Small Business Saturday (Nov. 30) is a day to ditch the malls, give wide berth to the big box stores, and head to your local shopping district to do some holiday shopping. We're pleased to present a number of fun incentives to stop by Skylight.  Read on!

Skylight Tote

Tote Giveaway! 

We're giving out a free Skylight Books tote to anyone who spends $100 or more on Small Business Saturday! Give it as a gift or use it for yourself (we won't tell!) -- either way, our sturdy bags hold a whole lotta books, and look good doing it.

Indies First

Indies FirstIndies First is a program created by author Sherman Alexie (Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian) as a way for authors to give back to their local bookstores.  The idea is that authors will volunteer as booksellers on Small Business Saturday, recommending great books for all your gift-giving needs. If anyone reads as much as booksellers, it's definitely authors, so you'll get some great recommendations!
Who Wants Seconds?

Jennie Cook, local caterer and author of Who Wants Seconds?, will be here from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., recommending her favorites from our extensive cookbook selection. Jennie Cook is the chef and owner of Jennie Cook's Catering and Plant-Based Parties, based in Los Angeles, California, and she's been cooking and working in hospitality since she was a teenager in New York. She is the chair of the board of Root Down LA, which promotes healthy eating at high schools, and she is a Master Food Preserver, a certified permaculturist, and a visual journaler.

Cutting Season

Novelist Attica Locke, author of The Cutting Season, will be here from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., recommending some great fiction and nonfiction. Attica Locke’s first novel, Black Water Rising, was shortlisted for the prestigious Orange Prize in the UK in 2010. It was nominated for a 2010 Edgar Award, an NAACP Image Award, as well as a Los Angeles Times Book Prize and a Strand Magazine Critics Award. The novel was also a finalist for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. In addition, Attica has spent many years working as a screenwriter, penning movie and television scripts for Paramount, Warner Bros, Disney, Twentieth Century Fox, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, HBO, and Dreamworks. She was a fellow at the Sundance Institute’s Feature Filmmakers Lab and is a graduate of Northwestern University. A native of Houston, Texas, Attica lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and daughter. She is a member of the board of directors for the Library Foundation of Los Angeles.


Young adult author Sherri L. Smith, whose latest is Orleans, will be here from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., recommending books from our kids section--one of the areas where we've found people need the most advice come holiday shopping time! Sherri L. Smith was born in Chicago, Illinois and spent most of her childhood reading books. She currently lives in Los Angeles, where she has worked in movies, animation, comic books and construction. Sherri’s first book, Lucy the Giant, was an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults in 2003. The Dutch translation, Lucy XXL (Gottmer, 2005), was awarded an Honorable Mention at the 2005 De Gouden Zoen, or Golden Kiss, Awards for Children’s Literature in the Netherlands. Sherri’s novel, Sparrow, was chosen as a National Council for the Social Studies/Children’s Book Council Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People and is also a 2009 Louisiana Young Readers Choice Award Nominee. Upon the release of Hot, Sour, Salty, Sweet in February 2008, Sherri was featured as a spotlight author for The Brown Bookshelf's Black History Month celebration, 28 Days Later. Flygirl, an historical YA novel set during World War II, is her fourth novel. 

Born This Way

Paul Vitagliano, whose blog Born This Way became a book of the same name, will be here from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., recommending books from several sections, including fiction, humor, and GLBT.  Paul V. Vitagliano (aka DJ Paul V.) is a 23-year Silver Lake resident and acclaimed DJ. In early 2011 he created as a place for gay adults to submit and share their growing up stories and childhood photographs. The blog quickly spread across the globe, reaching over four million readers and has been featured on CNN, ABC News, The Huffington Post, Salon, Buzzfeed, and was voted by readers as’s 2011 “Best Google Blog.” The book version features 100 stories and includes notable entries from Congressman Barney Frank, Erasure’s Andy Bell, columnist Michael Musto, composer Marc Shaiman, singer Sia, and more.


Maxine Nunes, whose new thriller Dazzled is just out, will be here from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., recommending fiction and books on writing and L.A. Maxine Nunes is a New Yorker who's spent most of her life in Los Angeles. She has written and produced for television, and currently writes for several publications, including the Los Angeles Times. Her satiric parody of a White House scandal won the PEN USA West International Hemingway Competition.

Raw: A Love Story

Novelist Mark Haskell Smith, whose latest is Raw: A Love Story, will be here from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., recommending fiction and nonfiction. Mark Haskell Smith is the author of five novels, Moist, Delicious, Salty, Baked, and Raw: A Love Story, as well as the non-fiction book Heart of Dankness: Underground Botanists, Outlaw Farmers, and the Race for the Cannabis Cup. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books, National Post, and Vulture. He is an assistant professor in the MFA program for Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts at the University of California Riverside, Palm Desert Graduate Center.

Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets

Diana Wagman, author of novels including this year's The Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets, will be here from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., recommending fiction. Diana Wagman is the author of four novels and numerous short stories, essays and reviews. She is an occasional contributor to the Los Angeles Times. Her second novel, Spontaneous, won the 2001 USA PEN West Award for Fiction. She wrote the original screenplay for Delivering Milo, directed by Nick Castle and starring Bridget Fonda and Albert Finney.

American Express Incentive

Shop Small

If you're an American Express cardholder, you'll have an extra incentive to shop here on Small Business Saturday!  The company is crediting $10 to your bill if you make a purchase of $10 or more at a registered small business (like us!) on Nov. 30.  (Only one $10 credit per registered card.) You need to register your card first to qualify, so go to American Express's Shop Small website to find out more and to register your card.

Thanks for Shopping Indie!

Thanks for Shopping Indie

Independent bookstores across the country have teamed up with publishers to offer indie bookstore favorites to our customers at a special discount--part of the Thanks for Shopping Indie program.  We'll have a special display of books that qualify for the 15% discount, so be sure to stop by the store and check out which of these big-name books you can pick up at a great price!


Event date: 
Saturday, November 30, 2013 - 10:00am to 10:00pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
90027 Los Angeles