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Get Your Indie On! a challenge for 2019

My challenge to you in 2019: step up your support of Independent Booksellers, in any and every way you can.

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Zenith Bookstore, Duluth, Minnesota.

Part I: If there’s an Independent Bookstore near you, shop there. If, sadly, your area doesn’t have one, then familiarize yourself with the Indie Bound website. Indie Bound sells books. They don’t sell electronics, food, auto parts, clothing, dog collars, or widgets of any kind. Just books. Buy your books right on the Indie Bound website or use their handy bookstore locator to find a store in or near your zip code.

Personal benefits:

  • you won’t be filling the already over-stuffed pockets of one of the richest men in the world
  • you’ll be supporting a ‘mom and pop’, a main street, a local economy–yours or someone else’s
  • you’ll make new friends (and good ones); indie sellers are among the best people on earth.
  • you’ll be more appreciated than you can possibly imagine

Part II: If you are on FaceBook: post a pic there of each book you read in 2019 by linking to that book’s page on the Indie Bound website. If you link to books on your blog, do the same. It’s not only that you will be linking to Indie Bound, it’s that you won’t be linking to that other place, not sending traffic their way. And you’ll be spreading the word visually (which sticks with folks).

If you aren’t on FaceBook, find other ways to spread the Indie word. For example, if you’re an author who sells books, always include Indie Bound among your website or blog links. Ditto for Libraries, Art Centers and any other organizations that host authors or sell books and link to them on their event sites. Find a way to promote your independence from… well… you know who. And show it!

I first issued this Indie challenge on FaceBook to usher in the new year.  I’ve since seen some very creative ways of supporting local bookstores, including some friends who offered to help with their local bookstore’s annual inventory. (Bravo! and how fun must that have been!)

There’s a lot a stake. Be creative. Be vigilant. Get your Indie on!

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The Reader in Me

“She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.”                                                                                                                 Annie Dillard

I am, indeed, the “publisher, poet, evangelist” as advertised on my business card. But I have  been a professor too, and a restaurateur, a long-term care-giver, an arts administrator, (briefly) a professional singer, and more. I am also, and always will be, a road-tripper, a tree-hugger, a gardener, a table-setter, a wife, a mom and, for the last 6 years, a grandma.

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But the most encompassing identity I have (and have always had) is my identity as a reader: whether I’m reading faces or gestures, situations or circumstances, poetry or essays, fiction or plays, children’s books or recipes—reading is one of the most me places I can possibly be.

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Our favorite down time after a morning in the garden, or after any work whatsoever. Please excuse these gardeners’ dirty feet.

So, it would be weird for me to include a blog on this website and fail to write about reading, about books. I cannot imagine being a good publisher or editor, much less a good writer, without also being an avid and regular reader. Yet people try to do it; I know they do. I can’t tell you how many budding (and not-so-budding) poets and writers, when asked what they read, are a little dumbstruck. And, sadly, their work usually shows it.

I hear reading books is on the upswing. I hope so. Now more than ever we need a literate, articulate, empathetic citizenry. So read on people, please! Read widely and often.

French BirdIt’s a big part of the mission of Danielle Dufy Literary to support independent booksellers, so I hope you will buy your books and audio books from Independent Bookstores, their online stores, or from indiebound.org. We need thriving local economies to get us through these times. They can nurture us, sustain us and empower us while the larger world, with its principalities and powers, its calamities and climates, spins ever more out of control.

first 3 books

These are the first three books I’ve read in 2019. Each delightful and edifying in its own way. I’ve said a few more words about each one over here, on the Year in Reading page I’ve just added to the website. Comments and conversation about books are most welcome there.

I wish you the Happiest New Year ever, filled to overflowing with good reading!