30 November 2013 is Small Business Saturday, and the American Bookseller Association is marking the occasion with a new program called Indies First. They have coordinated with 257 indie bookstores across the US to bring local authors in and volunteer as booksellers.
The stores are spread across over 40 states and the district of Columbia. In my area alone there are 4 participating bookstores (5 if you count Richmond), including Politics and Prose in DC. All will have at least one author behind the counter on that Saturday, and a lucky few will have as many as nine local authors (or more).
The list of participating authors includes indies as well as a number of best-selling and well know names.James Patterson will be selling books in Classic Bookshop in Palm Beach, FL, and you will find Cheryl Strayed, the author of Wild, at Broadway Books in Portland, OR. And Elliott Bay Books in Seattle may have hit the jackpot in terms of author participation; Sherman Alexie, Maria Semple, and Jonathan Evison will all be at that bookstore.
In the Los Angeles, area, Paul Vitagliano and Cecil Castellucci will beat Skylight Books in Los Feliz; Antoine Wilson at Diesel in Brentwood; Naomi Hirahara will be at Book'Em Mysteries in South Pasadena; and Meredith Maran will be among the authors at Book Soup in West Hollywood.
You can find a map and a list of participating bookstores on the Indiebound website. You might want to wait until next week to finalize your plans; participating bookstores and authors are still being added to the list in droves. In the past 4 days since the LA Times reported on this story the number of participating bookstores more than doubled, and it could increase even more.