Norbert Krapf
Norbert Krapf
Independent booksellers across the country will host local authors as part of Indies First and Small Business Saturday.

Indies First is a grassroots movement launched by Sherman Alexie, author of "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian," to encourage support of local bookstores. As part of the program, authors will work at local bookstores, interact with customers, sign books and give out reading suggestions.

Madison's Village Lights Bookstore will participate in the event.

Alexie is working with the American Booksellers Association, of which Village Lights is a member, to promote the event. There about 500 bookstores hosting 1,000 authors across the country on Saturday.

"Even though it's a national movement, it's very local," said Nathan Montoya, owner of Village Lights Bookstore in Madison.

Young adult author Julia Karr and Indiana Poet Laureate emeritus Norbert Krapf will be at Village Lights Bookstore on Saturday.

Krapf, a Jasper native was Indiana Poet Laureate from 2008 through 2010.

Karr, of Bloomington, participated in the store's first author fair in 2011.

Saturday's event also coordinates with Small Business Saturday, a national event that aims to support brick and mortar local businesses.

The event began three years ago by American Express. Several stores in Madison will have extended business hours and special deals for shoppers looking to sidestep the chaos of big box stores during after-Thanksgiving sales. Last year, U.S. consumers who were aware of Small Business Saturday reported spending $5.5 billion with independently-owned businesses.

Montoya said supporting local merchants on Small Business Saturday is a way for residents to support "the vitality of the community."