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Kate Boorman is one of 27 Edmonton authors who will mark Authors for Indies Day

Kate Boorman is one of 27 Edmonton authors who will be on hand at Audreys Books Saturday.


Kate Boorman is one of 27 Edmonton authors who will be on hand at Audreys Books Saturday.

Getting to know local authors has never been easier.

Kate Boorman is one of 27 who will volunteer as a guest book-seller at Audreys Books Saturday to mark Canadian Authors for Indies Day.

“What’s really important about a bookstore like Audreys is that they are able to support not just local writers, but a wide diversity of stories, of different voices,” said Boorman, who also participated in last year’s debut.

“There’s not this corporate mandate coming down from above of what kind of books you have to have, and what kind of books get the first shelf when you walk in the door.”

Boorman primarily writes young adult speculative fiction and will have copies of her recent books, Winterkill and Darkthaw, the first two novels in a three-part series following a girl named Emmeline through danger and mystery on the North American prairies in settlement times.

Her past as a childhood "fantasy nerd" set her on the path to writing young adult novels.

“I really like writing young adult characters because I love that tension between all of the energy and passion, and then not quite being in control of your own fate yet – you don’t have agency over yourself at that age, but you have all of these ideas,” she said.
Boorman will be slinging books from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Todd Babiak, Wayne Arthurson and Jacqueline Baker are among the other Edmonton authors who will be at Audreys for one-hour shifts between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday.
The store is at 10704 Jasper Ave.

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Last year’s event resulted in an average 18.5 per cent sales boost for participating independent book stores across the country.  



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