I love to support independent bookstores and make sure to visit one whenever I’m in a new town or city. But … since we’re in a pandemic, I figured I’d give you a couple of options of where you can buy my medical memoir, Uncomfortably Numb. I’ll emphasize the indie bookstores first:
Based in Westborough, MA, this independent store has been the site for book events for all four of my books, including the one and only in-person event to launch my memoir, Uncomfortably Numb, before the Coronavirus shutdowns went into effect.
If you’re looking for signed copies of Uncomfortably Numb, email the bookstore and we’ll send the book on its way. You can also call them: 508.366.4959.
What is a Boston area writer doing promoting an independent bookstore in California? Well let me fill you in …
Several weeks ago, I joined a group of writers who were in a similar situation: our books were being released in the middle of a pandemic when the world seemed to be shutting down. We named ourselves Lockdown Literature, created an Instagram page and a Twitter account.
NOW, we have an official bookstore (feels so cool, like when the Red Sox declare that they’ve named something the “official so-and-so” of the Boston Red Sox). The Booksmith of San Francisco has a page just for Lockdown Literature authors, myself included. You can order books (including Uncomfortably Numb) by emailing them.
This organization allows you to shop for books through its network of independent bookstores. According to their website:
If you want to find a specific local bookstore to support, find them on our map and they’ll receive the full profit off your order. Otherwise, your order will contribute to an earnings pool that will be evenly distributed among independent bookstores (even those that don’t use Bookshop.)
As of this date and time (May 20, 4:50 p.m.), Bookshop says it has raised over $1.6 million for independent bookstores. How cool is that?
If you’re more comfortable ordering through Amazon, here’s the link to my Amazon author page and to the specific Uncomfortably Numb page.
You may also purchase the book from the old standby, Barnes & Noble.
Any way you slice it, purchasing books during a pandemic sounds like a lovely thing to be doing. Reading is ALREADY a socially distanced activity!