Author Love for Independent Bookstores

Authors love independent bookstores for some of the same reasons the rest of us do: they are hubs for community, their booksellers make fantastic recommendations, and they are great physical spaces to celebrate love of books.

Many authors also attribute part or all of their success to the Indie booksellers that handsell their books to customers and champion their work to communities around the country.

These awesome authors have spoken out about what bookstores mean to them:


Celeste Ng, author of Everything I Never Told You and Little Fires Everywhere


Christine Mangan, author of Tangerine (FREE on Independent Bookstore Day)


Laini Taylor, author of Strange the Dreamer (FREE on Independent Bookstore Day)


Emma Straub, author of Modern Lovers


Neil Gaiman, author of American Gods


Jewell Parker Rhodes, author of Ninth Ward and Ghost Boys

 


Dan Pink, author of When


Veronica Henry, author of How to Find Love in a Bookshop


Cecelia Ahern, author of PS, I Love You


Nicole Krauss, author of Forest Dark


John Lescroart, author of Fatal


Gabrielle Zevin, author of The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry


Finn Murphy, author of The Long Haul


Kirby Larson, author of Hattie Big Sky


Ross McMeekin, author of The Hummingbirds


Daniel José Older, author of Shadowshaper


Alex Gino, author of George


Kheryn Callender, author of Hurricane Child


Francisco X. Stork, author of The Memory of Light

Quotes to Help You Through the Hot Days of Summer

There’s nothing better than to close your eyes, nestled under the cool shade of a tree, listening to a good book. These authors would hardly disagree. In fact, there’s a long tradition of praising the summer months for all their glory.


Delirium

But how could anyone who’s ever seen a summer—big explosion of green and skies lit up electric with splashy sunsets, a riot of flowers and wind that smells like honey—pick the snow?”

Lauren Oliver, Delirium


Prodigal Summer

. . . prodigal summer, the season of extravagant procreation. It could wear out everything in its path with its passionate excesses, but nothing alive with wings or a heart or a seed curled into itself in the ground could resist welcoming it back when it came.”

Barbara Kingsolver, Prodigal Summer


Rebecca

I should remember the rose garden in summer, and the birds that sang at dawn. Tea under the chestnut tree, and the murmur of the sea coming up to us from the lawns below. I would think of the blown lilac, and the Happy Valley. These things were permanent, they could not be dissolved. They were memories that cannot hurt.”

Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca


The Call of the Wild

But especially he loved to run in the dim twilight of the summer midnights, listening to the subdued and sleepy murmurs of the forest, reading signs and sounds as a man may read a book, and seeking for the mysterious something that called—called, waking or sleeping, at all times, for him to come.”

Jack London, The Call of the Wild


Drood

The beauty of that June day was almost staggering. After the wet spring, everything that could turn green had outdone itself in greenness and everything that could even dream of blooming or blossoming was in bloom and blossom. The sunlight was a benediction. The breezes were so caressingly soft and intimate on the skin as to be embarrassing.”

Dan Simmons, Drood


To Kill a Mockingbird

Summer was on the way; Jem and I awaited it with impatience. Summer was our best season: it was sleeping on the back screened porch in cots, or trying to sleep in the treehouse; summer was everything good to eat; it was a thousand colors in a parched landscape; but most of all, summer was Dill.”

Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird


Got a favorite quote about summer? Let us know in the comments!