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Stephen King

"Independent bookstores are the lifeline of the intellect. They have to remain strong, especially in difficult times like these." - Stephen King

Jason Reynolds

"Indie booksellers have consistently served as bonding agents for our communities. They work tirelessly to make sure we not only have books, but also a base, a place to come and simply be. They are, quite literally, the cover that protects the pages of who we are. And now, it’s time for us to protect them." - Jason Reynolds

Karen Kingsbury

"On my fifth birthday, my mother took me to an Indie bookstore, an old bricked building with warm lights and sweet smells. “Your grandmother worked with books,” my mom told me. “She wanted you to love them, too.” I left that day clutching a brand new copy of Horton Hears a Who. Between the feel of that bookstore and the rhythm and rhyme of Dr. Seuss, I fell in love with stories. So it is still. A few years ago, I wrote my bestselling book, The Bridge, about a town that rallies to save an indie bookstore. Now my readers have worked to save Landmark Booksellers in Franklin, TN – the store that inspired The Bridge. Here at Bookshop we can help all indie stores through this crazy time. So that one day soon they will once again be full of mothers with their little children, and readers like you." - Karen Kingsbury

Stuart Gibbs

"One of the greatest things about being an author is that you get to visit independent bookstores all over the country and become friends with the people who work there.  Indie bookstores are some of my favorite places on earth." - Stuart Gibbs

Lulu Miller

"In the wild certain species, like starfish or wolves, have a disproportionately nourishing effect on the communities around them. Independent bookstores are a lot like that for us. They give us a place to sit, to wander our imaginations, to commune. They are the endpoint of a stroll. The beginning point of an evening. They pump ideas and inspiration and meaning and warmth back out into the streets around them. And they are sick right now. COVID-19 is threatening their livelihoods in dire ways. I'm setting myself a goal -- a fun and easy goal. Every Sunday, I am buying a book from an indie. It's an indulgence, a treat to myself in these lonely and uncertain times, that also may do a shred of good. I hope you'll join me, in some way that is right for you, in this effort to keep these beating hearts alive and well." - Lulu Miller

Rebecca Serle

"Indie bookstores are the bedrock of our business. My bookseller pals have supported me from my first little novel When You Were Mine all the way through my first New York Times Bestseller, In Five Years. Now, more than ever, I want to make sure the stores we love will be around to welcome us home once this is all over." - Rebecca Serle

Cassandra Clare

"Indie bookstores have been part of my life since the beginning — when I was born my mother's favorite bookstore sent her a surprise box of books they thought she'd enjoy, handpicked by the booksellers. Indie bookstores are where you go to find a deep knowledge of books, a reservoir of wisdom that forever opens up new worlds of reading for consumers. Supporting indie bookstores in this time is making sure that access to that knowledge isn't lost." - Cassandra Clare 

Marla Frazee

"Independent bookstores are the glue of every community fortunate enough to have one. Our independent bookstores have shaped me – as a kid, as a reader, as an aspiring children’s book author and illustrator, as a parent, as a fan, and definitely with regard to my own work." - Marla Frazee

Lisa Jewell

"It's clear that during the last week of normal retail trading in the US, more books were sold than normal as people realized that this very strange moment in history was in fact the perfect time to catch up on all the reading they'd been putting off for months, if not years. Now those book outlets have had to shut their doors and turn the signs to 'closed' but that doesn't mean they can't still sell you a book or two or three or four. Please, please remember that all your favourite bookshops are able to sell remotely and if you want to see those signs turned back to 'open' at the end of all of this, please, please support them during the coming weeks, by ordering books online. Independent bookshops are the sign of a civilised, healthy and happy community. Let's keep them breathing!" - Lisa Jewell

Jenny Han

"Indie bookstores feed the community in so many ways. I so miss wandering around my neighborhood indie, discovering books I'd never have heard about otherwise. Let's support our indies now so they'll be waiting for us when this is all over." - Jenny Han

Katharine Holabird

"Angelina Ballerina and I are huge fans of our wonderful independent bookstores! Let's do all we can to support them in any way we can, especially now, they're the heart and soul of this industry." - Katharine Holabird

Lisa See

"As a child whose parents were in graduate school, I spent a lot of time in independent bookstores. As a parent and grandparent, it’s been one of my great joys to pass my love of indies to two generations. As a writer, independent bookstores have supported, promoted, and sold my work. Owners and staff have encouraged me to work harder and deeper in my writing. Now, in these difficult times, I’ve been impressed and encouraged by the way they have stepped up—delivering books to cars, mailing them to every corner of the country, and making sure all of us have books to take to other places, times, and emotions. When you support an independent bookseller they’re supporting you to with the gift of words and stories." - Lisa See

Shannon Messenger

"Independent bookstores truly are a treasure that must be preserved. Not only are they cornerstones of their communities, but I know so many authors (myself included!) who owe their careers to the hard-working, passionate teams at the incredible Indie bookstores throughout the country. And right now, more than ever, those stores need our support." - Shannon Messenger

Christina Lauren

"Independent booksellers form the direct-contact, hand-selling foundation of the book community. These are the people who love books from their gilded edges to their ornate spines. They smell books, hug books, and know exactly what book to recommend to every person who walks in their door. To keep the doors open on all of these crucial spaces, let's pledge to support indie bookstores and buy directly from those retailers during these crazy times!" - Christina Lauren

Mary H. K. Choi

"Indie bookstores are great because independent booksellers are absolute legends. As ruinous and borderline sentient as my TBR pile is, it’s always the gonzo recommendation of some intrepid staff member that absolutely melts my face. They’re really book DJs if anything, which might be the dorkiest thing I’ve ever said, but I mean it. It’s the curatorial aspect of indie bookstores that I value so much, the human touch that’s irreplaceable, and that’s why it’s so crucial to support indies and the people who make them so wonderful." - Mary H. K. Choi

Susan Orlean

"No matter how upside-down this moment feels, independent bookstores continue to energetically celebrate writing and writers. Even with their doors closed, these bookstores keep lifting books up, making sure they are shared with the world. We have never needed them more than we do right now, and we've never been more grateful for their vitality!" - Susan Orlean

Neal Shusterman

“Indie bookstores are the life’s blood of the book world. I can’t imagine where we would all be without them.” - Neal Shusterman

Adam Higginbotham

"For me, indie bookshops have always been a great place to discover new books and--as they are where I live in New York, with stores like The Strand and Book Culture—central to the soul of the community. is a simple way to find new books online, help keep your independent store going and make sure they’re still there to visit on the other side of the current crisis." - Adam Higginbotham

J.R. Ward

"Independent bookstores are SO important. The recommendations from Indies to their customers are personalized and passionate, and I know that my books have found new homes in the hearts of many readers because of this special connection. A good Indie is still my favorite place in the world to go!" - J.R. Ward