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Authors for Indies Day is May 2

Canada's first Authors for Indies day is coming up on Saturday, May 2. Authors from across Canada will support independent bookstores by volunteering as guest booksellers.

You'll find me at Carrefour Atlantic, my favourite bookstore in Halifax's Historic Properties. I'll be joined by fellow authors Donna Morrissey, Blair Beed, Yolanda Poplawska and Joel Zemel. We'll greet customers, recommend books and chat with you about your favourites.

Discovering an independent bookstore in your community is like finding a piece of sea glass on the beach. Each is unique and beautiful in its own way. When my first book, Lunar Lifter, was released in 2012, Michel Levasseur at Carrefour Atlantic was one of my biggest supporters. Michel is committed to carrying books from local authors that tell important and entertaining stories from our region. His enthusiasm for great works of fiction and nonfiction is infectious and a trip into his store always yields an interesting conversation.

Without a doubt local, independent bookstores and the people who work within them enrich our communities. Theirs is a true passion for books and their dedication to sustaining the independent bookselling industry is commendable. And like a beach devoid of rare sea glass treasures, our neighbourhoods would be less colourful without them.

There are more than 500 authors and 130 bookstores already signed up, so if you aren't close to Carrefour Atlantic, find the list of participants in your region here.

Bring a friend or your family and please support local independent bookstores regularly and especially on May 2. I hope to see and chat with you then.

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