Author, journalist, and former national evening news anchor Dan Rather is the 2020 spokesperson for Indies First, the American Booksellers Association’s national campaign in support of independent bookstores that took place on Small Business Saturday (November 28).
A national event featuring Rather will be held on Wednesday, December 2, at 7:00 p.m. ET on Zoom. Booksellers can share the registration link with their customers now and encourage them to purchase Rather’s What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism (Algonquin Books), a bestselling collection of essays.
While supplies last, booksellers can also sign up now to receive bookplates signed by Rather. Stores may request the number of bookplates corresponding to the number of books ordered, up to 12 bookplates per store. Book orders can be placed with Workman Publishing or a wholesaler.
In promoting Indies First, Rather encouraged everyone to visit their local indie bookstores on November 28 in honor of Indies First/Small Business Saturday.
Publishers have also joined in the celebration of Indies First. Log into BookWeb to see a range of special offers for booksellers.