The New York State Writers Institute and WAMC are joining forces to aid Capital Region’s indie bookstores with a new initiative they’re calling #IndieBookstoreBoost.
Writers Institute director Paul Grondahl and WAMC “Book Show” host Joe Donahue are conducting virtual interviews with notable authors on their newly published books as part of the effort to encourage book sales at independent bookstores.
To kick off the new initiative Donahue and Grondahl interviewed bookstore proprietors about the difficult economic situations they face due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including: Chris Morrow of Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs and Manchester, Vt; Susan Novotny of Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza in Guilderland, NY, Stanley Hadsell of Market Block Books in Troy and Lily Bartels of The Open Door Bookstore in Schenectady.
Each new program will feature a link to purchase the author’s book an an independent bookstore and opportunities to buy gift cards or make a donation toward the purchase of children’s books for distribution to under-served children. The interviews are being posted on The Conversation, on the Writers Institute’s webpage.
This Friday, James Howard Kunstler, best known for his book The Geography of Nowhere (on American suburban development), will discuss his latest book Living in the Long Emergency: Global Crisis, the Failure of the Futurists, and the Early Adapters Who Are Showing Us the Way Forward with sales designated for The Book House.
The mission of the NYS Writers Institute is to enhance and celebrate literature, writing, and performance, and to recognize the position of writers as a community within the larger community.