Austin Authors Keep #IndiesFirst!

On Saturday, November 28, we celebrated Small Business Saturday and #IndiesFirst with over a dozen Austin authors. They stopped by to support their local indie bookstore and keep us well-stocked with signed copies of their books.

We’re fortunate to live in a city rich with writers who give us great new books to read all year long. We hope that this year, you’ll not only shop local, but give local, too, and support Austin’s authors by giving their books. Check out all of the books signed by Austin authors that are currently on our shelves. Nab one for your reader while they last! We ship all over the world.

Here’s a quick look at some of the authors who stopped by:

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Chandler Baker, author of the YA novel Alive

If you’re shopping for a reader who loved The Fault in Out Stars and likes a story with an edge, this tale of a girl whose heart transplant comes with mysterious side effects may fit the bill. Check it out!

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H. W. Brands, author of Reagan: The Life

Shopping for a history buff? Brands has written many critically acclaimed biographies and books on American history. In his latest, he establishes Ronald Reagan as one of the two great presidents of the twentieth century, a true peer to Franklin Roosevelt.

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Stina Leicht, author of Cold Iron

Give fans of fantasy and sci a new series to dive into with Leicht’s new novel, Cold Iron. You can also pick up her award-winning stand alone novel, And Blue Skies from Pain.

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Emma Virjan, What This Story Needs is a Pig in a Wig

What your young reader needs is this delightful, funny book about a pig in a wig! Colorful illustrations meet a sweet, hilarious story of a pig who learns life is better when shared with friends.

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Michael Fry and Bradley Jackson, authors of The Naughty List

This is a great holiday pick for your chapter book reader. When Bobbie’s hilariously bumbling efforts to save her brother’s Christmas actually land him on Santa’s Naughty List, she must travel to the North Pole to make things right again and save Christmas. Bobbie suddenly finds herself on an epic holiday adventure complete with rogue elves, dysfunctional reindeer, a lazy Santa, and more.

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Karen Olsson, author of All the Houses, and Louisa Hall, author of Speak

Two critically acclaimed new novels for your fiction fans. Both books are great picks for anyone in a book club or any reader on your list looking for engrossing literary fiction.

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Greg Leitich Smith, author of Borrowed Time and Chronal Engine

Get your chapter book readers hooked on Greg Leitich Smith’s fast-paced, time-traveling dinosaur adventures! If your young reader responds best to stories with lots of action, twists and plenty of laughs, these books are perfect picks.

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Aaron Franklin, author of Franklin Barbecue

Get in line, barbecue lovers – Aaron Franklin of the world famous joint Franklin Barbecue signed copies of his bestselling cookbook! Then he went home and made tortilla soup, because that’s how you roll when you’re signing books in ATX.

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Jesse Sublett, author of 1960s Austin Gangsters

Jesse Sublett, musician, author & Austinite extraordinaire, signed a tall stack of his latest book. If you have a fan of Texas history on your list, or anyone who enjoys digging into ’60s history, this is a must-give.

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Jennifer Ziegler, author of Revenge of the Angels, and Chris Barton, author of The Nutcracker Comes to America

Jennifer Ziegler & Chris Barton (aka the cutest couple in the book biz) BOTH have holiday-themed books out this year! Ziegler’s chapter book is full of high-energy triplet hijinks and plenty of charm. Barton’s new picture book tells the story of how we came to know and love the classic holiday ballet The Nutcracker here in the States.

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Chaitali Sen, author of The Pathless Sky

Chaitali’s beautiful new novel is a love story set against decades of political turmoil and national unrest. This is a great pick for book clubs, with tons to discuss and a story that will sweep you away. If you have a reader on your list who enjoys Jhumpha Lahiri, Amitav Ghosh and Michael Oondatjie, this is the book to give!

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Cynthia Leitich Smith, author of so many books! Pictured: Jingle Dancer and Rain Is Not My Indian Name

Cynthia Leitich Smith is one of Austin’s most prolific authors for young readers. She has books on our shelves for young, middle grade and teen readers. Feral Pride is her latest, the conclusion to her epic Feral series for teen readers.

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Antonio Ruiz-Camacho, author of Barefoot Dogs

This is one of our favorite new story collections this year. We chose it for our Trust Fall book club and have been handselling it like crazy ever since. The stories in this collection are linked and follow the members of a wealthy Mexican family after the patriarch is kidnapped. This is the book to give your literary reader who loves discovering new voices and who digs short fiction.

There are more great books where these come from.
Check out all of the signed books by Austin authors currently on our shelves. 

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