Small Business Saturday (Nov. 29) 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!

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 is a program created by Sherman Alexie last year as a way for authors to give back to their local bookstores.  This year, Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer have taken up the cause! 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!

Steph Cha, author of the novels Beware Beware and Follow her Home, will be here from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., recommending her favorites in fiction. Cha is a graduate of Stanford University and Yale Law School. She lives in her native city of Los Angeles, California. In her mysteries, she writes with a “unique perspective that an Asian American woman’s voice offers to this traditional genre, something that goes beyond its usual tropes” (Hyphen Magazine).

Anthony Breznican, author of the young adult novel Brutal Youth, will be here from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., recommending his picks in young adult, fiction, and nonfiction. Breznican was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1998. He has worked as a reporter for The Arizona Republic, Associated Press, and USA Today, and is currently a senior staff writer for Entertainment Weekly.

Andrea Portes, author of the young adult novel Anatomy of a Misfit, will be here from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m., recommending books in fiction and nonfiction. Portes is the bestselling novelist of the critically lauded adult novel Hick. The book was her debut and has since been made into a feature film starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Alec Baldwin, Blake Lively, Eddie Redmayne, and Juliette Lewis. Bury This, her second novel, was published in January 2014 by Soft Skull Press. Anatomy of a Misfit is her third novel, and her first for young adult readers.

Attica Locke, author of the novels The Cutting Season and Black Water Rising, will be here from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. recommending her favorites in fiction and nonfiction. Locke's widely acclaimed novel Black Water Rising was nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, an Edgar Award, an NAACP Image Award, and the UK’s Orange Prize. Her second book, The Cutting Season, published by Dennis Lehane books, is a national bestseller, and is a winner of the Ernest Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. A native of Houston, she now lives in Los Angeles.

Geoff Dyer, author of many books including Another Great Day at Sea, will be here from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. recommending books from many sections, including fiction, history, and essays. Dyer's most recent work, Another Great Day at Sea: Life Aboard the USS George H.W. Bush, was published by Pantheon Books in May 2014. His previous books include But Beautiful (winner of the Somerset Maugham Award); The Missing of the Somme; Out of Sheer Rage; The Ongoing Moment (winner of the ICP Infinity Award for writing on photography); Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi; and Zona. His many awards include the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, and, most recently, a National Book Critics Circle Award for the essay collection Otherwise Known as the Human Condition. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and his books have been translated into twenty-four languages. Dyer currently lives in Venice, California.

Mimi Pond, author of the graphic memoir Over Easy, will be here from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., recommending books in our arts annex. Pond is a cartoonist, illustrator, and writer. She has created comics for the Los Angeles Times, Seventeen Magazine, National Lampoon, and many other publications too numerous to mention, and has written and illustrated five humor books. She has also written for television: her credits include the first full length episode of The Simpsons, "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" in 1989, and episodes for the television shows Designing Women and Pee Wee's Playhouse. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, the painter Wayne White.

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. 29 -- up to three times per card and a total of $30! 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.

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 Indies First 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 29, 2014 - 10:00am to 10:00pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027