Are you already formulating your plan of attack for hitting the sales this Black Friday? Just be sure to save some shopping energy for Small Business Saturday, too, because you'll be in for a treat when you shop at your local independent bookstore.
Chances are high that if you walk into an indie bookstore this Saturday (November 30), you'll find an author or two hanging out. Organized by Indies First, more than 1,000 authors will be working as guest booksellers at locally owned shops across the country. Here are just a few:
• Martin Cruz Smith & Ayelet Waldman—Book Passage (Corte Madera, CA)
• Lynn Cullen & Joshilyn Jackson—Little Shop of Stories (Decatur, GA)
• Jill Lepore & Aaron Becker—Porter Square Books (Cambridge, MA)
• Ridley Pearson & Curtis Sittenfeld—Left Bank Books (St. Louis, MO)
• Emma Straub & Susannah Cahalan—WORD (Brooklyn, NY)
• Ann Patchett & Victoria Schwab—Parnassus in (Nashville, TN)
Do you plan on stopping by your local indie bookstore on Saturday?
I have a real love for villainous characters—the selfish, willing-to-do-anything, desperate geniuses who see law as an elective, not a required course.
• Ridley Pearson •
It was a bittersweet show, as it was both a farewell performance to Rock Bottom fans and a goodbye to their founding member, our beloved Author Enabler Kathi Kamen Goldmark, who recently lost her battle with cancer.
Kathi would have been proud—the show was characteristically wild to the point of ridiculous. Well, the band was wild. The audience, consisting entirely of sweet librarians, listened quietly from their seats, maybe clapping along from time to time. (Except, of course, for the five women doing the Electric Slide.)
The band included big-name authors, all of whom evidently have no shame:
The authors' talents lie more in enthusiasm than anything else, so even though Amy Tan was half a beat behind and Stephen King barely touched his guitar, it was still an unforgettable show. They played a number of rock favorites, but their "lit-rock" songs ("I'm a big bestseller, baby" and "I'm in love with a proofreading woman") were by far their best. No one really cared that they botched "Wild Thing" or that Matt Groening did nothing except bop back and forth in his Marge Simpson mask.
The band honored Kathi's memory with several songs at the end, including the Irish folk song they sang to her over the phone when she was in the hospital and Warren Zevon's "Keep Me in Your Heart." All eyes were on her leopard guitar at the front of the stage.
All in all, a touching goodbye to a wonderful woman and the hilarious band she inspired. We'll miss the Rock Bottom Remainders!