Indies First: Small Business Saturday

Local authors will be joining us throughout the day to recommend books to our customers!

Saturday, November 30 (9am to 11pm)


November 30, 2013
10:00 AM ET


Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138


This event is free; no tickets are required.

Small Business Saturday—the Saturday after Thanksgiving—is a day to rally people to shop at local businesses. And this year local authors are joining the celebration with the Indies First movement.

Join us at Harvard Book Store on Saturday, November 30, when local authors join the Harvard Book Store staff to recommend books to our customers—and perhaps sign a few copies of their own books! We'll be hosting novelists, scholars, kids/YA authors, and more. 

The origin of "Indies First"

"Hello, hello, you gorgeous book nerds." So began acclaimed author Sherman Alexie's letter to fellow authors this fall, encouraging them to join a movement called Indies First. On Small Business Saturday local authors will become superheroes for their independent bookstores.  

"Here's the plan: We book nerds will become booksellers. We will make recommendations. We will practice nepotism and urge readers to buy multiple copies of our friends' books. Maybe you'll sign and sell books of your own in the process. I think the collective results could be mind-boggling (maybe even world-changing)."  

Read Alexie's complete letter here.  

Many of our favorite local authors heard the call! Join us, and thanks for shopping at Harvard Book Store.

UPDATE: Check out photos from Indies First at Harvard Book Store, and read on for some of what the authors were recommending on Small Business Saturday.

Look for our "Indies First" authors wearing "Ask Me for Recommendations" nametags on Small Business Saturday!

Clea Simon recommends...

E.J. Graff recommends...

Gail Mazur recommends...

Gwen Jensen recommends...

John Burt recommends...

Katherine Powers recommends...

Kelly Link recommends...

Kim McLarin recommends...

Margot Livesey recommends...

Maria Tatar recommends...

Megan Marshall recommends...

Priscilla Johnson McMillan recommends...

Randall Kennedy recommends...

Steve Yarbrough recommends...

Susan Goodman recommends...

Sven Birkerts recommends...

Tui Sutherland recommends...

Ursula deYoung recommends..

Walter Johnson recommends...

A special offer for American Express Card Members 

On November 30, 2013, American Express Card Members can get a one-time $10 statement credit for spending $10 or more in a single, in-store transaction at a qualifying small business location (like us!).  

Card Members must register an eligible American Express Card and use that Card to redeem this offer. Registration is limited. Register here. Go to Offer Terms for full details.

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Walking from the Harvard Square T station: 2 minutes

As you exit the station, reverse your direction and walk east along Mass. Ave. in front of the Cambridge Savings Bank. Cross Dunster St. and proceed along Mass. Ave for three more blocks. You will pass Au Bon Pain, JP Licks, and TD Bank. Harvard Book Store is located at the corner of Mass. Ave. and Plympton St.

General Info
(617) 661-1515

Media Inquiries

Accessibility Inquiries

Classic Totes

Tote bags and pouches
in a variety of styles,
sizes, and designs
, plus mugs, bookmarks, and more!

Learn More »

Shipping & Pickup

We ship anywhere in the U.S. and orders of $75+ ship free via media mail!

Learn More »

Noteworthy Signed Books: Join the Club!

Join our Signed First Edition Club (or give a gift subscription) for a signed book of great literary merit, delivered to you monthly.

Learn More »