw near, purchases we make locally support a community business in an important way, which in turn strengthens our communities and hometown economic vitality. For authors this upcoming Saturday is a special opportunity to hand-sell our favorite books (and sign our own for you if you wish) in local bookstores and talk books. Many of us all across America will be present in the aisles of local independent bookstores chatting about books, pressing our favorite reads in your hands, making holiday recommendations and hearing what you love to read.

Auntie's is our Spokane city jewel, an independent bookstore since 1978, staffed by knowledgeable and supportive booksellers. For many Pacific Northwest authors (myself included) Auntie's, or a bookstore like it, hosted our debut author book events. Independent bookstores across America welcome and host community author events and special interest book clubs. Our Auntie's Bookstore gives Spokane the heart and enthusiasm that makes our community a great place to live, and this is our opportunity to say how much we appreciate our local bookstores.

I will be at Auntie's Bookstore, downtown Spokane (Main & Washington), from 2:30 to 4pm on Saturday November 30. So come on down and meet me, and let's do some holiday book shopping together!

[To see the full schedule of authors present this Saturday visit www.auntiesbooks.com.]

I will be chatting about and recommending some of the following recently released books:
Julian Barnes, SENSE OF AN ENDING and LEVELS OF LIFE
Elizabeth Gilbert, THE SIGNATURE OF ALL THINGS
Donna Tartt, THE GOLDFINCH
Dave Eggars, THE CIRCLE
Alice McDermott, SOMEONE
David Gilbert, & SONS
Suzanne Rindell, THE OTHER TYPIST
Adelle Waldman, THE LOVE AFFAIRS OF NATHANIEL P.
Joanna LuLoff's THE BEACH AT GALLE ROAD (stories)
Susan Choi, MY EDUCATION

The Pulitzer nonfiction books of 2012 and 2013

The poetry of Denise Levertov, Pablo Neruda, Billy Collins, Mary Oliver, Anne Carson, and Louise Gluck - and our newest National Book Award winner for 2013 in Poetry, for her work INCARNADINE, Portland poet, Mary Szybist.

Hope to see you downtown this Saturday. Happy Thanksgiving!

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