Kootenay authors Deryn Collier

Nelson writers host Authors for Indies Day

Deryn Collier, Anne DeGrace and Kristene Perron will welcome Nelson fans at Otter Books on May 2.

Kootenay readers will have a chance to meet three of Nelson’s literary stars during this year’s Author for Indies Day. Deryn Collier, Anne DeGrace and Kristene Perron will each put in a two-hour shift at Otter Books as part of the nation-wide celebration of independent bookstores.

“What would our town be without a good bookstore like this?” asked mystery author Collier, whose books Confined Space and Open Secret are set locally.

“Whenever we have a launch, or a reading, Otter Books is always right there to support us and promote it. This is a way for us to give back.”

Each of the three authors will put in a two-hour shift in which they’ll meet with fans, discuss their work and make reading recommendations. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. DeGrace will be behind the counter, ready to discuss CanLit. From 1 to 3 p.m. Collier will be discussing mysteries and from 3 to 5 p.m. Perron will be exploring science fiction.

“I’m here for all the nerds and geeks of Nelson,” said Perron, author of the Warpworld series. “We’re a small community, and we don’t get to come together as a tribe very often. So come in your Klingon costume, or with your Dr. Who scarf, and I’ll be here for you.

DeGrace, whose most recent novel is Flying with Amelia, said Otter Books has been very supportive during her career and she appreciates the way they put writers first.

“We’re very lucky to have them here. It’s clear in how they conduct their business that everyone who works there is passionate about books.”

The Star asked each of the authors for their reading suggestions. Collier praised In The Woods by Tana French, DeGrace named Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden and Perron picked Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie.

All three authors emphasized that they were looking forward to hearing from Nelson readers, and hearing reading suggestions themselves.

For more information visit authorsforindies.com.

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