Who in this world cares more about books than independent booksellers?
I know a bunch of booksellers. They sure aren't in it for the money (There's little). Nor the fame. (Even less.) Not the glamour. (Now I'm just being silly.)
It is a passion, a calling, a vocation. They are true believers in the magic of the printed word.
So, as you can imagine, I am ecstatic that The Hidden Light of Northern Fires is an Indie Next pick--chosen by the nationwide community of Independent sellers as one of the top titles of the month.
Look at the list! Sheesh! Celeste Ng, Jesmyn Ward, Claire Messud, and Orhan Pamuk! That's not just a list of people who have to spell their names multiple times whenever they call to make reservations--that's author royalty. High cotton, as they say.
Do you remember what the hot mic caught Joe Biden saying to Barack Obama just before he signed the ACA?