Authors for Indies Day! Celebrating Independent Bookstores!

2016 30 Apr
11:00am - 4:00pm
Authors for Indies Day! Celebrating Independent Bookstores!


On Authors for Indies Day, Canadian authors show their appreciation for independent bookstores (indies) by volunteering as guest booksellers. Last year Authors for Indies Day gave participating bookstores an average boost of 18.5% in sales, a phenomenal result which put this event on the CBC’s List of 10 Biggest Book Stories for 2015

This year on April 30, authors will be at it again!

We are honoured to have 4 local authors to be part of this exciting event: 
James BartlemanNina Berkhout, Anita Kushwaha & Nadia Bozak!

Each author will be chatting with customers, reading their latest books, recommending books, and helping everyone appreciate the importance of indie bookstores to our communities and our cultural lives. It’s not about promoting themselves, it’s about raising awareness of Canada's independent bookstores.!

Here is their shift schedule:

11:00 am James Bartleman | 12:30 pm Nina Berkhout
1:30 pm Anita Kushwaha | 2:30 pm Nadia Bozak

Each of their shift will last for an hour.

Saturday, April 30, 2016
Octopus Books Glebe
116 Third Ave.

About the Authors

James Bartleman is the former lieutenant governor of Ontario and the bestselling author of the novels As Long as the Rivers Flow and The Redemption of Oscar Wolf. A member of the Chippewas of Rama First Nation, he is also a retired ambassador and a member of the Order of Canada. He lives in Perth, Ontario. His latest book published this April is his extraordinary memoirs SEASONS OF HOPE: a look back over Bartleman’s seventy years, from his childhood of poverty to becoming the Queen’s representative in Ontario.

5 books recommended by James for Authors for Indies Day: 

  1. Some Rain Must Fall and My Struggle , Book 5 by Karl Ove Knausgaard.
  2. Masters of Empire: Great Lakes Indians and the Making of America by Michael McDonnell
  3. Dora Bruder by Patrick Modiano
  4. Gratitude by Oliver Sacks
  5. Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

Nina Berkhout is the author of five poetry collections, most recently Elseworlds, which won the 2013 Archibald Lampman Award. Originally from Calgary, Alberta, she now resides in Ottawa, Ontario, where she works at the National Gallery of Canada. THE GALLERY OF LOST SPECIES is her first novel.

5 books recommended by Nina for Authors for Indies Day: 
  1. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  2. Any poetry book by Billy Collins
  3. Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner (or any other book by her)
  4. The Girls by Lori Lansens 
  5. October by Richard B. Wright (and Nightfall will be released on May 3)

Anita Kushwaha grew up in Aylmer, Quebec. She has a passion for writing and research. Her work as a Cultural Geographer has taken her to some of the most beautiful communities in Canada’s North. When she isn’t at her writing desk, she enjoys teaching yoga and losing herself in a good book. Writing has been her chosen method of self-expression from a young age. She lives in Ottawa with her husband and cat. Anita's latest book THE ESCAPE ARTIST is released in May 2015.

5 books recommended by Anita for Authors for Indies Day: 

  1. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri 
  2. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte 
  3. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood  
  4. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
  5.  Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese 

Nadia Bozak is the author of the novels Orphan Love and El Niño, the first two parts of her Border Trilogy, and a book of film theory, The Cinematic Footprint: Lights, Cameras, Natural Resources. Her short story collection, THIRTEEN SHELLS, will be published by Anansi in May 2016.  She is currently Assistant Professor of English at Carleton University where she teaches creative writing.

5 books recommended by Nadia Bozak:

  1. Angel Square by Brian Doyle
  2. Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  3. House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  4. Down the Rabbit Hole -by Juan Pablo Villalobos
  5. Boyhood: Scenes from Provincial Life by JM Coetzee 

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