Local shops look to lure holiday dollars
(Asheville Citizen-Times) In an open letter to other authors in September, author Sherman Alexie, best known for his semi-autobiographical novel, “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” urged “book nerds” to become booksellers at a local bookstore on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. “We will make recommendations,” he wrote. “We will practice nepotism and urge readers to buy multiple copies of our friends’ books. Maybe you’ll sign and sell books of your own in the process.” Malaprop’s boasts one of the largest groups of authors signed up nationally; the store is third behind stores in Boston and Seattle.
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