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News Fri Nov 28 2008

All I Want for Xmas Is...

Local authors Sean Chercover and Wendy McClure have some suggestions for gifts this holiday season (bet you can't guess what they are!):

Says Chercover: "Okay, I know that we're all in for some serious belt-tightening, but here's the thing: You will probably buy a few Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa gifts for your loved ones this year. You may not be as lavish as in years past, but you'll probably buy something, right?

"Right. So please, make that something a book."

(Check out the comments section, too, where Chercover makes an interesting point about gift cards, something I hadn't considered before.)

And says McClure: "Even if there's only one book on your holiday shopping list, buy it new, and even better, buy it from a brick-and-mortar bookseller that you'd miss if it weren't around, because it's been coming to that lately for a lot of places. Booksellers might have to wear barrels, people!"

(There is a person celebrating an all-book gift exchange in her comments - how I wish my work would adopt this idea. If I could count on my secret Santa actually asking me what I wanted, I might participate in the gift exchange instead of just sitting there like a Scrooge while everyone opens their presents.)

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