Raven Book Store to celebrate Small Business Saturday with local author signings

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In celebration of Small Business Saturday, the Raven Book Store will host an all-day event that includes five local authors who will be signing their books for fans.


Small Business Saturday is a nationally recognized day dedicated to supporting small and locally owned businesses, especially during the holiday season.

Featured authors who are either Lawrence natives or are currently local will rotate through a book-signing table in the store starting at 10 a.m., according to a news release from the Raven. Their book genres range from science fiction and fantasy to self-help and cooking.

Here’s the schedule, with images provided by the Raven followed by more info about the authors:

10 a.m.: Tessa Gratton 

Tessa Gratton is an adult and young-adult science fiction and fantasy writer who has authored novels and short stories that have been translated into 22 languages, according to the release. Her most recent novels, “Moon Dark Smile” and “Strange Grace,” tell dark queer fairytales, and her book “Lady Hotspur” is a queer Shakespearean novel.

Learn more about Gratton and her work at tessagratton.com.

11 a.m.: Susan Kraus

Susan Kraus is a therapist, mediator and writer, who has authored several advice columns for women, self-help books and book reviews. Her work has been published in several journals and magazines, such as “Redbook,” “Ladies Home Journal,” “Family Fun” and more. 

Learn more about Kraus and her work at susankraus.com.

12:30 p.m.: Erin Jeanne McDowell 

Erin Jeanne McDowell is a bestselling author of baking books as well as an award-winning recipe developer and food stylist, according to the release. She hosts an online baking show on Food52, “Bake It Up a Notch,” which won the International Association of Culinary Professionals 2021 Award for Corporate Video Online Series. 

Learn more about Jeanne McDowell and her work at erinjeannemcdowell.com.

2 p.m.: Megan Bannen

Megan Bannen is a former public librarian, who now writes adult and young adult fantasy novels. Her debut book, “The Bird and the Blade,” was selected for the Indies Introduce Summer/Fall 2018, Summer 2018 Kids’ Indie Next List, and Kirkus Best YA Historical Fiction of 2018, according to the release. 

Learn more about Bannen and her work at meganbannen.com.

3:30 p.m.: Amanda Sellet

Amanda Sellet is a former journalist who wrote for The Washington Post, NPR and VH1 before transitioning into young adult fiction writing, according to the release. Her first novel, “By the Book: A Novel of Prose and Cons,” debuted in 2020. 

Learn more about Sellet and her work at amandasellet.com.

The Raven Book Store, 809 Massachusetts St. in downtown Lawrence, will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26 for the event and for browsing.

In addition to author signings, the Raven will debut its new merchandise — Raven sweatshirts — which will be available for first grabs at the store on Saturday. 

Visit this link for more information on Small Business Saturday at the Raven or to get a closer look at the featured authors’ books ahead of their signings.

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Maya Hodison (she/her), equity reporter, can be reached at mhodison (at) lawrencekstimes (dot) com. Read more of her work for the Times here. Check out her staff bio here.

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