Author’s Note in Medina will celebrate Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday

Posted 27 April 2022 at 11:28 am

These authors will be part of the independent book store celebration on Saturday – from left to right, and top to bottom include Bree Barton (Ithaca); Dee Romito (Buffalo); Kate Karyus Quinn (Buffalo); Keely Hutton (Rochester); Ammi-Joan Paquette (Boston, Mass.); and Julie Berry (Medina).

Press Release, Author’s Note

MEDINA – Author’s Note, Medina’s independent bookstore located at 519 Main Street, joins nearly 900 independent bookstores around the country in celebrating Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday with a roster of visiting authors and other celebratory activities.

The nationwide event, first conceived in 2013 by the American Booksellers Association, promotes, celebrates, and highlights the value of independent bookstores and their impacts upon local communities.

Author’s Note’s self-chosen theme for their first-ever Independent Bookstore Day is “A Bookstore is a Candy Store for the Mind.”

“It goes without saying,” says owner and author Julie Berry, “there will be quite a bit of candy at Author’s Note that day. Please, come take it off our hands.”

Author’s Note’s IBD celebration includes author visits in Medina and Royalton-Hartland schools in the days leading up to Independent Bookstore Day. Ithaca-based author Bree Barton will travel to the area to present her newest novel, Zia Erases the World, to students at both schools.

Bree Barton will be the first featured author at Saturday’s celebration, signing books and greeting fans from 10 to 11:30 a.m., followed by Buffalo-based authors Dee Romito and Kate Karyus Quinn from noon to 1:30, then Rochester-area author Keely Hutton and Boston-area author and literary agent Ammi-Joan Paquette from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Author Julie Berry, the owner of Author’s Note, will be available throughout the day to sign books and greet guests. All the visiting authors will serve as “guest booksellers,” recommending favorite titles from the store.

Throughout the day, games, drawings, and giveaways will be available for customers of all ages, with several IBD-exclusive items supplied by the American Booksellers Association for sale or giveaway that day only.

“Independent Bookstore Day gives us a megaphone to proclaim the difference we make in our communities,” Berry said. “Indie bookstores return two and a half to four times as much revenue to their local economies as chains do. We add whimsy, culture, and variety to downtown shopping districts. And we work hard to foster literacy and reading for all ages, and especially for kids in our communities.”